President Obama, listen to Netanyahu on Iran, Faisal J. Abbas Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English.
After Boris Nemtsov’s Assassination, ‘There Are No Longer Any Limits’, por Julia Ioffe.
Even if one of these theories were true, none of Moscow’s embattled liberals would be convinced. “I will never believe it,” Yevgenia Albats, editor of the liberal magazine New Times and an old friend of Nemtsov, told me. “This is not about some domestic affair. These were absolute professionals.” Ilya Yashin, a member of Nemtsov’s Solidarity Party, was of the same mind. “It’s totally obvious for me that it’s a political killing,” he said. “I don’t have the slightest doubt about that.” Maxim Katz, another opposition activist, claimed on Twitter that, any way you slice it, Putin is responsible: “If he ordered it, then he’s guilty as the orderer. And even if he didn’t, then [he is responsible] as the inciter of hatred, hysteria, and anger among the people.”
It’s hard to argue with this last point. Putin’s aggressive foreign policy, his increasingly conservative domestic policy, his labeling the opposition a “fifth column” and “national traitors,” his state television whipping up a militant, nationalistic fervor — all of this creates a certain atmosphere. Putin, after all, has a history of playing with fire, only to have the flames get away from him. After years of the Kremlin tacitly supporting ultranationalist, neo-Nazi groups, the same skinheads staged a violent protest at the foot of the Kremlin walls in 2010 while riot police officers stood by and watched helplessly. Today, a rabid nationalism has swallowed up most of the country, and it is no longer clear that Putin can control it. “In this kind of atmosphere, everything is possible,” Pavlovsky told me. “This is a Weimar atmosphere. There are no longer any limits.”
Until relatively recently, the risks opposition activists knew they were taking on were not generally thought to be life-threatening. The government was likely to hassle activists and make their lives uncomfortable, but mostly it just marginalized them, like the town fool. This began to change with the arrests of protesters in the summer of 2012. When Navalny was sentenced to five years in prison a year later, it came as a shock; this had never been done before. Even after the sentence was suspended, it seemed to be a warning to the opposition.
Nemtsov’s assassination took that warning to its logical conclusion. Now, “we live in a different political reality,” tweeted Leonid Volkov, a prominent opposition activist. “The fact that they killed him is a message to frighten everyone, the brave and the not brave,” Yashin said. “That this is what happens to people who go against the government of our country.” Anatoly Chubais — who, like Nemtsov, served in the Yeltsin government, and who remains close to Putin — visited the site of the shooting this morning. “If, just a few days ago, people in our city are carrying signs that say ‘Let’s finish off the fifth column,’ and today they kill Nemtsov,” he said in astatement, referring to the Kremlin-sponsored anti-Maidan protest in Moscow last weekend, “what will happen tomorrow?” Or, as Albats put it, “Hunting season is open.”
Nemtsov had been confiding to friends of late that he was growing frightened. This summer, he went to Israel to hide out for a few months, fearing arrest. He told Albats that he worried he wouldn’t be able to withstand a stint in a Russian penal colony. In the fall, he filed a police report because of threats he was receiving on social media. It didn’t seem to go anywhere. Recently, he even let his bravado slip in public, telling an interviewer two weeks ago that he was scared Putin would kill him.
And yet, he didn’t let up. According to Albats and Yashin, Nemtsov was working on a particularly incendiary report that he planned to call “Putin and Ukraine,” which would trace the stream of weaponry flowing from Russia to separatists in the Donbass. He was meeting with the families of Russian men who had died fighting with the separatists. He kept up his withering attacks on Facebook and Twitter. He kept traveling to Ukraine and meeting with president Petro Poroshenko, something that couldn’t have gone unnoticed by the Kremlin’s security agencies. And still, Nemtsov never hired a bodyguard. He walked home through Moscow late at night unprotected.
And he almost made it. His apartment building was visible from the bridge. “From his window, where he worked out in the mornings, you can see the place where he was killed,” Romanova told me. “For many years, he saw the place where they would kill him.”
