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[l] at 9/30/20 11:07am
Bob Hauk: There was an accident. About an hour ago, a small jet went down inside New York City. The President was on board. Snake Plissken: President of what? Bob Hauk: That's not funny, Plissken. You go in, find the President, bring him out in 24 hours, and you're a free man.

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[l] at 9/30/20 9:13am
The Kathopnishad: A Commentary(Part I) Dr. Sheeba Rakesh   

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[l] at 9/29/20 12:01pm
The euro exchange rate on the Moscow Exchange exceeded 93 rubles per euro for the first time since January 21, 2016. The US dollar is rising in value as well: on September 29, the dollar was traded at the rate of 79.68 rubles per one dollar. The historical maximum of the euro rate in Russia makes up 100.74 rubles - the European currency was traded at this price in December 2014. For the dollar, the all-time high is 85.50 - the maximum value of the US dollar against the Russian ruble was registered on January 21, 2016.Analysts linked the decline of the ruble exchange rate to the armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan: instability near Russia sends a negative signal to markets. According to experts, an increase in the number of coronavirus-infected people, the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe and the possible imposition of sanctions against Russia due to the situation with Alexei Navalny make the Russian ruble even weaker. The rate of the Russian ruble may stabilise after the Russian currency hits another low. In general, however, the ruble continues declining in value as it receives neither external, nor internal support. On September 28, at the opening of trading, the euro and dollar rates rose sharply (from 90.9 to 91.7 rubles per one euro and from 78.15 to 78.92 rubles per one dollar. After fluctuations during the day, they stopped at even higher levels (euro - 92.2 rubles, dollar  - 79.05).Last week, the dollar and the euro renewed their highs since April 2020. During the trading day, the US dollar rate reached 77.87 rubles, while the euro - 90.58 rubles. Experts linked the depreciation of the Russian currency to the strengthening of the dollar on world markets, falling oil prices and risks of new sanctions against Russia.

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[l] at 9/29/20 10:49am
Russia does not need to get involved in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Russian politicians should ensure only Russian interests.There can be only one big war in the region - the war between Russia and Turkey. According to Andrei Perla, an observer with TsarGrad, hundreds of men stand in lines at the military registration and enlistment offices in Armenia, waiting in line to go to war.It is worth noting that the Armenians living as diasporas outnumber the Armenians residing in Armenia. Today, three million Armenians live in Russia. Approximately 1 million Armenians live in France and they enjoy enormous political influence there. About half a million Armenians live in the United States, and their influence is very conspicuous there among other diasporas too. This conflict will not remain local anyway: Turkey, Russia and France have already joined this story.Armenia and Russia are bound by allied obligations. There is a Russian military base in Armenia, and Armenia is a member of the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) and the EAEU (European-Asian Economic Union).In turn, Azerbaijan is undoubtedly Russia's economic partner, but Turkey's military ally at the same time.Russian political scientist Gleb Kuznetsov wrote: "Everyone was not ready to cover the conflict, but  not Turkish news agencies that were "attacked" by the Armenians right in the morning ... One should not think that the conflict is going to end when Azerbaijan regains sovereignty over the regions around Karabakh or over all of Karabakh."

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[l] at 9/29/20 10:17am
Emmanuel Macron is the first Western leader to meet Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Why does the French president need this initiative? Macron wants France involved in Belarusian crisis French President Emmanuel Macron held a meeting in Lithuania with ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on September 29.Prior to the meeting with the French leader, Tikhanovskaya was "inaugurated by the people," which evidences that the West is going to recognise her as the President of Belarus, similarly to how it happened to Juan Guaido in Venezuela.According to Le Monde publication, Macron becomes increasingly "involved" in the crisis in Belarus. Indeed, he became the first Western leader who met with the leader of the Belarusian opposition, who was forced to leave the country."We, as Europeans, will do our best to assist mediation in the Belarusian crisis," the newspaper quotes the French president, who added that he intended to return to OSCE mediation in order to achieve progress."Le Monde also said that Tikhanovskaya was going to speak before members of the French parliament. "We received an invitation (from Macron) to speak at the French parliament and we accepted it," she said.The politician also said that Macron "supports the idea of mediation, because he understands that in order to start negotiations with Lukashenko, powerful countries must be involved." "I think he will discuss Belarus with the Russian side and will do everything possible to involve Russia in these negotiations," she added.

