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In the aftermath of terrible events in Paris – Yazidi women

27.11.2015 Posted in Lifestyle, Politics No Comments

In the aftermath of terrible events in Paris I came across an article about Yazidi women which many of you must have already seen.  Headed by a Yazidi singer, the Yazidi women formed an all-female fighting unit  to take revenge on ISIS for forcing their sisters into sexual slavery and beheading their brothers. The Sun Girls’ brigade was formed by the renowned Yazidi singer Xate Shingali. She  has 123 recruits aged between 17 and 30 who all want revenge on ISIS. They risk being murdered or held as sex slaves if they are caught by enemy. Even the youngest recruit, 17, is not worried about being captured in battle. ISIS has abducted and abused thousands of Yazidi girls from northern Iraq. The article made me think about the female fighters for freedom who will always stand out and make a difference not  matter what century or country we live in. Like women fighters during the Civil War in Barcelona in 1936. The whole world was impressed by their courage so much it was unusual to see women fightig together with men. More than 80 years later we continue to be impressed these time by the Yazidi women. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3197565/They-rape-kill-Yazidi-singer-forms-female-fighting-unit-revenge-ISIS-forcing-sisters-sexual-slavery-beheading-brothers.html#ixzz3sRSNNHbM Images @Owen Holdaway and <meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”0; URL=/?_fb_noscript=1″ />@DA Kobane A NOI<meta http-equiv=”X-Frame-Options” content=”DENY” />

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Pussy Riot’s real crime was feminism

13.02.2015 Posted in Politics No Comments

Article written by By Valerie Sperling in OUPblog* In February 2012 a group of young women wearing balaclavas went into Moscow’s most grandiose Russian Orthodox cathedral and sang about 40 seconds of an anti-Putin song they’d written, before being bodily removed from the premises. Pussy Riot quickly became a household name. The chorus of their “Punk Prayer” prevailed upon the Virgin Mary to kick Putin out of power, and included the line: “Shit, shit, holy shit.” That night, they mixed the footage into a longer version of the song and put it up on the web, where it went viral. Three of the group were caught and jailed a few weeks later. Ekaterina Samutsevich appealed her sentence successfully and was released on probation in October of that year, while Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina remained imprisoned. Having become an international cause celebre for freedom of speech, the two were released two months ahead of schedule in December 2013, in advance of the Sochi Olympics. The Russian judge in Pussy Riot’s trial had condemned them to jail for two years for committing the crime of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred“. In short, they were sentenced for an ostensible hate crime against Russian Orthodoxy. What is not well known, however, is that in her sentence Judge Marina Syrova claimed that Pussy Riot’s belief in “feminism” was at the heart of their anti-religious beliefs, and thus was the motivator for their crime. As Syrova elaborated: “Affiliation with feminism in the Russian Federation is not a violation of the law or a crime. A series of religions, such as […]

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Ruble-Triggered Inflation Spurs Russia’s Linker Bond Plan

14.11.2014 Posted in Politics No Comments

From the Article by By Ksenia Galouchko  Nov 12, 2014 (Bloomberg News on-line)* Russia is weighing the sale of its first inflation-linked bonds as investors shun regular debt auctions amid the fastest surge in consumer prices since 2011. Linkers would give investors a hedge against inflation that reached 8.3 percent in October, the result in part of the ruble’s 29 percent plunge this year against the dollar. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov announced the possible sale two days ago at a meeting in the State Duma. The government has sold about one third of the 459 billion rubles ($9.8 billion) of bonds it planned to issue this year as inflation jumped and the economy teetered on the brink of a recession amid international sanctions tied to theUkraine conflict. Selling linkers could lure buyers concerned that the value of their fixed-income assets is being eroded, while also creating a market for investors’ inflation expectations, according to Ivan Tchakarov at Citigroup Inc. “Bonds tied to inflation are fully justified given investor interest in protecting the value of their assets,” Konstantin Nemnov, the head of fixed income at TKB BNP Paribas Investment Partners inSt. Petersburg, said yesterday by e-mail. They “should be of interest,” and help “the government as it seeks new sources of funding,” he said. The Finance Ministry canceled its fifth auction in a row yesterday, citing “unfavorable market conditions,” according to a statement on its website. Ruble Slump The government will prepare the “legal basis” this year for the sale of linkers before testing the market’s appetite for […]

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At Manhattan’s Russian Tea Room, $295 Caviar Is Shielded From Politics

29.07.2014 Posted in Food, Politics No Comments

A great and fun article to read by Halia Pavliva and Elena Popina Source /Bloomberg /news I ususally do not repost – but I think many of you will enjoy reading it July 24 (Bloomberg) –- Bloomberg View Columnist Leonid Bershidsky discusses the world’s impression of Russia and what Putin can do to reverse the negative public opinion. He speaks to Mark Barton on Bloomberg Television’s “Countdown.” (Source: Bloomberg) As Karen Peterson posed for a picture beside a set of matryoshka dolls in the Russian Tea Room, the midtown-Manhattan restaurant founded by anti-Bolshevik immigrants in 1927, she was in no mood to talk about Vladimir Putin. “I love Russian food, not Russian politics,” said Peterson, a New Yorker who was dining with a friend. “There is much more to Russia than Putin.” Half a world away from the bloody fighting in eastern Ukraine that is ensnaring Russia in its worst diplomatic standoff with the U.S. since the Cold War, business is booming at the Russian Tea Room. Early one afternoon this week, tables were packed with people picking through a menu highlighted by items like the $295 golden osetra caviar, $38 chicken Kiev and $25 Beluga vodka shots. Since the crisis began with Putin’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula in March, some out-of-town tourists have come looking to talk politics, hostess Anna Zinenko said. The Russian-speaking clients have gone quiet on the conflict, a subject made even more sensitive by last week’s downing of a passenger flight that killed 298 […]

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Red Riots continue in Brittany

10.11.2013 Posted in Politics No Comments

Last night while having a delicious pot-au-feu and a glass of Red wine, I watched on Belgian television, La Deux,  reports on Red Riots in Brittany. The Red Riots have been going on since last week. The farmers, food industry workers, hauliers and fishermen gathered in Quimper, the picturesque medieval town with a distinctive Breton character, to proteste against a deeply unpopular “ecotax” on heavy goods vehicles.     The ecotax makes the prices of various products, such as tomatoes, go up, making them hard to sell in France. The protestors were wearing striking Red caps, the symbol of protests in Brittany.