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European governments are doing all they can to sustain the banking sector's customary profit margins, if necessary – at the expense of the general population. Social programs are sacrificed serially to stem mounting budget deficits. The actual result is that while the budgets are shrinking cash is flowing into the very banks which had provoked the financial crisis.

Turkey dropped Russia from its list of potentially threatening countries. Largely due to its support for the Kurdish resistance, the list used to include the USSR and subsequently Russia. As a country from the US orbit, Turkey was somewhat slow to assess the geopolitical landscape of the emerging multipolar world, but over the past several years Ankara started showing increasing interest in Moscow.

Although the Iraqi government had long been opposed to oil exports from Kurdistan, the region transported oil abroad relying on its own legislation.

A corresponding standard act has not been adopted yet, but over the past few years the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has signed a series of production sharing agreements with two dozens of foreign companies all over the world.

"In Yekaterinburg, controversy erupted around the decision of an international judge, which rehabilitated foul language, recognizing three popular words, "not as insults, but interjections." The headline of a small newspaper article, which quite possibly did not belong to the author, also sounds like a sentence: "No censorship! The theme justifies obscene language ". The third sentence, however, is for all of us, and lies in a profound summary: "Unfortunately, swearing in the Russian language has become so common, and the judge's decision only recorded a sad reality."

The context of this unusual story belongs to Gogol's style.

The unanticipated failure of the the September 5 constitutional referendum in Moldova came as a shock not only to the pro-Western faction of the country's elite but no less to the forces within the EU which hoped the vote would help push Russia out of the strategic Transnistria and weaken its positions in the Balkans – Black Sea - Caspian region.

The accuracy of forecasts always leaves much to be desired, and still Russia has to take seriously the task of understanding the future of the global energy sector. Sitting on vast energy reserves, Russia is open about its energy superpower ambitions, but natural resources alone are no guarantee of a country's prosperity.

After October 1 thousands of US military hackers and spies will get down to their cyber war activities.

The declarations for taking cyber defense measures can be heard more and more often in the US. US analysts state that information and communication networks, on which the national infrastructure depends on, are becoming vulnerable for cyber criminals.

In accord with the withdrawal timetable rolled out back in 2008, B. Obama ordered the pullout of the majority of the US forces from Iraq. The plan is that only some 50,000 US servicemen will stay to train the Iraqi army and security services. Now comes the time to assess the campaign that took seven years, the gains drawn from it by the US, and the repercussions it had globally.

Moscow's recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in August 2008 was an important political step towards a brand new status of the Russian Federation in post-Soviet societies. Over the past two years this step has been thoroughly analyzed by various think tanks dealing with the future of the Caucasus. So, what do we have in South Ossetia?

Today marks the 65th anniversary since the end of World War II. On 14 August, 1945, Emperor Hirohito issued the Imperial Rescript of Surrender announcing that Japan accepted the terms set down in the Potsdam Declaration. On 15 August the country’s Foreign Ministry sent a telegram to its envoy in Switzerland asking him to inform the governments of the United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain and China on the decision made by the Japanese Emperor.