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[l] at 9/29/20 9:47am
COVID-19: Only one in eight countries worldwide have measures in place to protect women against social and economic impacts, new data showsUN Women and UNDP's newly launched COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker shows the social protection and jobs response to the pandemic has largely overlooked women's needs.[New York] Most of the world's nations are not doing enough to protect women and girls from the economic and social fallout being caused by the COVID-19 crisis, according to new data released today by UN Women and UNDP from the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker (1). The tracker, which includes over 2,500 measures across 206 countries and territories, specifically analyses government measures with a gender lens in three areas: those that tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG), support unpaid care, and strengthen women's economic security. The results signal that 42 countries, one fifth (20 per cent) of those analysed, have no gender-sensitive measures in response to COVID-19 at all. Only 25 countries, 12 per cent of the world, have introduced measures that cover all three areas. These may include the provision of helplines, shelters, or judicial responses to counter the surge in violence against women and girls during the pandemic, cash transfers directly targeted at women, the provision of childcare services or paid family and sick leave."It's clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting women hard - as victims of domestic violence locked down with their abusers, as unpaid caregivers in families and communities, and as workers in jobs that lack social protection. The Global Tracker supports governments in making the right policy decisions by sharing good practices and monitoring progress in care policies and measures to address violence against women", said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka."The COVID-19 crisis provides an opportunity for countries to transform existing economic models towards a renewed social contract that prioritizes social justice and gender equality. This new gender response tracker can help accelerate policy reform by guiding on gaps in national efforts and funding and highlighting best practices," said UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner.The new data show that governments have primarily focused their gender-related COVID-19 efforts on preventing and/or responding to violence against women and girls (VAWG) - these measures account for 71 per cent of all actions identified, or 704 measures across 135 countries. Out of this, 63 per cent focus on strengthening essential services, such as shelters, helplines and other reporting mechanisms. However, only 48 countries, less than a quarter of those analysed, treated VAWG-related services as an integral part of their national and local COVID-19 response plans, with very few adequately funding these measures.Meanwhile, the social protection, care crisis and jobs response has been largely blind to women's needs, with only 177 measures (10 per cent of the total) across 85 countries explicitly aimed at strengthening women's economic security, and less than one-third of countries (60 in total) taking action to support unpaid care and strengthen care services for children, older persons or persons with disabilities.The tracker also shows that the gender response varies widely across countries and regions. Europe is leading the response on addressing VAWG and unpaid care - accounting for almost 32 per cent of all violence measures and 49 per cent of all unpaid care measures. The American continent has the largest number of measures aimed at strengthening women's economic security, followed by Africa.Some positive examples: Bosnia-Herzegovina has developed a plan to support civil society organizations running shelters; and in Colombia and Sweden financial resources have or will be made available to support gender-based violence survivors.   In response to the care crisis, Argentina has increased monthly child allowance payments; Australia and Costa Rica have ensured that childcare services remain open during lockdown; Austria, Cyprus and Italy have granted additional family leave to affected working parents, and Canada, Spain and Republic of Korea, have introduced cash benefits for parents who are affected by school and day care closures.  