O político russo Boris Nemtsov
suicidou-se foi assassinado no centro de Moscovo com quatro tiros no peito. Opositor político de Putin, era um dos organizadores da marcha anti-guerra prevista para 1 de Março. Parece claro que estava ao serviço e foi morto pela CIA.
Boris Nemtsov: Yes, I’m afraid that Putin will kill me (entrevista de 10 de Fevereiro)
Adenda: Entretanto, Putin auto-nomeou-se chefe da investigação. O homem não tem descanso na defesa da sua honra.
Vladimir Putin has already proposed a theory about Boris Nemtsov’s assassination — that his killing was a provocation presumably (according to this theory) to make the Kremlin look guilty. The Russian state-operated TASS reports (translated by The Interpreter):
“Putin noted that this cruel murder had all the hallmarks of a contract job and bears an exclusively provocational character,” said Peskov [Putin’s press secretary – The Interpreter].
According to him, “the head of state has instructed the leaders of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Interior Ministry and FSB to create an investigative group and to keep the course of the investigation of this crime under his personal control.”
— James Miller, Pierre Vaux
Imagem de arquivo que capta Boris Nemtsov com a bandeira ucraniana na mão, ladeado pela ex-PM ucraniana Yulia Tymoshenko e ao fundo, o actual Presidente Petro Poroshenko.
A presidente da Assembleia Municipal de Lisboa diz que o vereador Manuel Salgado “tem perfeita consciência” de que a isenção de taxas e compensações urbanísticas que a Câmara de Lisboa propôs que fosse concedida ao Benfica é de 4,6 milhões de euros e não de 1,8 milhões. Então por que é que o autarca nunca corrigiu o valor que tem sido divulgado? “Isso pergunte-lhe a ele”, responde Helena Roseta, recusando fazer uma leitura desse facto.
Enquanto o povo se prepara para defender a revolução nas ruas, a política económica revolucionária de Maduro continua a frutificar.
Showbiz (arquivo cultural-caridoso do então PM russo).
O próprio messias no Casino da Póvoa.
O Terceiro excluído, por João Cardoso Rosas.
(…) Os partidos da social-democracia, que sempre constituíram a primeira ou segunda força política europeia, estão em crise profunda. Não se trata de pensar agora no caso português e na ambiguidade da liderança do PS – António Costa pode andar por aí a repetir as vacuidades que quiser porque na Europa não sabem sequer que ele existe. O que deve fazer pensar são os casos da Alemanha ou da Holanda, onde os social-democratas alinham inteiramente pela política de austeridade. Nos Governos de França ou da Itália, eles pareciam ter uma visão diferente, mas acabaram por não ser consequentes.
O actual debate na Europa é muito importante e dele depende não só o futuro da Grécia, ou de Portugal, mas também o destino do projecto europeu. Neste debate o aspecto político mais surpreendente é, sem dúvida, a auto-exclusão do centro-esquerda.
A Moscow court late on Thursday jailed prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for 15 days for breaching a law that restricts demonstrations, barring him from a planned rally on March 1.
Two days earlier another court had ended house arrest terms for Navalny and upheld a suspended three-and-a-half-year prison term for the protest leader over a theft case he says is politically motivated.
Navalny left the courthouse on Thursday evening handcuffed and was whisked away in a police car. He appealed nonetheless to his followers to turn up for the rally against President Vladimir Putin’s policies.
La marcha del 18F. Bajo una lluvia torrencial, se movilizan desde el Congreso a Plaza de Mayo unas 260.000 personas, según cálculos de la Policía Metropolitana. La multitud es encabezada por fiscales y familiares de Nisman. Además, hay multitudinarias concentraciones en ciudades del Interior como Rosario, Córdoba, Santa Fe y Mar del Plata.
Mineiros independentistas lançam mísseis Grad em Horlivka (Ucrânia), comprados em mercado local, dentro do espírito dos acordos de Minsk I e Minsk II, dando continuidade às populares campanhas dos referendos que, espera-se, tenham continuidade na cidade-natal de.Ludwig von Mises. Quando o princípio da secessão, um dos mais queridos valores liberais, chegar a Lviv por forma a implantar uma república popular, boa parte do caminho destes mineiros estará feito.
