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Non-governmental organizations as Russian manipulation mechanism of public opinion in other countries

Non-governmental organizations as Russian manipulation mechanism of public opinion in other countries

A term “hybrid warfare”€ encompasses wide variety of methods enabling to influence a policy of a foreign state. The US is aware of the subversion of the public opinion through social media that can happen on the eve of the next presidential elections -€“ a technology that was widely used by Russia during the previous elections in the United States, particular type of “€œsocial management” that later led to the questioning the results of the democratic process of 2016.The two main features of hybrid threats -€“ secrecy and deniability -€“ allow to convey an impression that whatever kind of...

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US China tariffs 'inconsistent' with trade rules says WTO

US China tariffs 'inconsistent' with trade rules says WTO

The World Trade Organization has ruled that tariffs the US imposed on Chinese goods in 2018, triggering a trade war, were “inconsistent” with international trade rules.The WTO said the US did not provide evidence that its claims of China’s unfair technology theft and state aid justified the border taxes.Chinese officials welcomed the ruling.But the US said it showed that the WTO was “completely inadequate” to the task of confronting China.Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, America’s top trade negotiator, said the US “must be allowed to defend itself against unfair trade practices”.“This panel...

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Poland is in favor of the Nord Stream 2 stoppage amid Navalny’s poisoning

Poland is in favor of the Nord Stream 2 stoppage amid Navalny’s poisoning

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called last week on Berlin to scrap the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as according to Warsaw the specified project poses a threat to the stability of the region. Polish politician told public radio on Wednesday that Germany must stop construction of the project. “It strengthens Russia’s power, helps President Putin to build a military power, helps to intimidate other nations,” he said.It should be noted that the Nord Stream 2 is in its final stage of construction and is planned for operation next year. But after poisoning of Alexei Navalny German...

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Sep 15
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Tesla Model 3 for Australia will be “made in China”, but will price come down?

Tesla Model 3 for Australia will be “made in China”, but will price come down?

Tesla will reportedly soon start shipping China-made Model 3 electric vehicles to right-hand drive markets including Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, upturning a previous decision that its Shanghai factory would only serve the “greater China” region.According to a report from Bloomberg, sources who declined to be named said that “mass production” of the Model 3 would commence in the fourth quarter of 2020 after which units would be shipped to Asia-Pacific right-hand drive markets as well as Europe.Tesla’s Shanghai “Giga 3” factory – its first electric car factory outside the US – began...

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Sep 14
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Coronavirus: Scottish outdoor centres face Covid-19 'catastrophe'

Coronavirus: Scottish outdoor centres face Covid-19 'catastrophe'

Scotland will lose its outdoor education sector forever without Scottish government funding, the industry has warned.Outdoor centres across Scotland said ministers had made a “catastrophic” decision not to offer financial support during the pandemic.School residential trips are not allowed under Covid-19 restrictions.The Scottish government said it had funded development of guidance for “safe day visits” to centres.There are about 60 outdoor centres in Scotland, although not all of them offer residential courses.The larger residential centres typically offer week-long visits for...

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Sep 11
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French aid to Lebanon and internal issues boosted by the explosion

French aid to Lebanon and internal issues boosted by the explosion

It was no coincidence that French President Emmanuel Macron became the first Western head of state to visit almost absolutely ruined Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.A month after the massive explosion that ripped through Beirut’s port and eviscerated large parts of the Lebanese capital — killing nearly 200, injuring thousands and leaving scores homeless at a time when the country was already reeling from a financial meltdown and the coronavirus pandemic — Lebanon’s political elites appeared to be fully incompetent and unprepared in the time of disaster. Still there are no leading suspect in...

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Alexei Navalny: Nato says Russia must disclose its Novichok programme

Alexei Navalny: Nato says Russia must disclose its Novichok programme

Nato has called for Russia to disclose its Novichok nerve agent programme to international monitors, following the poisoning of activist Alexei Navalny.Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said members were united in condemning the “horrific” attack. He added there was “proof beyond doubt” that a Novichok nerve agent was used against Mr Navalny. But Russia has dismissed the diagnosis given by doctors in Germany, where he is being treated.Speaking after an emergency Nato meeting, Mr Stoltenberg said the Kremlin “must fully co-operate with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical...

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Tesla will replace 70 components in its Model Y with a single module

Tesla will replace 70 components in its Model Y with a single module

Robots are not efficient enough for Tesla’s new car factory in Germany, which plans to replace hundreds of them with giant aluminium casting machines to build simpler chassis parts, told a person familiar with the matter.The electric carmaker has struggled to raise production volumes through hi-tech automation and was forced to fly in a new production line from Germany to Nevada in 2018 after robots failed to coordinate seamlessly at the U.S. factory.For the new Model Y, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has said he will replace 70 components glued and riveted into the car’s rear underbody...

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German chancellor has become a target of intense pressure to abandon Nord Stream-2 poject after Navalny poisoning

German chancellor has become a target of intense pressure to abandon Nord Stream-2 poject after Navalny poisoning

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under the intense pressure to scrap a giant gas pipeline after her statement regarding Navalny poisoning with a variant of Novichok.Navalny, a Russian opposition leader and Putin’s critic is currently being treated at a hospital in Berlin. Last week the German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that he had been poisoned with a variant of Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve agent, that is proved by tests carried out by a German military laboratory.During a news conference in this regard hold on Wednesday Angela Merkel stated Navalny was the victim of a crime that...

