FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images Aviva (LSE: AV) shares have performed very strongly over the past year, and they have now reached their pre-pandemic price of over 400p. Strong management under Amanda Blanc has enabled this strong performance.After taking over in July 2020, Blanc has helped reform and simplify the insurance company, selling many of its operations in France, Italy and Singapore. The positive impact of Blanc has been reflected in some very resilient earnings.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…But there is always the risk that the optimism may start to die out soon, and that the shares have reached their peak. Considering this possibility, here’s what I am doing with my position.Effect of managementAmanda Blanc has wasted no time in making changes to the business. And I’d say these changes were much needed!Over the past few years, Aviva has struggled with its complex structure, and has seen its share price falter. Blanc has recognised this fact and not been afraid to make big changes to the business.Late last week, it was announced that Allianz has purchased Aviva’s Polish operations for €2.5bn, subject to regulatory approval. This means that the various sales of non-core units have now generated cash proceeds of €7.5bn. Such a large figure will help the company with debt-reduction plans and the return of capital to shareholders. This deal also lifted the Aviva share price to over 400p and may provide further momentum to the company.Trading updateAviva’s recent full-year trading update illustrated that the company has dealt well with the pandemic. Operating profits totalled nearly £3.2bn and this was only a very slight drop from 2019. Following the non-core sales, centre liquidity had also risen by nearly doubled to £4.1bn, demonstrating Aviva’s financial strength. The company also announced a dividend of 21p for the year, currently representing a yield of over 5%. Once the company’s debt pile is reduced, there is scope for this to rise. It is therefore understandable why the Aviva share price has performed strongly recently.Despite this resilient performance, there are still risks associated with investing in the stock. Like many sectors, the pandemic has impacted insurance due to the necessity of more pay-outs. Although Aviva has performed resiliently in this environment, the continued uncertainty may hinder its performance over the next few months.What am I doing with my Aviva shares?Due to its strong management and business plan, Aviva is one of my current favourite stocks on the FTSE 100. As such, I am not selling any of my position just yet. Despite this, at 400p, its shares are not as cheap as they used to be, and I am prepared for a dip in the near future. This means that I’m not buying any more shares either.For the long term, though, I am optimistic. The firm’s current price-to-earnings ratio is 7.5, and there are intentions to deliver strong shareholder returns over the next few years. For the long haul, I believe that Aviva is therefore a good investment. I’m just waiting for a potential dip before buying any more shares! Stuart Blair owns shares in Aviva. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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ArchDaily House in Atsugi / Masashi Kikkawa + Hisashi IkedaSave this projectSaveHouse in Atsugi / Masashi Kikkawa + Hisashi Ikeda Projects Houses House in Atsugi / Masashi Kikkawa + Hisashi Ikeda Manufacturers: Carl Hansen, Akari (Isamu noguchi), TamiyaSave this picture!© Kikkawa architectsRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyText description provided by the architects. The site is located in the suburb of Tokyo. In the old days, there were many farmhouses that life of people and nature were closely connected to each other. The owner’s family has been engaged in agriculture since ancient times. However, with a transition of lifestyles, farmhouse was replaced with the standardized housing that has no relevance to agriculture. We re-built a modern farmhouse in harmony with nature, aiming to create a pleasant house.Save this picture!© Kikkawa architectsIn spite of rapid urban development, we thought rural environment, that has been slightly left out brings a pleasant living environment to this house. The house was placed in a quiet location, away from the main street, to live calmly. The exterior elevation is a simple form, as it is quietly placed in the field, and it has an easy atmosphere in harmony with the landscape. This simple form resembles the memory of the old farmhouse (thatched roof house) that owners lived in their childhood.Save this picture!PlanThe plan is basically one-room, the owner couple can live feeling the presence of each other. All rooms can be divided freely with sliding doors, which allow the space to be a spacious openness or with confined calmness. In addition, so that the internal space is continuous with the landscape, we set up a large window (width 12.6m) on the south side. This window lets through the cool breeze in summer, brings warm sun light in winter. As a result, the house feels the transience of nature.Save this picture!© Kikkawa architectsThe maximum ceiling height in the living room is about 4.8m, which holds a feeling of openness of the surrounding landscape. In order to create a calm space, it was closer to space to physical scale. For example, the living room ceiling height comes down to about 2.4m along the steep roof, and the height of all the opening is 1.8m, and placed a low height furniture.Save this picture!SectionTwo of comfort, such as openness and calmness are attempted to be established at the same time. We have tried to make connections, such as nature and people, people and people. And we wanted to create a space in which everyone feels comfortable.Project gallerySee allShow lessMAX IV / Snøhetta + FOJAB arkitekterSelected ProjectsSujiva Living / Somia Design StudioSelected Projects Share Save this picture!