Vaccines - Global Markets Package   

This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world.

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/12/2014 -- This market research report package offers a perspective on the actual market situation, trends and future outlook for vaccines in different countries around the world. The studies provide essential market information for decision-makers including:

- Overall market for vaccines in different countries
- Market for vaccines by product type
- Forecasts and future outlook of the market
- Macroeconomic indicators

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These market studies answer to questions such as:
- What is the size of the vaccine markets in different countries around the world?
- How are the markets divided into different types of products?
- Which products are growing fast?
- How the markets have been developing?
- How does the future look like?
- What is the potential for the markets?
- How the macroeconomic indicators look like?

Product types discussed in the studies:
Human vaccines
Veterinary vaccines

Years covered: 2006 - 2017

Countries included in the package:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vietnam

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          Eating the Globe: Syria   

I was in San Francisco for work and celebrated a productive morning with an out-of-the-way lunch. This is Palmyra.

I got the Kibbi platter, which consists of:
Four shells of mashed cracked wheat stuffed with ground beef, sauteed onions, and pine nuts served with a side of hummus, cucumber salad, pita, garlic sauce, and hot sauce.

The kibbi was/were delicious. Not greasy or heavy at all. My only complaint was that it only came with four pieces.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
          (DF) Bulgaria to Represent the European Union in Qatar, Mongolia from July 1   
June 30 (BTA) - As of July 1, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Qatar and Mongolia will rotate to Bulgaria, said the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry on Friday. The Bulgarian embassies will represent the European Union in both countries in the absence of EU delegations.
          Cathay Pacific announces new codeshare agreement with MIAT Mongolian Airlines   
Cathay Pacific and MIAT Mongolian Airlines today announced a new codeshare agreement which is set to benefit the customers of both...
          Comment on Easy DIY Trimmed Towels…plus stylish & scrumptious scents by Kary Ross   
Oh thx!! I meant to include my sons Facebook link to his WaterWood page when I commented above. You can look there for the design of our tub. It's similar to the "Elizabeth" tub. Also I've just requisitioned my son and his artisan team (they all live &a design in Mongolia) for a tray to slide over my tub similar to yours. My son and his wife and their 5 children have lived in Mongolia for a little over 2 years working and also sharing Jesus. @waterwoodtubs is his Facebook address. I'll continue to follow your bath updates!! Thank you!
          Recommended Reading   
I compiled a list of books I've recently read and feel would appeal to middle and high school students. Each of the books includes themes conducive to classroom discussions.

Except when marked with an asterisk, all titles are available in audio format from the Las Vegas Clark County Public Library District (see LVCCLD link when applicable). To access these materials, you must have a current public library card and know your PIN. For more information about procuring a library card, click here. To use eAudio books from the public library, you will need to download OverDrive Media Console (a free software package) to your computer. Instructions and more information about accessing eMedia are available here.

Except for Candy Shop War and Leepike Ridge, all remaining books with asterisks are available at Audible. Note that there is a charge to purchase audiobooks from Audible. Different from the public library, however, the purchaser becomes the book's owner.

Recommended Book Options

Young Adult Science Fiction
  • Adoration of Jenna Fox (Pearson, Mary E.): Jenna Fox awakens after a coma having forgotten her life before her accident. She explores her past life through video, but is often met with reluctance to talk about her operation with others. This science fiction mystery explores issues related to bioethics. [LVCCLD CD]
  • Elsewhere (Zevin, Gabrielle): Elsewhere is the story of a girl who died. Upon doing so, she arrived at a place called “Elsewhere” where all the people had lived lives on Earth and were now dead. Most of the people were a lot older than her (she died in her teens). A unique feature of Elsewhere is that you grow older instead of younger while there. [LVCCLD CD]
  • Hunger Games (Collins, Suzanne): The Hunger Games is the first of a trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The premise underlying the plot is that a corrupt “Capitol” controls 12 districts. To keep the districts under control, the Capitol sponsors The Hunger Games each year. Two children from each district are selected to participate, and only one participant from the 24 survives the Games. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • Little Brother (Doctorow, Cory): Cory Doctorow truly practices what he preaches! In a book about high-tech, high-action stunts in the midst of terrorist activity in the U.S., Doctorow discusses the importance of freedom of information. Likewise, he made his book available for free online using a Creative Commons license. [Warning: This book includes mature themes likely to be inappropriate for use in school environments.] [LVCCLD eAudio]
  • Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (Patterson, James): This is the first book of a series by the acclaimed James Patterson. The main character is Maximum Ride, a headstrong teenage girl who grew up in a science lab. She and her “flock of bird kids” were all genetically manipulated pre-birth, resulting in the presence of wings. As such, all the children are able to fly. The book follows Maximum Ride and her flock as they escape from the lab and learn to live on their own. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • Maze Runner (Dashner, James): This is an action-packed thriller! Every month for several years, one boy has been delivered into the “Glade.” All the boys remember their names, but none remember anything else about their past. In a strange turn of events, the day after Thomas (the main character) arrives, a girl arrives. Thomas tries to learn about the society the boys created before his arrival and learns of the maze, their possible escape route, that encompasses their community. [LVCCLD CD]
  • Neptune's Children (Dobkin, Bonnie): Dobkin’s book, Neptune’s Children, begins with a bioterrorist attack on all adults around the world. All individuals over age 13 die instantly, leaving all children behind to fend for themselves. Those children left behind in a theme park (similar to Disneyland), create a working society while facing potential and real threats. [LVCCLD CD]
  • Twilight (Meyer, Stephenie): This epic series takes place in Washington state. The main character, Bella, meets a young man, Edward, who intrigues her and ultimately becomes the object of her affection. Bella learns that Edward is a vampire and struggles with love and longevity. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • *Uglies (Westerfield, Scott): This series (including Pretties, Specials, and Extras) by Scott Westerfield begins with Uglies, a book about a utopian society that spawned from modern America. All children are called “uglies” until their 16th birthdays on which they receive an operation that makes them pretty. Once pretty, they move to a location where they can play and party all the time. Some uglies, though, question if being pretty is all there is to life. [Audible]
  • *Unwind (Shusterman, Neal): Imagine if parents could choose to have their teenagers “unwound,” have their body parts separated and given to save the lives of others. It’s the perfect solution for harvesting human organs… isn’t it? [Audible]
Young Adult Fantasy
  • *The Candy Shop War (Mull, Brandon):Imagine a world where eating candy could give you special powers. Mull masterfully juxtaposes good and evil amidst a fantasy of vivid characters. The book may sound like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Harry Potter, but it truly is a story of its own.
  • Eragon (Paolini, Christopher):16-year-old Christopher Paolini wrote this epic tale (Eragon is the first book in a series) just after graduating from high school. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • Fablehaven (Mull, Brandon): When a boy and girl go to spend time with their grandfather, they learn there is more to his mysterious life than originally imagined. The area surrounding his home is a haven for fabulous creatures of all kinds—some good, and some bad. [LVCCLD CD]
  • Inkheart (Funke, Cornelia): In this three-book tale, Funke creates a world where books are reality become intertwined. Some of her characters have the unique ability to “read” characters and items “out” of books. In one unfortunate time, the father in the story accidentally read his wife into a book; he’s also read some antagonistic characters out of the book. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Young Adult Non-Fiction
  • Fallen Angels (Meyers, Walter Dean): Fallen Angels is realistic historical fiction about serving in the Vietnam War. The main character is African-American, adding to the issues of race conflict occurring during the war. [Warning: Telling the story of men and women serving on the front lines, the book does not “candy-coat” the violence, language, and other everyday happenings of the U.S. soldiers.] [LVCCLD CD]
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Beah, Ishmael): A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is the true autobiographical of Ishmael Beah, a boy who served as a soldier in Sierra Leone. After his hometown was attacked by rebels, he spent months searching for his family before being recruited into guerrilla warfare. He is later reformed when living in a UNICEF refugee camp. [Warning: This book contains graphic violence.] [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • *Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader’s Edition (Mortensen, Greg): Mortensen is described as a man who is single-handedly creating peaceful relationships between those in the Middle East and in the United States. This book tells his story—from mountain climbing failure to sacrificial living. After returning from a failed attempt to ascend K2, he commits to build a school for the girls in one of Pakistan’s outermost regions. He kept his promise, and continues to change the world with his relentless efforts. [Audible]
Young Adult Historical Fiction
  • Elijah of Buxton (Curtis, Christopher Paul): This book tells the story of a small town in Canada. Buxton is where escaped slaves from the United States find refuge. They welcome those former slaves who have made the long, painful journey from the South. The story takes a turn when Elijah, just a boy, heads back to the United States to complete a chore. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Young Adult Realistic Fiction
  • Hatchet (Paulsen, Gary): This Newberry-award winner tells of a boy who becomes an inhabitant of the wilderness when the plane in which he is flying goes down and the pilot dies in the crash. The main character must learn to survive in the Canadian wild. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • *Leepike Ridge (Wilson, N.D.): This action-filled story of realistic fiction is a fun read. When the main character finds himself in a hidden cave under Leepike Ridge, he learns about life outside the mainstream.
  • Smiles to Go (Spinelli, Jerry): This is a coming-of-age story for boys who question who they are, where they fit in the universe, and their relationships with girls. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (Grisham, John): This is John Grisham’s first children’s book. Theodore Boone lives with his parents, both of whom are lawyers. He loves the law and spends all his free time in the courthouse. As such, he is the resident expert on the law at his school, and he regularly advises his classmates on legal matters. He eve becomes entwined in a case of his own! This is a great book to learn about the U.S. legal system. [LVCCLD CD]
Adult Historical Fiction
  • Sarah's Key (de Rosnay, Tatiana): de Rosnay juxtaposes the past and present when her protagonist, a journalist, accepts the opportunity to write a story about French involvement in the Nazi round-up of Jewish families in Paris in 1942. While the journalist’s story unfolds, Sarah’s story unfolds. Sarah’s story is about cruelty and loss at the hand of the French police as they did the bidding of the Nazi’s. It is also about human compassion and remembrance. [LVCCLD eAudio]
Adult Realistic Fiction
  • The Life of Pi (Martel, Yann): Martel tells the tale of a boy from India. His family owns a zoo, but is selling their animals to a U.S. zoo due to financial hardships. During their sea voyage, there is an accident and the boy, Pi, ends up aboard a small rescue boat along with a tiger and several other animals. He tells of their mutual survival tactics and leaves the reader questioning reality. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Adult Non-Fiction
  • *The Horse Boy (Isaacson, Rupert): Isaacson wrote this biography about his son, a boy afflicted with autism. In an attempt to help their son, Isaacson and his wife trekked through Mongolia with the intent to meet shamans who could assist their child. Their journey took them to the outer-most parts of Mongolia, even to the “Reindeer People.” This is a heartwarming tale the of the efforts parents will make to assist their children and ways that seeing the world differently can help us all see better. [Audible]
  • Strength in What Remains (Kidder, Tracy): A medical student in Africa finds himself constantly trying to escape war and war-torn environments as he traverses through his home country of Burundi and into and out of Rwanda. He eventually makes his way to the United States where he faces trials of a homeless immigrant in a foreign land. [LVCCLD eAudio]
  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman (Krakauer, Jon): Pat Tillman, former NFL player, lost his life during the U.S. Gulf War. Krakauer describes the events leading to his NFL and military careers and the circumstances surrounding his death in combat. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
  • *The Last American Man (Gilbert, Elizabeth): Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, writes the biography of Eustice Conway, a true man of the American Wilderness. Born in the 1960s, Eustice took his homemade teepee and left home as a teenager to live off the land. Gilbert tells of his trek along the Appalachian Trail, his record-setting horse-journey across America, and his lifelong passion to bring Americans to a greater appreciation and respect of nature. [Audible]

