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Jhinuk Chowdhury

After the major headline hogging BRICS summit, the next news event that has been watched closely is the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Latin America. The visit was marked by an ambitious outlook as China intends to boost trade to $500 billion dollars in the next ten years and announced a $20 billion Chinese fund to finance infrastructure projects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Other significant announcements included an additional credit line of $10 billion for the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) from Bank of China and Sino-Brazilian collaboration to start working on a railway project across South America linking the Brazilian Atlantic coast … Continue reading

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Steven Pinker

Why should the spread of ideas and people result in reforms that lower violence? There are several pathways. The most obvious is a debunking of ignorance and superstition. A connected and educated populace, at least in aggregate and over the long run, is bound to be disabused of poisonous beliefs, such as that members of other races and ethnicities are innately avaricious or perfidious; that economic and military misfortunes are caused by the treachery of ethnic minorities; that women don’t mind to be raped; that children must be beaten to be socialized; that people choose to be homosexual as part of a morally degenerate lifestyle; that animals are incapable of … Continue reading

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Håvard Hegre

In 1992, almost every fourth country was involved in an armed conflict. In 2009, that proportion had fallen to every sixth country. In 2050, only every twelfth country will be involved in a conflict. In other words, half as many again. The number of conflicts is falling. We expect this fall to continue. We predict a steady fall in the number of conflicts in the next 40 years. Conflicts that involve a high degree of violence, such as Syria, are becoming increasingly rare.

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Jack S. Levy, William R. Thompson

Although wars within states have always been more common than wars between states, the relative frequency of civil war to external war has increased significantly since 1945, and the human costs of civil wars now exceed those of interstate wars. Data from the Correlates of War project show that in the period from 1945 to 1997 there were 23 interstate wars involving 3.3 million battle deaths and 108 civil wars involving 11.4 million deaths. On average, civil wars last four times as long as do interstate wars, and approximately three – quarters of the countries experiencing a civil war suffered from at least one additional civil war.

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Max Roser

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Said Khatib

11 juillet. Attaque aérienne israélienne sur Rafah, dans la bande de Gaza. Au quatrième jour de l'offensive, au moins 85 Palestiniens ont trouvé la mort.

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United States Army Combined Arms Center

Five Eyes Definition/Scope: A handling restriction or handling code to represent Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States. Used For: classification Acronym: FVEY Broader Terms: security

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The Economist

Few Arab countries have been nations for long. The dead hand of the Turks’ declining Ottoman empire was followed after the first world war by the humiliation of British and French rule. In much of the Arab world the colonial powers continued to control or influence events until the 1960s. Arab countries have not yet succeeded in fostering the institutional prerequisites of democracy—the give-and-take of parliamentary discourse, protection for minorities, the emancipation of women, a free press, independent courts and universities and trade unions. The absence of a liberal state has been matched by the absence of a liberal economy. After independence, the prevailing orthodoxy was central planning, often Soviet-inspired. … Continue reading

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James M. Dorsey

Even though much of it is yet to be implemented, the resultant package of labor reforms announced by Qatar is having ripple effects throughout the region as other Gulf states tweak their own labor regulations. These reforms suggest that the Qatar World Cup has had the potential to become one of the rare instances when the tournament became a real engine of social change. Moreover, if Qatar successfully defeats the bribery allegations and holds on to the World Cup by being transparent and accountable, it will have contributed to greater transparency and accountability in the murky world of global soccer governance. On the flip side, the fallout of its losing … Continue reading

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RT

ISIS jihadists have declared the captured territories from Iraq’s Diyala province to Syria’s Aleppo a new Islamic State – a ‘caliphate.’ They removed ‘Iraq and the Levant’ from their name and urged other radical Sunni groups to pledge their allegiance. ISIS announced that it should now be called ‘The Islamic State’ and declared its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as “the caliph” of the new state and “leader for Muslims everywhere.” This is the first time since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1923 that a Caliph – which means a political successor to Prophet Muhammad – has been declared. The new Islamic State has marked its borders, spanning the … Continue reading

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Ras67

Outline of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth with its major subdivisions after the 1618 Truce of Deulino, superimposed on present-day national borders.   Crown of the Kingdom of Poland   Grand Duchy of Lithuania   Duchy of Livonia   Duchy of Prussia, Polish fief   Duchy of Courland and Semigallia, Commonwealth fief

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Federico

La situation va empirer pendant le Mondial, j’espère. Nous, en tout cas, on prépare quelques festivités. Mais des festivités à notre manière de Black Bloc. Préparez-vous au pire.

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Catherine Focas

Il a 36 ans, il est originaire de Sierra Leone et il a été condamné à six ans de prison pour un trafic international de cocaïne: «J’ai commis une erreur, j’accepte ma punition, mais ici (la prison à Genève), c’est trop pour moi, a-t-il expliqué aux juges d’appel. Les conditions à la prison de Champ-Dollon sont inhumaines, c’est pire qu’en Afrique!»

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Chris Giles, Financial Times

The US is on the brink of losing its status as the world’s largest economy, and is likely to slip behind China this year, sooner than widely anticipated, according to the world’s leading statistical agencies. The US has been the global leader since overtaking the UK in 1872. Most economists previously thought China would pull ahead in 2019.