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[l] at 9/29/20 9:12am
Politics can be a dirty business and often to get what you want you have to ask for something else...or more properly stated - to get what you want you need to threaten what your opponent does not want. A Couple Historical Examples Abraham Lincoln - Few today recollect Hannibal Hamlin aside from certain scholars of Abraham Lincoln, yet this curious figure holds a significant place as first Vice President to our Sixteenth President. Now memorialized for Freeing The Slaves, in truth Lincoln was at best moderate on the matter. Throughout his career Abraham claimed his motivating factor was preservation of the Union by any means necessary - with or without Slavery.

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[l] at 9/29/20 4:51am
The crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh poses a huge challenge for Russian diplomacy. A breakthrough is needed, otherwise it will be Turkey, not Russia, that will bring its erstwhile empire back to life. Turkey conducts military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh On Sunday, September 27, the active phase of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh resumed. In the south of the unrecognized republic, the army of Azerbaijan launched an offensive using heavy equipment and artillery. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at a meeting of the Security Council that Azerbaijan must resolve the conflict once and for all to restore historical justice. The President of Azerbaijan added that he would never allow a second so-called Armenian state on Azerbaijani land.As a result of the hostilities, the parties have suffered losses both in military hardware and manpower. According to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, 31 people were killed on the line of contact from the Armenian side during the battles. Azerbaijan says that Armenia lost 550 people.Armenia has so far refused assistance from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), since Armenia does not recognise Nagorno-Karabakh as a sovereign state - it means that the war is not taking place on the territory of Armenia. However, the current aggravation is not just a matter of the positional advance of Azerbaijan to occupy a few dominant heights. The current crisis comes as part of the plan to bring Karabakh back under the control of Azerbaijan under the leadership of such a strong regional player as Turkey.According to political scientist Semyon Baghdasarov, the offensive is being conducted in coordination with Turkey as a "well planned operation.""Both Turkish special forces and militants of the Syrian so-called opposition are fighting on the side of Azerbaijan - they are, in fact, representatives of terrorist organizations from all over the world and from the East - 4,000 people. This is a pre-planned military operation," Semyon Bagdasarov told Pravda.Ru.According to him, Turkey's President Recep Erdogan is preparing for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Lausanne Agreement in 2023 and for the presidential election. Erdogan is active on all fronts at once: Cyprus, Greece, Libya, Iraq and South Caucasus. Russia's three most important objectives in the conflict In this regard, Moscow faces the first objective to show CSTO allies and observers that this organization actually exists and has power to defend others. This is very important, because security is the only factor that today keeps Armenia and the Central Asian states in Russia's sphere of influence and protects them from the destructive influence of the West.Objective No. 2 is to once again stop Turkey in its revanchist ideas of neo-Ottomanism and Pan-Turkism.Turkey, in contrast to Russia, which called on the warring parties to show restraint in connection with the crisis in Karabakh, clearly expressed its support for Azerbajian. Azerbaijan and Turkey are "one nation in two states," as Erdogan once noted. Erdogan calls himself Putin's "friend," but in fact he undermines "fraternal" relations with Russia.Ankara openly pushes Gazprom out of the Turkish gas market at a difficult time for the Russian economy. Russia currently ranks fifth on the list of gas suppliers to Turkey, while Azerbaijan ranks first with a 23.5 percent of the share of the Turkish market. Natural gas supplies via the Turkish Stream pipeline system actually stopped, while the Blue Stream never came out of repairs.Turkey has been reducing its purchases of Russian oil too lately in an effort to replace Russian oil with that from Azerbaijan. Turkey's largest refinery STAR, which belongs to SOCAR of Azerbaijan,  has not bought a barrel of Urals oil from Russia for two months already, although in the past it used to be one of the country's largest buyers of Russian oil.Russia's third objective is to prevent the triumph of one religion over another, which in this case is fraught with the strengthening of Islamic extremism in the region, which is critically dangerous for Russia. Erdogan once threatened to "blow up Russia" from the inside in its Islamic regions.All this does not come contrary to the fact that Azerbaijan has the right to return its territories, but not within the framework of the former Soviet autonomy, whose people made their choice in a referendum in 1991 - but within the framework of Azerbaijani regions that Armenia seized around the former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region. One ha to return those territories, albeit with the recognition of the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh. That would be fair.

