Friday, August 31, 2018

Мир для Донбасса: скорее мёртв, чем жив

Zakharchenko no more

Igor Plotniotsky should be feeling rather relieved right now.  After all, he was removed as “leader” of the “Luhansk People’s Republic” in a “coup” that saw him officially retire due to health issues and disappear into Russia.

Alexander Zakharchenko, the “leader” of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” retired from the position on 31st August 2018, the same way many other “public personalities/leaders” were retired – via a violent death, in his case being blown up in a restaurant.
(Also injured was Alexander Timofeyev, “Finance Minister” according to initial reports.)
Suffice to say no tears will be shed by the blog.

What’s Wrong With the US Afghanistan Strategy?

The United States’ Afghanistan-centric South Asia strategy aimed at outlining a plan for victory in its more than one-and-a-half decade long war with the Taliban. A combination of tools — including diplomacy, economic might, intelligence and military power — was employed during the past year for that purpose.
However, at the same time, the current situation in Afghanistan reflects a gloomy picture ridden with chaos and disorder, largely as a result of clashes between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents. There have also been widespread suicide bomb blasts across the country.

Istanbul’s Orthodox Church retains support for independent Ukrainian church

Patriarch Kirill of the Orthodox Church of Moscow visited Bartholomew I, the patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church based in Istanbul, on Aug. 31 in an eleventh hour bid to prevent the Ukrainian church from being separated from Moscow.
Against the backdrop of Patriarch Kirill’s suggestion to hold a conference on the matter, Patriarch Bartholomew said the issue had been debated for a long time and “they will go with the decision,” according to sources of the patriarchate in Istanbul.
A senior official in the Orthodox Church in Istanbul also told the Associated Press reported on Aug. 31 that “there is no going back” in granting Ukrainian clerics ecclesiastic independence from the Russian Orthodox Church.

Protecting the Confidentiality of Franchise Negotiations

The Fox Rothschild team of Megan Center and Alex Radus recently gave a presentation at the International Franchise Expo in New York City on the “Top Ten Provisions to ‘Never’ Negotiate in a Franchise Agreement.” A summary of this presentation is being presented in four separate blog posts.  The first post focused on the central theme of franchise negotiation from the perspective of the franchisor and franchisee.
This installment highlights a few practice pointers that can save time and money during the negotiation process and protect the confidentiality of your negotiations.  Installments three and four will examine the top ten things never to negotiate in in detail, including typical franchisee requests, franchisor counter-arguments, and common compromises.

The return of the godfather: How Putin's best friend in Ukraine is staging an improbable comeback

He is known to his critics as Ukraine’s Prince of Darkness, a toxic presence. But Viktor Medvedchuk would like people to know that he’s back. 
The former lawyer, a man who counts Russian president Vladimir Putin as godfather to his child, was one of the very first people to be included on US sanctions lists.
He was largely sidelined and forgotten after the Euromaidan protests. Yet the pro-Russian operator seems to be engineering an improbable comeback, leveraging in his position as the only Ukrainian capable of negotiating with the Kremlin.

Here Are All the Highlights From Trump’s Oval Office Interview

President Donald Trump sat down in the Oval Office for an interview on Thursday with Bloomberg News conducted by Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait and White House reporters Margaret Talev and Jennifer Jacobs. Here is a roundup of the news that emerged from their conversation, and here is a transcript.

Trump Considering Capital Gains Tax Break, He Says in InterviewPresident Donald Trump said he’s considering a capital gains tax break by issuing a regulation that would index gains to inflation. “There are a lot of people that love it and some people that don’t,” Trump said Thursday in an Oval Office interview with Bloomberg News. “But I’m thinking about it very strongly.”

Zakharchenko killed in local criminal feud or eliminated by Russian special services

Chief of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko has been killed in Russian-occupied Donetsk either as a result of criminal fights among militants, or liquidated by Russian special services, head of the staff at the SBU Ukrainian Security Service's chief Ihor Huskov has said.
"We have grounds to believe that Zakharchenko's death may be the result of internal criminal conflicts among militants, primarily related to the redistribution of assets that were illegally seized in 2014-2018. But we do not rule out attempts by Russian special services to also eliminate the notorious figure, who, according to our information, has been bothering Russians and has become the odd man today," he told Channel 112 on Friday evening.