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Thomas Piketty

Pendant longtemps, les débats intellectuels et politiques sur la répartition des richesses se sont nourris de beaucoup de préjugés, et de très peu de faits. Certes, on aurait bien tort de sous- estimer l’importance des connaissances intuitives que chacun développe au sujet des revenus et des patrimoines de son temps, en l’absence de tout cadre théorique et de toute statistique représentative. Nous verrons par exemple que le cinéma et la littérature, en particulier le roman du xixe siècle, regorgent d’informations extrêmement précises sur les niveaux de vie et de fortune des différents groupes sociaux, et surtout sur la structure profonde des inégalités, leurs justifications, leurs implications dans la vie de chacun. … Or, pendant longtemps, force est de constater … Continue reading

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Safa Motesharrei, Jorge Rivas, Eugenia Kalnay

The fall of the Roman Empire, and the equally (if not more) advanced Han, Mauryan, and Gupta Empires, as well as so many advanced Mesopotamian Empires, are all testimony to the fact that advanced, sophisticated, complex, and creative civilizations can be both fragile and impermanent. … accumulated surplus is not evenly distributed throughout society, but rather has been controlled by an elite. The mass of the population, while producing the wealth, is only allocated a small portion of it by elites, usually at or just above subsistence levels. Technological change can raise the efficiency of resource use, but it also tends to raise both per capita resource consumption and the … Continue reading

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Patrick Chappatte

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John Dower

World War Two meant many things to many people. To over fifty million men, women, and children, it meant death. To hundreds of millions more in the occupied areas and theaters of combat, the war meant hell on earth: suffering and grief, often with little if any awareness of a cause or reason beyond the terrifying events of the moment. To nations everywhere, World War Two meant technological inno­vation, bureaucratic expansion, and an extraordinary mobilization of human resources and ideological fervor. Governments on all sides pre­sented the conflict as a holy war for national survival and glory, a mission to defend and propagate the finest values of their state and … Continue reading

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Правда.Ру

Совет Федерации поддерживает возвращение “зимнего времени”, которое должно вернуть страну к астрономическим часовым поясам. Как считает первый заместитель комитета Совфеда по экономической политике Юрий Шамков, “зимнее время” более соответствует биологическому ритму человека. Заместитель председателя комитета Совфеда по экономической политике Сергей Шатиров также выступает за возврат зимнего времени и при этом отказ от сезонных переводов. По его словам, во время перевода стрелок ежегодно экономика России теряла до 10 процентов ВВП, поскольку люди в течение двух недель приспосабливаются к новому жизненному ритму. В настоящее время в Госдуму внесен законопроект об отмене “зимнего” времени. Предусматривается установление часовых зон с учетом максимального приближения к часовым поясам всемирного координированного времени. Согласно предлагаемым поправкам в закон … Continue reading

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Harry L. Bryden , Hannah R. Longworth, Stuart A. Cunningham

The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation carries warm upper waters into far-northern latitudes and returns cold deep waters southward across the Equator. Its heat transport makes a substantial contribution to the moderate climate of maritime and continental Europe, and any slowdown in the overturning circulation would have profound implications for climate change.

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ICRC

20-10-2011 Operational Update No 14/11 In recent weeks, the ICRC has visited thousands of newly arrested people. It has evacuated almost 50 wounded patients from Sirte and delivered medical supplies to Bani Walid. ICRC experts are now providing the transitional authorities with advice on managing mass graves and human remains.

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Express

Scores of suspects – including Rwandan men who may have been involved in the genocide that led to the deaths of an estimated 800,000 people – originate from countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Rwanda, Serbia and Sri Lanka. Shocking new figures show that in the 15 months from January 2012, the Home Office researched nearly 800 cases where individuals were suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Home Office, which has insisted it is determined the UK will not become a refuge for war criminals, identified the suspects last year. It made “adverse recommendations” against 99 people who had applied for British citizenship, asylum or leave to … Continue reading

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Aaron Katersky, Russell Goldman

Families of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks today celebrated a federal court’s ruling that allows relatives of people who died in the 9/11 terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. Most of the hijackers who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001 were from Saudi Arabia, and the complaint states that much of the funding for the al-Qaeda terrorists came from Saudi Arabia. An attempt to Saudi Arabia in 2002 was blocked by a federal court ruling that said the kingdom had sovereign immunity. That ruling was reversed Thursday by a three-judge federal panel. Families who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 attacks and insurers … Continue reading

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David Kenner

Saudi Arabia, having largely abandoned hope that the United States will spearhead international efforts to topple the Assad regime, is embarking on a major new effort to train Syrian rebel forces. And according to three sources with knowledge of the program, Riyadh has enlisted the help of Pakistani instructors to do it. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, along with the CIA, also supported the Afghan rebels against the Soviet-backed government during the 1980s. That collaboration contains a cautionary note for the current day: The fractured Afghan rebels were unable to govern after the old regime fell, paving the way for chaos and the rise of the Taliban. Some of the insurgents, … Continue reading

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Ekaterina Sokirianskaia

When, in 2007, President Vladimir V. Putin argued on behalf of Russia’s bid to hold the 2014 Games, he assured the International Olympic Committee that it would be a “safe, enjoyable and memorable experience.” The Sochi Games are his personal project and a very ambitious one — not least because the Games will take place in the immediate neighborhood of the North Caucasus, site of Europe’s deadliest ongoing conflict. For Mr. Putin, hosting the Winter Olympics in Sochi will demonstrate to the world that Russia has solved its problems in these restive republics and is back as a strong and united superpower. The reality behind the public relations is far … Continue reading

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Антон Евсеев

Долгое время считалось, что Землю от губительного воздействия космической радиации в основном защищает ее сильное магнитное поле. Но недавно ученые доказали, что это не так — нашим основным “антирадиационным” щитом является атмосфера. Таким образом, оказалось, что зарождение жизни возможно и на экзопланетах, которые не обладают магнитосферой.