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Sep 8
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Caucasus-2020: Russian military exercises or Russian preparation for big offense?

Caucasus-2020: Russian military exercises or Russian preparation for big offense?

The recent military conflicts and commitment of Russian government to use military power to promote very disputable interests have already shown the whole West that any treaties, pacts and agreements cannot stop Russia from brutal aggression. Unfortunately we have no way out but to state that the European Union as well as the US are potential enemies for Russia today, so any military exercises must be regarded as potential prelude for real war.The treacherous occupation of Ukraine’s territories, while at the same time trying to avoid responsibility for aggression against Ukraine by...

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At least five people were killed at protests in Belarus, not one

At least five people were killed at protests in Belarus, not one

According to the report of the educational and public association “Zvyano,” at least five people were killed and seven were admitted to intensive care in critical condition during street protests in Belarus.The report studies the violation of the rights of protesters in Belarus during the period from 7 to 14 August. Zvyana’s volunteers found 120 people in Minsk hospitals and interviewed 30 victims who received injuries of varying difficulty. Officially, the authorities reported only one person who died in Minsk on Pushkinskaya street – Alexander Taraikovsky.According to Tatyana...

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Why 5G is the first stage of a tech war between the U.S. and China – Democratic Europe without Borders

Why 5G is the first stage of a tech war between the U.S. and China – Democratic Europe without Borders

The U.S. tech war on China continues, banning Chinese equipment from its network, and asking its Five Eyes partners and NATO allies to follow suit. It is a market and a technology denial regime that seeks to win back manufacturing that the U.S. and European countries have lost to China.International trade assumed that goods and equipment could be sourced from any part of the world. The first breach in this scheme was the earlier round of U.S. sanctions on Huawei last year, that any company that used 25 percent or more of U.S. content had to play by the U.S. sanction rules. This meant U.S....

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Aug 17
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Belarus on the way to the Russia’s hands – Democratic Europe without Borders

Belarus on the way to the Russia’s hands – Democratic Europe without Borders

Today Belarus faces new realities of its everyday life which a couple of months ago might have been considered as a nightmare. Stability was the thing which Belarus was definitely proud of and the part of this stability was the assurances in law enforcement system (if it is possible in authoritarian state) which was far from acceptable in terms of democratic developments but quite predictable in the eyes of the ordinary Belarusian people.A week ago the lives of these people changed from prior to after and all the generation needs to live further with this historical memory. Many people, who...

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Aug 17
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12 Years After Russian Invasion of Georgia – Democratic Europe without Borders

12 Years After Russian Invasion of Georgia – Democratic Europe without Borders

Twelve years have passed since Russia invaded the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.  August 7 is a somber reminder of the thousands who have suffered and continue to suffer in the wake of Russia’s invasion. 12 years ago a 21-member detachment of Georgian soldiers came face-to-face with Russian soldiers in the village of Shindisi. The Russians greatly outnumbered the Georgian soldiers and ordered them to surrender, but they refused. The uneven battle continued for 45 minutes.This day, Georgians remember those forced out of their residence and forced to become internally...

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Aug 12
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Cyber Sanctions of the European Union: Three Countries Guilty of the Most Known Cyber Attacks are Named – Democratic Europe without Borders

Cyber Sanctions of the European Union: Three Countries Guilty of the Most Known Cyber Attacks are Named – Democratic Europe without Borders

On the 30th of July the European Union announced that it imposes cyber sanctions against several individuals and entities of China, Russia and North Korea. These sanctions include arrest of assets and travel bans. The European Union was not in a hurry to make such decision – it took much time, and it seemed that those, who are responsible for cyber crimes, managed to evade punishment. However, the world did not forget extensive cyber attacks that had damaged critical infrastructures of a number of countries, as well as private companies. These are particularly “WannaCry,” “Petya” and...

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Russia meddled in democratic processes of the Great Britain – Democratic Europe without Borders

Russia meddled in democratic processes of the Great Britain – Democratic Europe without Borders

On the 21st of July the Intelligence and Security Committee of the Great Britain revealed the report on the issue of Russia’s meddling in British democratic process. This document was published with a delay of 9 months and was very expected amid the general assumption that Russia interfered Scottish independence vote in 2014 and the EU referendum in 2016. Following the publication of the report Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova hastened to claim that the report is “Russophobia in a fake frame,” Russian mass media launched discrediting campaign named “a sensation has not...

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International donors pledge £228m in aid to Lebanon but demand reform – Democratic Europe without Borders

International donors pledge £228m in aid to Lebanon but demand reform – Democratic Europe without Borders

International donors have pledged a total of 252.7 million euro (£228.39 million) in emergency aid during a conference for Lebanon.Sunday’s donor teleconference was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.International leaders, government officials and international organisations participated, including US President Donald Trump. Donors promised to provide emergency aid – focusing on medicine and hospitals, schools, food and housing.The rebuilding needs of Lebanon are immense, but so is the question of how to ensure the millions of dollars promised in international aid is not diverted in...

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