© Kikkawa architects+ 14 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/794018/house-in-atsugi-masashi-kikkawa-plus-hisashi-ikeda Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/794018/house-in-atsugi-masashi-kikkawa-plus-hisashi-ikeda Clipboard “COPY” Year: CopyAbout this officeMasashi KikkawaOfficeFollowHisashi IkedaOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesJapanPublished on August 26, 2016Cite: “House in Atsugi / Masashi Kikkawa + Hisashi Ikeda” 25 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Luego de la medianoche del domingo 6 de diciembre, cuando las tendencias ya eran irreversibles, la Comisión Nacional Electoral (CNE) informó públicamente los resultados de los comicios parlamentarios en Venezuela. De los 167 escaños en juego en la Legislatura, 99 habían sido ganados por la oposición, la Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, MUD, habiendo obtenido el Gran Polo Patriótico, GPP, la coalición oficialista, solo 46 puestos. Quedaban 22 posiciones por computar, lo cual no cambiaría la mayoría parlamentaria electa.Poco después, el presidente Nicolás Maduro se dirigió al pueblo felicitándolo por su masiva participación, casi un 75% del electorado. Con la frase “Confiamos en la voluntad de ustedes. Lo aceptamos”, reconoció la derrota, añadiendo que “el triunfo no fue de una oposición, sino de la contrarrevolución” y que “hay que acelerar una nueva política económica”. (Telesurtv.net)Esta fue la 20ª elección en 17 años de Revolución Bolivariana y se llevó a cabo bajo un clima de tranquilidad pese a los funestos augurios de los medios de la derecha nacional e internacional.Nunca antes unas elecciones no presidenciales en esa nación habían despertado tantos rumores y vaticinios tanto a nivel nacional como mundial. ¿Por qué esta novedosa situación?La Revolución Bolivariana no es sólo el gobierno de un país. Desde que triunfó Hugo Chávez poniendo en marcha el tren de la esperanza de liberación y participación de los pueblos más excluidos, de la unidad regional, la dignidad y la soberanía junto a la gloriosa Revolución Cubana, Venezuela se convirtió en brújula de los movimientos progresistas tanto en América Latina como en el resto del mundo. Aunque aún es un país capitalista, la posibilidad de liberarse del yugo imperialista estadounidense, controlar sus recursos y su economía y hablar en su propia voz despertó en el imperio y sus aliados a nivel mundial el ansia de derrocar este anhelo continental.Por eso Latinoamérica entera estuvo pendiente de estos comicios. Mensajes de solidaridad inundaron las redes sociales, incluyendo un email del infatigable héroe puertorriqueño, Rafael Cancel Miranda, quien mandó este breve pero elocuente mensaje a su lista: ¡Venezuela en estos momentos es todos nosotros!Agresión imperialistaCuando el capitalismo se encuentra en una encerrona, se vuelve más cruel y se revuelven las aguas podridas de la derecha más recalcitrante. Enfrentado a movimientos progresistas a nivel mundial, se despiertan las olas fascistas utilizadas por la burguesía en su afán de dominar a los pueblos en marcha. Esto ha pasado en Venezuela durante pasados años pero el gobierno bolivariano pudo enfrentar y ahogar por el momento esas hordas violentas.Ahora, sin embargo, la derecha, con la ayuda estadounidense, comenzó otra campaña más sutil aprovechando la crisis económica mundial que ha afectado a muchos países incluido Venezuela.La situación económica del país se ha deteriorado tanto por factores externos como la baja en el precio del petróleo, como por la guerra económica de los oligarcas venezolanos que dominan el sector de importación y que se aprovechan – realmente robando – intercambiando en el mercado negro, las divisas que el gobierno les otorga a precios más bajos.Hay varios factores más como la fuga de productos por la frontera con Colombia.Aunque el gobierno ha impuesto algunas medidas, no han sido lo suficientemente consecuentes como para evitar la enorme subida de precios en algunos renglones y la escasez de algunos productos, lo que hace que gran parte del pueblo tenga que esperar en largas colas para comprar determinadas mercancías, provocando así sentimientos de insatisfacción. Esto fue utilizado por la MUD en su campaña de “cambio” donde decían que de ganar, esta situación y la economía mejorarían.A esto se añade la infusión de millones de dólares de EUA para desestabilizar la Revolución. Según Eva Golinger en un artículo del 12 de noviembre en RT titulado EEUU: La Emboscada contra Venezuela, dice que “Durante el último año, el Gobierno de Estados Unidos ha gastado más de 18 millones de dólares en financiamiento público para grupos antigubernamentales en Venezuela” a través de agencias adscritas al Departamento de Estado como la NED y la USAID. Más adelante en el artículo menciona que “400.000 dólares han sido entregados a un programa para “apoyar miembros de la Asamblea Nacional y el desarrollo de políticas”. Y hay más de 40.000 dólares dedicados a “monitorear la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela”. (actualidad.rt.com)“Al imperialismo, ni un tantito así”. Frase famosa del Che Guevara que no necesita más explicación. Desgraciadamente, el gobierno bolivariano, bajo la inmensa presión de la economía y por tratar de conciliar tal vez la derecha financiera criolla, y lograr algunos beneficios para el pueblo, le hizo algunas concesiones, quizás temporeras, pero que abrieron la puerta al voraz apetito de la derecha. Es a esto quizás que el presidente Maduro se refiere cuando dijo que “hay que acelerar una nueva política económica”.Solidaridad internacional más importante que nuncaLa Revolución Bolivariana no terminó con estas elecciones pese a la mayoría parlamentaria lograda por la MUD. La derecha está dividida y ganó gracias a las inyecciones y consejos de EUA y la intervención de la derecha internacional, tanto de mandatarios y ex mandatarios, como de los grandes medios noticiosos corporativos. En esta campaña a nivel mundial participan muchos, incluyendo el recién elegido presidente de Argentina Mauricio Macri, quien solicitó que se aplique la Carta Democrática para que Venezuela sea suspendida como miembro pleno del Mercosur. Otros participantes en esta campaña desestabilizadora y quienes estuvieron en Venezuela durante las elecciones invitados por la MUD son las/os ex mandatarios, Ricardo Lagos de Chile, Andrés Pastrana de Colombia, Alejandro Toledo de Perú, Luis Alberto Lacalle de Uruguay, Mireya Moscoso de Panamá, Laura Chinchilla y Miguel Ángel Rodríguez de Costa Rica, el primer ministro español Mariano Rajoy y el ex mandatario Boliviano Jorge Quiroga. La conducta y declaraciones públicas injerencistas de algunos de estos mandatarios fue tal que Tibisay Lucena, la presidenta del CNE, les retiró las credenciales entregadas.El pueblo bolivariano sin embargo, no olvida los grandes avances que en sólo 17 años ha logrado. A pesar de las colas, “el Mapa Mundial del Hambre 2015, difundido por la FAO, certifica que en Venezuela no existe ese flagelo. En 40 años, Gobiernos de derecha construyeron 5 mil centros de salud. La Revolución, en 16 años, ha edificado 9 mil sedes de atención médica”. (Tomado de “Los 50 Grandes Logros de la indetenible Revolución Bolivariana” chavezvive.info.ve)Como todo proceso, la Revolución Bolivariana tiene y tendrá errores y acertijos. Ahora en una nueva etapa, es crucial la solidaridad del movimiento progresista internacional para que el pueblo bolivariano logre el camino al socialismo que ha querido intentar pero que se ha topado con inmensas dificultades.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