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Jeffrey D. Sachs

By some early measures, Typhoon Haiyan — which ripped through the Philippines and claimed thousands of lives — is the strongest storm on record to make landfall. But mega-storms like Haiyan and Hurricane Sandy are just one of the many warnings that we are flying toward climate disaster. Imagine if the pilot on your next flight were to use the same logic as the oil industry and its congressional stalwarts. Just before takeoff, he announces that several alarm signals show that the engines are dangerously overheated. But, he adds, we’ll take off anyway because the signals are often false alarms. By the end of the announcement, you and the other … Continue reading

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鈴木成子

薄暗い中に、水を使う音、ときおりの人の声、自転車のベル、荷車をころがす音が聞こえ始める。外の明るさがますにつれて、雑多な物音が高まってくる。宿の近くにあらゆる生活用品がそろっているニューマーケットがあるので、早朝からにぎやかだ。そのかなりの騒音が神経にさわらない。屋外にある水道でバシャバシャ水浴びする音、洗濯物をバンバン打ちつける音、金属のなべかま食器がガシャガシャふれあい、それを前日の調理の残り灰でギシギシこする音、スパイスを石でゴリゴリすりつぶす音、カラスがカアカア、スズメがチュンチュン、野豚がギュガギュガ、野良犬がキャウィーンキャウィーン、ドアをバタンと閉める音、自転車のまえ・うしろ・両ハンドルに不可能な量の荷をつんだ人がひっきりなしに鳴らすチリンチリンチリンというベルの音・・・・・・。ときどき物売りの声と家の中の声がやりとりされる。学校へいく子どもたちのかん高い声がする。機械がたてる音でなく、人の日々の営みの音につつまれて、ああインドに帰ってきた、とよぶんな力がぬけていく。

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Peter Menzel, Faith D’Aluisio

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pravda.ru

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International Energy Agency

Large differences in regional energy prices are set to affect industrial competitiveness, influencing investment decisions and company strategies. The extraordinary rise of light tight oil in the United States will play a major role in meeting global demand growth over the next decade, but the Middle East – the only large source of low-cost oil – will remain at the centre of the longer-term oil outlook. India is set to overtake China in the 2020s as the principal source of growth in global energy demand.

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坂根シルック

子供に『宿題したの?』と聞くことはありましたが、『勉強しなさい』といったことは、一度もありません。宿題をやってなくて困るのは、本人。無理矢理やらせる必要はないと思います。 『ハグして』といわれたら、すぐにハグをします。家事で忙しくても、ちょっと待ってねといって、落ち着いたらハグしてあげる。子供と約束を守ることが大切です。キャラ弁をつくるスキルや時間はないけれど(笑)、プライベートの時間では子供に寄り添うように心がけました。 小学生と中学生になった子供たちに『フィンランドで暮らしてみたい』といわれたときは、最初は仕事もあったのでさすがに無理だと思いましたが、子供にとって有意義な経験になると考え直し、入念な準備をしてフィンランドへ。2年間、家族で暮らすことができました。 (フィンランドの離婚率は50%ともいわれている。) 子供にとって2人が親である以上、夫婦が離婚することになっても、一緒に子育てしていくのは自然なことだと思います。

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Wikipedia

Diwali, the “festival of lights”, is a five-day Hindu festival which starts on Dhanteras, celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Karthick and ends on Bhaiduaj, celebrated on the second lunar day of Shukla paksha of the Hindu calendar month Kartik. Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November. Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.

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Alia Chughtai, Asad Hashim L

(This announcement appeared in all major newspapers in Pakistan in 2009.) The most wanted Taliban commanders in South Waziristan, Pakistan: 1. Hakeemullah Mehsud (killed by a US drone strike on 1 November 2013), 2. Waliur Rehman Mehsud (killed by a US drone strike on 29 May 2013), 3. Qari Hussain Mehsud (killed by a US drone strike on 2 October 2010), 4. Azam Tariq, 5. Maulvi Azmatullah, 6. Mufti Noor Wali, 7. Asmatullah Bhittani, 8. Mohammad Anwar Gandapur.

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Vyacheslav Oseledko

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Правда.Ру

Приближается один из самых “непонятных” российских государственных праздников — День народного единства. Более непонятен для россиян, судя по опросам, лишь День независимости — от кого? Впрочем, его официальное название “День принятия Декларации о государственном суверенитете Российской Федерации”. Если кто не помнит, он отмечается 12 июня. На протяжении семи десятилетий нас приучали отмечать День Великого Октября, который сместился на начало ноября, чем напугал несведущих иностранцев, а тут снова нам предлагают какие-то исторические заварушки да еще из времен царя Гороха. А что поделаешь, коли нет у нас праздников-долгожителей? Даже такая молодая нация, как американская, уже больше двух столетий отмечает свой индепендент. Зато теперь наш праздник Единства вдвое старше заморского.

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Paul Russell

The motto “je me souviens,” which appears on Quebec licence plates is not about the Plains of Abraham, the so-called “night of the long knives” or any other such “humiliation” or slight, either real or perceived. The true origin of the phrase is far more federalist: “Je me souviens que, né sous le lys, je crois sous la rose (“I remember/ That born under the lily/ I grow under the rose)” where the “lys” refers to France and alludes to the French monarchy and the “rose” refers to England and the English crown. The poem itself refers to Quebec’s coming of age under the English banner.

