Russia has made it a crime to speak, write or broadcast about Russian troop losses in peacetime and about people co-operating with Russian foreign intelligence, in what critics said was a Kremlin attempt to stop all information about Moscow’s involvement in the war in Ukraine.
President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday spelling out more than 20 additions to Russia’s state secrets law, including “information which reveals personnel losses in times of war and in peace time while a special operation is being conducted”. The new censorship rules mean families of Russian soldiers killed fighting in Ukraine or activists researching Moscow’s clandestine campaign risk prison sentences of up to eight years.
“It appears that the position of just denying there are Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine cannot last any longer,” said Kirill Koroteev, a lawyer with Memorial, the human rights group.
Earlier this month, associates of the murdered opposition politician Boris Nemtsov published adamning report that said at least 220 active Russian soldiers had died fighting in Ukraine.
Days before he was shot in central Moscow in February, Nemtsov said he intended to enlighten the Russian people, starting with families of military and security officials, that Mr Putin was dragging the country into war.
“Now people will go to prison for searching for data about our fallen soldiers,” Ilya Yashin, one of Nemtsov’s closest associates and co-author of the report, wrote on Twitter.
Olga Romanova, a journalist and rights activist, wrote on her Facebook page: “These things mean that a blogger will be criminally prosecuted for writing about a young widow . . . crying after she received a coffin from Donbass.”
Technically, Russia’s state secrets law only covers certain institutions or persons. But legal experts said the new rules could easily be applied more broadly to silence families of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine, activists distributing or publicly discussing such information and all media reports about Russian involvement in the war.
Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov gallops ahead in race to construct a cult of personality bigger than his predecessor’s, the late dictator Saparmurat Niyazov
Turkmenistan’s equestrian-mad leader has been honoured with a huge monument in the capital city, featuring his likeness atop a golden horse. Cast in bronze and covered in 24-carat gold leaf, the statue of Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov soars over 20 metres from the ground and is perched on an outcrop of white marble cliff. Berdymukhamedov, who has run the country since 2006 and is accused of presiding over one of the most pervasive personality cults in the world, is widely known as Arkadag, or the patron.
Jagged haircuts have become fashionable among all strata of Iran’s youthful population in recent years, but have divided opinion and been deemed by the authorities as western and un-Islamic.
“Devil worshipping hairstyles are now forbidden,” said Mostafa Govahi, the head of Iran’s Barbers Union, cited by the ISNA news agency.
“Any shop that cuts hair in the devil worshipping style will be harshly dealt with and their licence revoked,” he said, noting that if a business cut hair in such a style this will “violate the Islamic system’s regulations”.
As well as tattoos being banned, solarium treatments and the plucking of eyebrows – another rising trend among young Iranian males – will not be tolerated, the report said.
Mr Govahi blamed unauthorised barbers for offering the spiky hairstyles and other treatments.
“Usually the barber shops who do this do not have a licence. They have been identified and will be dealt with,” he said.
O camarada não tem nada de verdadeiramente interessante para fazer cumprir o ideal do 25 de Abril? Marque já na sua agenda, um romaria solidária a Évora. Incluí a realização de um cordão humano cujo mote é JOSÉ SÓCRATES sempre!
“Kiev used truly totalitarian methods, attacking freedom of the press, opinion or conscience,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement, also accusing Ukraine of “rewriting history”. Ukraine’s parliament voted on Thursday to ban communist-era and Nazi symbols in a bid to break with the country’s past.
“Na sequência do se pedido de emprego, queira comparecer em ……… no dia…. pelas…., a fim de lhe ser apresentada uma proposta para participação em projecto de trabalho socialmente necessário”
Bem, cá em casa somos absolutamente a favor do controlo de todo e qualquer subsídio, sendo por princípio contra todo e qualquer subsídio, mas isto (a somar a outras coisas) é inenarrável. O que é “trabalho socialmente necessário”? Que merda é esta? E se quem se lembra desta coisas fosse apanhar no cu? Esta carta vinda do IEFP e cheia de ameaças foi recebida por uma senhora com 50 anos, pela primeira vez desempregada, que há 32 anos faz descontos para a Segurança Social e cujo subsídio é menos de 50% do que ganhava quando tinha emprego. Há 15 dias foi obrigada a comparecer na apresentação de um curso de geriatria onde, entre 29 pessoas, 27 nunca fizeram qualquer desconto e foi-lhes proposto o curso de 4 horas por dia, pago a 15€ por hora, mais 4€ por dia para subsídio de refeição durante três meses. Quem está a receber o subsídio de desemprego (receba 400, 500 ou 1000€) não seria pago caso o frequentasse. Estes azeiteiros, cujo líder é o azeiteiro-mor, o Ministro Scooter (esse gnomo mal amanhado), que mereciam era ser corridos à chapada, criam assim a profissão de Frequentador de Cursos do IEFP. Quanto aos outros, os que andam há décadas a sustentar-lhe as masturbações são intimados a fazer “trabalho socialmente necessário”. Pois, caro Ministro Scooter vá gozar com o raio que o parta e enfie o socialismo onde mais lhe aprouver.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Iran on Thursday of trying to dominate the Middle East and said its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries.