          AEE 281: 3 Easy Ways to Connect with a Local Canadian in English   

Will you be visiting Ottawa someday?

Today, meet Kathleen from Canada, and get 3 phrases to connect with locals in the capital city, Ottawa!


Canada is a multicultural and diverse country, and Ottawa is a micro version of that.  It’s a city of one million inhabitants and numerous languages.  It is also a city in touch with nature.  With four distinct seasons, Ottawa has something for everyone.

Though Canada and the United States have some similarities, they also have many differences.  Among these are some subtle differences in using the English language. This includes pronunciation and some commonly used phrases.


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Here are Kathleen’s top Canadian phrases to help you blend in when you’re in Ottawa!

  • I’m sorry: Canadians are known for being very polite.  In fact, the culture can be so polite it becomes apologetic.  Sometimes Canadians will begin a sentence, “I’m sorry,” even if they did nothing wrong and aren’t apologizing for anything.
  • Out and About: This means to go exploring or to check something out. A Canadian might say “Let’s go out and about,” or “I was out and about.”
  • Eh?: Often, this word is used the way an American might use the words “right?” or “huh?”  It shows agreement or clarification with other people.  You might hear someone say, “That was a great show, eh?”


Are you going to Ottawa, or Canada?

Have you ever been there?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


Kathleen is a native English speaker from Ottawa, Canada. She has been teaching and tutoring students in  English and beginner French for over three years in Asia, Latin America and Canada. She also speaks French and Spanish, and so understands the challenges and joys of learning a new language. In her experience, conversation is the best way to improve language skills.

Kathleen has worked and continues to work in the areas of community development, and is currently completing her Bachelor of Education.  This summer she will be teaching in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia. She loves meeting people from different cultures and learning new languages.

The Mongolian government has announced that Thursday, June 1, 2017, would once again be a non-working public holiday in Mongolia, on account of International Children's Day. [more]
          Buying Air China Ticket for someone abroad?   
I want to purchase an AC ULN-SHA ticket for my friend in Mongolia. Looks like I can do the purchase on the US AC website but I did notice in the fine print that they may require the passenger to present the CC used for the purchase. Payment can be...
          Commenti su Le sanzioni spingono Mosca verso Pechino di dottor Strange   
si camomilli. gli scontri per il possesso dell'isola disabitata di Damanskij/Chenpao sul fiume Ussuri furono solo una prova di forza ideologica. al limite, i Cinesi non vogliono un governo ostile in Mongolia (ma non hanno nessuna intenzione di invaderla) , ribadisco, non sono interessati ad espansioni territoriali in Siberia. sono stato sia in Russia che in Cina (oltre ad aver sempre coltivato l'interesse per la storia e la politica estera) e parlo a ragion veduta. è l'Italia che otterrà il titolo di "bischero dell'anno" se non manderà a quel paese l'UE e chi la rappresenta. parli con gli operatori turistici della Versilia e della Romagna e le spiegheranno quanto sono importanti i Russi (ed in futuro anche i Cinesi). lasci perdere, non confonda la realtà con i sogni. Ma che le hanno fatto i Russi? le hanno rigato l'auto con un cacciavite?
          Commenti su Le sanzioni spingono Mosca verso Pechino di dottor Strange   
si camomilli. gli scontri per il possesso dell'isola disabitata di Damanskij/Chenpao sul fiume Ussuri furono solo una prova di forza ideologica. al limite, i Cinesi non vogliono un governo ostile in Mongolia (ma non hanno nessuna intenzione di invaderla) , ribadisco, non sono interessati ad espansioni territoriali in Siberia. sono stato sia in Russia che in Cina (oltre ad aver sempre coltivato l'interesse per la storia e la politica estera) e parlo a ragion veduta. è l'Italia che otterrà il titolo di "bischero dell'anno" se non manderà a quel paese l'UE e chi la rappresenta. parli con gli operatori turistici della Versilia e della Romagna e le spiegheranno quanto sono importanti i Russi (ed in futuro anche i Cinesi). lasci perdere, non confonda la realtà con i sogni
          ‘Mongolian Throat Singing’ by Step into the Nightmare #GuestBlog (this person is hugely amusing and crafty)   
Originally posted on Step Into The Nightmare:
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          Ex-Display Pair of Verdigris Brass Horseman Table Lamps   
A matching pair of verdigris brass table lamps in the form of Mongolian soldiers on horseback. Each one on a plinth base and surmounted by a hand sewn silk shade. The originals 19th century English. UL & CE approved, for maximum 75W lightbulb.

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          Tony Benn / Mongolian Throat Singer mix up   
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          Northern China: Officials say they are suffering from the worst drought on record   
The drought is affecting the northeastern and eastern areas of the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, which is near Beijing.
          ‘Tracking Gobi Grizzlies:’ Book excerpt and Q&A with Douglas Chadwick, wildlife biologist and author   
‘Tracking Gobi Grizzlies:’ Book excerpt and Q&A with Douglas Chadwick, wildlife biologist and author Stretching across a vast swath of southern Mongolia and northern China, the Gobi Desert is an immense, harsh, and unforgiving environment. Could a bear really thrive there? Wildlife biologist and author Douglas Chadwick had his doubts, but upon first hearing tales of Gobi bears he immediately resolved to find out for himself, as he relates in this Q&A with Mongabay and an excerpt of his latest book, Tracking Gobi Grizzlies: Surviving Beyond the Back of Beyond.
          The Rocket Scientist   
Of late, I have been spending a lot of my screen time on Quora. To the detriment, I must add, of this blog, for which I apologise. The nice people at Quora voted me a Top Writer for 2016, which was very affirming. I enjoy answering the questions, and I really enjoy learning new and interesting things from other people, especially where I knew little before.