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Daily Mail Reporter

British traveller 24, spends £125,000 and five years visiting every country on earth James Asquith, 24, spent a whopping £125,000 visiting 196 countries Started his journey in 2008 and travelled during university holiday time Mr Asquith funded his travels through part-time jobs and bar work abroad He has visited all 193 UN member countries, plus Taiwan (Republic of China), Kosovo (Republic of Kosovo) and Vatican City (Holy Sea). Whether he visited Palestine or not is unknown. He is hoping to go to Tahiti, Easter island and Antarctica next year.

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World Economic Forum

          The Global Competitiveness Index 2013-2014 rankings

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Beatus de Saint-Sever

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Huelgas Beatus

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John Nelson

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John Nelson

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WcP.Story.Teller

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Jean-François Mabut

A la fin juin, le nombre des pendulaires étrangers habitant en France voisine et actifs dans le canton de Genève a atteint 68’900 personnes. La croissance est de 7,4% en une année, indique cette semaine l’Office cantonal de la statistique dans sa note no 46. Malgré un creux en 2009, la hausse moyenne reste forte et s’établit à 6% depuis 2006. A ce rythme, la barre des 100’000 navetteurs étrangers établis en France sera franchie en 2020.

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Vladimir Putin

We need to remember what’s happened in the last decade, the number of times the United States has initiated armed conflicts in various parts of the world. Has it solved a single problem? Afghanistan, as I said, Iraq … After all, there is no peace there, no democracy, which our partners allegedly sought. Of course the G20 is not a formal legal authority. It’s not a substitute for the U.N. Security Council, it can’t take decisions on the use of force. But it’s a good platform to discuss the problem. Why not take advantage of this? Is it in the United States’ interests once again to destroy the international security … Continue reading

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Tribune de Genève

Un homme de 21 ans, originaire d’Arabie saoudite, s’est noyé samedi dans le Rhône à Genève, en aval du pont de Sous-Terre (Jonction). Lors d’une baignade avec des amis, il a soudainement coulé peu après 18h30 pour une raison indéterminée.

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Michael Izady

Click to enlarge. Each color represents an ethnic or religious group.

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BBC

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新华网

新疆下雪惊喜连连 漫天雪花从天空飘落满山雪白 8月,本是炎炎夏季,因为一股较强冷空气的入侵,新疆各地普遍出现降雨天气,在217国道独库公路铁力买提隧道路段,竟然突降漫天大雪。 8月13日下午16点许,网友“刀郎部落酋长”在网上发布了一组雪景照片,引起广大网友的关注。微博中描述称:开车行至铁力买提隧道十几公里时,逐渐感觉到天空中雨里夹带着雪花;行至隧道口时,已是漫天雪花从天空飘落,满山一片雪白。 八月飞雪给途中的路人带来惊喜,纷纷下车感受这夏日的冰雪世界:有穿着短袖照相的,有追逐着打雪仗的,还有在雪中晒肌肉的,一片欢声笑语,惊叫连连!

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Franklin Hadley Cocks

… With so much attention focused on global warming, this chilly prospect has been all but forgotten. Given how catastrophic another ice age could be, one might be tempted to ask whether a human-caused increase in atmospheric and ocean temperatures will actually be a boon. … … even that warming will not stave off the eventual return of huge glaciers, because ice ages last for millennia and fossil fuels will not. In about 300 years, all available fossil fuels may well have been consumed. Over the following centuries, excess carbon dioxide will naturally dissolve into the oceans or get trapped by the formation of carbonate minerals. Such processes won’t be … Continue reading

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Георгий Осипов

Практически полное отсутствие упоминаний России в многочисленных публикациях докладов и статей о сегодняшнем глобальном восстании среднего класса и прогнозах развития тренда можно объяснить тем, что либо исследователи не видят у нас никакого среднего класса, либо они считают его просто спящим. — В действующий вертикальный механизм средний класс просто не встраивается. Тем же корпорациям, особенно тем, которые прямо или завуалированно контролируются чиновничеством, чаще никакие технологические и прочие новации не нужны, а значит, не требуются и их изготовители с солидным образованием, которым еще и платить надо прилично.

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Wikipedia

The age of the Universe is 13.798 billion years. The age of the Earth is 4.54 billion years.

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Dominic Evans

Assad’s crackdown on the protests against him two years ago drew inevitable comparisons with his father, Hafez al-Assad, who seized power in a coup in 1970 and ruthlessly put down an armed Islamist uprising in the city of Hama a dozen years later. Three decades after Hama, in the era of the Internet, camera phones and global media, conventional wisdom said no leader could crush an uprising in the way the elder Assad did in 1982, killing more than 10,000 people, and hold on to power. In Tunisia and Egypt, leaders were toppled within weeks by peaceful protests and when Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi used military force against rebels, NATO forces … Continue reading

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La Nouvelle Tribune, Africatime, George Esiri

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Agence France-Presse – Getty Images

Violence erupts after mass rallies over fate of Egypt (The fighting, which erupted overnight, left dozens dead.)