Russia Opens a New Front in Its War Against Ukraine: the Sea of Azov

After more than four years of constant combat, the artillery still thunders daily in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region along the 250-mile-long, entrenched front lines of Europe’s only ongoing land war. There, Ukraine’s military remains locked in combat against a combined force of pro-Russian separatists, foreign mercenaries, and Russian regulars.
For years, the physical effects of the war have remained more or less geographically quarantined to the Donbas battlefield. This summer, however, Russian naval forces have stepped up their harassment of Ukrainian merchant vessels in the Sea of Azov, effectively blockading the body of water through which roughly 80 percent of Ukraine’s exports pass.

The cost of a good wage: A snapshot of the structure and dynamics of wages in Ukraine today

“May you live on a single salary!” This quote from a popular film by Soviet comedy director Leonid Gaidai was a half-humorous curse back then. Wages were very low for most people and those who didn’t make any money under the table had little to cheer about. Much water has flowed under the bridge since that time, but during the crisis years of 2014 and 2015, most Ukrainians found it a serious challenge to survive just on their regular wages. In the few years have passed since then, Ukraine is rapidly moving towards a record level of wages since it became independent.

The wage roller coaster

According to Derzhstat, the government statistics agency, the average official monthly salary in Ukraine reached UAH 8,725 (see Salary Realities). In Kyiv, it passed UAH 10,000 in 2017 and today it’s over UAH 12,000. Is this a lot or a little? Compared to indicators in Europe, even Eastern Europe, these numbers are no match. But if they are compared to certain domestic markers in Ukraine, the situation looks a lot better. 

Special Report: In Venezuela, new cryptocurrency is nowhere to be found

ATAPIRIRE, Venezuela (Reuters) - To hear Venezuela’s leftist President Nicolas Maduro tell it, this remote hamlet of 1,300 souls is perched on the cutting edge of an innovation in cryptocurrency.

Located in an isolated savanna in the center of the country, Atapirire is the only town in an area the government says is brimming with 5 billion barrels of petroleum. Venezuela has pledged those reserves as backing for a digital currency dubbed the “petro,” which Maduro launched in February. This month he vowed it would be the cornerstone of a recovery plan for the crisis-stricken nation.


#Metoo reaches the federal courts

On July 3, 2018 the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit[1] ruled on the case of Minarsky v. Susquehanna County et al, 17-2646 (Jul. 3, 2018). The case clarifies and limits the scope of the Faragher-Ellerthaffirmative defense in workplace harassment cases.
Established by the Supreme Court in 1988, the Faragher-Ellerth defense  provides the employer a defense to workplace harassment claims when it can show that (1) it exercised reasonable care to prevent harassment and to promptly correct it when it might occur; and (2) that the employee failed to reasonably take advantage of preventative or corrective measures provided by the employer, or to otherwise avoid harm.  Usually, this means that if the employer implements a policy prohibiting harassment, and the employee fails to report harassment that violates that policy, then the employee cannot successfully bring a harassment claim.  Because this is an affirmative defense, the employer must prove both of the above elements to avoid liability.

California: How Many Domestic Relations Cases Has the Court Decided a Year?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing the Court’s history with insurance law cases on the civil side, and habeas corpus decisions on the criminal side.  This week and next, we’re looking at two new issues – on the civil docket, the Court’s history with domestic relations cases, and in the criminal docket, cases principally involving juvenile justice issues.  We begin with the forty-two domestic relations cases the Court has decided from 1991 to 2017.
The Court decided two domestic relations cases in 1991, three in 1992, five in 1993, one in 1994, three in 1995, four in 1996 and one in 1997.

M&A in Belgium

With the economic and financial crisis now definitely behind it, Belgium has experienced limited yet stable growth in recent years, and this trend is expected to continue. In particular, the Belgian GDP has increased with 1.3% in 2014, 1.4% in 2015 and 2016, 1.7% in 2017 and, according to the National Bank of Belgium, a new 1.7% increase is expected for 2018.
In terms of M&A activity in Belgium, 2017 is considered to be a good year with a steady volume of deals. In comparison with 2016, there was a significant increase in M&A activity. Nonetheless, there were a few marque deals, such as the merger between retailers Delhaize and Ahold and the takeover of SABMiller by AB Inbev in 2016. For some time it looked like the key deal of 2017 would be the acquisition of Dole by Greenyard. This deal, however, fell through. However, the small and medium-sized enterprises segment of the market accounts for the majority of deals with an increasing interest of local and international private equity players in the Belgian market.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Что стоит за химической атакой на севере Крыма?

