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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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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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Such was the destiny of this correspondent’s duties that I was to travel to Morocco on a regular basis over the years, and oranges along with Tangier no longer induce in me such a severe emotional reaction.

Over the years the borders have opened, and now you can hit the road to Tangier any time, and Russian stores are full of oranges from Morocco.

But, closer inspection proved that Morocco is not only rich in citrus fruits. A recent trip there brought another Moroccan surprise – the farmers in Agadir province are ready and willing to provide Russia with fresh vegetables every winter.  These goods grow here all year, and yields are in the hundreds of thousands of tons.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 17-01-2013, 00:30
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In Athens on January 7th, 2013, the 70th anniversary of the execution by the Nazis of British intelligence agent number 033V, Jerzy Ivanov-Šainović, was solemnly marked. This man's name is known to almost every Pole and Greek, but it is unknown in Russia.

He was an extraordinary man: multilingual (he spoke English, Polish, Russian, Greek, German, and French), an athlete (he played in the Polish water polo team and in 1934 he won the Greek championship in swimming in the 100 m freestyle), but above all, a talented spy.

The strange combination of name and surname is explained because the future spy was born in 1911 in Warsaw. Poland was then part of the Russian Empire, and Jerzy’s father was Colonel Vladimir Ivanov of the Russian army, and his mother was polish, Leonarda Šainović. 

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 16-01-2013, 13:07
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Acclaimed Columbian novelist and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez turns 85

The Year of Márquez was inaugurated in Moscow at a ceremony held at the Cervantes Institute in connection with the birthday of the author to whom the readership has long granted the classic status. The agenda for the Year of Márquez was unveiled jointly with the Embassy of Columbia as a part of the event which also featured the presentation of the Russian-language edition of his autobiographic Living to Tell the Tale and a film by Italian director Francesco Rosi based on the writer's Chronicle of a Death Foretold

 

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 4-07-2012, 16:23
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The May 20-21, 2012 NATO summit which convened in Chicago, announced the Alliance's strategic turn to defense on the worldwide scale. The forum further rolled out the smart defense concept which, as NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen explained, implies 'a renewed culture of cooperation'1. The alliance, according to its Secretary General, is moving towards a profound transformation, the purpose being to emerge as a pole in the security network spanning most of the world's countries and organizations. “Chicago will not be the end of our efforts, only the start,” said Rasmussen2.

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  • Date: 23-05-2012, 15:11
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Negocios Estrangeiros is a journal of the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal with a reputation for geopolitics analysis and insights into Portuguese foreign policy, external economic relations, and cultural activities worldwide. Two issues of Negocios Estrangeiros are released annually and offer opinion pieces in Portuguese or, occasionally, in English. The 18th issue which saw the light of day recently features a collection of essays with themes ranging from current analysis pertinent to the realm of international politics to extremely thought-provoking basic studies.

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  • Date: 16-05-2012, 16:32
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 The first round of the presidential election will take place in France on April, 22, 2012. If the second round is necessary, it’s scheduled on May, 6, 2012. Socialist François Hollande lays claim to the laurels of French president in power. Time will show, who will govern France after the election, but already today it is very likely to suppose that its result won’t make radical changes in Paris’s foreign policy.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 20-04-2012, 11:37
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