One of the other Quora Top Writers for 2016 is Sophia de Tricht, who describes herself on her Quora profile as a published writer, a transwoman and a rocket scientist. It also says she has been described as "Our aerospace engineer that fell from grace," which Sophia says she found mildly flattering. Her online resume suggested she was part of a team renovating and rebuilding a very interesting aircraft. She is currently a student at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she is specialising in commercial space flight.

Clearly she sounds like someone who has some interesting things to say, and I am always interested in hearing from inspiring people. As a result of reading her CV, I learned what an aerospike engine is: trust me; it's cool. I contacted her for an interview, and she responded immediately.
Sophia: Rocket scientist

So here is Sophia, sitting on my virtual couch, answering my virtual interview questions:

Tell us a little about yourself and your trans journey.

Well, let's see. I was raised in a non-permissive conservative Christian environment. A series of them, really. My dad sold computers in the halcyon years of the dot-com boom. Then he jumped ship (wisely) and went into medical supplies, but retained approximately the same territory. As the child of a salesman, I moved around a lot, but never to big cities. Atlanta was something I was aware of without having ever been there. We lived in swamps and dusty onion fields and recklessly racist nowhere towns. A couple of relatively nice places, but nice places in the middle of not-nice is its own kind of not-nice. The first time I ever went to a genuinely big city was when I left for boot camp at 18. It was in Chicago.

I never knew an environment of understanding. It was always an environment of shame and what I consider un-Christian practices. My family has always been heavily opposed to my being trans and I don't speak with them very much anymore and I always end up regretting it when I do.

Because I moved around a lot as a kid, I didn't really have good social skills, so I found it difficult to make friends. I had crushes, but once and only once in my entire school experience were they ever requited. I am the poster child for the unrequited crush. It was my normal.

But I tell you all that to tell you this: I didn't have the words to describe what was happening to me until I was 28 years old, when I came out. I was recently divorced and I had been asking a lot of big questions and it just seemed like the right time to explore and I did. I knew from the very first time that I felt right. I was in the military for about nine months before I was found out and discharged.

Can you tell us a bit about your career in the military? How did you get along being trans in the military?

I joined the Navy when I was 18 years old, in 2002. I joined to be a linguist. I failed the school and did some time as a deck seaman, doing general mariner work, then I got orders to intelligence school and I aced that and did that for the remainder of my time in the Navy.

I got out in 2010. Things were not going very well economically. So really I had only one choice: go back into the coast guard as an intelligence specialist.

Before I came out, I was... complicated. I attempted to drown out everything in ridiculous masculinity while mocking relentlessly all the trappings of masculinity. I loved to hate gym bros and dudes who put glass packs on their cars. I played airsoft, I tried to go for special operations, I qualified as a rescue swimmer... I was ridiculous. Just in general.

My military friends are a diverse lot. Most of them understand, some of them do not. There's not much of a conclusion you could draw from the demographics.

And you were an intelligence officer for a couple of years. Did they give you a cool car with machine guns behind the headlights, and an exploding pen?

Fallen from grace?
The intelligence thing is fascinating, but there's only so much I can say about it. I like to compare it to playing chess with foreign naval commanders. It was my job to know, through my various tricks, what they were going to do before they did. Then I told my commanders what the other commander was going to do.

Did they discharge you from the military because you came out as transgendered?

Yes. I was discharged because I was "unavailable for worldwide deployment."

Tell me how you acquired the title "aerospace engineer who fell from grace"?

I came to Embry-Riddle to be an aerospace engineering student. I took on several engineering projects and then I was seduced by the power of the dark side and went to commercial space operations. That's the "fall from grace" bit. It's flattering because I was never an actual engineer.

What drew you towards commercial space travel?

Gosh, when I was in 4th grade, my science text book had a false-colour image of Saturn and I was just enraptured by it. I had to know everything there was to know about that place. And so one of my enduring loves has always been space. Commercial space operations seemed to me to be a very lucrative way to work with space.

When one thinks of commercial space travel, one thinks of booking flights to the Moon, to a 7-star hotel under a giant dome. Realistically, however, space tourism is likely to mean Low-Earth Orbit, at least for the next couple of decades, surely?

Heh. Not even that. In the near future, it'll be suborbital flights. It's way easier to escape the atmosphere than it is to enter orbit. Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, XCOR, and WorldView are the passenger services and they're all suborbital at this point. The orbital stuff is all cargo right now. Human flights to the International Space Station will start probably next year, if all goes to plan. That said, there is a company that can get you a ride on a Soyuz, which is the only manned vehicle to go to orbit right now. And there's one that's just starting up that's trying to go to the moon for a very steep price.

I can imagine space tourism being a popular, but very niche industry. What other applications of commercial space flight might we be looking at?

Well, the very fabric of our lives in this modern age depends on space applications. I'll finish typing this answer and hit send, it will travel through the wi-fi and through some lines and it'll be beamed to a satellite and piped down to you. Then, in the morning, I'll get up, turn on my GPS and drive over to spend time with a friend. This weekend, I'll be using Google maps, which relies on remote sensing satellites as well as ground vehicles. And so on; the list is nearly endless.

Fun fact: basically all of that stuff is not just a space application, but a commercial space application. Satellites have to be replaced occasionally. Cargo has to go to the International Space Station, and trash has to leave. Asteroids can be mined. Agriculture can be greatly improved by affordable remote sensing satellite access.

What are you going to do with your BD-5J MicroJet once you get it airborne again? Looks a bit dangerous to me!

Dinky but dangerous: the BD-5J
Well, the aircraft is dangerous for the unexperienced pilot, and it's very difficult to get the required experience. It started off as a cool project for which I held a very impressive title. Otherwise, it was kind of a joke.

The current leadership on that project decided that once it was complete, it would become a static display. Permanently. I'm no longer involved with the project. But when I was, I was in charge of flight and occupational safety. On the one hand, I had to make sure that everyone wore their hard hats and safety glasses. On the other hand, I had to make sure that the aircraft was safe to fly, which in my case meant understanding where it had failed in the past and getting my proposals for a fix rejected. I started to rewrite the pilot's operating handbook, but the idea was also junked because of bureaucratic pressure.

You are fluent in several languages. How did that come about?

I don't know; it just kind of happened. It started with Japanese, because I thought it would be a challenge that me and my brother and my dad would do together. Of the three of us, I'm the only one who speaks it at all. I learned French in high school (my French is terrible), Norwegian because I was thinking about relocating there, Spanish in Latin America (three of my four deployments and my one shore station were all in Latin America--I should own a winter home in Panama), Persian in linguist school. Oddly, quite a bit of Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, and Korean as well; Mohawk because it's a dying language and I think it's kind of nifty to be the keeper of arcane knowledge, Tibetan and Mongolian because I thought they'd be fun.

What draws you to Quora?

Originally, I came across it when I googled a question I had. I stuck with it because I like sharing what I know, and as of this writing, I've been able to share my knowledge and views with 5.1 million people. I've been published in Forbes thrice and once in Newsweek. It's good exposure. Quora has a team of people that liaise with the publishers. They're the best.

If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing for trans people, what would it be?

Employment, hands down. I am sometimes asked to give talks about trans issues in the workplace for some bizarre reason. I'm comfortable with public speaking and I know trans issues, I assume. Anyway, I tell them all a couple of different things, one of which is "The only thing that is required for the success of transgender people in American society is that employment discrimination be eliminated." Look, it's easy to discriminate against trans people in employment. Even in places with strict laws in place. If that goes away, we'll start making money. A vast majority of our problems can be ameliorated to some extent by gainful, meaningful employment. Not as short-order cooks, but in corporate America.

I've been turned down for a lot of jobs (three years worth) after interviews that began with the manager falteringly not knowing how to handle speaking to me.

Tell us more about Sophia the woman?

Are Aviator glasses compulsory?
Sure. I love dancing. I belly dance and I'm trying to get proficient enough to perform, and I can flamenco a bit. Belly dancing is a great workout and it makes you feel very sexy once you get it down.

When I was in the coast guard, I qualified as a cutter surface swimmer which is like the more traditional rescue swimmer, but instead of a helicopter, we jump off the ship in a storm. I love swimming. I've swum in the deep ocean. I hear people say the idea terrifies them. I didn't mind it much. It's all time and practice and not thinking about it. It's salt water. You'll float in it if there's breath in your lungs. And you never swim far from the ship.

I fancy myself a funny lady. My father does stand-up back where he's from, we're an amusing lot. Granted, my two routines are essentially my best two sea stories--they're foul!

And who doesn't love a good wine? Some other things... I don't do much right now in my free time because I haven't got any. But on the rare occasion I do get some time off, I do enjoy heading out to see old friends and visit new places and drink and dance. Nothing finer.

What famous person would you most like to meet and why?

Hm. Lindsey Stirling, maybe? I quite fancy her. I dunno. I don't think I care much. I'm not actually very good at social interactions. It would almost certainly be awkward.


So, as always, a little reflection is in order.

