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September 22 2013

D'après la présidente du comité international de soutien à la réconsiliation en Syrie, des enfants…

D’après la présidente du comité international de soutien à la réconsiliation en Syrie, des enfants enlevés à Lataqquieh seraient apparus comme victimes de l’attaque chimique à Ghouta.

الوكالة الوطنية للإعلام - الأم اغنيس مريم الصليب : أطفال خطفوا في اللاذقية ظهروا كضحايا للكيميائي بالغوطة

وكشفت الأم اغنيس «أن مجزرة حقيقية وكبيرة حصلت في اللاذقية في 4 آب، حيث تم اجتياح 11 قرية في جبال اللاذقية ليلا وحصلت إبادة جماعية، وبين مئات الاشخاص قتلوا وذبحوا بينهم أطفال ونساء وشيوخ ، كما تم خطف بين 100 و150 إمرأة وطفل من تلك المنطقة»، لافتة الى أنه «بعد الكلام عن حصول هجوم كيميائي في الغوطة تم الاتصال بنا من الاهالي الذين تعرفوا على أولادهم الذين خطفوا من اللاذقية».

September 17 2013

Lavrov : Russia convinced syria chemical attack a « provocation »

Lavrov: #Russia convinced #syria chemical attack a “provocation”

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) speaks with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius during their meeting in Moscow on 17 September 2013. Photo: AFP - Alexander Nemenov)

Russia remains convinced that the August 21 poison gas attack in Syria was a provocation by rebel forces and says a report by UN inspectors does not answer all of its questions about the attack, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference alongside French (...)

#sarin #Top_News

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September 14 2013

US and Russia come to agreement on syria chemical weapons

#US and #Russia come to agreement on #syria chemical weapons

Syrians hold banners and flags during a sit-in protest against a foreign military action on Syria on 13 September 2013 in Damascus. (Photo: AFP - Anwar Amro)

Updated at 2:40pm: The United States and Russia have agreed on a proposal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday after nearly three days of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Kerry said that, under the pact, Syria must submit a (...)


September 08 2013

A Political Solution in Syria : The Readership's View | Qifa Nabki

A Political Solution in Syria : The Readership’s View | Qifa Nabki

There’s no question that this debate has already been going for a long time in Washington and other capitals, but very few government officials have been willing to speak publicly or even anonymously about what kinds of scenarios are envisioned. This is interesting, given the insistence of the Obama administration, the EU, Russia, Iran, and China that the Syrian crisis cannot be solved militarily. Here are some informed speculations about the alternatives:

Prospectives intéressantes et de fait, on ne lit pas grand choise de ce type dans la presse française... Les scénarios de Nadim Shehadi et ses craintes ne sont pas les moins intéressante.

September 07 2013

Syria intervention plans fuelled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concerns | Nafeez Ahmed |…

Syria intervention plans fuelled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concerns | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment |

In 2009 - the same year former French foreign minister Dumas alleges the British began planning operations in Syria - Assad refused to sign a proposed agreement with Qatar that would run a pipeline from the latter’s North field, contiguous with Iran’s South Pars field, through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and on to Turkey, with a view to supply European markets - albeit crucially bypassing Russia. Assad’s rationale was “to protect the interests of [his] Russian ally, which is Europe’s top supplier of natural gas.”

Instead, the following year, Assad pursued negotiations for an alternative $10 billion pipeline plan with Iran, across Iraq to Syria, that would also potentially allow Iran to supply gas to Europe from its South Pars field shared with Qatar. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the project was signed in July 2012 - just as Syria’s civil war was spreading to Damascus and Aleppo - and earlier this year Iraq signed a framework agreement for construction of the gas pipelines.

The Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline plan was a “direct slap in the face” to Qatar’s plans. No wonder Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, in a failed attempt to bribe Russia to switch sides, told President Vladmir Putin that “whatever regime comes after” Assad, it will be “completely” in Saudi Arabia’s hands and will “not sign any agreement allowing any Gulf country to transport its gas across Syria to Europe and compete with Russian gas exports”, according to diplomatic sources. When Putin refused, the Prince vowed military action.