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Magdi Abdelhadi

The majority of Egypt’s regional governors are retired army officers. Many of the big civilian institutions and public sector corporations are run by former generals. The country’s three main land-developing authorities (agricultural, urban and tourism) are headed by former military officers who, in addition to their pensions, receive lucrative salaries and perks associated with their civilian jobs. The generals clearly like their privileges. But there’s another rationale to them being in business, one that goes beyond their individual choices. Any attempt to open up, let alone privatise, the military’s business empire will face stiff resistance, not just from the generals but also from powerful allies within the state bureaucracy; people … Continue reading

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平川さやか

住所によって、校区が割り当てられている日本とは違い、イギリスは公立であっても、親が希望の学校を5校選び、優先順位をつけて区に提出し、どの学校からオファーが来るかをひたすら待つ、というしくみになっている。そもそもロンドンの小学校のほとんどが、1学年1クラス30人のみといった、とても小規模なところが多く、隣の小学校まで数百メートルという立地の場合もあるため、厳密に住所で区画する事が難しいのかもしれない。 さて、実際どのように公立の学校が子供たちに割り振られるのかと言うと、まず、クリスチャン系の学校であれば、その学校の経営母体である教会に通っているかどうかが問われる。公立の学校だというのに、特定の宗教の人だけを優遇することなどあっていいのかと憤慨もするが、ここはイギリス、まんまとまかり通っているのである。これに対して、神父から紹介状をもらえるまでの一年間、まじめに教会に通い、希望の学校に子供を入れるという裏技を使う親たちも少なくはない。実際、わたしたちの希望の学校は、家の真ん前にあるクリスチャン校。そしてその教会にいたっては、我が家の隣だったのだから、週に一度通う事くらい不可能ではない。けれども、わたしはかけらもクリスチャンではないのだから、いくら子供のためとはいえ、自分に嘘をついて教会に通うさまを、子供はどう見るだろうか、と考えた末、断念。 第二希望は、その地区でもっとも評判の良い人気校。こちらは問い合わせの時点で、「今いる生徒たちの兄弟姉妹だけで、定員いっぱいです」とのこと。クリスチャン校でなければ、兄弟姉妹を最優先、そしてその次にようやく、住んでいる家の近い順、ということになる。

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Transparency International

Corruption Perceptions Index 2012     1.     Somalia     1.     Korea (DPRK)     1.     Afghanistan     4.     Sudan     5.     Myanmar     6.     Uzbekistan     6.     Turkmenistan     8.     Iraq     9.     Venezuela     9.     Haiti     9.     Chad     9.     Burundi     13.   Zimbabwe     13.   Equatorial Guinea     15.   Libya     15.   Laos     15.   Congo (DRC)     18.   Tajikistan   … Continue reading

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Niki Kitsantonis

Thousands of Greeks walked off the job Tuesday in a 24-hour general strike called by unions opposing a new round of austerity measures that the government has vowed to enact at the urging of the country’s foreign creditors. The sorest point is a much-delayed overhaul of the Civil Service involving thousands of layoffs and wage cuts, which is set for a vote in Parliament on Wednesday night. The package must be passed if Athens is to secure the first installment of $9 billion in rescue loans approved last week by euro zone finance ministers. Despite strong objections by the political opposition, and by some deputies in the ruling coalition, the … Continue reading

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Юрий Скиданов

While major powers continue to cross swords around Syria, a little further south, at a distance of a thousand kilometers, another conflict is flaming. The conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia may become the first struggle of a new type for natural resources, or water, to be more precise. Futurists are correct in their predictions as the 21st century will become the century of wars for survival. Пока ведущие державы ломают копья вокруг Сирии, чуть южнее, на расстоянии примерно тысячи километров, разгорается очередной очаг военно-политического противостояния. Конфликт между Египтом и Эфиопией может стать первой схваткой нового типа за природные ресурсы, точнее, воду. Футурологи оказываются правы — XXI век станет веком войн … Continue reading

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亀山郁夫

ロシアの歴史は失敗の歴史だ、そこには一貫性というものが著しく欠けている、とは亡命批評家ウェイドレの言でしたね。ロシアはこれまで一度として幸福を知ることがなく、シジフォスさながら、歴史のやり直しを何度も強いられてきたのでした。というか、彼らは常に一からやり直さないと気のすまない人々なのかもしれません。改名の問題にしてもそうです。ユーリー・ロトマンも書いていますが、ロシアでは改革は常に「始まり」の意識とむすびついていて、敬称という観念は存在しない。彼らの終末論的観念と改名が完全に一致している、と。タタールの軛、動乱時代、十月革命、そしてソ連崩壊・・・・・・しかし、失敗の歴史を生き、断絶の歴史を生き延びる彼らには、他の西欧諸国にはみられない 「生成」 のエネルギーが絶えず満ちあふれていました。彼らにとって「衰弱」とか「枯渇」という言葉は無縁でした。貧しさのゆえに、彼らの語る言葉は常に約束の重みを帯び(ロシア語の「スローヴォ(言葉)」が同時に「約束」という意味を帯びているのは、とても暗示的です)、未来への希望と原初の輝きを失うことがなかったのです。

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Sergei Vasilenkov

A civil war has been ongoing in Syria for nearly nearly two years. The government forces of President Bashar al-Assad are opposed by well-trained and armed rebels. Everyone understands that military operations require money, and lots of it. Who is the main sponsor of the Syrian terrorists, who and why needs this war? Last year Qatar and Saudi Arabia have agreed to co-finance the rebels in Syria. The Syrian opposition held numerous personal meetings with the representatives of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, during which they discussed possible options of helping the terrorists. The Saudis have promised to provide any help they could. In addition to Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Turkey … Continue reading

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Anne Delestrade

Le réchauffement climatique, on en parle beaucoup, mais cela reste abstrait. Visualiser ses effets à l’échelle de tout un massif, sur les glaciers aussi bien que sur la flore ou la faune, c’est plus percutant. On a essayé de se projeter dans le XXIe siècle. Même si cela reste très théorique, ne serait-ce que du fait de l’incertitude des modèles mathématiques.