Há que prestar a devida homenagem aos soldados russos que caíram na defesa da
Ucrânia Hungria em 1956.
O Presidente da Venezuela é a mais recente aquisição da glamourosa equipa dos críticos de cartoons.
The Argentine Federal Prosecutor appointed to examine the accusation that the Argentine government attempted to cover up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires has announced that he will be pursuing the country’s top leadership over the charge, in a major endorsement of the claims advanced by Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman on the eve of his death last month in suspicious circumstances.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman are the most prominent names in Gerardo Pollicita’s complaint, described by the Buenos Aires Herald as giving “a green light” to the charges originally made by Nisman before he died. As The Algemeiner reported earlier today, there is a growing conviction in both Argentina and Israel that Iran was also behind Nisman’s death, which the Argentine government is officially treating as a suicide.
In addition to Fernández de Kirchner and Timerman, Pollicita also charged several of their main political allies, including Luis D’Elia, a former member of the cabinet of Néstor Kirchner (Fernández de Kirchner’s late husband and predecessor in office) Andrés Larroque, a parliamentarian, former prosecutor Héctor Yrimia and Allan Bogado, a suspected member of Argentina’s state intelligence service.
Leitura complementar: Calote argentino.
Arrogant statism of global warming fanatics, por por Daniel J. Mitchell
Global warming may well be real. But climate alarmists, and especially those who follow their agenda, are filled with arrogance and hubris and they have immense power to cause damage (…)
But here’s the catch. I don’t trust radical environmentalists. Simply stated, too many of these people are nuts.
Environmentalists assert that you’re racist if you oppose their agenda.
How about the environmentalists who sterilize themselves to avoid carbon-producing children?
Or consider the environmentalists who produce/use hand-cranked vibrators to reduce their carbon footprint.
There are also environmentalist who claim that climate change causes AIDS.
And environmentalists put together a ranking implying that Cuba is better than the United States.
Then there’s the super-nutty category.
- The environmentalists who choose death to lower their carbon footprints.
But you know what’s even worse than a nutty environmentalist?
What terrifies me far more are the very serious, very connected, and very powerful non-nutty environmentalists who hold positions of real power. These folks are filled with arrogance and hubris and they have immense power to cause damage.
If you think I’m exaggerating, here’s some of what was contained in a release from the United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe. (…)
Igor Sechin, que é o presidente da companhia estatal russa de energia Rosneft, vem justamente queixar-se da OPEC, acusando-a de desestabilizar o mercado de petróleo e de estar ao serviço dos interesses de um pequeno grupo de países do Médio Oriente. Tem solução este problema da Rússia: voltar aos gloriosos tempos da economia soviética, tornar-se ainda mais independente da OPEC, formar uma organização concorrente – a concorrência dá sempre bons frutos – ou simplesmente deixar de apoiar o projecto nuclear iraniano.
Egypt’s al Azhar University, Sunni Islam’s foremost religious authority, called for the “Killing, crucifixion and chopping of the limbs” of Islamic State (IS) terrorists who burnt alive Jordanian pilot Moaz al Kasabeh, probably in Syria.
Já sabemos que a verdadeira culpa deve ser repartida, desde o desaparecimento dos dinaussaros, entre Israel, os EUA, a UE e a NATO.
Os verdadeiros socialistas detestam algumas formas de controlo de natalidade e determinadas formas de protecção.
Venezuelans who already must line up for hours to buy chicken, sugar, medicines and other basic products in short supply now face a new indignity: Condoms are hard to find and nearly impossible to afford.
“The country is so messed up that now we have to wait in line even to have sex,” lamented Jonatan Montilla, a 31-year-old advertising company art director. “This is a new low.”