In 1918, women joined the ‘Red Sisters’ militias to defend the newSoviet republic.As we described in the first article in this series, the workers’ revolution that started in Russia in 1917 and spread to all the nationalities brutally oppressed by the czarist empire took place in one of the most underdeveloped countries of Europe, only recently emerged from feudalism. The majority of the people were impoverished peasants, and few could even read or write.Nevertheless, it was a revolution that reflected the rise on a world scale of a working class capable of taking power into its own hands in order to socialize the means of production — to use them not for private profit but to liberate the people from want and oppression.From its very beginnings, the revolutionary government initiated social advances far beyond anything achieved in the capitalist West.Take the question of the status of women.Just six weeks after the revolution, on Dec. 19, 1917, the church’s control over marriage, rooted in the patriarchy, was replaced by civil marriage. Divorce was made very simple. If there was mutual consent by both spouses, a divorce was immediately granted. If just one spouse requested a divorce, there was a brief court hearing. No grounds were needed, no contest, no evidence or witnesses. Soviet Russia became the only country in the world with full freedom of divorce.Within a year of the revolution, a marriage code was produced that asserted the complete equality of rights between spouses as well as between legitimate and “illegitimate” children.When two people marry, which must change their last name? The Code of Oct. 17, 1918, stated: “Married persons use a common surname. … On the registration of marriage they may choose whether they will adopt the husband’s (bridegroom’s) or wife’s (bride’s) surname or their joint surnames.”Lenin in 1919 famously summed up what the Bolsheviks had achieved and what still had to be done:“We actually razed to the ground the infamous laws placing women in a position of inequality, restricting divorce and surrounding it with disgusting formalities, denying recognition to children born out of wedlock, enforcing a search for their fathers, etc., laws numerous survivals of which, to the shame of the bourgeoisie and of capitalism, are to be found in all civilized countries. We have a thousand times the right to be proud of what we have done in this field.“But the more thoroughly we clear the ground of the lumber of the old bourgeois laws and institutions, the more we realize that we have only cleared to build on, but we are not yet building.“Notwithstanding all the laws emancipating women, she continues to be a domestic slave, because petty housework crushes, strangles, stultifies and degrades her, chains her to the kitchen and the nursery, and she wastes her labor on barbarously unproductive, petty, nerve-racking, stultifying and crushing drudgery. The real emancipation of women, real communism, will begin where and when an all-out struggle begins (led by the proletariat wielding the state power) against this petty house-keeping, or rather when its wholesale transformation into a large-scale socialist economy begins.”What the revolutionaries envisioned was a proliferation of communal laundries, kitchens, nurseries, kindergartens and so on that would free women from household drudgery.Now, a century later, all kinds of labor-saving devices exist in developed countries to lighten the burden of housework that was so onerous in Lenin’s time. Nevertheless, women still have the major responsibility for this work — even when they have also become wage earners on a level close to that of men. In the United States, women make up 47 percent of the total workforce, yet most women workers with families are the primary caregivers in raising children and doing the housework.First country to legalize abortionIn November 1920, Soviet Russia became the first country in the world to legalize abortion. Abortions were already being performed, of course, but in secret, often in unsanitary conditions and at a steep price. To protect the health of women, the decree stipulated that the operations “be performed freely and without any charge in Soviet hospitals, where conditions are assured of minimizing the harm of the operation.”Despite great medical advances, we in the U.S. are still fighting for the right to control when and if we have children. Capitalist politicians — most of them men — are constantly finding ways to restrict our access to contraception and abortion.It took many years to build up the Soviet economy to a level where these services were available to all women. But then they suffered a terrible setback after Nazi Germany, on June 22, 1941, invaded the Soviet Union with 4.5 million soldiers along an 1,800-mile front in Operation Barbarossa.Yet despite the massive destruction and death at the hands of fascist-led German imperialism in World War II, followed by the staggering costs imposed by the Cold War, the social position of women in the USSR continued to outstrip that in the capitalist countries.Dorothy Ballan, one of the founders of Workers World Party, wrote the book “Feminism and Marxism” in 1971. She cited reports in the New York Times and other U.S. papers showing that 79 percent of the doctors in the USSR at that time were women.Wrote Ballan, “More than 30 percent of the engineers are women, 52 percent are head doctors or heads of health agencies; 33 percent of collective farm management jobs are held by women. All professions are open to her; women make up 47 percent of the scientists. Half the population of the universities are women. There are also women bus drivers, subway conductors, and women are in virtually every field of work. There is equal pay for equal work. In case of pregnancy, a woman receives two months paid vacation before delivery and another two months after delivery. Working women may take advantage of widespread nurseries and kindergartens and daycare centers. Abortion is legal at any age and virtually free of charge.”Abolition of anti-gay lawsThe young Soviet Russia, which had established the most progressive laws and practices in the world regarding liberation of women, also took a stand against the oppression of lesbian and gay people.Bob McCubbin, in his book “The Roots of Lesbian and Gay Oppression” first published in 1976, wrote: “It took less than two months for the Bolshevik government in Russia to take action against lesbian and gay oppression. And it is important to note that they did so even though there was no gay movement in Russia as there was in Germany. In December of 1917 the czarist anti-homosexual law was removed from the Russian penal code.