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Wikipedia

Some countries consider multiple citizenship undesirable and take measures to avoid it. Since a country only has control over who has its citizenship, but has no control over who has any other country’s citizenship, the only way for a country to avoid multiple citizenship is to deny its citizenship to people in cases when they would have another citizenship. This may take the following forms: Automatic loss of citizenship if another citizenship is acquired voluntarily (such as Azerbaijan, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Nepal, the Netherlands, Norway). Possible (but not automatic) loss of citizenship if another citizenship is acquired voluntarily (such as Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa). Possible … Continue reading

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

In March 2013, Maksim Bakiev, a son of former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev, has been sentenced in absentia to 25 years in prison. He was found guilty of making illegal land purchases and brokering a corrupt deal for an electric power company’s shares. It is suspected that he transferred about $35 million of a $300 million loan from Russia into his private bank accounts. He was initially arrested in London in 2010 on charges of conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in a U.S. case. In May 2013, the U.S. criminal securities fraud case against Maksim Bakiyev has been dismissed without giving an explanation.

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Frankfurter Rundschau

Kurz vor Beginn des G8-Gipfels hat der syrische Staatschef Baschar al-Assad die europäischen Staaten davor gewarnt, die Rebellen in seinem Land mit Waffen zu unterstützen. “Wenn die Europäer Waffen liefern, wird der Hinterhof Europas terroristisch, und Europa wird den Preis dafür zahlen.” Assad sagte der “Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung” in dem in Damaskus geführten Interview, eine Folge von Lieferungen an die Rebellen wäre der Export des Terrorismus nach Europa. “Terroristen werden kampferfahren und mit extremistischer Ideologie ausgerüstet zurückkehren.” Das Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz hatte in der vergangenen Woche gewarnt, dass es immer mehr Islamisten aus Deutschland nach Syrien ziehe, um aufseiten von Dschihadisten zu kämpfen. Von dort kämen sie radikalisiert und möglicherweise … Continue reading

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SIPRI

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Petr Gandalovic

As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect. The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities – the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation.

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Steven Erlanger

Grateful Malian authorities gave the baby camel to Mr. Hollande during a triumphant visit to Mali in early February, after French troops intervened to drive back Islamist rebels who had seized the north of the country. The French president, who was traveling with his defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, joked then that he could use the camel in Paris to get around traffic jams. But the animal screeched constantly, and did not seem to enjoy the president’s attempt to pat it on the head. In the end, Mr. Hollande left his camel in the care of a family in Timbuktu. The family, evidently misunderstanding the purpose of the custody arrangement, … Continue reading

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Wikipedia

List of countries by population 1 China 1,354,040,000 19.13% 2 India 1,210,193,422 17.10% 3 United States 315,633,000 4.46% 4 Indonesia 237,641,326 3.36% 5 Brazil 193,946,886 2.74% 6 Pakistan 182,721,000 2.58% 7 Nigeria 170,901,000 2.41% 8 Bangladesh 152,518,015 2.16% 9 Russia 143,369,806 2.03% 10 Japan 127,360,000 1.80% 11 Mexico 112,336,538 1.59% 12 Philippines 92,337,852 1.30% 13 Vietnam 88,780,000 1.25% 14 Ethiopia 84,320,987 1.19% 15 Egypt 83,661,000 1.18% 16 Germany 81,993,000 1.16% 17 Iran 77,311,000 1.09% 18 Turkey 75,627,384 1.07% 19 DR Congo 71,420,000 1.01% 20 Thailand 65,926,261 0.93% 21 France 65,605,000 0.93% 22 United Kingdom 63,181,775 0.89% 23 Italy 59,499,534 0.84% 24 South Africa 51,770,560 0.73% 25 South Korea 50,004,441 0.71%

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日本赤十字社

日本赤十字社には、国内外の皆さまから多額の義援金をお寄せいただいているほか、世界各国の赤十字社を通じて海外救援金が届けられております。 内訳はこちらのリストをご覧ください。 Donations to the Japan Red Cross for the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal アメリカ赤十字社 USA 23,093,736,729 台湾赤十字組織 Taiwan 6,963,902,167 カナダ赤十字社 Canada 4,017,332,587 ドイツ赤十字社 Germany 3,329,505,390 大韓赤十字社 Korea 2,977,101,031 オーストラリア赤十字社 Australia 2,180,399,364 スイス赤十字社 Switzerland 1,999,210,672 フランス赤十字社 France 1,850,669,146 イギリス赤十字社 UK 1,828,504,022 香港支部 Hongkong 1,669,068,154 欧州委員会人道援助局 EC 943,464,578 中国紅十字会 China 904,038,322 個人、企業、その他の組織 Individuals 854,302,995 オランダ赤十字社 Netherlands 752,925,547 タイ赤十字社 Thailand 748,362,342 シンガポール赤十字社 Singapore 652,648,385 ベトナム赤十字社 Vietnam 608,584,747 オーストリア赤十字社 Austria 486,967,819 スペイン赤十字社 Spain 404,746,365 イタリア赤十字社 Italy 389,027,862 マレーシア赤新月社 Malaysia 359,140,736 ハワイ日米協会 Hawaii 237,317,787 国際赤十字赤新月社連盟国連代表事務所 ICRC/UN 232,932,738 セルビア赤十字社 Serbia 191,253,450 フィリピン赤十字社 Phillippines 167,000,000 ロシア赤十字社 Russia 163,836,124 ノルウェー赤十字社 Norway 161,780,204 クウェート政府 Kwait 157,420,000 ベルギー赤十字社 Belgium 129,623,606