Александр Горный, блогер, Крым 

В последние дни, в крымских соцсетях просто паникапаника. На севере полуострова произошла серьёзнейшая экологическая катастрофа, сравнимая по последствиям с химической атакой. 

Возможными виновниками данной истории общественники и эксперты предварительно называют «Крымский титан», принадлежащий украинскому олигарху, или завод БРОМ, находящийся неподалёку. 

Благодаря социальным сетям и некоторым активным журналистам эту историю не дали замолчать, вышла пара репортажей на Крымском телевидении, да и Совмин вынужден был реагировать, хоть и негромко. Да и как молчать, если масштабы катастрофы огромные. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

UA seeks AD systems from the US – but which?

Long ago when Valery Chaly was working as a leading light in President Proshenko’s Bankova administration, the blog once stated that he could become a political threat to President Poroshenko and that a move would probably occur.

10th July 2015 unsurprisingly witnessed Mr Chaly moved from the Presidential Administration and become His Excellency the Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA.
As expected as Ambassador he has done a very good job.
It is difficult think of anybody else within Ukraine that could or would have done a better job.

Trump presses Supreme Court chief justice for action on Russia dossier

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice should tell the head of a national security court to question FBI and Justice Department officials about their use of a so-called Russia dossier as part of a collusion probe.

Trump singled out Justice Department official Bruce Ohr in a message on Twitter apparently quoting a Fox News analyst. Ohr is linked to the dossier of allegations of possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

The dossier was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele in work partly financed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Republican critics of the dossier have focused heavily on its DNC ties and U.S. surveillance of Trump associates.

Плохо как в Украине: срочная новость для любителей «русского мира»

Fourth anniversary of Ilovaisk tragedy marked today

These August days of 2014 witnessed the climax of the Ilovaisk tragedy, when the Ukrainian armed units were surrounded as a result of the confrontation with the Russian troops.
The fighting for the important strategic object of Donbas, the town of Ilovaisk, lasted from mid-August. The Ukrainian servicemen almost managed to seize the city, but the Russian army intervened. Moscow did not plan to surrender the important strategic object, so it threw the regular army against the Ukrainians.
The battalions of the Ukraine’s Interior Ministry "Dnipro-1", "Myrotvorets", "Svityaz", "Kherson", "Ivano-Frankivsk", National Guard’s battalion “Donbas” and sector B forces were besieged as a result of invasion of regular units of the Russian Armed Forces and their march in the direction of Ilovaisk town. August 28, the situation of our military became critical.

PayPal allows money transfers to Ukraine from U.S.

A U.S.-based company PayPal, operator of a worldwide online payments system, has allowed money remittances from the United States to Ukraine. The service is available through an electronic funds transfer provider Xoom, which PayPal acquired in November 2015, according to head of the project office for the introduction of PayPal in Ukraine, Ilya Kenigshtein. "Earlier, Xoom allowed transferring funds to 44 countries, without Ukraine on the list. Starting today, Xoom allows remittances from the U.S. to 130 countries, including Ukraine," Kenigshtein wrote on Facebook.

Putin appeals to Russians to accept 'painful' pension changes

Vladimir Putin has made a direct appeal to Russians to ask for their support in raising the retirement age, warning that without urgent action, the country risked economic collapse and hyperinflation, as well as threats to its national security.
In a televised address to the nation, the president offered some concessions on the government’s unpopular draft legislation, and detailed a series of measures to alleviate fears that some older people could be left without pensions or jobs.

Law & Critique: Welcome to A Law World without Jurists?

Does law need jurists (or lawyers, as they are called in the Common law tradition) to perform its regulatory functions? In the Western Legal Tradition, the answer is usually “yes.” The orthodox narrative tells us that law is a human construct in the sense that it would have never come into existence without the great minds of the Roman jurists of the Late Republic (second century BC). Since then, the story goes, the structural link between law and human intellect and sensitivity has always laid at the core of our legal consciousness (with some noticeable exceptions).
This conventional reconstruction not only masks that, in the West, law first emerged in Greece, and not in Rome.

Litigation: Enforcement of foreign judgments in New York

New York's general policy is to facilitate recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, provided that certain basic criteria are met (54 NY Jur 2d Enforcement and Execution of Judgments, Section 351 (2011)). This policy applies to recognition and enforcement proceedings before New York state courts, as well as before US federal courts located in New York (see Fed R Civ P Rule 69(1)(a)):
"A money judgment is enforced by a writ of execution, unless the court directs otherwise. The procedure on execution… must accord with the procedure of the state where the court is located, but a federal statute governs to the extent it applies."