First, Sophia seems to fit into the theme, touched on in some of my other posts, that some trans women attempt to become uber-masculine, as a way to "prove", to themselves and others, that they are men. Almost always, this causes great suffering. As I have mentioned before, no amount of military discipline can "make a man out of you", no matter what the common beliefs around this might be.

Second, and again in common with other trans people I've spoken to, Sophia admits to some difficulty with social interactions. Difficulties at home growing up, difficulties at school; those things would be enough to make any adult awkward and ill-at-ease socially. I know I love to be among friends, but among crowds of strangers I often hang back, unsure how to break in. (And I can so relate to that comment about free time? What free time?)

Third, I always find it interesting to talk to high-functioning trans women. It's clear that, to succeed in any field, a trans woman must overcome considerable obstacles: in order for her brilliance to shine, she needs to be accepted, and given an opportunity. A very few (that I can think of) have made it that far (Sophie Wilson and Jan Morris spring to mind). Those are people for whom the thought would be "this is a very successful individual, who happens to be a trans woman" rather than "this is a trans woman who happens to be successful".

Here is someone who has the potential to be extremely valuable and productive for any company which hires her. And yet, by her own admission, she is struggling to get employment (and she points out the same is true of many other trans people). I can well imagine that discrimination is common: "I'm afraid you're not what we're looking for right now" may be an acceptable, euphemistic version of "We're not sure that hiring a trans woman is OK with our management team right now".

So if you happen to live in Tibet, or Mongolia, and want a commercial space specialist who can speak your language, give Sophia a call.

But I am sure Sophia is right. There is probably an untapped reserve of trans talent out there: professional, qualified, experienced, hard-working, ready to step into the labour market (albeit in tights and heels, but who cares?). Employing those people is a win-win: a win for trans people, who will get better recognition, better self-esteem, better wages, better acceptance; and a win for the companies, who will get capable, loyal employees to work for them.

Perhaps those companies should have a re-think. After all, it's not exactly roc-- oh, wait a minute.
          Denne fuglen er bare en gang tidligere observert i Europa   
Den hører hjemme i Mongolia og Kina, men i natt ble en steppelo observert på Røst. – En sensasjon, som vil vekke oppsikt, sier Martin Eggen som er naturvernrådgiver i Norsk Ornitologisk Forening.
          3 Dara Pendekar   
Di antara ketiga belas kaisar dinasti Boan hanya Khong-hi yang paling lama bersinggasana di alas takhtanya, yakni selama 61 tahun (1662 – 1723), selama itu ia telah menumpas tiga raja muda pemberontak di daerah selatan, menaklukkan daerah-daerah Mongolia dan Tibet, kewibawaan negerinya waktu itu cukup kuat dan disegani.
Cerita ini berawal bangsa Boan sudah 63 tahun menjajah ke pedalaman, kedudukannya sudah kuat, para pahlawan dan kaum patriot tak berdaya,  .......

Bagian 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8(Tamat)

Seri Thiansan 10 Karya Liang Ie Shen

          2 Musuh Turunan (Peng Cong Hiap Eng)   
Di luar kota Ganboenkwan, daerah yang luasnya seratus lie adalah daerah kosong, atau no man's land. Di dalam kota Ganboenkwan berdiam pasukan perang Kerajaan Beng, dan di pihak sana, di luar kota, ada tentara bangsa Mongolia, ialah rombongan suku bangsa Watzu. Selama tahun-tahun permulaan dari Kaisar Eng Tjong dari Kerajaan Beng — belum lewat empat puluh tahun dari wafatnya Beng Thaytjouw Tjoe Goan Tjiang, kaizar pendiri dari Ahala Beng itu — bangsa Mongolia di Barat utara mulai bangkit bangun pula, dan rombongan suku Watzu adalah yang terkuat. Rombongan ini setiap tahun maju dengan perlahan-lahan, sampai ditahun Tjongtong ke-3 — tahun Kaisar Eng Tjong itu — tentaranya telah mendekati kota Ganboenkwan......
Bagian 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (Tamat) 

Seri Thiansan 2 - Karya : Liang Ie Shen 

          Sat Jul 1st Todays News   
Some things should not happen, but they do. 

In 69, Tiberius Julius Alexander ordered his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegiance to Vespasian as Emperor. 552, Battle of TaginaeByzantine forces under Narses defeated the Ostrogoths in Italy. During the fightings king Totila was mortally wounded. 1097, Battle of DorylaeumCrusaders led by prince Bohemond of Taranto defeated a Seljuk army led by sultan Kilij Arslan I. 1431, the Battle of La Higueruela took place in Granada, leading to a modest advance of the Kingdom of Castile during the Reconquista.

In 1523, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes became the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by Roman Catholic authorities in Brussels. They were Augustinian monks. Others from their monastery had recanted. These refused.  1569, Union of Lublin: The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania confirmed a real union; the united country is called the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth or the Republic of Both Nations. 1643, first meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians ("divines") and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbey in London. 1690, Glorious RevolutionBattle of the Boyne in Ireland (as reckoned under the Julian calendar). 1766, Jean-François de la Barre, a young French nobleman, was tortured and beheaded before his body was burnt on a pyre along with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso for the crime of not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession in AbbevilleFrance. It sounds excessive, but he was a protestant. 1770, Lexell's Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 a.u. 1782, Raid on Lunenburg: American privateers attacked the British settlement of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

In 1837, a system of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths was established in England and Wales. 1855, signing of the Quinault Treaty: The Quinault and the Quileute ceded their land to the United States. 1858, joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society in London. 1862, The Russian State Library was founded as The Library of the Moscow Public Museum. Also 1862, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, second daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Louis of Hesse, the future Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. Also 1862, American Civil War: The Battle of Malvern Hill took place. It is the final battle in the Seven Days Campaign, part of George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. 1863, Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marked the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands. Also, American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg began. 1867, the British North America Act of 1867 took effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation and the federal dominion of Canada; Sir John A. Macdonald was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date was commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.

In 1870, the United States Department of Justice formally came into existence. 1873, Prince Edward Island joined the Canadian Confederation. 1874, the Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, went on sale. 1878, Canada joined the Universal Postal Union. 1879, Charles Taze Russell published the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower. 1881, the world's first international telephone call was made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States. Also 1881, General Order 70, the culmination of the Cardwell and Childers reforms of the British Army, came into effect. 1885, the United States terminated reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada. 1890, Canada and Bermuda were linked by telegraph cable. 1898, Spanish–American War: The Battle of San Juan Hill was fought in Santiago de Cuba.

In 1903, start of first Tour de France bicycle race. 1908, SOS was adopted as the international distress signal. 1911, Germany despatched the gunship Panther to Morocco, sparking the Agadir Crisis. 1915, Leutnant Kurt Wintgens of the then-named German Fliegertruppe air service achieved the first known aerial victory with a synchronized machine-gun armed fighter plane, the Fokker M.5K/MG Eindecker. 1916, World War IFirst day on the Somme: On the first day of the Battle of the Somme 19,000 soldiers of the British Army were killed and 40,000 wounded. 1921, the Communist Party of China was founded. 1922, the Great Railroad Strike of 1922 began in the United States. 1923, the Canadian Parliament suspended all Chinese immigration. 1931, United Airlines began service (as Boeing Air Transport). 1932, Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was formed. 1935, Regina, Saskatchewan police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police ambushed strikers participating in the On-to-Ottawa Trek.

In 1942, World War IIFirst Battle of El Alamein. Also 1942, the Australian Federal Government became the sole collector of income tax in Australia as State Income Tax was abolished. 1943, Tokyo City merged with Tokyo Prefecture and was dissolved. Since this date, no city in Japan has the name "Tokyo" (present-day Tokyo is not officially a city). 1947, the Philippine Air Force was established. 1948, Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Quaid-i-Azam) inaugurated Pakistan's central bank, the State Bank of Pakistan. 1949, the merger of two princely states of India, Cochin and Travancore, into the state of Thiru-Kochi (later re-organized as Kerala) in the Indian Union ended more than 1,000 years of princely rule by the Cochin Royal Family. 1957, the International Geophysical Year began. 1958, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation linked television broadcasting across Canada via microwave. Also 1958, flooding of Canada's St. Lawrence Seaway began. 1959, the Party of the African Federation held its constitutive conference. Also 1959, specific values for the international yardavoirdupois pound and derived units (e.g. inch, mile and ounce) were adopted after agreement between the U.S.A., the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries.