It would seem that contradictory self-serving Saudi and Qatari oil interests are pulling the strings of an equally self-serving oil-focused US policy in Syria, if not the wider region. It is this - the problem of establishing a pliable opposition which the US and its oil allies feel confident will play ball, pipeline-style, in a post-Assad Syria - that will determine the nature of any prospective intervention: not concern for Syrian life.

#Syrie #Russie #Arabie_saoudite #Iran #Europe #Bandar #gazoducs #pipelines

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August 28 2013

Lithuania says its questions about Russia's Kaliningrad NPP remain unanswered |

Lithuania says its questions about Russia’s Kaliningrad NPP remain unanswered |

Lithuania said on Tuesday that Russia had not yet provided answers to important questions about its Kaliningrad nuclear power plant project.

These unanswered questions include how adequate cooling of the reactor will be ensured given that the site is 10-12 kilometers from the River Nemunas and what impact this will have on the river basin, and why findings of the seismic hazard analysis are based on the evidence gathered in 1983 and 1999 and why the 2004 earthquake was not taken into consideration, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry says in a press release.

#lituanie #pays_baltes #russie #kaliningrad #nucléaire

Artist flees Russia after paintings of Putin, others with lingerie, breasts and tattoos draw…

Artist flees Russia after paintings of Putin, others with lingerie, breasts and tattoos draw Kremlin ire. - Vocativ

A prominent St. Petersburg artist said he was hightailing it out of Russia after police raided a local gallery and seized four of his paintings, one of which (Travesty, below) portrays President Vladimir Putin in drag, gingerly touching the hair of a lingerie-clad Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

#russie #poutine #medvedev #autoritarisme #censure #art #artistes

August 22 2013

Tensions grow between Ukraine and Russia - World Socialist Web Site

Tensions grow between Ukraine and Russia - World Socialist Web Site

Tensions grow between Ukraine and Russia

By Clara Weiss
22 August 2013

The Russian Customs Agency has halted the import of Ukrainian goods to Russia, as of last Thursday. Moscow is seeking to prevent the signing of an association and free trade accord between Ukraine and the European Union, and trying to push Ukraine to join a Customs Union dominated by Russia.

#russie #ukraine #ex_urss #union_douanière

August 20 2013

Andrey Smirnov, _Sound in Z : Experiments in Sound and Electronic Music in Early 20th-century…

Andrey Smirnov, Sound in Z: Experiments in Sound and Electronic Music in Early 20th-century Russia (2013) sur #Monoskop

Sound in Z supplies the astounding and long-lost chapter in the early story of electronic music: the Soviet experiment, a chapter that runs from 1917 to the late 1930s. Its heroes are Arseny Avraamov, inventor of Graphic Sound (drawing directly onto magnetic tape) and a 48-note scale; Alexei Gastev, who coined the term “bio-mechanics”; Leon Theremin, inventor of the world’s first electronic instrument, the Theremin; and others whose dreams for electronic sound were cut short by Stalin’s regime. Drawing on materials from numerous Moscow archives, this book reconstructs Avraamov’s Symphony of Sirens, an open-air performance for factory whistles, foghorns and artillery fire first staged in 1922, explores Graphic Sound and recounts Theremin’s extraordinary career-compiling the first full account of Russian electronic music. [#pdf]

#Russie #musique_électronique #livre #histoire #musique_expérimentale

August 13 2013

August 11 2013

Violence in the North Caucasus and the Olympics in Sochi 2014 / Upcoming Events / Events /…

Violence in the North Caucasus and the Olympics in Sochi 2014 / Upcoming Events / Events / / NUPI - NUPI

The Olympic Games that are to be held in Sochi, North Caucasus in 2014, are designed to be a manifestation of the reconstruction of Russia and it’s greatness under Putin. This is the region Putin has struggled to control since the fall of the Soviet Union. It was here Putin started his “unification” of Russia in 1999 through the second war in Chechnya.