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[l] at 9/28/20 11:04am
Although most of the horrendous year 2020 is over, forecasts for the remaining part of it and the year 2021 continue to excite the public. The year 2020 is definitely something to remember for all mankind. What is 2021 going to be like? Are there any chances for the new year to get even worse? Experts believe that the year 2021 may bring a whole bunch of unpleasant surprises. They, in particular, may include the following: A terrorist attack in a major city with the use of nuclear weapons; A major bank may go bankrupt and trigger another wave of financial crisis; An attempted assassination (possibly successful) on the life of a high-ranking politician (the president of a nuclear power, for example) and then shifting the blame for it to another country. A global power outage that may last for several days due to a solar flare The epidemic spread of a parasite that will make a widely consumed crop completely unfit for human consumption. The list continues with "traditional" large-scale earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, man-made disasters, local wars, revolutions and economic crises - everything that usually happens all the time, but in 2020, due to the general decline in human activity, it began to happen less often.Deutsche Bank analysts, for example, expect that the era of globalization that began in 1980 will be replaced by an era of global unrest. In addition, the confrontation between the United States and China is going to exacerbate even further. China's GDP in the second quarter increased by 3.2 percent. USA's GDP for the same period fell by a record of 9.5 percent. At the same time, the global debt will continue growing, countries will be increasingly distributing  "helicopter money," and the age of politicians will decrease.On a more positive note, the world will see a major technological breakthrough, despite the fact that the IMF earlier predicted a major global economic decline since the Great Depression.According to the World Bank, the number of people living in extreme poverty may increase to 60 million. Undernourishment and hunger may reach "biblical scale" that will affect as many as 265 million people around the world. First and foremost, it goes about African states (a half of the African population suffers from undernourishment), the Middle East and Asia (43 million people), and Latin American countries (18.5 million people).The year 2020 marked the appearance of a few new trends. According to Norwegian telecommunications company Telenor, the most important ones of them are: Applications that can not only monitor, but also show influence on the processes in the human body; growing competition between video platforms (Netflix, AppleTV+, Disney +), green technologies - these trends will shape the way we live this year. Food and digital environments will also change. According to Pew Research, the virtual world will become commonplace in a couple of decades, video and voice messages will completely replace text messages, while cryptocurrencies will make a third of the global population independent.