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Academic Entrepreneurship in Ukraine: The Concepts and the Subjects

Volodymyr Machuskyy


The article considers the legal status of subjects of academic entrepreneurship in Ukraine. The range of subjects of academic entrepreneurship was determined. The state of legal support for academic entrepreneurship has been clarified. The concept of academic entrepreneurship was specified.Proposals on improving the legislation of Ukraine in the field of academic entrepreneurship were given.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, academic entrepreneurship, subjects of academic entrepreneurship, legal support for academic entrepreneurship, Ukraine

JEL Classification: K00

Machuskyy, Volodymyr, Academic Entrepreneurship in Ukraine: The Concepts and the Subjects (August 19, 2018). Available at SSRN:

Poroshenko expects documents from MFA to denounce friendship treaty with Russia

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko declares that Ukraine is legally ready to terminate the treaty on friendship, cooperation and partnership with Russia, concluded in 1997, and expects the relevant documents from the Foreign Ministry.
"Today we have approached sufficiently prepared and legally protected to the next step: the termination of the treaty on friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, which through Moscow's fault has long become an anachronism," Poroshenko said at a meeting with heads of foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine in Kyiv on Tuesday.
"Already in the near future, I expect the necessary documents from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to begin the implementation of this process," the president said.

РАДЗИХОВСКИЙ. Санкции от 27 августа будут нарастать!

Kyiv launches ‘hotline’ for tourists

In Kyiv, the hotline service for tourists, Tourist Info, has been launched.
The service is free and available in three languages: English, Ukrainian and Russian.
A person can call 6116 and get already recorded information, which gives answers to almost all possible questions, such as getting to the city from an airport or where to have dinner. In addition, one can contact the operator directly.

Ukraine asks Council of Europe to help with selection of judges for anti-corruption court

Ukraine addressed the Council of Europe seeking to receive assistance in selecting judges for the anti-corruption court, Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe Dmytro Kuleba has reported.
"We have sent an official request to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe asking that the Council of Europe takes part in the selection of judges of the new anti-corruption court," Kuleba said during the press club of the 13th meeting of heads of foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine in Kyiv on Tuesday.
He said that the request was sent to the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL) and the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).

China could scrap two-child policy, ending nearly 40 years of limits

China is mulling scrapping its controversial birth restrictions, reversing nearly four decades of family planning policies as birth rates fall.
Chinese couples are limited to two children at present, after rules were relaxed from the infamous one-child policy that was in force from 1979 to 2016. Now officials are poised to enact a wide-ranging civil code that would end a policy that has been enforced through fines but was also notorious for cases of forced abortions and sterilisation in the world’s most populous country.


Leaders from Turkey, Russia, and Iran will meet next week to discuss the ongoing war in Syria and how to respond to radical Islamic groups who continue to hold territory there.
The three leaders will gather in the Iranian city of Tabriz as the U.S. relationship with all three countries continues to deteriorate. Some analysts say it’s likely they are hoping to determine the future of Syria without the input of Washington.
"Power abhors a vacuum, and in the absence of strong U.S. leadership on Syria, Russia and Iran have been more than happy to move in. It's a measure of just how much they've come to dominate the conflict that they'll be the only major foreign powers at the summit,” Chris Meserole, a Middle East expert at the Brookings Institution, told Newsweek.

European Environment Agency (EEA) report: 'The circular economy and the bioeconomy — Partners in sustainability'

The EEA report 'The circular economy and the bioeconomy — Partners in sustainability' shows that the two policy agendas have similar objectives and areas of intervention, including food waste, biomass and bio-based products, and that they would benefit from stronger links, particularly in product and infrastructure design, and collaboration throughout the value chain.

Litigation: Enforcement of foreign judgments in Ireland

Brussels Regime
For judgments and proceedings commenced before January 10 2015, the Brussels I Regulation (44/2001) applies. The Brussels I Regulation was implemented into Irish law by the European Communities (Civil and Commercial Judgment) Regulations 2002 (SI 52/2002).
For proceedings commenced after January 10 2015 the enforcement of EU judgments is governed by the Brussels I Recast Regulation (1215/2012) (the Brussels I Recast Regulation and the Brussels I Regulation are known as the ‘Brussels Regime’), which was implemented into Irish law by the European Union (Civil and Commercial Judgments) Regulations 2015 (SI 6/2015). The objective of the Brussels I Recast Regulation was to make the recognition and enforcement of EU judgments more straightforward and it has dispensed with the need to bring any application to court in respect of judgments to which it applies.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Selling your car? Clear your personal data first.