Now, after almost 15 years have passed, the situation in North Caucasus is critical. The conflicts between different Russian forces and armed Islamist insurgent groups have become so violent that the situation in Dagestan must be characterized as a state of war. Chechnya is being held under Russian control by Ramzan Kadyrov’s iron fist, but the republic is less Russian than ever.

#russie #caucase #jo #jeux_olympiques

August 06 2013

The Winner is TAP : The EU's Failed Policy in the South Caucasus

The Winner is TAP: The EU’s Failed Policy in the South Caucasus

Between the two competitors for the delivery of Azerbaijani gas to Europe ­ Nabucco West and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) ­ the winner is the latter, a project designed to transport Caspian gas via Greece and Albania and across the Adriatic Sea to southern Italy. The EU welcomed the decision of the Shah Deniz consortium. Yet the political objective of the Southern Corridor was to diversify gas supply to Europe and reduce the energy dependence of some EU member states on Russia. With TAP as the winner, it is questionable whether the EU has truly met these goals. As for Azerbaijan, the selection of TAP can be viewed as a commercially sound decision and a political balancing act by Baku to gain access to European markets and to avoid angering the Kremlin. Yet this choice came only after President Alyev failed to convince the EU to take a clearer stance on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution process in exchange for Nabucco West. For its part, the EU has failed to be a credible actor in the region, able to defend its interests by diversifying energy supplies, decreasing the energy dependence of some member states on Russia and contributing to regional security in the South Caucasus.

#énergie #caucase #pipelines #gaz #pétrole #tap

August 04 2013

With Snowden now free in Russia, U.S. has few options | McClatchy

With #Snowden now free in Russia, U.S. has few options | McClatchy

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the United States has a “broad and important relationship with Russia,” which includes cooperation along with “disagreement and conflict.” He noted that Obama had said he didn’t want Snowden to be an issue in the relationship “because of its breadth and importance.”

The message was the same at the State Department, where spokeswoman Marie Harf predicted no big break in relations with Moscow over the Snowden affair, which she painted as separate from Syria, missile defense and other areas on which the U.S. needs Russian cooperation.

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August 03 2013

*Landscapes of Protest* by Maria Pleshkova

Landscapes of Protest
by Maria Pleshkova

Memory and place have always been deeply interconnected. The idea that place can hold meaning was central in Pierre Nora’s doctrine of Memory Place. The intersection of memory and place formulates an idea of collective identity. Urban spaces become important and meaningful as people locate memory in them.

In 2011-2012, Russia saw some of the biggest protests since the 1990s. The protesters’ anger focused on #Vladimir_Putin, who has dominated #Russia for a decade: he served as president twice between 2000 and 2008, and immediately thereafter eased himself into the very powerful premiership. In 2012, he returned as Russia’s President for the third time. Hundreds of thousands of Russians took to the street to rally against existing state power, corruption and violation of human rights, and to call for political reforms.

I have been photographing mass protests in #Moscow since December 2011. I photographed certain places twice: first, at the moment of #protest going on there, and later, at some moment of everyday life. Comparing the two pictures I explore the process of a brief transformation of an ordinary location into a point of political or social focus.

Maria Pleshkova is a Russian #documentary photographer. Born in 1986 in Moscow she later studied Photojournalism in Moscow State University and in School of Visual Arts (Moscow). She was chosen as a student for the XXV Eddie Adams Workshop in 2012. In 2012, she received the Gold Prize in the Nature & Environment News Stories category and a Bronze Prize in the Art Culture & Entertainment News Stories category of the China International Press Photo Contest, and also became a laureate of the Young Russian Photographers contest and a finalist of the Inge Morath Award. In 2013, she got honorable mentions in China International Press Photo Contest. Maria’s works were shown in Russia, France and Spain.