A collapse in oil prices has deepened shortages of consumer products from diapers to deodorant in the OPEC country that imports most of what it consumes, with crude exports accounting for about 95 percent of its foreign currency earnings. As the price the country receives for its oil exports fell 60 percent in the past seven months, the economy is being pushed to the brink with a three-in-four chance of default in the next 12 months if oil prices don’t recover.
The impact of reduced access to contraceptives is far graver than frustration over failed hookups. Venezuela has one of South America’s highest rates of HIV infection and teenage pregnancy. Abortion is illegal.
“Without condoms we can’t do anything,” Jhonatan Rodriguez, general director at the not-for-profit health group StopVIH, said by phone Jan. 28 from Venezuela’s Margarita Island. “This shortage threatens all the prevention programs we have been working on across the country.” (…)
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. (…)
Russia might bailout Greece. Quem o diz é o ministro das finanças russo, Anton Siluanov.
Well, we can imagine any situation, so if such [a] petition is submitted to the Russian government, we will definitely consider it, but we will take into account all the factors of our bilateral relationships between Russia and Greece, so that is all I can say. If it is submitted we will consider it, (…).
A minha dúvida é se a hipotética ajuda russa será dada em rublos, notas de monopólio ou em caviar.
Leitura compelmentar: Somos todos Syrisa & Co.
A cooperação que vem de longe, promete animação.
Europe-watchers understood immediately that the new leftist Syriza-led government in Greece could shatter the European Union’s fragile solidarity condemning Russian aggression in Ukraine.
But recently leaked e-mails are revealing some of the extent and duration of Syriza’s ties with Kremlin-connected Eurasianist ideologue Aleksandr Dugin and Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev, who is believed to have bankrolled much of the separatist movement in Ukraine.
Anton Shekhovtsov, a researcher who studies far-right politics in Europe, says that sympathy for Russia by Syriza and its coalition partner, the right-wing Independent Greeks party, goes far beyond the norm for Greece. “Pro-Russian sentiment is quite widespread in Greece overall,” Shekhovtsov says. “But these two parties — their foreign policy is overtly, openly pro-Russia. And the fact that the new government’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, his first contacts were with the ambassador of Russia in Greece, that means probably they will be trying to establish more significant cooperation with Russia.”
Griegos Independientes, el aliado de Syriza en el Gobierno, destaca por su radical discurso contra alemanes, inmigrantes y judíos.
Lecture of Alexander Dugin held in the University of Piraeus (Greece), Department of International and European Studies. The lecture took place the 12th of April 2013 in the context of the Russian Foreign Policy course.
Foi em outubro de 2013 que li o livro de Stephen Emmott, professor ilustre da Universidade de Cambridge, Dez Mil Milhões – Enfrentando o Nosso Futuro.
Apercebi-me então do que seria a dramática situação do planeta se a ganância da globalização dos mercados continuasse, sem regras, em busca do petróleo, furando a terra e provocando trágicas consequências nos oceanos, a que infelizmente temos vindo a assistir nos últimos anos.
Daí, seguramente, a razão por que o presidente dos Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, um político de uma inteligência e visão extraordinárias, fez baixar o preço do petróleo por toda a parte, tentando ao mesmo tempo limitar a fúria dos oceanos e a consequente formação de gelo que este ano, excecional, atingiu as duas costas dos Estados Unidos e outros continentes.
No ano passado, o mar, em Portugal, destruiu grande parte das nossas praias. Mas se este ano isso se repetisse – e não gostaria que isso acontecesse – ficaríamos sem praias e sem turismo.
Daí que seja necessário que os cientistas que ainda nos restam e que se interessam por esta área se imponham e responsabilizem o governo pela prevenção dos impactos negativos das alterações climáticas, que tendem a agravar-se.
The Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) has issued a reminder through Russian media that a new rule for foreign tourists comes into effect as of January 26, obligating them to list the cities, towns and other inhabited areas they plan to visit while in Russia.
Russia’s Federal Migration Service is also requiring proof of an invitation to visit these settlements and the name of the person or organization giving the invitation. All types of visas must have this information on them.