Is a new car in your future? You might first have some unfinished business with your old one. While you’re cleaning out your personal items, think about the personal information stored in the car’s electronic system.
Your car is a computer that stores a lot of information about you just like your smartphone or home computer. When you sell or donate your car, that personal data might be accessible to the next owner if you don’t take steps to remove it.

New U.S. sanctions against Russia: Infernal, but not too much

Starting today, the United States has imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia over the poisoning by Russia of a former Russian military intelligence operative Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, UK, in March of this year. Sanctions that some experts branded "infernal" will be effective for last at least a year and include a ban on arms sales and financing of arms deals, restrictions on lending by U.S. government agencies, and a ban on exports of dual-use goods and technologies. Also, a ban is imposed on foreign aid to Russia, with the exception of emergency humanitarian aid and food supplies.

More than 1 mln Ukrainians working, living in Poland – Ukrainian Ambassador to Poland

There are currently more than one million Ukrainians who work and live in Poland, and 200,000 of them have received the so-called Polish residence card, Ukraine's Ambassador to Poland Andriy Deshchytsia has said.
"There are now 1 million Ukrainians living and working in Poland. There is no exact data. The number is based on the number of national visas issued, permits for work or residence," Deshchytsia said during the press club of the 13th meeting of heads of Ukraine's foreign diplomatic missions in Kyiv on Monday.

Exclusive: U.S., Mexico reach NAFTA deal; talks with Canada to start immediately

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Mexico reached a deal on Monday to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and talks with Canada were expected to begin immediately in the hopes of reaching a final agreement by Friday, a senior U.S. trade official said.

Against Appeasement: What’s Wrong with Zionism?

In response to recent attacks on Jeremy Corbyn concerning “Anti-Semitism”, the British Labor Party leader sought to appease Zionist organisations in an op-ed in the Guardian (3 August 2018) in which he disavowed the notion that “Zionism is racism” as an old-fashioned and misplaced Lefty idea. At the same time, liberal Zionists, who are critical of Israeli governmental policies, lament the “betrayal” of early democratic ideals. Recently, Ron Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress wrote in the NYT (13 August 2018): “The Zionist movement has been unwaveringly democratic from its very start. Writ large upon its flag were liberty, equality and human rights for all.” Form this perspective, Israel’s recent Nation-State Basic Law, which constitutionalises Jewish supremacy, is a mere aberration or unfortunate development.


Go deeper: Where the lawsuits against the census citizenship question stand

Lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s plan to ask about citizenship status during the 2020 census are being allowed by federal judges to move forward, dealing a blow to the federal government.
Why it matters: As the suits to remove the question make their way through courts in New York, Maryland and California, they could complicate preparation for the United States' constitutionally-mandated nationwide decennial count.

Check Those "Choice of Law" Provisions!

Every business and commercial litigator has read countless contracts containing “choice of law” provisions. Such provisions are part of the standard boilerplate of virtually every commercial contract. Because “choice of law” is rarely a consideration going to the heart of the business deal at issue, it is not unusual for them to be given scant attention during the negotiation and drafting phase. As a result, “choice of law” clauses are often overlooked in their potential importance, as the parties and counsel concentrate on the more immediate matter of the explicit commercial terms.
When the deal goes sour, however, and it comes time for the parties to assert and enforce their contractual rights, the spotlight often turns to the “choice of law” provision – which perhaps no one had paid much attention to previously.

No-deal Brexit thrusts UK into 'legal vacuum', warns Keir Starmer

Theresa May and the government would face a race against time to pass a slew of new laws, or risk creating an “unsustainable legal vacuum”, if Britain plunged out of the EU without a deal, Labour’s Keir Starmer has warned.
Dominic Raab insisted last week that the government had the legislation in place to cope, if Britain is forced to leave in March 2019 without a withdrawal agreement.
“Our laws will be on the statute book, the staff will be in place, the teams will be in post and our institutions will be ready for Brexit – deal, or no deal,” the Brexit secretary said.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Санкции США против России из-за инцидента в Солсбери вступили в силу

Москва. 27 августа. INTERFAX.RU - В понедельник начинают действовать ограничительные меры США в отношении России, связанные с мартовскими событиями в британском Солсбери.
Документ госдепартамента США о новых санкциях в отношении России опубликовали в Федеральном реестре США в конце прошлой недели. Вступает в силу он 27 августа.