“As paraphrased by Wilhelm Reich in ‘The Sexual Revolution,’ the Bolsheviks’ position was that the problem of homosexuality was exclusively a scientific one. They believed that homosexuality harmed no one and that it was wrong to punish people for their sexual orientation. The Bolsheviks also expressed the idea that it was necessary to take down the walls that separated gay people from the rest of society. Such a revolutionary proposal was entirely in keeping with their defiant rejection of bourgeois attitudes and practices in every area of social concern. …“A pamphlet called ‘The Sexual Revolution in Russia’ by the director of the Russian Institute of Social Hygiene, first published in 1923, stated: ‘Concerning homosexuality, sodomy, and other forms of sexual gratification, which are set down in European legislation as offenses against public morality — Soviet legislation treats these as exactly the same as so-called “natural” intercourse. All forms of sexual intercourse are private matters. Only when there is use of force or duress, as in general when there is an injury or encroachment upon the rights of another person, is there a question of a criminal prosecution.’”McCubbin’s book can be read online at workers.org/books.Even as the Bolsheviks were making these great strides in defying bourgeois convention and eliminating the oppressive laws imposed under czarism, the material conditions for the people were devastating.The first world war, in which so many had died, was followed by a civil war and an invasion by 14 imperialist countries, including the U.S., that tried to strangle the revolution in its infancy.Over two years the imperialists poured some 200,000 soldiers into an attempt to destroy the revolution. But the newly organized Red Army, with support from many hastily organized local militias, was able to beat back the invaders and home-grown counter-revolutionaries.Nevertheless, in 1920 the Soviet republics emerged from the civil war and imperialist intervention in a state of economic collapse unparalleled in history. Industrial production was about a fifth of the 1914 level and the population had shrunk. Between the end of 1918 and the end of 1920, war, epidemics, famine and cold killed 9 million people in Russia.All this produced serious setbacks in the agenda for realizing social progress, including for women’s liberation and on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. For a more detailed look at these issues, see Leslie Feinberg’s “Progress and regression: Sex and gender in 1930s USSR.” (workers.org/lavender-red)But despite the early hardships and setbacks, the first workers’ state survived. It eventually was able to recover enough to begin a plan for economic growth.By the 1930s, when world capitalism was in a spectacular decline after the stock market crash of 1929, the superiority of socialist planning over capitalist anarchy of production was obvious, and skilled workers from around the world were attracted to the USSR. In Western Europe and the U.S., factories closed down and farmers lost their land to the banks in the depths of the Great Depression. At the same time, the Soviet Union was able to industrialize at a speed never seen before.When the USSR was finally overturned in 1991, all the old reactionary features of capitalism resurfaced. The counter-revolution devastated the working class, taking its greatest toll on women and LGBTQ people, as well as on the many nationalities that had been conquered by the Russian czarist regime and held as semicolonies before the revolution.Next: Impact of dire material conditions on the party and state.100th anniversary of Bolshevik RevolutionPart 1: From Marx’s view of social evolution to Lenin’s ‘Imperialism’Part 2: Social gains in early years of Soviet powerPart 3: ‘Whose state? Our state’ – meaning all nationalitiesPart 4: External and internal problems, strengths and setbacksPart 5: To the 0.001 percent: You are cheering too soonFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
¿De dónde viene el peligro de otra guerra?¿Proviene de la República Popular Democrática de Corea, que no tiene bases militares ni soldados ni armas nucleares en ningún lugar del mundo sino sólo en su propio suelo?¿O proviene de la clase gobernante multimillonaria de EUA, que dicta la política militar y exterior de EUA?Estados Unidos ha estado ocupando militarmente la mitad sur de Corea desde 1945. Aviones de guerra, buques de guerra, submarinos, tropas y “asesores” militares estadounidenses, armados con todo desde fusiles de asalto hasta armas nucleares, están diseminados por todo el mundo.Esta es la pregunta que debería haber estado en la agenda del Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU el 22 de diciembre, cuando sus 15 miembros votaron a favor de una ronda de sanciones aún más severa contra la RPDC. Estas sanciones reducen la capacidad del país para importar productos refinados del petróleo en un 90 por ciento y establecen un tope a las importaciones de petróleo crudo. También ordenan el retorno dentro de 24 meses, de las/os aproximadamente 100.000 ciudadanos de la RPDC que trabajan en el exterior, cuyas remesas a su país de origen contribuyen a la economía nacional.El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de la RPDC respondió a estas sanciones, declarándolas “un acto de guerra”. Y con razón. Porque los intentos de matar de hambre y congelar un país entero pueden ser tan letales como dispararles.Las sanciones están programadas para perjudicar a la RPDC en la época más cruel del año en este país del extremo norte. Las/os coreanos deben estar pensando en cómo apretarse el cinturón y descubrir cómo evitar el hambre y las heladas durante los meses más fríos del invierno.