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朝日新聞

後発開発途上国 49カ国のうち 30カ国からも計約 6億円が集まった。バングラデシュ 1.6億円、アフガニスタン 1億円、ブータンや東ティモールからも 9千万円を超えた。アフリカも 17カ国にのぼる。

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武田康男

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Forbes

Rank Name Net Worth Age Source Country 1 C. S. Helu $73b 73 telecom Mexico 2 Bill Gates $67b 57 Microsoft USA 3 A. Ortega $57b 76 Zara Spain 4 Warren Buffett $53.5b 82 Berkshire USA 5 Larry Ellison $43b 68 Oracle USA 6 Charles Koch $34b 77 diversified USA 6 David Koch $34b 72 diversified USA 8 Li Ka-shing $31b 84 diversified Hong Kong 9 L. Bettencourt $30b 90 L’Oreal France 10 B. Arnault $29b 64 LVMH France 11 C. Walton $28.2b 58 Wal-Mart USA 12 S. Persson $28b 65 H&M Sweden 13 M. Bloomberg $27b 71 Bloomberg USA 14 Jim Walton $26.7b 65 Wal-Mart USA 15 S. Adelson $26.5b 79 … Continue reading

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Guy Ryder

There’s been a call for “smart social policies” to tackle the global economic recovery which hangs in the balance. Tipping that balance towards sustainable growth and development means tackling social injustice. The world of work is now at the centre of discontent and must be an integral part in shaping a different, more just, global order for the future. The world of work is facing: 200 million unemployed, a further 870 million working poor, some 74 million unemployed youth, persisting child and forced labour and more than half of the world population having no social security at all. With full employment, the interdependent world economy would perform much better. Yet, … Continue reading

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International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

According to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), 336 natural disasters and 234 technological disasters were reported worldwide in 2011. The deadliest natural disaster was the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan in March, which killed 19,846 people. The number of deaths is much lower than those caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004 (226,408 deaths) and the earthquake of January 2010 in Haiti (222,570 deaths). In 2011, almost 70 per cent of people reported affected were victims of floods. The most severe occurred in June and September in China (68 and 20 million, respectively). Fifteen other floods affected 1 to 9 million people … Continue reading

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Andrew E. Kramer

Ben S. Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, strongly indicated that the United States did not intend to censure Japan for weakening its currency over the last several months, something that has aided Japanese exporters and angered its competitors. Initially, it seemed the world’s largest economies might agree on a firm statement at the end of the meeting to condemn a currency war, or competitive devaluations. This tactic is now widely seen as a beggar-thy-neighbor approach to creating growth that would ultimately harm a global recovery and is understood to be a cause of the lingering nature of the depression in the 1930s. Mr. Bernanke, an advocate of the loose monetary … Continue reading

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NASA

New information provided by a worldwide network of sensors has allowed scientists to refine their estimates for the size of the object that entered that atmosphere and disintegrated in the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia. The estimated size of the object, prior to entering Earth’s atmosphere, has been revised upward from 49 feet (15 meters) to 55 feet (17 meters), and its estimated mass has increased from 7,000 to 10,000 tons. Also, the estimate for energy released during the event has increased by 30 kilotons to nearly 500 kilotons of energy released. These new estimates were generated using new data that had been collected by five additional infrasound stations located around … Continue reading

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Astrology Mentor

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A+E Networks

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Daily Mail Reporter

Jupiter and Saturn have protected life on Earth for hundreds of millions of years by shielding us from comets. Many large comets hurtling towards Earth all the way from the edge of the Solar System have been batted away by the two gas giants, preserving life as we know it. The guardian planets effectively act as the planet’s bouncers, research has shown. Most scientists agree that a catastrophic asteroid collision 65 million years ago wiped out the dinosaurs. Astronomers know that Jupiter and Saturn’s gravitational fields can eject comets into interstellar space, or draw them in so that they crash into the giant planets. The new study suggests we may … Continue reading

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Steeve Iuncker

Yakoutsk janvier 2013 La ville de Yakoutsk, qui se trouve dans le nord de la Sibérie orientale, connaît des température hivernales inférieures à − 50°

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Assocuated Press

The attack in Potiskum, a town in Yobe State, comes after gunmen killed at least nine women who were administering polio vaccines in Kano, the major city in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north. The assailants killed doctors inside their home. The doctors had no security guards at their residence and typically traveled around the city without a police escort. Initially, doctors at the hospital who worked with the three men identified them as being from South Korea, while the police said they were from China. But the three men were from North Korea and had lived in the state since 2005 as part of a medical program between Yobe State and … Continue reading