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[l] at 9/28/20 3:39am
On Sunday, September 27, Azerbaijan launched a large-scale military operation on the line of contact in Karabakh. Azerbaijan reported the capture of several settlements in the region, while Azeri President Ilham Aliyev announced that the Armenian side suffered serious damage.Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that Azerbaijan attacked the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh declared martial law and mobilization. The Russian Foreign Ministry called for an immediate ceasefire in the conflict zone, while Turkey announced its support and readiness to help Azerbaijan.The hostilities began at 6 a.m. after the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry announced an intense shelling of Azerbaijani positions on the contact line in Karabakh and adjacent villages.The armed forces of Azerbaijan launched an active "counter-offensive operation" along the entire line of contact with Armenia, said Anar Eyvazov, press secretary of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry. The purpose of the operation of the Azerbaijani military is to "prevent provocations" from the Armenian side, Azerbaijani officials said.According to Eyvazov, the Azerbaijani military destroyed a significant amount of equipment, military facilities and manpower of the enemy both on the front line and in the depths of defense. As many as 12 "Osa" ("Wasp") anti-aircraft missile systems were destroyed, the official said. "The Armed Forces of Azerbaijan had one combat helicopter damaged, but the pilot was able to land, no one was killed," the ministry spokesman added."The personnel and tank units, with the support of units of the rocket and artillery troops, front-line aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles, having detected manpower, military facilities and hardware of the Armenian Armed Forces on the front line and in the depths of the enemy's defense, destroy them," the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a statement.The Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan denied information about the destruction of Azerbaijani tanks, helicopters and UAVs by the Armenian military. "The information disseminated by the Armenian side about three destroyed tanks, two helicopters and three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the Azerbaijani army is a lie and disinformation," the ministry said. Twelve units of "OSA" anti-aircraft missile systems of Armenian air defense units were destroyed in different directions, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reports. It also said that a combat helicopter of the Air Force of Azerbaijan was shot down, the crew survived. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at a meeting of the Security Council that Azerbaijani troops inflicted serious damage on the enemy during the operation in the Karabakh conflict zone. Aliyev blamed the Armenian side for the aggravation in Karabakh and congratulated the Azerbaijani people "on the successful counteroffensive" and expressed confidence that it would lead to the restoration of the territorial integrity of the country.Vahram Poghosyan , the press secretary of the President of Nagorno-Karabakh wrote on his Facebook page that "the units of the defensive army of Nagorno Karabakh strike powerful blows to prevent the actions of the enemy."Azerbaijan uses Grad volley-fire systems to shell the city of Stepanakert and other settlements of Karabakh.The press secretary of the Armenian Defense Ministry, Shushan Stepanyan, said that the attacks of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in several directions of the line of contact with Nagorno-Karabakh were repulsed. "The enemy suffered losses in manpower and military hardware. Three Azerbaijani tanks were destroyed. The fighting continues," Stepanyan wrote on her Facebook page.On Sunday morning, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that Azerbaijan attacked the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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[l] at 9/27/20 11:37am
Covid, Education and Development Covid-19 places a microscope over the human being, human behavior, good governance and provides an insight into the future Basic facts Let us start with some basic facts. Covid-19 is a virus which is highly infectious. Fact. Maybe up to half the people infected feel no symptoms at all. Fact. The other half do feel symptoms, ranging from a general lethargy, aching limbs, sore throat, headache, temperature, diarrhoea, vomiting...one, some or all of these in varying degrees of discomfort from very mild to extremely uncomfortable. Some of these (maybe 15%) end up in hospital and some 3% die from it (20% in the over-80 age group). People with chronic conditions may see these worsened by Covid-19, especially those with respiratory illnesses (including heavy smokers). Facts. Not touching the face, frequently washing the hands, washing down all frequently used surfaces (desks, worktops, taps, door handles) with soap and water, using gloves and then spraying the same surfaces with alcohol-based disinfectant, drastically reduces the viral load on them. Fact. Wearing a face mask, either a rewashable cloth one or a medical grade N95 (reducing 95% of small particles passing through it) and social distancing (2 metres at least) further reduces the risk of infection. Fact. Follow all these guidelines, which are not rocket science, and the risk of getting Covid-19 is very low. Fact.

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[l] at 9/25/20 11:40am
Greetings again, True Crime Fans! Welcome once more to these annals of the morbid and macabre. When last we left our little domestic drama it seemed all but certain Joe Biden (alias The Dim Creeper) had secured his ultimate aim of monopolizing a place in history not merely as next President of the United States, but in thwarting Arch-Nemesis Hillary Clinton (AKA The Haggard Hoary) becoming first female Chief Executive of America. The Master Plan means by which this would be achieved was in the person of Partner-In-Crime former First Lady Michelle Obama (otherwise known as...Michelle, because my intention is not to get myself included on a future Presidential Hit-List).