¿Cómo afectarán las sanciones a las escuelas de este país socialista, que aniquiló el analfabetismo hace décadas y proporcionaron a todas las personas una educación gratuita? ¿Cómo afectarán a los hospitales y clínicas, donde el 70 por ciento de los médicos son mujeres, que brindan atención médica total y chequeos regulares gratis a toda la población?Las personas que viven en Estados Unidos nunca escuchan acerca de los grandes logros sociales de la RPDC. Éstos se vuelven aún más espectaculares por el hecho de que los militares estadounidenses, de 1950 a 1953, lanzaron más bombas sobre Corea del Norte que en todo el teatro del Pacífico durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. La gente de aquí no puede imaginar lo que debe haber sido construir una economía centrada en satisfacer las necesidades de las personas cuando cada edificio de más de una planta fue destruido en pedazos por los aviones estadounidenses durante la Guerra de Corea.Pero las/os coreanos conocen los horrores de la guerra. Es por eso que se han centrado en la necesidad de la autodefensa desde entonces, para defender lo que han construido – literalmente – desde las cenizas.EUA, un estado guerreristaEl presupuesto militar total de Estados Unidos para el año fiscal 2018 es de $824,6 mil millones, por lo que es mayor que los presupuestos militares de los próximos nueve países combinados. (thebalance.com) Este enorme presupuesto alimenta el complejo bancario-industrial-militar y la enorme brecha de ingresos en este país.A fines de octubre, justo antes del viaje de Trump a China, los EUA enviaron otros dos grupos de portaaviones de ataque de la Armada estadounidense al Pacífico, sumando un total de tres portaaviones y sus flotas de cruceros, destructores y submarinos. Este año ha habido tantos buques de guerra de EUA en el Pacífico que han ocurrido varios accidentes navales graves allí.Cada verano, otoño, invierno y primavera, los EUA conducen “juegos” de guerra en Corea del Sur, practicando para la invasión del norte y la “decapitación” – en palabras del Pentágono – de su liderazgo. Recientemente, estos ejercicios militares estadounidenses han incluido a miles de soldados de Japón, el odiado poder colonial que gobernó Corea desde 1910 hasta 1945.A principios de diciembre, Estados Unidos lanzó otro conjunto de estos “juegos” de guerra en los que se vieron involucrados por primera vez seis aviones de combate F-22, así como seis F-35A y 12 F-35B. Estos aviones supersónicos que se acercaban a la frontera con la RPDC intensificaron la posibilidad de que los coreanos pensaran que había comenzado un ataque.Ante esta implacable agresión, los científicos coreanos han podido construir armas nucleares y un sistema de misiles capaz de llegar a objetivos estadounidenses si son atacados. Dado lo que enfrenta la RPDC, ¿qué país del mundo podría tener más justificación al reclamar la necesidad de este tipo de defensa?El voto de la ONUChina y Rusia, las potencias mundiales que son los dos vecinos del norte de la RPDC, son las encargadas de esta nueva resolución de sanciones reduciendo la mayoría de sus envíos de petróleo y enviando a casa a las/os coreanos que trabajan en sus países.El 6 de septiembre, el New York Times informó que la administración de Trump había “circulado un proyecto de resolución en el Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas que facultaría efectivamente a la Armada y Fuerza Aérea de EUA a interceptar barcos norcoreanos en el mar, inspeccionarlos para determinar si transportan material de armas o combustible al país, y usar ‘todas las medidas necesarias’ para exigir el cumplimiento”.Se dice que China Popular y la Rusia capitalista acordaron el voto del 22 de diciembre en la ONU aumentando las sanciones a la RPDC en parte debido a la amenaza de EUA de comenzar a abordar barcos coreanos en alta mar. Están justificando su voto como un medio para evitar un incidente que podría conducir a la guerra.Sin embargo, anteriormente votaron a favor de resoluciones de sanciones, y eso no hizo nada para evitar que EUA intensificara sus amenazas de guerra contra la RPDC o impidiera que movilizara aún más personal y equipamiento militar al área.¿Esta última resolución, en lugar de apaciguar a los imperialistas, no abrirá su apetito para más y más concesiones a expensas del pueblo coreano? ¿Cuándo los gobiernos de China y Rusia trazarán la línea y dirán: No pasarán?El problema no es solo que un incidente desafortunado podría llevar a la guerra. El problema es que la política de EUA, tal como se expresa en sus pronunciamientos y sus ejercicios militares, es destruir el gobierno socialista de la RPDC y convertir la mitad norte de Corea en una neocolonia de EUA.Debe recordarse que ningún gobierno de EUA ha estado dispuesto a sentarse con representantes de la RPDC y negociar el fin del estado de guerra que existe desde 1950, a pesar de las múltiples solicitudes de los coreanos por tales discusiones y por un tratado de paz. Lo que esto significa es que el Pentágono puede lanzar un ataque en cualquier momento sin siquiera consultar al Congreso, porque ya existe un estado de guerra oficial.Si China y Rusia hubieran vetado la resolución de sanciones, ciertamente se habrían arriesgado a tropezarse con la ira de los imperialistas. Pero, ¿no está de acuerdo con semejante resolución incurrir en un riesgo aún mayor de envalentonar las fuerzas más agresivas entre los formuladores de políticas imperialistas que quieren una dominación indiscutible sobre el mundo y ven a China y en menor grado a Rusia como rivales?Las acciones de los vecinos de la RPDC hasta ahora deben haber confirmado a los coreanos que para evitar que los EUA comiencen otra guerra, deben tener un poderoso elemento de disuasión propio. ¿Y no es por eso que tanto la URSS, cuando existió, como la China Popular desarrollaron sus propias armas nucleares en respuesta a las amenazas de Washington y a pesar de ellas?FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News June 3, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas News United StatesAmericas Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more January 15, 2015 – Updated on June 8, 2016 Justice Department finally stops harassing New York Times reporter RSF_en Help by sharing this information to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Receive email alerts The decision, announced on 12 January, ends a seven-year legal battle between the Department of Justice and Risen, an investigative reporter specializing in national security issues who has repeatedly refused to reveal his sources.Risen was first subpoenaed in 2008 in connection with the Department of Justice’s investigation into Sterling, who was charged in 2010 with violating the Espionage Act for leaking information to Risen for his book “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.”The book revealed details of CIA operations including the feeding of deliberately flawed blueprints for nuclear weapon parts to Iranian officials.After a Virginia court ruled that Risen had to testify, he appealed to the Supreme Court, which rejected his appeal in June 2014. The Department of Justice eventually announced on 16 December that, when he testified, prosecutors would not force him to name his sources.When Risen testified at a pre-trial hearing on 5 January, he reiterated his determination to protect the confidentiality of his sources. Finally, in a motion filed on 12 January, prosecutors said Risen should be excluded altogether as a witness at Sterling’s trial, scheduled to begin this week.