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Sunita Williams

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Mat McDermott

Bolivia’s Chacaltaya glacier, at an elevation of 17,400 ft home to the world’s highest ski area, has succumbed to rising temperatures and has melted away. All that remains of the 18,000 year old glacier are a few small pieces of ice. If all that were at stake were losing an oddball ski area, that’d be one thing. But the faster thawing of the glaciers in the region have some dire implications for water supply and electricity generation. According to the World Bank, some 80 million people in the Andes are dependent on glaciers for water. The melting glaciers also have implications for energy usage in the region: Bolivia, Ecador and … Continue reading

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Antoine Rabatel

In terms of changes in surface area and length, the glacier retreat in the tropical Andes over the last three decades is unprecedented since the maximum extension of the Little Ice Age (LIA, mid-17th–early 18th century). This is a serious concern because a large proportion of the population lives in arid regions to the west of the Andes. In terms of changes in mass balance, the trend has been quite negative over the past 50 years. Even if glaciers are currently retreating everywhere in the tropical Andes, it should be noted that this is much more pronounced on small glaciers at low altitudes that do not have a permanent accumulation … Continue reading

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European Geosciences Union

Speedup and fracturing of George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula Surface motion of active rock glaciers in the Sierra Nevada, California, USA: inventory and a case study using InSAR Glacier changes and climate trends derived from multiple sources in the data scarce Cordillera Vilcanota region, southern Peruvian Andes Radar stratigraphy connecting Lake Vostok and Dome C, East Antarctica, constrains the EPICA/DMC ice core time scale Current state of glaciers in the tropical Andes: a multi-century perspective on glacier evolution and climate change An analysis of present and future seasonal Northern Hemisphere land snow cover simulated by CMIP5 coupled climate models Area and volume loss of the glaciers in the Ortles-Cevedale … Continue reading

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Ward Wilson

The first is the myth that nuclear weapons altered the course of World War II. Leaving aside the morality of America’s decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan surrendered not because of the atom bomb but because the Soviets renounced neutrality and joined the war. Sixty-six Japanese cities had already been destroyed by conventional weapons — two more did not make the difference. Attributing surrender to the bomb was also convenient for Japan’s leaders, allowing them to blame defeat on a “miracle” weapon. Second is the myth of “decisive destruction.” Mass destruction doesn’t win wars; killing soldiers does. No war has ever been won simply by killing … Continue reading

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Lucy Jordan

For the first time since 2002 Brazil may be forced to introduce power rationing, as high temperatures and a relentless drought in the Northeast have severely diminished reservoir levels. In the Northeast the worst drought the region has seen for half a century is crippling agriculture production and destroying livelihoods. December saw half of the rain that is average in the region and some areas have not seen significant rainfall for twenty months. Reservoirs are currently running at 31.61 percent of capacity, well below the 34 percent required to guarantee electricity supplies. “We are experiencing the worst drought in fifty years, with consequences that could be compared to a violent … Continue reading

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Matthew Kalman

Israeli ambassadors from around the world meeting in Jerusalem for their annual get-together have been told to support the government’s domestic and foriegn policies or resign. Yaakov Amidror, the head of Israel’s National Security Council, lashed out at the 150 diplomats, telling them they were “clerks” whose job was to represent and advise the government. “If this doesn’t suit you, quit or run for political office,” Mr Amidror told the ambassadors after they applauded a question from Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, an ex-ambassador to London and former foreign ministry director-general. Mr Prosor had queried the timing of a recent Israeli government decision announcing settlement construction in E1, … Continue reading

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廣瀬陽子

アゼルバイジャン国内のナゴルノ=カラバフ共和国、 グルジア国内のアブハジア共和国、南オセチア共和国、 モルドヴァ共和国内の沿ドニエストル共和国。 これらの地域は、本国からの分離独立をめざす分離主義を主張し、やがて相互の民族を排除しあうようになって、その対立が紛争に発展するとロシアの支援を得て本国に武力的に勝利し、さらにロシアが本国に対してさまざまな条件を突きつけたうえで停戦を仲介し、停戦状態になった後、事実上の独立を維持している。 これら4地域は、それぞれ政府・議会・軍隊・警察・独自通貨など国家の必要要件とされるものを一とおり備え、普通選挙や国民投票も実施して、国家の体裁を整えている。 そして、自ら国家であることを主張して、世界に対して国家承認を求めているが、国際的には国家や国際機関のどこからも国家承認を得られていないため、未承認国家といわれている。

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NHK

宇宙誕生から150億年。現在我々は銀河の時代に生きている。 46億年という長い時間をかけて生まれ進化してきた“宇宙のオアシス”地球は、人類の登場によっていま危機にある。増え続ける人口と加速度的に発展する文明は、地球のバランスを破壊し荒廃させつつある。 化石燃料を燃やして排出される二酸化炭素の増加による大地の水分減少。伐採と開墾による森林の消費と大地の砂漠化。人類の出現と文明の発達が自らの基盤である豊かな緑を自ら蝕んだ環境汚染の地球規模の拡大。 人類の文明は地球に何をしてきたのか。そして未来の地球はどうなるのか。

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Saint-Exupéry

Nous n’héritons pas de la terre de nos ancêtres, nous l’empruntons à nos enfants.

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USGS

Landsat 5 images: much of Oman is desert, but the Arabian Sea coast in the Dhofar region represents a startling difference in climate. This coastal region catches the monsoon rains, or khareef, during the summer months. Drenching rains fall primarily on the mountainous ridge that separates the lush, fertile areas along the coast from the arid interior, recharging streams, waterfalls and springs that provide plentiful water supplies in the fertile lowlands for the remainder of the year.

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bender

В Караганде минус 59

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