In 1960, independence of Somalia. Also 1960, Ghana became a Republic and Kwame Nkrumah became its first President as Queen Elizabeth II ceased to be its Head of state. 1962, independence of Rwanda. Also 1962, independence of Burundi. 1963, ZIP codes were introduced for United States mail. Also 1963, the British Government admitted that former diplomat Kim Philby had worked as a Soviet agent. 1966, the first color television transmission in Canada took place from Toronto. 1967, the European Community was formally created out of a merger with the Common Market, the European Coal and Steel Community, and the European Atomic Energy Commission. Also 1967, Canada celebrated the 100th anniversary of the British North America Act, 1867, which officially made Canada its own federal dominion. 1968, the United States Central Intelligence Agency's Phoenix Program was officially established. Also 1968, the Nuclear non-proliferation treaty was signed in Washington, D.C., London and Moscow by sixty-two countries. Also 1968, formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL–CIO in the United States. 1970, President General Yahya Khan abolished One-Unit of West Pakistan restoring the provinces. 1972, the first Gay Pride march in England took place. 1976, Portugal granted autonomy to Madeira. 1978, the Northern Territory in Australia was granted Self-Government. 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman.

In 1980, "O Canada" officially became the national anthem of Canada. 1981, the Wonderland murders occurred in the early morning hours in Los Angeles, allegedly masterminded by businessman and drug dealer Eddie Nash. 1983, a North Korean Ilyushin Il-62M jet en route to Conakry Airport in Guinea crashed into the Fouta Djallon mountains in Guinea-Bissau, killing all 23 people on board. 1984, the PG-13 rating was introduced by the MPAA. 1987, the American radio station WFAN in New York, New York was launched as the world's first all-sports radio station. 1990, German reunificationEast Germany accepted the Deutsche Mark as its currency, thus uniting the economies of East and West Germany. 1991, the Warsaw Pact was officially dissolved at a meeting in Prague. 1997, China resumed sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule. 1999, the Scottish Parliament was officially opened by Elizabeth II on the day that legislative powers were officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.

In 2002, the International Criminal Court was established to prosecute individuals for genocidecrimes against humanitywar crimes, and the crime of aggression. Also 2002, Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 and a DHL (German cargo) Boeing 757 collided in mid-air over Überlingen, southern Germany, killing all 71 on board. 2003, over 500,000 people protested against efforts to pass anti-sedition legislation in Hong Kong. 2004, Saturn orbit insertion of Cassini–Huygens began at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC. 2006, the first operation of Qinghai–Tibet Railway in China. 2007, the Concert for Diana was held at the new Wembley Stadium in London and broadcast in 140 countries. Also 2007, smoking in England was banned in all public indoor spaces. 2008, Rioting erupted in Mongolia in response to allegations of fraud surrounding the 2008 legislative elections. 2013, Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union. Also 2013, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) began its operative peacekeeping mandate in Mali. Also 2013, Neptune's moon S/2004 N 1 was discovered.

I am very good and don't deserve the abuse given me. I created a video raising awareness of anti police feeling among western communities. I chose the senseless killing of Nicola Cotton, a Louisiana policewoman who joined post Katrina, to highlight the issue. I did this in order to get an income after having been illegally blacklisted from work in NSW for being a whistleblower. I have not done anything wrong. Local council appointees refused to endorse my work, so I did it for free. Youtube's Adsence refused to allow me to profit from their marketing it. Meanwhile, I am hostage to abysmal political leadership and hopeless journalists. My shopfront has opened on Facebook.

Here is a video I made Waltzing Matilda

I was asked to do a Banjo Patterson Poem. I thought I had done this, but I hadn't. This was made so as to tell the story, rather than sing the song.
"Waltzing Matilda" is Australia's most widely known bush ballad. A country folk song, the song has been referred to as "the unofficial national anthem of Australia"

Oh there once was a swagman camped in the billabongs,
Under the shade of a Coolibah tree;
And he sang as he looked at the old billy boiling
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."

Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.

Up came the jumbuck to drink at the waterhole,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee;
And he sang as he put him away in his tucker-bag,
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."

Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.

Up came the squatter a-riding his thoroughbred;
Up came the policeman - one, two, and three.
"Whose is the jumbuck you've got in the tucker-bag?
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with we."

Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.

Up sprang the swagman and jumped into the waterhole,
Drowning himself by the Coolibah tree;
And his voice can be heard as it sings in the billabongs,
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."

Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Written 1895, first published as sheet music 1903.

=== from 2016 ===
 The political despatch of Boris Johnson, who had led the successful Brexit campaign, was as surprising as the success of the campaign. The Notting Hill set have eaten their own. David Cameron finally fell, having never managed to appear strongly conservative. But his stable mate of Gove had sided with Johnson as the face of Brexit, and then ripped support away from Johnson and denounced Johnson as being too identifiably the face of Brexit, and unable to unite the conservative party. In fairness, Gove could not unite the party either. Gove has ambition and ability, as does Theresa May. There are echoes of the Metherell affair in NSW when two friends, Terry Metherell and Nick Greiner ran afoul of political perfection and Greiner was subsequently unfairly forced to resign as Premier of NSW. One incompetent independent of the time who unfairly attacked Greiner was Tony Windsor. Windsor is still trying to hurt good conservative candidates. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.  
=== from 2015 ===
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation came into being on this day in 1932. It is a bureaucratic mess. But it isn't the worst mess on this day. In 1766, a young French nobleman, Jean-François de la Barre who was tortured and beheaded before his body was burned on a pyre. Also burned, pinned to his body, was a work of Voltaire. The crime the twenty year old man committed was said to be failing to bow to a religious procession, but the unpleasant truth is that he was a protestant in a catholic land. The ABC was created in the hope that the left leaning press in Australia would be balanced by state body which reported facts, not bias. The reality is that the ABC has never been balanced. 

Greece has defaulted on her IMF loan. Soon she will vote to approve or deny the imposition of austerity. But she has already done so, and her government ran on the lie that Greece didn't need austerity. Now the EU has a choice, but it isn't really a choice. Greece needs to be booted from the EU as a lesson in humility. It should never be the case that a nation employs people without paying them. The civilised world abhors slavery. 
From 2014
Today is an extraordinary day. The birthday of Semmelweis (1818) whose work as a physician gave rise to the legal term "Clean Hands". Or Dorothea Mackellar (1885) who beautifully described Australia in poetry. But for all the amazing wonderful things about today that I could point to, my mind is drawn to the infamous act of cowardice and butchery in which the three bodies of children of Israel were unearthed following their abduction. There is a cowardly dismissal of Middle East events involving Israel by those who do not know or care, that there is blood on both sides. But that is not the case. There is no analog for what Israel does that excuses this murder. It is inexcusable, and those who are responsible need to be brought to justice, and those who excuse should be discredited. 

Three boys went to a religious function and were on their way home when they were abducted. They were not warriors. Targeting them was an act of terror. One boy had been able to use his phone to let people know he had been abducted. That call was the last anyone heard him alive. It is not too hard to follow the mindset of the terrorists, but remarkably, one mother of one suspect has claimed she is proud of her son for doing it. I want religious authorities of the perpetrators to denounce the activity. If that mum has excused the activity, I want her discredited. Saddam Hussein had paid money to family of suicide bombers. If her people are serious about wanting peace, perhaps they will meet similar justice as was applied to Saddam. 

One imagines the terrorists alerted to the phone call told the boys that they would have to die and not merely be hostages because of it. They probably did their best to torture the boys, and blame them, before killing them. But the boys had done nothing wrong. Earlier this year, Obama had forced Israel to release terrorists who had killed, from jail for peace. No peace has been forthcoming from those terrorist supporters. One of the boys was a US citizen .. someone Obama has sworn an oath to protect and serve. But instead, the US President has paid US money to support a terrorist administration. Maybe Hamas will deny the activity, they have not yet, instead accusing Israel of overstating the crime. The UN cannot endorse this crime, and if they fail to act on it, they need to be dismantled. 

Three boys kidnapped, tortured and murdered by terrorists. Who dares support that? 

The incident is not isolated in Middle East terrorist history. The second intifada, which began after Bill Clinton embarrassed Arafat over a Monica Special cigar transformed a lynching of two Israeli security detail who had been illegally lured and detained by so called Palestinian authorities. This incident is on a par. A crime against humanity linked by successive Democrat party US Presidents. 
Historical perspective on this day
In 69, Tiberius Julius Alexander ordered his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegianceto Vespasian as Emperor. 552, Battle of TaginaeByzantine forces under Narses defeated the Ostrogoths in Italy. During the fightings king Totila was mortally wounded. 1097, Battle of DorylaeumCrusaders led by prince Bohemond of Taranto defeated a Seljuk army led by sultan Kilij Arslan I. 1431, the Battle of La Higueruela took place in Granada, leading to a modest advance of the Kingdom of Castile during the Reconquista.