“We are relieved that the judicial harassment of James Risen is finally over,” said Claire San Filippo, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. “It is nonetheless unacceptable that a journalist should have to wage such a long legal battle to preserve the confidentiality of his sources. We are also very concerned about the unprecedented frequency with which the current US administration prosecutes whistleblowers.”Eight whistleblowers, including former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and Private Bradley (Chelsea) Manning have been charged under the Espionage Act since Barack Obama became president.Under previous administrations the Espionage Act had only been used three times in leak cases since its adoption in 1917. Violating First Amendment principles, this witchhunt has a direct impact on the work of journalists, who find themselves being suspected of endangering national security.A shield law would guarantee journalists’ right not to name their sources or reveal other confidential information about their work. Source confidentiality is essential for reporters. Without it, no one would dare to blow the whistle and the truth about many controversial developments would never come to lightThe United States is ranked 46th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, 13 places lower than in 2013. Follow the news on United States Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that New York Times reporter James Risen will not be called to testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged with leaking classified information for book about the CIA published in 2006.
RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan The existing draconian penalties for criminal defamation and insult have been extended to online content, including Azerbaijan’s vibrant social networks, and public demonstrations. The permitted length of “administrative” detention – detention without referring to a court – is now much greater for many offences.“The amendments seek to ban criticism and increase the cost of dissent. They are designed to silence all those who continue to speak out despite the already and increasingly repressive climate,” the undersigned organisations said.“By extending the offences of criminal defamation and insult to a broader range of public expression, including online expression and public demonstrations, Azerbaijan is breaking the commitments to reform made by President Ilham Aliyev and moving against the international trend to decriminalisation. At the same time, the police are given a free hand to administratively detain anyone for up to two months for organising an unauthorised protest or for disobeying them.”“With just months to go to a presidential election in October, the authorities are clearly more determined than ever to intimidate critics of the regime, in particular online. The environment for freedom of expression is declining by the day as journalists, bloggers and opposition activists are subjected to mounting pressure that includes increasingly repressive laws, arrests, physical attacks and smear campaigns.”“The international community must, as a matter of urgency, remind the Azerbaijani government of the undertakings it has made to protect the right to freedom of expression, including online, and ensure Azerbaijan implements the legal reforms necessary to meet these commitments.”Regressive provisions on defamation and insultThe offences of criminal defamation (article 147 of the penal code) and insult (article 148 of the penal code) have been amended to include expression on the Internet and expression at public demonstrations. The maximum penalties for both offences remain six months imprisonment, although this may be extended to three years imprisonment for aggravated instances of defamation (Article 147.2 of the penal code). The inclusion of all expression on the Internet broadens the scope of criminal defamation significantly, suggesting that communications on social network sites could give rise to criminal liability. This is particularly concerning since constraints on political activism and a lack of media diversity have made the Internet the main refuge of freedom of expression and political dissent in Azerbaijan. “The amendments to the criminal code passed by the parliament are a blatant political move and a shabby attempt to hijack online freedoms amid a mounting pre-election crackdown’, said Emin Huseynov, chairman of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS).These amendments have again proven what little importance the Azerbaijani government has attached to its pledges to decriminalize defamation. President Aliyev has been undertaking to do this since 2006, and according to the “National Programme for Reinforcing Human Rights,” adopted in 2011, it should have been done in 2012.These amendments also directly contradict undertakings that Azerbaijan has given to the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.Restrictions on right to protestThe other amendments adopted on 14 May lengthen the permitted period of administrative detention for many offences, including those relating to the expression of dissent. The penalty for “organizing an unauthorized demonstration” (Article 298 of the code on administrative offences), for example, has been increased from 15 to 60 days. The penalty for “disobeying the police” is increased from 15 to 30 days (Article 310 of the code on administrative offences). This move further limits the climate for Azerbaijani citizens to exercise their right to freedom of assembly. No protests have been sanctioned in the centre of the capital Baku since 2006, leading many to feel that they have no choice but to participate in unsanctioned protests. In November 2012, amendments were made that exorbitantly increased the administrative fines for those participating or organising unsanctioned protests. For example, the maximum fine for participating in unsanctioned public gatherings was increased from 955 EUR to 7,600 EUR.In January 2013, the same month the November 2012 amendments came into effect, there was a wave of public protests both in Baku and elsewhere. More than 20 people were issued fines while a number of people were sentenced to several days in administrative detention, including the well-known blogger, Emin Milli (who received the then maximum of 15 days). An opposition leader and potential presidential candidate, Ilgar Mammadov, was arrested on 4 February 2013 after travelling to Ismailli, the site of another recent protest, and was charged with “organising mass disorder” and “violently resisting police”. He has remained in pre-trial detention ever since and his appeal for bail was denied on 8 April. More than 50 Azerbaijani civil society organisations believe Mammadov’s arrest to be politically motivated.Harassment