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[l] at 9/24/20 12:53pm
On September 24 it became known that Russian President Vladimir Putin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Writer and editor-in-chief of the President newspaper, Sergei Komkov, became the initiator of the nomination. According to him, if Putin does not receive the prize, the Nobel Peace Committee "will have to be closed." How the writer explained Putin's nomination Generally speaking, the President newspaper reported the nomination of the Russian President for the Nobel Peace Prize as early as on 9 September. It was then noted that Professor Sergei Komkov (he is not only a writer and editor-in-chief) had already nominated Vladimir Putin for the prize in 2013. It is worthy of note that Putin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 and 2016.On September 24, the writer gathered a special conference, which was dedicated exclusively to his initiative. "We must understand: either they are servants of those dark forces who are ready to vote blindly and always for all kinds of evil forces, or they are still real descendants and real executors of the will of the great Nobel," Komkov said, adding that if Putin does not receive the prize, the Nobel Peace Committee "will have to be closed.

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[l] at 9/24/20 12:39pm
Mikhail Gorbachev, еhe first and only president of the Soviet Union, supported protesters in Belarus with the words "well done Belarusians!" However, they still "have to work hard," Gorbachev said in an interview with Podyem publication. "My dear Republic and the Belarusians whom I love. (...) They have a character now. This is very good. I am watching the situation closely. Today they report what happened the day before - what a mess. I don't think it will pass just like that," Gorbachev said. According to Gorbachev, "there is a colossal case brewing in Belarus."Protests in Belarus continue for a second month already. People express their protest against the official results of the presidential election, which took place in Belarus on August 9, and demand incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko should resign and a fair vote be held in the country.

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[l] at 9/24/20 11:17am
US prosecutors asked a California federal judge to sentence 32-year-old Russian citizen Yevgeny Nikulin to 12 years in prison for hacker attacks on LinkedIn and Formspring social networks, as well as on Dropbox file exchange service.According to Law360, which references the court, prosecutors stressed that the Russian national expressed neither remorse nor regret regarding his criminal activities during the trial. Therefore, they believe, he will continue to pose a threat if extradited to his homeland.Yevgeny Nikulin does not plead guilty. His defense requested his detention be limited to the period that he already served in custody (almost 2.5 years) and deport the man to his homeland.In July of this year, a jury in San Francisco found Yevgeny Nikulin guilty of stealing data from 112 million users of the services he had hacked. The jury found that he was responsible for one of the largest data breaches in US history.Czech law enforcement officers detained Yevgeny Nikulin in Prague in October 2016 as a result of a special operation that was carried out in cooperation with FBI agents at the request of Interpol. The same month, a California jury charged him with hacker attacks in the United States. According to US law enforcement authorities, Nikulin hacked into the computer networks of LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring in 2012 and stole the data of tens of millions of users (LinkedIn noted that the data of about 100 million users could be compromised as a result of the attack).In November 2016, Russia sent a request to the Czech Ministry of Justice to extradite Nikulin. In Russia, he was accused of stealing $3,500 through Webmoney service in 2009. The Czech Republic  approved Nikulin's extradition to both countries.Nikulin asked for political asylum in the Czech Republic, but his requested was dismissed. In February 2018, the head of the Czech Ministry of Justice received a recommendation from the President of the Republic, Milos Zeman, to deliver Nikulin to Russia, rather than to the United States. However, against the backdrop of a scandal with the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in the UK, the Czech Republic decided to join the countries that supported London in the scandal, including the United States.In April 2018, Nikulin was delivered to the United States. The Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic subsequently ruled that decision illegal, but it could no longer help Nikulin.

