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MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.

Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again.

In a twitter debate with the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Alexei Pushkov, the U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, observed that:

"He (President Obama) wants to protect the rule of international law prohibiting the use of chemical weapons." This position, of course, echoes recent statements made by U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, in which he has repeatedly stressed that such crimes against humanity cannot go unpunished.

The concept of multiculturalism cannot be credited narrowly to Europe, considering that Canada, Australia, and the US have decades-long records of putting the design into practice. There are bumps on the road in all cases – the US, for example, has to grapple with concerns over the looming demographic imbalance as the Hispanic part of the country's population grows – but the  trio appears to do well enough when seen against the turbulent European background.

Researchers from one of Latin America's  biggest botanical gardens - the Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden sited in the province of Artemisa, not far from Havana – floated a new program aimed at helping children develop environment awareness. Overall, it is a strongly held belief in Cuba that teaching to appreciate and preserve nature should begin at the earliest age possible. The initiative announced by Cuban horticulture specialists coincided in time with the World Environment Day which, as suggested by the UN, is celebrated globally on June 5 with the goal of inspiring literally everyone to contribute to environment preservation.

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  • Date: 5-07-2013, 15:11
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There is no shortage of serious literature portraying Great Britain or of booklets intended to lure tourists to the country, but - now that the season of summertime vacations is at full swing – the time is right for yet another suggestion to turn attention to this part of the world

The grave of Todor Minkov, an outstanding Bulgarian enlightener, was discovered in a state of total neglect in the midst of a historical cemetery in Drahichyn, Belarus, in 2012 [1]. On January 4, 2013, a convention, attended by diplomats from the embassy of Bulgaria in Belarus, gathered in Mensk to commemorate Minkov's birthday (January 2, 1830) [2]. Shortly after the finding of the burial site was reported on TV in the Open Format show, the place was carefully rebuilt by volunteers from the cadet corps of the city of Slonim who thus expressed their regard for the legacy of Minkov, a principal of one of the first youth military schools in Belarus.

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  • Date: 3-07-2013, 15:06
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Today Mongolia is attractive to foreign investors in many sectors of the economy, the most dynamic of which are tourism and the development of mining for gold and other precious metals, and the center of attention for this is the Gobi Desert.

There is a place in the Mongolian Gobi desert called the Turquoise Hill. It gets its name from the rich copper deposits that give it its distinctive greenish color. It has long been known to have these copper deposits, along with quantities of gold and silver, but was considered too small to be worth mining commercially. Then around a decade ago a team of geologists was sent to the area to conduct new investigations. What they discovered was astonishing. The Turquoise Hill turned out to be the tiny visible tip of one enormous iceberg. 

The two-day international «EU-Russia Energy Dialogue» conference which took place May 29-30, the eighth such conference so far, was once again unable to overcome the stalemate between Moscow and Brussels in the field of energy. The leadership of the European Union still

The latest council meeting of the European Union, which took place recently in Brussels, was marked by an ambitious statement from EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger.In an interview with the Parisian business newspaper Les Échos, he urged EU member countries not to block programs for development of shale gas fields in Europe. «We need to be open to such projects and allow those countries who wish to do so, such as Great Britain or Poland, to develop pilot projects on the basis of which we can make an assessment for Europe in general», stated Oettinger. [1] 

Besides Great Britain and Poland, other European countries which plan to develop technologies for extraction of shale gas include Romania, Hungary and Spain. On the other hand, in France and Bulgaria this extraction method is officially prohibited. 

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  • Date: 17-06-2013, 15:24
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"An Orthodox Pole," sounds as unusual as a "Russian Catholic." The Polish national character is as inseparable from Catholicism as the Russian character is from Orthodoxy. But there is not only a Catholic Poland, but an Orthodox Poland.

Who ever happens to have been in eastern Poland, could see Catholic churches with obvious features of Byzantine architecture. These are former Orthodox churches, taken over by Catholics. The transfer of Orthodox churches under the jurisdiction of the Polish Catholic church took place for various reasons. One of these was the desire to strengthen the influence of Catholicism in eastern Poland, another was because of the small number of parishioners, and there were other reasons.  It was a particularly difficult time for the followers of Polish Orthodoxy as it came during the so-called rehabilitation - the time of the rule of Jozef Pilsudski, when all over the country Orthodox holy sites were destroyed, which in the eyes of Polish Patriots personified Russian influence. Under the guise of fighting the Russian imperial legacy, churches were torn down, and pressure put on the Orthodox congregation, which had to live in a climate of extreme tension and anti-orthodox phobia.

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  • Date: 14-06-2013, 19:26
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