of the mediaThe legislative vice has been tightened at a time when journalists and bloggers are being constantly harassed. Yafez Akramoglu, a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Azerbaijani-language service reported yesterday that he was threatened by a Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic security official five days ago while reporting on the Nakhchivan diaspora in Istanbul.RFE/RL issued a public protest a few weeks ago about the harassment of two of its journalists, Khadija Ismayilova and Yafez Hasanov. The intermittent smear campaign against Ismayilova resumed at the end of April 2013 with the posting of obscenely doctored photos on a new pro-government propaganda site. Hasanov, who is based in Nakhchivan, has since 4 April been the subject of attempts by the Nakhchivan security services to get him collaborate with them or stop working as a journalist. The opposition daily Azadlig’s main bank account has been blocked again since 16 April, after it was ordered to pay astronomic damages for supposedly libelling the Baku subway authority chief. Transport ministry inspectors attacked two Azadlig journalists, Seymour Khazyev and Khalig Garayev, while they were doing a report on 27 April.Tolishi Sado editor Hilal Mammedov’s trial is continuing, while Avaz Zeynalli, the editor of the newspaper Khural, has appealed against a nine-year jail sentence. Both are still detained. Growing pressure on Internet usersThe authorities also clearly have their sights on Internet users. The blogger Reshad Hagigat Agaaddin’s family reported that he was arrested on 10 May on a trumped-up charge of possessing drugs.Agaaddin often posted comments on Facebook calling for justice and freedom, criticizing the government’s anti-religion policies and mocking the president’s plans for a third term, suggesting that he “clearly wants to get into the Guinness Book of Records.” One of his blogs referred to the Aliyev regime as “devilish.”Seven young members of the opposition movement N!DA (Shout) have been in detention since their arrests in March and April 2013 on unsubstantiated charges of possessing drugs or firearms. They are above all known for their activism on online social networks. Similarly, a youth activist with the Popular Front Party (AXCP), was arrested in March for drug possession following a series of critical posts on Facebook and other social media. He was known to participate regularly in public protests. All eight activists remain in pre-trial detention.Three more young activists – Turgut Gambar, board member of N!DA, Abulfaz Gurbanly, Chairman of the Youth Committee of the Popular Front Party, and the activist, Ilkin Rustamzade. a member of the “Free Youth” organisation who was involved in organising the “end soldier deaths” protests held earlier this year through Facebook – were arrested on 30 April 2013 and sentenced to 10 days administrative detention for participation in a memorial rally for victims of a 2009 terrorist attack.The blogger Nilufer Magerramova died in a fall from her balcony in the northern city of Mingachevir on 7 May 2013. Her friends said the police had been harassing her during the preceding weeks, but this was denied by the prosecutor’s office, which said her death was suicide.Azerbaijan was ranked 156th out of 179 countries in the press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders published in January. The situation has worsened steadily since then.The undersigned organisations call on the Azerbaijani authorities to:• Respect and promote the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, including online;• Honour their commitment to decriminalise insult and defamation;• Abolish administrative detention as a penalty for organising or holding an unauthorised assembly;• Stop using bogus criminal or administrative penalties to punish the expression of dissent;• Cease the practice of harassing media workers and bloggers;• Immediately and unconditionally release Hilal Mammedov, Avaz Zeynalli, Zaur Gurbanli, and all other journalists, bloggers and activists currently detained or imprisoned in connection with exercising their right to free expression.Signed by: • ARTICLE 19• Civil Rights Defenders• Freedom House• International Media Support• Index on Censorship• Media Diversity Institute• Norwegian Helsinki Committee• PEN International• Reporters Without Borders June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Related documents azerbaijan_ipga_statement_16-05-2013_final.pdfPDF – 289.9 KB AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News Organisation Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh June 4, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Azerbaijan RSF_en Download PDFThe International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA) strongly condemns a series of repressive legislative amendments that Azerbaijan’s National Assembly (Milli Majlis) adopted on 14 May 2013. The amendments were submitted by the prosecutor-general’s office to a parliamentary commission two weeks before and are being enacted in the run-up to October’s Presidential election. May 16, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New legislative amendments further erode rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News to go further April 9, 2021 Find out more
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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Make a comment The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ ability to fund or expand new programs designed to support an anti-racist, pro-social justice policy stance may be limited this year, as illustrated by a report available on the county’s website Tuesday.Last month, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas proposed scaling up a three- person unit within the Public Defender’s Office to better track misconduct and the use-of-force by law enforcement officers countywide.