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[l] at 9/23/20 12:08pm
Leaders Hated and Feared Make False Claims of Global Peace, Security and Justice "Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere."  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Justice in the life of and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens."  Plato We, the People of Human Conscience and the UNO Are We, the People of the world trapped in a vicious circle of disingenuous unlearning of the learning inequality, racial injustice and human degradation across the globe? We continued to experience political deceptions in the name of peace and security, phony wars for peace-making, destruction of human habitats, racial injustice and violations of basic human rights and dignity at every step of the UN ladder of convenience for fair and foul narratives.  The UNO and its Charter were empowered by the succeeding nations after the WW2 to protect mankind from another man-made catastrophic war and to come up with workable solution of futuristic human security and conflict resolution. But The UNO and its agencies failed to live up to the hopes of succeeding generations. We have been ditched into a waking consciousness of human degradation as a new normal. Across the globe, people are calling for equality, racial justice and peace and security of all living beings. The European Empires - British, French, Dutch, Italian and American - all infested the societies with racial inequality, class systems and endless systematic discrimination of black and colored masses. The UN could not call for an emergency session to discuss the human losses in both rights and dignity that its Charter claimed to have granted protection. The UN leadership fears President Trump and his volatile reaction psychology - "America First." American masses are increasingly assuming anti-racism stance and marching for human equality and racial justice. President Trump alleges conspiracy and calls them "extremists' and 'thugs" disturbing the law and order. Throughout American history such denials have perpetuated discrimination, violations of human rights and societal violence. When destiny of people coincides with the destiny of political elite, the nobility fears the challenge of change.    

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[l] at 9/23/20 12:00pm
The Russian Defense Ministry deployed a tactical group of the Tula Airborne Division to Belarus as part of the second stage of the Slavic Brotherhood exercise."In accordance with the concept of the Belarusian-Russian exercise Slavic Brotherhood-2020, a tactical group of the Tula unit of the Russian airborne forces arrived in the territory of the Republic of Belarus by railway transport. The group will take part in joint practical actions of the active phase at Gozhsky training ground near Grodno," representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry said. In total, more than 900 people and about 100 pieces of military hardware take part in the exercises from the Russian side. The war games take place against the background of the aggravation of the political crisis in Belarus, where protests against the rigged results of the August 9 presidential elections still continue to this day.The Russian paratroopers, who arrived in Belarus on September 14, together with their Belarusian colleagues, will practice a landing mission, seizure of the landing area, parachuting of the main forces from the Il-76MD aircraft and destruction of illegal armed formations.Andrey Serdyukov, the commander of the Russian Airborne Forces also arrived in Minsk. The Russian delegation that he chaired met with the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Belarus - First Deputy Defense Minister of Belarus, Major General Alexander Volfovich. "The parties discussed the readiness of the forces and means involved for the second stage of the war games," the ministry said.The first stage of "Slavic Brotherhood" war games kicked off on September 14 with the participation of Special Operations Forces of Belarus and 300 servicemen of the elite Pskov division of the Russian Airborne Forces. The maneuvers were held place at Brestsky training ground, near the border of Belarus and Poland. Moscow and Minsk previously stated that they planned the second stage of the maneuvers for October. The servicemen of the two countries practiced combat and training counter-terrorist operations: they blocked and destroyed conditional militants in western regions of the country.The second stage of the Belarusian-Russian exercises "Slavic Brotherhood-2020" started on Tuesday at four training grounds in Belarus. About six thousand troops and over 500 units of military hardware will take part in the exercises. The second stage of the drills is held to practice joint actions for ensuring the military security of Belarus. Major General Sergei Potapenko, Deputy Defense Minister of Belarus, will be in charge of the maneuvers.Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised President Alexander Lukashenko that Russia would strictly abide by all obligations assumed to Belarus, including within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Under the CSTO agreement, Belarus can turn to Russia for help if it comes across an external threat that threatens its security. The Treaty also states that CSTO member states can assist each other in protecting their sovereignty.In late August, Vladimir Putin announced the creation of a reserve unit of law enforcement officers in Russia to help the Belarusian regime. "President Lukashenko asked me to do it and so I did, but we also agreed that it would not be used until the situation goes out of control," Putin then said.