July 16 2013

Russia is everywhere - dashcam use becomes ubiquitous Dashcams are those little cameras fixed…

Russia is everywhere - #dashcam use becomes ubiquitous

Dashcams are those little cameras fixed behind the windscreen which record everything in front of a car. Russian drivers desperately need them because blackmailing and abuse of traffic regulations are widespread in this slightly corrupt society.

Should I use a dashcam ?

Find out for yourself, but make sure you understand what you do. First choose one that works.


The LS300W was released in mid 2013 under the DOD brand. An identical unbranded model is sold as the GT300W by a company called TioTech. Initial impressions of this camera are excellent. Video quality during the day is very good and night quality is good as well. This dash cam utilizes Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) to improve low light video quality and it appears to be quite effective.

This dashcam comes for about 100 Euros without GPS location recording. If you just want to prove your innocence in a traffic accident, this should not be a problem.

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This is another one but with GPS and shock-intensity recording. Choose it if you are really paranoid.

Mentioning paranoia one has to talk about privacy and legal questions of dashcam use. In Switzerland officials oppose dashcam use, in Germany and France the situation is less clear. If you are a hard-boiled privacy activist you will consider dashcam use another piece in the construction of a surveillance society where everybody is a little #NSA on his own behalf.

On the other hand you might say that dashcam recordings are ephemeral since they are automatically erased once the storage chip is full. If you consider regulations defining limits for photographers when taking pictures of people, you see that dashcams do not really create a threat to privacy. Since they have extreme wide-angle lenses that do not show people’s faces closely enough to let them obtain protection through the right to control the use of images of themselves.

Dashcam is subject of different laws and considerations depending on the intention of the camera operator. If you use them to film a ride through your beautiful city with the project to show your recording to potential visitors, the same rules apply as would to any camera crew.
If you use your dashcam for surveillance and theft-protection you have to take into account limitations governing any #CCTV system.

Last but not least one should ask whether it is really worth it contributing to the omnipresence of surveillance gear just to have an additional proof of your innocence in your next traffic accident. Don’t forget your camera will capture your next mistake as well.

Frau baut Unfall und macht dann einen auf Aggro. Wie könnte es anders sein: #Berlin-Neukölln.
Beste: „Kann alles passieren“. Ja, andauernd passieren Auffahrunfälle an roten Ampeln. Von vorne.

June 28 2013

Gazprom abandons arctic gas project for now

Gazprom abandons arctic gas project for now

Gazprom abandons arctic gas project for now
The Barents Sea is seen in 2004. Russia's energy giant Gazprom said it was giving up development of the Shtokman natural gas field under the arctic Barents Sea until new technology made the project viable.
The Barents Sea is seen in 2004. Russia's energy giant Gazprom said it was giving up development of the Shtokman natural gas field under the arctic Barents Sea until new technology made the project viable.

AFP - Russia's energy giant Gazprom said on Thursday it was giving up development of the Shtokman natural gas field under the arctic Barents Sea until new technology made the project viable.

#russie #gazprom #énergie #arctique #barents

June 27 2013

Why Russia evacuated its naval base in Syria -

Why Russia evacuated its naval base in Syria -

In a surprise move, Russia has pulled all its military and nondiplomatic civilian personnel out of Syria. That includes a complete evacuation of the naval supply station in the Mediterranean port of Tartus, which is often discussed as one of Russia's key reasons for its long and stubborn support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.


Other Russian analysts agree that, whatever the reasons for Russia's personnel pullout, it probably doesn't signal any change of the hard, pro-Assad position that Mr. Putin most recently reiterated at last week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland.

“Russia's position hasn't changed. In fact it's getting tougher,” says Sergei Strokan, a foreign affairs columnist with the pro-business Moscow daily Kommersant.

“The reasons behind this evacuation probably come down to security. That base's importance has been greatly overrated in Western reporting. It just isn't that big a deal. So, I guess the thinking is, why risk some major incident that the rebels might stage by attacking Russians at this sensitive moment when all the hopes are pinned on a new Geneva peace conference?”

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