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The Columbian government voiced a new round of allegations that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is secretly supporting the FARC and ELN guerrilla movements in Columbia and giving shelter to their leaders. Venezuela reacted harshly – Chavez severed the diplomatic ties with Columbia, and the Organization of American States had to hold an urgent meeting on July 22 on Columbia's request. This was the third time this year that the administration of Alvaro Uribe leveled such charges at Caracas and claimed to possess solid evidence that leftist groups are operating from the territory of Venezuela.

The worst kind of crashing bores are those who believe in the universality of formal logic and align their whole lives with its dictate. Sooner or later life does find a cure for most, but some manage to cling to their ways all along. In many cases, such people dive into academic careers as a form of escape  likely due to the illusion of personal success that easily comes with a scholar title. Their invasion into the spheres of history or arts creates particularly lifeless pictures which are completely detached from reality with it vibrant colors and shadows of meaning. To make things worse, oftentimes these very types tend to vindicate their narrow-mindedness by dishing out textbooks.

The abnormally hot weather in the central regions of Russia has already caused serious economic damage. It has destroyed crops on roughly 20% of the country's agricultural land lots, the result being that the food prices are clearly set to climb next fall. On top of that, fires are raging over peat lands around Moscow. These days, the majority of forecasts concerning the climate are alarming: droughts, hurricanes, and floods are going to be increasingly frequent and severe. Director of the climate and energy program of the Wildlife Fund A. Kokorin says that the current trend is not a random phenomenon and should not be expected to subside.

On July 22, 2010 the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion on the legality of the unilateral declaration of independence by «the Kosovo administration». The verdict was that the declaration was legal. The ruling, however, gives serious reasons to call into question the legality of the ICJ verdict.
The approach to answering the question confronting the ICJ should have necessarily comprised the following steps. First, the ICJ should have found out which norms of international law had served as the basis for the declaration of the Kosovo independence.

On July 26, 1953 – 57 years ago – a group of Cuban revolutionaries stormed the Moncada barracks in Santiago. The rebellion against dictator and US puppet Fulgencio Batista, which was led by Fidel Castro, marked the starting date of a broad-scale guerrilla campaign which evolved into the Cuban revolution. On January 1, 1959 the triumphant rebels marched into Havana. July 26 is celebrated in Cuba as a national holiday.

I happened to tour the Middle East back in the mid-1990ies, at a moment when the Intifada peaked. My colleague and I stood at the top of a hill overlooking a spectacular landscape, on a site decorated with a UN flag. Here, the abbreviation is decoded as 'United Nothing', said my companion with bitter irony. Given the  situation we were witnessing, the remark sounded upsetting but  realistic. The EU sanctions slapped on Tehran atop those imposed by the UN Security Council will have multiple dire consequences, and not only for Iran.

As requested by the UN General Assembly, on July 22 the International Court of Justice issued a ruling on Kosovo independence. The verdict is that the unilateral declaration of independence by “the Pristina administration” was legal, though the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (the one concerning the territorial integrity of Serbia) still remains an element of the international law that should not be disregarded.

For the last few days following on the “Rolling Stones” interview by Gen. McChrystal and President Obama’s decision to replace him with Gen. Petraeus there has been a great deal of attention paid to the current situation in Afghanistan and what the change in command will portend for the strategy that Gen McChrystal had devised to achieve President Obama’s goal of disrupting dismantling and defeating the Al-Qaeda network and ensuring that Afghanistan did not again become a safe haven for terrorists intent on attacking the United States and its allies.

On July 22, the UN International Court of Justice in the Hague will issue its opinion on the status of  Kosovo, the breakaway province which unilaterally declared independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008. For the first time in its history, the Court is to judge on the legality of the proclamation of independence by a territory of a UN-member country without the consent of the latter. The ruling is sure to set a precedent for scores of likewise cases, including those in the post-Soviet space.

Since Uzbekistan had always been known for having plenty of natural gas deposits and well-developed pipeline infrastructure, already in Soviet times the country actively cooperated with Russia as part of a single oil and gas complex providing gas supplies to industrial centers in the Urals and to the European part of the USSR. Apart from this, Uzbekistan was a transit country for the Turkmen gas. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia and Uzbekistan experienced dramatic changes in oil and gas cooperation, living through both decline and rise.