In 1523, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes became the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by Roman Catholic authorities in Brussels. 1569, Union of Lublin: The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania confirmed a real union; the united country is called the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth or the Republic of Both Nations. 1643, first meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians ("divines") and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbeyin London. 1690, Glorious RevolutionBattle of the Boyne in Ireland (as reckoned under the Julian calendar). 1766, Jean-François de la Barre, a young French nobleman, was torturedand beheaded before his body was burnt on a pyre along with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso for the crime of not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession in AbbevilleFrance. 1770, Lexell's Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 a.u. 1782, Raid on Lunenburg: American privateers attacked the British settlement of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

In 1837, a system of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths was established in England and Wales. 1855, signing of the Quinault Treaty: The Quinault and the Quileute ceded their land to the United States. 1858, joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society in London. 1862, The Russian State Library was founded as The Library of the Moscow Public Museum. Also 1862, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, second daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Louis of Hesse, the future Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. Also 1862, American Civil War: The Battle of Malvern Hill took place. It is the final battle in the Seven Days Campaign, part of George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. 1863, Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marked the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands. Also, American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburgbegan. 1867, the British North America Act of 1867 took effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation and the federal dominion of Canada; Sir John A. Macdonald was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date was commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.

In 1870, the United States Department of Justice formally came into existence. 1873, Prince Edward Island joined the Canadian Confederation. 1874, the Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, went on sale. 1878, Canada joined the Universal Postal Union. 1879, Charles Taze Russell published the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower. 1881, the world's first international telephone call was made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States. Also 1881, General Order 70, the culmination of the Cardwell and Childers reforms of the British Army, came into effect. 1885, the United States terminated reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada. 1890, Canada and Bermuda were linked by telegraph cable. 1898, Spanish–American War: The Battle of San Juan Hill was fought in Santiago de Cuba.

In 1903, start of first Tour de France bicycle race. 1908, SOS was adopted as the international distress signal. 1911, Germany despatched the gunship Panther to Morocco, sparking the Agadir Crisis. 1915, Leutnant Kurt Wintgens of the then-named German Fliegertruppe air service achieved the first known aerial victory with a synchronized machine-gun armed fighter plane, the Fokker M.5K/MG Eindecker. 1916, World War IFirst day on the Somme: On the first day of the Ba
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(finished) >I like most of the buildings that you included! I had a chance to use Bunshoukan for high school literary arts and it had an aesthetic like a parliament building, it was great ^^ Again, it's great that Yamagata's western mansions are there It really makes me tingle with adventurous spirit to include it after thinking, "Ah, it's beautiful!" Besides, I like that there are a lot of buildings in which I think the mansion's surroundings are also nice. >There's a story that I heard one time from a woman (Japanese) who lives in France. If you ask what happens when you get your hair cut in France, you'll get a funny answer. It's funny how France, China, India, and Japan have various things that make them unique. I once entered a Chinese shop that sold Japanese items, and they had things that were made for the head that "seem to exist in places like Mongolia".
          Дзюдо, Гран-при Хух-Хото 01.07.2017. Прямая онлайн трансляция и результаты турнира.   
1 июля, на татами спорткомплекса "Inner Mongolia Stadium" в Хух-Хото (Китай) состоится 2-й соревновательный день на турнире серии Гран-при по дзюдо. В борьбу за медали вступят мужчины в весовых категориях - до 73 и 81 кг. А также, женщины - 63 и 70 кг. От украинской сборной на китайские татами выйдут: Артем Хомула и Дмитрий Канивец (оба 73 кг). 
          Георгий Зантарая и Дарья Билодид призеры китайского Гран-при в Хух-Хото-2017.   
Сегодня, 30 июня, на татами спорткомплекса "Inner Mongolia Stadium" в Хух-Хото (Китай) стартовал турнир серии Гран-при по дзюдо. В 1-й день престижного коммерческого турнира с призовым фондом 100.000 долларов разыграли медали в пяти весовых категориях. Мужчини определили сильнейшего в весе до 60 и 66 кг. Женщины - 48, 52 и 57 кг. На китайский Гран-при прилетели и лидеры сборной Украины. 
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          Mongolia and Pakistan (Baluchistan) Added To List of Confirmed MICS4 Surveys   
Two more surveys have been added to the list of confirmed MICS4 surveys. A national MICS survey will be conducted in Mongolia, while Pakistan will continue the province-level MICS surveys in Baluchistan, both in 2010.

See the full list of confirmed surveys here.

          Perro come lobo   
Ahora que la prensa (pretendidamente) seria ha devenido en cachondeo, no es de extrañar que un artefacto tan cachondo como la "revista satírica sin mensaje alguno" Mongolia sea quien aporte seriedad al patio mediático. Su desarmante hibridación de irreverencia e información ha pegado el revolcón definitivo a un gremio que amenazaba con irse a la tumba sin que nadie osara meterle mano. Pero apareció a tiempo una gamberra pandilla cuyas afrentas a la corrección política han tenido eco en medio mundo: The New York Times, Corriere della Sera y Financial Times han amplificado sus indiscriminados ataques a todo lo que se menea; y hasta los prohombres de la cosa periodística, como Miguel Ángel Aguilar, han subrayado que su "principal aportación es la de reducir la distancia entre lo que se sabe y lo que se publica". Tal es el poderoso influjo de una revolución mongola que, con tan solo un año de vida, ya ha dado a la imprenta dos imprescindibles biblias: la primera, una heterodoxa enciclopedia del disparate cuyo título (El Libro Rojo de Mongolia) repele la indiferencia; la segunda, que llega ahora a las librerías, incluye un mensaje infinitamente más grave: recoge (y amplía) lo publicado en la sección 'Reality News', esa que advierte "A partir de aquí, si se ríe, es cosa suya", y supone una antológica huella del crimen (o del suicidio) del periodismo español, arrancando con la conspiranoia de El Mundo y el 11-M y abundando en los golpes de Cebrián a El País y de Roures a Público, para que ninguna fechoría de los señores de la prensa se diluya en Papel mojado. Una excelente noticia a la que solo cabe hacer una objeción: este nuevo periodismo denunciante residió en las casas ahora delatadas, donde seguiría acomodado si no hubiera sido desahuciado; o sea, aunque nos alegra que perro coma perro, exigimos lo mismo que la parroquia del jactancioso cortijero tío Pinto: "Menos lobos".

          Hard ticks and their control in the Mongolian People's Republic   
          postcards from dystopia (1984 / 2017) / hawser view (The Final Moments)   
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sebati 0009-150: photo by sebati, 10 September 2004

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sebati 0009-150: photo by sebati, 10 September 2004
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sebati 0009-150: photo by sebati, 10 September 2004

"Libérer la parole" contre l'état de stress post-traumatique": Evacuation d'un soldat américain blessé, près de Marjah, Afghanistan, 23 février 2010. Photo @Patrick_Baz #AFP: image via Frédérique Geffard @fgeffardAFP,  30 June 2017

"Libérer la parole" contre l'état de stress post-traumatique": Carnaval de Zambo, Tripoli, Liban, 26 février 2017. Photo @Patrick_Baz #AFP #PTSD #santé: image via Making-of AFP @AFPMakingof, 30 June 2017

George Orwell: from 1984

By the third day his eyes ached unbearably and his spectacles needed wiping every few minutes. It was like struggling with some crushing physical task, something which one had the right to refuse and which one was nevertheless neurotically anxious to accomplish. In so far as he had time to remember it, he was not troubled by the fact that every word he murmured into the speakwrite, every stroke of his ink-pencil, was a deliberate lie. He was as anxious as anyone else in the Department that the forgery should be perfect. On the morning of the sixth day the dribble of cylinders slowed down. For as much as half an hour nothing came out of the tube; then one more cylinder, then nothing. Everywhere at about the same time the work was easing off. A deep and as it were secret sigh went through the Department. A mighty deed, which could never be mentioned, had been achieved. It was now impossible for any human being to prove by documentary evidence that the war with Eurasia had ever happened. At twelve hundred it was unexpectedly announced that all workers in the Ministry were free till tomorrow morning. Winston, still carrying the brief-case containing the book, which had remained between his feet while he worked and under his body while he slept, went home, shaved himself, and almost fell asleep in his bath, although the water was barely more than tepid.

With a sort of voluptuous creaking in his joints he climbed the stair above Mr Charrington's shop. He was tired, but not sleepy any longer. He opened the window, lit the dirty little oilstove and put on a pan of water for coffee. Julia would arrive presently: meanwhile there was the book. He sat down in the sluttish armchair and undid the straps of the brief-case.

A heavy black volume, amateurishly bound, with no name or title on the cover. The print also looked slightly irregular. The pages were worn at the edges, and fell apart, easily, as though the book had passed through many hands. The inscription on the title-page ran:


Emmanuel Goldstein

Winston began reading:

Chapter I.

Ignorance is Strength.

Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age, there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle, and the Low. They have been subdivided in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude towards one another, have varied from age to age: but the essential structure of society has never altered. Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other.

The aims of these groups are entirely irreconcilable...