Turkey earlier said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen and called on the militia group and its “foreign supporters” to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region.
“Iran is trying to dominate the region,” said Erdogan, who is due to visit Tehran in early April. “Could this be allowed? This has begun annoying us, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. This is really not tolerable and Iran has to see this,” he added in a press conference.
O Correio da Manhã vai interpor um processo contra o advogado de defesa de José Sócrates, João Araújo, que esta manhã aconselhou uma jornalista daquele jornal a “tomar mais banho porque cheira mal”. Tudo se passou à porta do Supremo Tribunal de Justiça, na Praça do Comércio, em Lisboa, quando o advogado do ex-primeiro-ministro saía da audiência sobre o habeas corpus que apresentou.
Perseguido por alguns jornalistas, João Araújo recusou fazer comentários. “Desampare-me a loja”, disse o advogado à jornalista Tânia Laranjo, do Correio da Manhã, que transmitiu toda a cena em direto na televisão. “A senhora devia tomar mais banho porque cheira mal”, afirmou de seguida, à medida que ia sendo questionado pela jornalista. “Esta gajada mete-me nojo”, diria ainda, sempre a ser acompanhado pela equipa de reportagem da CMTV.
O Zé dos Plásticos é um super-herói cujo arquinimigo é o Saco de Plástico. Dormimos todos mais descansados sabendo que o Zé dos Plásticos está a tento aos ataques do Saco de Plástico, ao ambiente plastic-free e às dores nas costas das velhinhas que já não os carregam com compras.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has ordered an investigation into a drawing of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed which appeared in a West Bank newspaper, local media reported Tuesday.
The cartoon, which appeared Sunday in Al-Hayat al-Jadida, depicted what appeared to be a giant Mohammed standing on top of the world, sprinkling grains of love and acceptance from a heart-shaped satchel.
Palestinian news agency Wafa quoted Abbas as deeming it “necessary to take deterrent measures against those responsible for this terrible mistake.” (…)
Abbas joined world dignitaries including Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu on a symbolic march through the streets of Paris days after the attack. (…)
The Islamists who committed the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris should be not be described as “terrorists” by the BBC, a senior executive at the corporation has said.
Tarik Kafala, the head of BBC Arabic, the largest of the BBC’s non-English language news services, said the term “terrorist” was too “loaded” to describe the actions of the men who killed 12 people in the attack on the French satirical magazine.
Mr Kafala, whose BBC Arabic television, radio and online news services reach a weekly audience of 36 million people, told The Independent: “We try to avoid describing anyone as a terrorist or an act as being terrorist. What we try to do is to say that ‘two men killed 12 people in an attack on the office of a satirical magazine’. That’s enough, we know what that means and what it is.”
Mr Kafala said: “Terrorism is such a loaded word. The UN has been struggling for more than a decade to define the word and they can’t. It is very difficult to. We know what political violence is, we know what murder, bombings and shootings are and we describe them. That’s much more revealing, we believe, than using a word like terrorist which people will see as value-laden.” (…)
O filme A Entrevista já rendeu muita dor de cabeça à Sony, por provocar a ira do regime norte-coreano e de hackers que invadiram o sistema de segurança da empresa em novembro passado. Agora, o longa é responsável por tirar o sono dos organizadores do Festival de Cinema de Berlim, já que o governo de Kim Jong-un acredita que o filme terá sua estreia em Berlim durante o festival, porque ambos acontecem no mesmo dia, 5 de fevereiro. “Esse filme claramente instiga o terrorismo“, diz um trecho do comunicado em tom de ameaça emitido pela emissora estatal norte-coreana, que também afirma que se A Entrevista for para a Berlinale, a Alemanha será vista como uma aliada dos Estados Unidos. Entretanto, o evento já divulgou a sua lista de filmes, e A Entrevista não está entre eles.
“This insult has hurt the feelings of nearly two billion Muslims all over the world. The cartoons and other slander damage relations between the followers of the (Abrahamic) faiths,” he said in a statement.
The mufti, who oversees Jerusalem’s Muslim sites including Islam’s third holiest, the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, slammed the “publishing of cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, and the disregard for the feelings of Muslims.”