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What sports do we associate with the giant tropical nation of Brazil? In first place, of course, is football. Also volleyball, basketball, Formula 1 and other types of racing. Also beach volleyball and beach football, mini-football, futsal, martial arts, wrestling, capoeira, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed styles.... And, yet, "tropical" Brazilian athletes will try anything to get to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. This was stated by the head of the National Confederation of winter sports in Brazil (they actually have one!) Stefano Arnhold. According to him, his countrymen have considerably advanced technically compared with Turin in 2006, and by 2014, are hoping to further improve their results. In Vancouver in 2010, five Brazilians already showed good form, and despite the lack of medals, successfully qualified for the Games, which can be considered to be an excellent result. Why? Because the sportsmen from hot tropical Brazil have had to overcome the most difficult obstacle - nature. In a country where it never snows, there are no conditions for winter sports. Still, athletes from the Tropical giant seek to fly across the ocean to participate in the Sochi Olympics.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 16-02-2013, 12:00
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They say that war is the continuation of politics only by other means. It is equally true that language is a continuation of politics, and the ancient Roman proverb, "who rules, creates the religion" can be safely reinterpreted, saying "who rules, creates the language."

The intellectual image of a country is determined by the degree of spread of its language on the adjacent territory, and the degree of involvement of these areas in the political orbit of a large nation is determined by the depth of penetration of the language of the nation into their culture.

In the last decades, we have witnessed a real "terminology war" between Russia and the West. Western political analysts, especially from the Anglo-Saxon countries, are engaged in developing political, geographical and international legal terminology, the application of which distorts the meaning behind the realities of Russian history.

Take for instance, the term "occupation" as applied to the annexation of the Baltic States by the Soviet Union on the basis of bilateral agreements! (1). Even though the "occupied" had equal rights and duties as the "invaders" and occupied the highest positions in the power hierarchy, Western politicians stubbornly juggle with the term "occupation".

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 15-02-2013, 23:44
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History has no subjunctive mood, but the imperative mood is well known. There are events, often compressed into a short space of time, which, due to their high spirit and meaning, strongly connect the human mind and conscience with visionary interpretations. Undoubtedly, the word “STALINGRAD” fits into one of those moments in history.

However, as the academic Alexander Chubarian said, a joint Russian-German history textbook offers different versions in the reporting of this giant battle. Well, it would be worse if these points of view were in full agreement.

The 49th Munich international security conference had some hidden obstacles. First of all, it took place at the time of utter uncertainty concerning the Syria’s situation. A solution requires close cooperation between the USA and Russia just exactly when the bilateral relations go through hard times. 

There were two major issues defining the agenda. First: is it possible to find a solution to the Syrian conflict aggravating the whole situation in the Middle East? Second: is the reset still in force or its initiator Barack Obama decided to alter priorities after being re-elected for the second term? 

The answers are still hanging the air. No reset speeches were heard this time. In February 2009 Vice President Joe Biden used the term, but this time he said something else. According to Biden, the USA want to get the relations with Russia «back to normal». 

Dear Chairman,

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure for me to attend the Munich conference again, which has firmly consolidated itself as most authoritative site for open conceptual discussion of European and international politics problems.

It is impossible to overlook the symbolism of the date of today's meeting. 70 years ago one of the most difficult, bloody, and crucial battles of World War II – the battle of Stalingrad – was over. Hundreds of thousands of my compatriots who gave their lives for this victory on the banks of Volga were not only defending the Motherland, but also fighting for the attainment of universal peace, just as all our allies were doing.

Winston Churchill held to the view that America makes the right decisions, but only after having tried everything else first. Senator J. William Fulbright believed that Americans have repeated many mistakes made in the past, just because they neglect the fact that the same thing could happen to them. Also he was convinced that the problems of America in Vietnam were not associated with a lack of power, but with its abundance.

 

 Nicco Caldararo (University of San Francisco) believes that today America suffers from the same delusion. Instead of being strong, its behavior can be characterized by impotent military misadventures and internal paralysis. In his opinion, there is an entirely different concept of "American exceptionalism," which could be called a paralysis of power.

The fund created by the European Union to "support democracy" in third world countries and neighboring countries continues to overgrow with new eloquent details. According to the European Commission, the European Foundation for Democracy (European Endowment for Democracy - EED) is designed to provide cash grants to journalists, bloggers, nonprofit organizations, trade unions, political organizations, including those working in exile. 

The 21th session of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Vladivostok became the most representative in the history of the Forum and closed with the adoption of a "package" of 14 resolutions on key political, trade, economic and humanitarian cooperation between the countries of the Asia-Pacific region.During the plenary sessions, round tables, and bilateral meetings of 350 participants from 28 countries and 8 international organizations, including the UN, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE ), a deep analysis was given of the current state of affairs in the region and in the world, with particular attention to security issues, including energy and food security, the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and international cybercrime.

One of the highlights of 2013’s memorable dates was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Marinesko, the legendary commander of submarine "S-13.". How many submariners’ names are famous in naval world history? They can be counted on the fingers of one hand. And so for just the mention of a name to cause vivid historical associations, is perhaps even rarer. Historians and veterans, researchers and professionals remember of course the American submarine commander Joseph F. Enright of the submarine "Archer-fish", who sank the largest Japanese aircraft carrier the "Shinano" which had a displacement of about 70,000 tons.

 

I am walking through Managua ... and I still cannot believe that the last time we met was 20 years ago. And all around me it is not the same Nicaragua, with which I once had many journalistic dates; it is a completely different country. The people look the same – honest and enterprising, dreamlike and friendly. But they are, if you look closely, also a little different.

The country is not divided, as before, into two hostile camps - the Sandinistas and the "Contras." The Republic has become, as it were, multipolitized. There is no sharp distinction between "us" and "them." The Civil War and the "contras" are in the past, and the Sandinistas that returned to power are not the same. They have also become multipolitized. 

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 20-01-2013, 23:08
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