Winston stopped reading, chiefly in order to appreciate the fact that he was reading, in comfort and safety. He was alone: no telescreen, no ear at the keyhole, no nervous impulse to glance over his shoulder or cover the page with his hand. The sweet summer air played against his cheek. From somewhere far away there floated the faint shouts of children: in the room itself there was no sound except the insect voice of the clock. He settled deeper into the arm-chair and put his feet up on the fender. It was bliss, it was eternity. Suddenly, as one sometimes does with a book of which one knows that one will ultimately read and re-read every word, he opened it at a different place and found himself at Chapter III. He went on reading:

Chapter III. 

War is Peace.

The splitting up of the world into three great super-states was an event which could be and indeed was foreseen before the middle of the twentieth century. With the absorption of Europe by Russia and of the British Empire by the United States, two of the three existing powers, Eurasia and Oceania, were already effectively in being. The third, Eastasia, only emerged as a distinct unit after another decade of confused fighting. The frontiers between the three super-states are in some places arbitrary, and in others they fluctuate according to the fortunes of war, but in general they follow geographical lines. Eurasia comprises the whole of the northern part of the European and Asiatic land-mass, from Portugal to the Bering Strait. Oceania comprises the Americas, the Atlantic islands including the British Isles, Australasia, and the southern portion of Africa. Eastasia, smaller than the others and with a less definite western frontier, comprises China and the countries to the south of it, the Japanese islands and a large but fluctuating portion of Manchuria, Mongolia, and Tibet.

In one combination or another, these three super-states are permanently at war, and have been so for the past twenty-five years. War, however, is no longer the desperate, annihilating struggle that it was in the early decades of the twentieth century. It is a warfare of limited aims between combatants who are unable to destroy one another, have no material cause for fighting and are not divided by any genuine ideological difference. This is not to say that either the conduct of war, or the prevailing attitude towards it, has become less bloodthirsty or more chivalrous. On the contrary, war hysteria is continuous and universal in all countries, and such acts as raping, looting, the slaughter of children, the reduction of whole populations to slavery, and reprisals against prisoners which extend even to boiling and burying alive, are looked upon as normal, and, when they are committed by one's own side and not by the enemy, meritorious. But in a physical sense war involves very small numbers of people, mostly highly-trained specialists, and causes comparatively few casualties. The fighting, when there is any, takes place on the vague frontiers whose whereabouts the average man can only guess at, or round the Floating Fortresses which guard strategic spots on the sea lanes. In the centres of civilization war means no more than a continuous shortage of consumption goods, and the occasional crash of a rocket bomb which may cause a few scores of deaths. War has in fact changed its character. More exactly, the reasons for which war is waged have changed in their order of importance. Motives which were already present to some small extent in the great wars of the early twentieth century have now become dominant and are consciously recognized and acted upon.

To understand the nature of the present war -- for in spite of the regrouping which occurs every few years, it is always the same war -- one must realize in the first place that it is impossible for it to be decisive. None of the three super-states could be definitively conquered even by the other two in combination. They are too evenly matched, and their natural defences are too formidable. Eurasia is protected by its vast land spaces. Oceania by the width of the Atlantic and the Pacific, Eastasia by the fecundity and industriousness of its inhabitants. Secondly, there is no longer, in a material sense, anything to fight about. With the establishment of self-contained economies, in which production and consumption are geared to one another, the scramble for markets which was a main cause of previous wars has come to an end, while the competition for raw materials is no longer a matter of life and death. In any case each of the three super-states is so vast that it can obtain almost all the materials that it needs within its own boundaries. In so far as the war has a direct economic purpose, it is a war for labour power. Between the frontiers of the super-states, and not permanently in the possession of any of them, there lies a rough quadrilateral with its corners at Tangier, Brazzaville, Darwin, and Hong Kong, containing within it about a fifth of the population of the earth. It is for the possession of these thickly-populated regions, and of the northern ice-cap, that the three powers are constantly struggling. In practice no one power ever controls the whole of the disputed area. Portions of it are constantly changing hands, and it is the chance of seizing this or that fragment by a sudden stroke of treachery that dictates the endless changes of alignment.

All of the disputed territories contain valuable minerals, and some of them yield important vegetable products such as rubber which in colder climates it is necessary to synthesize by comparatively expensive methods. But above all they contain a bottomless reserve of cheap labour. Whichever power controls equatorial Africa, or the countries of the Middle East, or Southern India, or the Indonesian Archipelago, disposes also of the bodies of scores or hundreds of millions of ill-paid and hard-working coolies. The inhabitants of these areas, reduced more or less openly to the status of slaves, pass continually from conqueror to conqueror, and are expended like so much coal or oil in the race to turn out more armaments, to capture more territory, to control more labour power, to turn out more armaments, to capture more territory, and so on indefinitely. It should be noted that the fighting never really moves beyond the edges of the disputed areas. The frontiers of Eurasia flow back and forth between the basin of the Congo and the northern shore of the Mediterranean; the islands of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific are constantly being captured and recaptured by Oceania or by Eastasia; in Mongolia the dividing line between Eurasia and Eastasia is never stable; round the Pole all three powers lay claim to enormous territories which in fact are largely unihabited and unexplored: but the balance of power always remains roughly even, and the territory which forms the heartland of each super-state always remains inviolate. Moreover, the labour of the exploited peoples round the Equator is not really necessary to the world's economy. They add nothing to the wealth of the world, since whatever they produce is used for purposes of war, and the object of waging a war is always to be in a better position in which to wage another war. By their labour the slave populations allow the tempo of continuous warfare to be speeded up. But if they did not exist, the structure of world society, and the process by which it maintains itself, would not be essentially different.

The primary aim of modern warfare (in accordance with the principles of doublethink, this aim is simultaneously recognized and not recognized by the directing brains of the Inner Party) is to use up the products of the machine without raising the general standard of living. Ever since the end of the nineteenth century, the problem of what to do with the surplus of consumption goods has been latent in industrial society. At present, when few human beings even have enough to eat, this problem is obviously not urgent, and it might not have become so, even if no artificial processes of destruction had been at work. The world of today is a bare, hungry, dilapidated place compared with the world that existed before 1914, and still more so if compared with the imaginary future to which the people of that period looked forward. In the early twentieth century, the vision of a future society unbelievably rich, leisured, orderly, and efficient -- a glittering antiseptic world of glass and steel and snow-white concrete -- was part of the consciousness of nearly every literate person. Science and technology were developing at a prodigious speed, and it seemed natural to assume that they would go on developing. This failed to happen, partly because of the impoverishment caused by a long series of wars and revolutions, partly because scientific and technical progress depended on the empirical habit of thought, which could not survive in a strictly regimented society. As a whole the world is more primitive today than it was fifty years ago. Certain backward areas have advanced, and various devices, always in some way connected with warfare and police espionage, have been developed, but experiment and invention have largely stopped, and the ravages of the atomic war of the nineteen-fifties have never been fully repaired. Nevertheless the dangers inherent in the machine are still there. From the moment when the machine first made its appearance it was clear to all thinking people that the need for human drudgery, and therefore to a great extent for human inequality, had disappeared. If the machine were used deliberately for that end, hunger, overwork, dirt, illiteracy, and disease could be eliminated within a few generations. And in fact, without being used for any such purpose, but by a sort of automatic process -- by producing wealth which it was sometimes impossible not to distribute -- the machine did raise the living standards of the average human being very greatly over a period of about fifty years at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries.

But it was also clear that an all-round increase in wealth threatened the destruction -- indeed, in some sense was the destruction -- of a hierarchical society. In a world in which everyone worked short hours, had enough to eat, lived in a house with a bathroom and a refrigerator, and possessed a motor-car or even an aeroplane, the most obvious and perhaps the most important form of inequality would already have disappeared. If it once became general, wealth would confer no distinction. It was possible, no doubt, to imagine a society in which wealth, in the sense of personal possessions and luxuries, should be evenly distributed, while power remained in the hands of a small privileged caste. But in practice such a society could not long remain stable. For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realize that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away. In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance. To return to the agricultural past, as some thinkers about the beginning of the twentieth century dreamed of doing, was not a practicable solution. It conflicted with the tendency towards mechanization which had become quasi-instinctive throughout almost the whole world, and moreover, any country which remained industrially backward was helpless in a military sense and was bound to be dominated, directly or indirectly, by its more advanced rivals.

Nor was it a satisfactory solution to keep the masses in poverty by restricting the output of goods. This happened to a great extent during the final phase of capitalism, roughly between 1920 and 1940. The economy of many countries was allowed to stagnate, land went out of cultivation, capital equipment was not added to, great blocks of the population were prevented from working and kept half alive by State charity. But this, too, entailed military weakness, and since the privations it inflicted were obviously unnecessary, it made opposition inevitable. The problem was how to keep the wheels of industry turning without increasing the real wealth of the world. Goods must be produced, but they must not be distributed. And in practice the only way of achieving this was by continuous warfare.