“The epidemic of police shootings of unarmed individuals is an unrelenting outrage that has rightfully provoked a much larger conversation around the twin objectives of promoting public safety and investing in community well-being,” Ridley-Thomas said at the time.The board called for a report back in 30 days, a fairly tight timeline indicating an interest in moving quickly to implement change.In response, the Public Defender’s Office produced an analysis — posted to the county website Monday — requesting 11 new positions and roughly $2.3 million annually to expand the unit.Despite the relatively small request, given the county’s $34.9 billion budget for fiscal year 2020-21, Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai recommended that the board first consider leveraging existing staff and technology to do the job.Hamai — after 32 years with the county, nearly six of those as CEO — may know better than anyone how much give-and-take there is in the county’s spending plan.She announced Monday that she will retire at the end of this month, leaving the board in the hands of Fesia Davenport — now chief operating officer and soon-to-be acting CEO — as the supervisors decide what to include and exclude as part of the Supplemental Budget this fall.During the current board’s tenure, supervisors have had the luxury of adding new programs and services to the list of what the county hopes to accomplish as part of that final adjustment to county spending. This year, absent an unexpected increase in federal or state funding, the board will likely need to make tougher decisions, including whether it will be necessary to lay off as many as 457 employees working in the jails for the Sheriff’s Department.Whether this one new line item proposed by Ridley-Thomas makes the cut or not may be illustrative of the board’s ability to follow through on its plans and promises given a bleak financial picture.Hamai did not specifically recommend against the spending, but highlighted “numerous competing funding requests and priorities” to be evaluated in September and urged the board to consider holding off on a broad expansion of the unit.The CEO also reminded the board that the “eventual roll-out of body- worn cameras will improve the accountability of police interactions and provide resources to the PD that may address the workload of the (Law Enforcement Accountability Unit).”While some deputies will begin wearing body cams this fall, the program is expected to take roughly a year and a half to roll out to all patrol deputies. When any resources might flow to the P.D.’s office was not immediately clear.Public Defender Robert Garcia said the unit, given enough resources, could review footage from body-worn cameras. It could also set up a mechanism to gather information from the community, uncover information on deputy cliques, review social media posts to identify officers who glorify violence, track recurring instances of excessive force by individual officers and more.“The Law Enforcement Accountability Unit, properly scaled, could be one of the most powerful, cost-effective and direct means to ensure law enforcement accountability,” Garcia said when Ridley-Thomas introduced his motion.For the moment, the team reviews only a fraction of publicly available information, according to the report. That includes hundreds of filed claims and shootings and thousands of investigative records disclosed by police agencies under state law. However, information on the Sheriff’s Department in particular is limited.“The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is one of the only agencies in Los Angeles County which has not produced a single document in response to Public Defender requests. The responses received from the Sheriff’s Department either indicate that they have no responsive documents, they need more time to respond, or that the request is overbroad,” according to the report.Garcia believes that the lack of resources to call out bad behavior has emboldened law enforcement officers, even as Sheriff Alex Villanueva has reduced the number of internal investigations into misconduct.“In this moment more than ever, it is imperative to invest in cost- effective programs which answer the public’s call for reform and promote 21st century constitutional policing,” the report concludes.Whether that imperative and others will survive this fall’s revisions to the county budget remains to be seen.The Civilian Oversight Commission and Inspector General’s Office are both also tasked with overseeing the Sheriff’s Department and deputy misconduct.The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 1. Subscribe Your email address will not be published. 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Top StoriesSC Notifies Revised Timings For Opening Of Lawyers’ Chambers Between 9:30 AM To 5:00 PM [Read Circular] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 Aug 2020 8:48 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has extended the number of hours for opening of Lawyers’ Chamber Blocks, after receiving several requests from the Advocates. The Competent Authority has intimated that the Lawyers’ Chambers will now be opened from 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM (Monday to Friday, except holidays) instead of 10 AM to 4 PM. It is clarified however that all other terms of the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has extended the number of hours for opening of Lawyers’ Chamber Blocks, after receiving several requests from the Advocates. The Competent Authority has intimated that the Lawyers’ Chambers will now be opened from 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM (Monday to Friday, except holidays) instead of 10 AM to 4 PM. It is clarified however that all other terms of the previous Circular, dated May 21, 2020, shall remain the same. The guidelines read as under: The Lawyers Chamber Blocks shall have entry only for Learned Members and their staff (on production of Proximity Card or Letter of Authority), who would submit themselves to thermal-screening and duly fill up selfdeclaration Forms/Daily Registers (containing contact-tracing details), both to be arranged jointly by SCBA & SCAORA, and the SCS shall refuse entry into any Block on non-compliance of this condition; further the SCBA/SCAORA staff shall forward copies of the self-declaration forms/ Daily Registers of each Block to the Registry at the earliest, but not later than the end of office hours on the following working day; Entrants who are found symptomatic during the thermal screening shall be denied entry into the Blocks; Entrants not wearing mask(s) shall be denied entry into the Blocks; To avoid over-crowding inside the Lawyers Chamber Blocks, in terms of the prescribed social-distancing norms, the SCBA and SCAORA may jointly prepare and circulate plan detailing the ‘Odd-Even’ Chamber Numbers of every Block, which would alternately open on Weekdays (Monday to Saturday) indicating therein the maximum number of persons who may access any Chamber at any point of time; It would be mandatory to use stairs while coming downstairs; There will be a single-entry point to every Block fitted with hand-sanitizer machine provided by the Registry, and manned by the SCBA/SCAORA authorized personnel and SCS staff; The SCBA/SCAORA may inform the Members and their staff that operation of air-conditioning machines in Chambers may raise health-concerns in the prevalent pandemic-situation. Click Here To Download Circular Read Circular Next Story