Первый пакет

Речь идет о первом пакете санкций, связанных с "делом Скрипалей".

Anton Gerashchenko apologises (A precedent?)

It has to be said that the blog is not much of a fan of Anton Gerashchenko.
It is not a personal dislike toward him, for there is always a need to separate message from messenger.  The dislike of Mr Gerashchenko comes from not always being able to easily identify just whose message he is delivering.
Sometimes it is that of the Ministry of Interior.  Others that specifically of the National Police or the National Guard, or other elements within the Ministry of Interior despite each having press officers.  There are also instances where it appears he is the messenger for those within the dubious (vested interests) orbit of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.  Yet others when he is clearly delivering a message directly from Arsen Avakov without attributing it to him – the messages Mr Avakov does not want to deliver himself.  On rare occasions Mr Gerashchenko also delivers his own, sometimes knee-jerk and less well thought through, personal opinions.

Украинский проект: Вне пределов геополитических шаблонов и бюрократических исторических схем.

Праздничные публикации по случаю национального праздника обычно грешат пафосом. Хотя грех, признаемся, небольшой. Потому как — куда ж без него? Все-таки праздник есть, независимость есть, и чем дальше — тем больше цена ее для нас растет. 
До 2014 года цена была сугубо символической, а вот теперь ее счетчик считает человеческие жизни. Солдат и мирных жителей, которых уносит очередная национально-освободительная война. Которая, в отличие от предыдущих, пока носит позиционный характер. Надолго ли?

Women's Business Center

Women's Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of over 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. WBCs seek to "level the playing field" for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world.
SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) oversees the WBC network, which provides entrepreneurs (especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged) comprehensive training and counseling on a variety of topics in several languages.


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Dangerous symptoms: Is Europe facing a wave of modern antisemitism?

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour party leader, has caused uproar in Britain by admitting that four years ago he laid a wreath at a Palestinian cemetery in Tunis that contains the bodies of several alleged terrorists, including the mastermind of the Munich Olympic massacre of 11 Israeli athletes in 1972.
 Mr Corbyn’s admission has provoked new accusations that he is hostile to Jews and that anti-Semitism has now taken root in the Labour party.  The deputy leader of Britain’s Labour party, the official opposition to the government, said recently that the party would “disappear into a vortex of eternal shame and embarrassment” unless it dealt robustly with anti-Semitism.
  Such a charge, in an established democracy in the 21st century, seems startling. How could a party that for years campaigned for human rights, racial equality and an end to discrimination be struggling to throw off charges of anti-Semitism? 

«Слава Украине» и истерика в МИД России

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Brazil May See Negative Impact from U.S.-China Trade War

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Thursday the United States began charging a 25 percent import surcharge on 279 Chinese products and now more than 1,000 Chinese products have a surcharge when entering the U.S. This increased U.S. protectionism, however, is not likely to be translated into gains for Brazilian exports, say analysts.

Poroshenko, Patriarch Bartholomew discuss establishment of unified local church in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople have discussed the establishment of a unified local Orthodox church in Ukraine in a telephone conversation.
"The parties discussed further actions on the way of establishing a unified local Orthodox church of Ukraine," the Ukrainian presidential press service said.

Russia makes proposals to Turkey on northwest Syria: Report

Russia has presented proposals to the Turkish authorities on resolving the situation in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, the Interfax news agency reported on Aug. 24.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu met his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar and Hakan Fidan, chief of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) in Moscow on Aug. 24.
According to a statement by Russia's Defense Ministry, "The heads of the military services continued a substantive dialogue on the situation in Syria, which began a week ago at a bilateral meeting in Moscow, during which the Russian side handed over to Turkish colleagues proposals on resolving the situation in the northwest of Syria."

One in five Polish companies employs Ukrainian workers: study

Twenty-one percent of Polish employers say they hire Ukrainian workers, a new study has found.

Half a year ago the figure stood at 11 percent, according to research by recruitment company Personnel Service, the Employers of Poland organisation and the State Employment Service of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, 17 percent of employers said they were planning to take on workers from neighbouring countries east of Poland in the near future, the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily reported.
Around 1 million Ukrainians are expected to travel to Poland for work over the next two years, according to the study.