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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.

From 14th to 17th May, an official delegation of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation headed by Chairman V. I. Matviyenko visited Mexico and Cuba. They were an integral part of the parliamentary dimension of the whole multi-vectored foreign policy, which modern Russia effectively applies based on the principles of equality, mutual respect and mutually beneficial cooperation between the multipolar systems of international relations.

The meetings and negotiations of the Russian parliamentarians in the capitals of the two Latin American countries have not only confirmed the fact that Moscow, Mexico City and Havana have similar views on the global challenges of the XXI century, but also showed a great interest in the partnership to fully maximize the use of the potential cooperation to the benefit the people of their countries, and also in the interests of a stable and secure world.

As for the United States of Mexico, "the visit of such a high level delegation of is a demonstration and proof that we are seriously interested in developing a dialogue with Mexico as an important partner," the head of the Russian delegation, V. I. Matviyenko, told “International Affairs” magazine.

The new Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has not made much of an impression on the Senate Committee who approved his post. A Republican senator’s question on whether the new Secretary planned to develop or not the oil-bearing shelf in order to lift Europe's dependence on Russian oil has remained unanswered. Also Moniz dodged the question about the development of the huge reserves of natural gas in Alaska.

The impression given is that, despite the advances that have allowed the United States in the short term to approach energy independence and create the conditions for the export of domestic energy resources, the Secretary does not have a thought-out program for the energy development of the country.

The body of Patroclus was lying lifeless, but around him the Achaean men and the Trojans continued their vituperative dispute. A week after the magnificent funeral, the debate about Margaret Thatcher’s legacy still has not subsided. The pro-conservative press is putting the former premier on a world-historical pedestal under the slogan "Back to" Thatcherism ". The media which is closer to Labour supporters, claims that Thatcher, whose page in history has turned forever, still was not able to rise above being seen in a purely British context.

With the latter, apparently, it's hard to disagree. Margaret Thatcher was not only a true, but also a devout daughter of her nation. However, the fervor with which she defended the interests of her country, are not only worthy of respect, but are an example to politicians for all times. It is symbolic that her remains will rest next to another great Briton - Winston Churchill.

An international conference on "The role of parliamentary institutions in building a Europe without dividing lines" was held in St. Petersburg by the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS), and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). This year, the PACE and the IPA CIS mark the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Agreement on Cooperation.

"The fact that this conference is conducted by the two major parliamentary organizations of our continent, inspires optimism and confidence that eventually we will be able to overcome the existing barriers and create a common legal and humanitarian space in Europe,"  stated the Chairman of the IPA CIS V.I . Matviyenko, at the opening ceremony.

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The head of SAXO Bank, Lars Christensen said in September last year, "the Eurozone does not need to be saved, it must be scrapped." It seems that the events on the small romantic island of Cyprus are finally consolidating this trend, which for lack of political will would be not so much administrative as cumulative and suicidal in character.

"All these officials are afraid to look the problem in the eye. The main problem is that there is one currency, but many completely different economies. Greece, with its uncompetitive economy, needs a weak currency. The German currency, obviously, should be stronger than the current euro. There is only one solution - to make more currencies. "

In his book, "On China," Henry Kissinger tried to identify on a world map the most explosive point that could trigger World War III. In his view, the main threat arises out of a tangle of contradictions about the political future of Pakistan and its regional environment. However events on the Korean Peninsula bring us back to the old, unhealed wounds of history and a relapse is dangerous and unpredictable.

Coming out of the armistice agreement, the DPRK returned the separated parts of the country to a de jure state of war. The question of whether or not there would be a unified Korean state was loudly discussed on both sides of the now almost arbitrary boundary. However these days talk about union are only in the context of mutual military threats. And Seoul does not keep it secret that it will be supported by a broad coalition of forces, primarily the United States.

Is it possible to separate the rhetoric from the real intentions of the parties in these mutual threats?

The sexual revolution in Europe has naturally evolved into a homosexual revolution.

The lower house of the French Parliament has reacted favorably to the adoption of the law on same-sex marriage and the adoption of children by homosexual couples. Then officials in Paris began to exert increasing pressure on Russia demanding that they review the Russian legislation, in which marriage is recognized only if it is committed between a man and a woman.

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.