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[l] at 9/23/20 7:37am
As of September 1, 2020, the volume of investments of Russian credit institutions in precious metals reached 121 tons in terms of gold. This is an all-time high during the entire period of disclosure of the statistics of the Russian Central Bank. In August, the price of gold exceeded $2,000 per ounce.In August, Russian banks increased their investments in precious metals by 117.95 billion rubles, a statistics report from the Bank of Russia said. As of September 1, investment in this asset totalled  567.86 billion rubles. In terms of gold, the reserves of Russian banks updated their historical record: at the reporting date, they amounted to 121 tons, which is 10.9% higher than the maximum reached in October 2019 (109.1 tons).In August, Russian banks increased their reserves of precious metals by 23.3 tons in terms of gold. Russia's largest state-owned bank Sberbank increased its gold reserves in August by 16.9%, or 3.1 tons, but Sberbank is so far the only Russian bank that published a report on September 1. In addition to Sberbank, VTB, Otkritie, Gazprombank and Sovcombank are now in the top 5 of largest gold investors. Gold prices soared in the summer of 2020: at the end of July, the price of futures exceeded $1,941.9 per troy ounce - the largest since 2011. In early August, the price of gold on some trading days exceeded $ 2,000 per ounce, but the price trend changed later during the month, and gold futures for August fell to $1,871.6.

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[l] at 9/23/20 7:02am
Details about the crash of the Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet near the city of Tver on September 22 continue to emerge. According to Telegram-channel 112, Su-35 and Su-30 fighters were carrying out a scheduled training flight, when the incident occurred.When practicing an air combat mission, the pilots of the Su-35 detected the target, but instead of the photo attack, they fired a real shot at the Su-30. The pilots of the damaged fighter jet ejected and were not injured. The military are looking into the causes of the incident to find out how the real attack occurred and why the weapons of the aircraft were activated. They do not exclude a spontaneous shot or an error of ground technical services, which for some reason did not turn off the onboard arms systems  prior to the flight. A source at emergency services of the Tver region later confirmed to TASS news agency that the Su-30 fighter jet crashed as a result of the accidental attack that took place during the military exercise. The ejected pilots were said to be in satisfactory condition. The Su-30 crashed near the village of Dornikovo of the Tver region; there was no destruction or casualties on the ground. To establish the causes and circumstances of the incident, a commission from the Western Military District was sent to the scene of the accident.Su-30 is a 4 ++ generation fighter. It is designed to destroy air targets at different times of the day and in different meteorological conditions, as well as against the background of the earth during the use of active and passive jamming devices.The first serial Su-30 took off on April 14, 1992. According to data from open sources, in the entire history of operation, at least 18 aircraft of the Su-30 family were lost, an as many as 12 people were killed in those air crashes.

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[l] at 9/22/20 12:02pm
It is becoming clear that America can no longer maintain its status as the only superpower in the world. In the economic field, China has moved ahead of America. In the military field, Russia is moving ahead. America is proving to be no exception to the rule that countries rise and fall, and America cannot stay in first place forever. Therefore, the notions of American Exceptionalism and America First are proving wrong. The Chinese economy is expected to surpass the American economy this year. The reason for this is that because of the corona pandemic, the American economy is going to contract this year. The American dollar is losing its value compared to the Chinese Renminbi. Russia now has the most advanced weapons in the world. Russia's Hypersonic weapons such as 3M22 Zircon fly so fast and low that they can penetrate a traditional anti-missile defense system. President Putin has claimed that Russia's hypersonic weapons are the most advanced in the world. President Trump says that Russia stole the technology at the time of Obama's Presidency. However, Russia already had this technology at the time of the ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union. This treaty was signed in 1972. President Obama was 11 years old at that time. It looks like different centers of power are emerging and the unipolar world is changing into a multipolar world.

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[l] at 9/22/20 7:39am
Divorces are never fun, but they can be much smoother if you spend adequate time preparing for the process. While undergoing a divorce, your financial future will be at stake; the course of the divorce will decide not only how current assets are split, but how alimony and child support are paid. You'll also be negotiating child custody (if you have children).  Accordingly, preparation for a divorce is vital if you want to walk away in the best possible position. How to Prepare for a Divorce These are some of the best steps you can take to prepare for a divorce:

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