The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent. Even when weapons of war are not actually destroyed, their manufacture is still a convenient way of expending labour power without producing anything that can be consumed. A Floating Fortress, for example, has locked up in it the labour that would build several hundred cargo-ships. Ultimately it is scrapped as obsolete, never having brought any material benefit to anybody, and with further enormous labours another Floating Fortress is built. In principle the war effort is always so planned as to eat up any surplus that might exist after meeting the bare needs of the population. In practice the needs of the population are always underestimated, with the result that there is a chronic shortage of half the necessities of life; but this is looked on as an advantage. It is deliberate policy to keep even the favoured groups somewhere near the brink of hardship, because a general state of scarcity increases the importance of small privileges and thus magnifies the distinction between one group and another. By the standards of the early twentieth century, even a member of the Inner Party lives an austere, laborious kind of life. Nevertheless, the few luxuries that he does enjoy his large, well-appointed flat, the better texture of his clothes, the better quality of his food and drink and tobacco, his two or three servants, his private motor-car or helicopter -- set him in a different world from a member of the Outer Party, and the members of the Outer Party have a similar advantage in comparison with the submerged masses whom we call 'the proles'. The social atmosphere is that of a besieged city, where the possession of a lump of horseflesh makes the difference between wealth and poverty. And at the same time the consciousness of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival.

War, it will be seen, accomplishes the necessary destruction, but accomplishes it in a psychologically acceptable way. In principle it would be quite simple to waste the surplus labour of the world by building temples and pyramids, by digging holes and filling them up again, or even by producing vast quantities of goods and then setting fire to them. But this would provide only the economic and not the emotional basis for a hierarchical society. What is concerned here is not the morale of masses, whose attitude is unimportant so long as they are kept steadily at work, but the morale of the Party itself. Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph. In other words it is necessary that he should have the mentality appropriate to a state of war. It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going well or badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist. The splitting of the intelligence which the Party requires of its members, and which is more easily achieved in an atmosphere of war, is now almost universal, but the higher up the ranks one goes, the more marked it becomes. It is precisely in the Inner Party that war hysteria and hatred of the enemy are strongest. In his capacity as an administrator, it is often necessary for a member of the Inner Party to know that this or that item of war news is untruthful, and he may often be aware that the entire war is spurious and is either not happening or is being waged for purposes quite other than the declared ones: but such knowledge is easily neutralized by the technique of doublethink. Meanwhile no Inner Party member wavers for an instant in his mystical belief that the war is real, and that it is bound to end victoriously, with Oceania the undisputed master of the entire world.

All members of the Inner Party believe in this coming conquest as an article of faith. It is to be achieved either by gradually acquiring more and more territory and so building up an overwhelming preponderance of power, or by the discovery of some new and unanswerable weapon. The search for new weapons continues unceasingly, and is one of the very few remaining activities in which the inventive or speculative type of mind can find any outlet. In Oceania at the present day, Science, in the old sense, has almost ceased to exist. In Newspeak there is no word for 'Science'. The empirical method of thought, on which all the scientific achievements of the past were founded, is opposed to the most fundamental principles of Ingsoc. And even technological progress only happens when its products can in some way be used for the diminution of human liberty. In all the useful arts the world is either standing still or going backwards. The fields are cultivated with horse-ploughs while books are written by machinery. But in matters of vital importance -- meaning, in effect, war and police espionage -- the empirical approach is still encouraged, or at least tolerated. The two aims of the Party are to conquer the whole surface of the earth and to extinguish once and for all the possibility of independent thought. There are therefore two great problems which the Party is concerned to solve. One is how to discover, against his will, what another human being is thinking, and the other is how to kill several hundred million people in a few seconds without giving warning beforehand. In so far as scientific research still continues, this is its subject matter. The scientist of today is either a mixture of psychologist and inquisitor, studying with real ordinary minuteness the meaning of facial expressions, gestures, and tones of voice, and testing the truth-producing effects of drugs, shock therapy, hypnosis, and physical torture; or he is chemist, physicist, or biologist concerned only with such branches of his special subject as are relevant to the taking of life. In the vast laboratories of the Ministry of Peace, and in the experimental stations hidden in the Brazilian forests, or in the Australian desert, or on lost islands of the Antarctic, the teams of experts are indefatigably at work. Some are concerned simply with planning the logistics of future wars; others devise larger and larger rocket bombs, more and more powerful explosives, and more and more impenetrable armour-plating; others search for new and deadlier gases, or for soluble poisons capable of being produced in such quantities as to destroy the vegetation of whole continents, or for breeds of disease germs immunized against all possible antibodies; others strive to produce a vehicle that shall bore its way under the soil like a submarine under the water, or an aeroplane as independent of its base as a sailing-ship; others explore even remoter possibilities such as focusing the sun's rays through lenses suspended thousands of kilometres away in space, or producing artificial earthquakes and tidal waves by tapping the heat at the earth's centre.

But none of these projects ever comes anywhere near realization, and none of the three super-states ever gains a significant lead on the others. What is more remarkable is that all three powers already possess, in the atomic bomb, a weapon far more powerful than any that their present researches are likely to discover. Although the Party, according to its habit, claims the invention for itself, atomic bombs first appeared as early as the nineteen-forties, and were first used on a large scale about ten years later. At that time some hundreds of bombs were dropped on industrial centres, chiefly in European Russia, Western Europe, and North America. The effect was to convince the ruling groups of all countries that a few more atomic bombs would mean the end of organized society, and hence of their own power. Thereafter, although no formal agreement was ever made or hinted at, no more bombs were dropped. All three powers merely continue to produce atomic bombs and store them up against the decisive opportunity which they all believe will come sooner or later. And meanwhile the art of war has remained almost stationary for thirty or forty years. Helicopters are more used than they were formerly, bombing planes have been largely superseded by self-propelled projectiles, and the fragile movable battleship has given way to the almost unsinkable Floating Fortress; but otherwise there has been little development. The tank, the submarine, the torpedo, the machine gun, even the rifle and the hand grenade are still in use. And in spite of the endless slaughters reported in the Press and on the telescreens, the desperate battles of earlier wars, in which hundreds of thousands or even millions of men were often killed in a few weeks, have never been repeated.

None of the three super-states ever attempts any manoeuvre which involves the risk of serious defeat. When any large operation is undertaken, it is usually a surprise attack against an ally. The strategy that all three powers are following, or pretend to themselves that they are following, is the same. The plan is, by a combination of fighting, bargaining, and well-timed strokes of treachery, to acquire a ring of bases completely encircling one or other of the rival states, and then to sign a pact of friendship with that rival and remain on peaceful terms for so many years as to lull suspicion to sleep. During this time rockets loaded with atomic bombs can be assembled at all the strategic spots; finally they will all be fired simultaneously, with effects so devastating as to make retaliation impossible. It will then be time to sign a pact of friendship with the remaining world-power, in preparation for another attack. This scheme, it is hardly necessary to say, is a mere daydream, impossible of realization. Moreover, no fighting ever occurs except in the disputed areas round the Equator and the Pole: no invasion of enemy territory is ever undertaken. This explains the fact that in some places the frontiers between the superstates are arbitrary. Eurasia, for example, could easily conquer the British Isles, which are geographically part of Europe, or on the other hand it would be possible for Oceania to push its frontiers to the Rhine or even to the Vistula. But this would violate the principle, followed on all sides though never formulated, of cultural integrity. If Oceania were to conquer the areas that used once to be known as France and Germany, it would be necessary either to exterminate the inhabitants, a task of great physical difficulty, or to assimilate a population of about a hundred million people, who, so far as technical development goes, are roughly on the Oceanic level. The problem is the same for all three super-states. It is absolutely necessary to their structure that there should be no contact with foreigners, except, to a limited extent, with war prisoners and coloured slaves. Even the official ally of the moment is always regarded with the darkest suspicion. War prisoners apart, the average citizen of Oceania never sets eyes on a citizen of either Eurasia or Eastasia, and he is forbidden the knowledge of foreign languages. If he were allowed contact with foreigners he would discover that they are creatures similar to himself and that most of what he has been told about them is lies. The sealed world in which he lives would be broken, and the fear, hatred, and self-righteousness on which his morale depends might evaporate. It is therefore realized on all sides that however often Persia, or Egypt, or Java, or Ceylon may change hands, the main frontiers must never be crossed by anything except bombs.

Under this lies a fact never mentioned aloud, but tacitly understood and acted upon: namely, that the conditions of life in all three super-states are very much the same. In Oceania the prevailing philosophy is called Ingsoc, in Eurasia it is called Neo-Bolshevism, and in Eastasia it is called by a Chinese name usually translated as Death-Worship, but perhaps better rendered as Obliteration of the Self. The citizen of Oceania is not allowed to know anything of the tenets of the other two philosophies, but he is taught to execrate them as barbarous outrages upon morality and common sense. Actually the three philosophies are barely distinguishable, and the social systems which they support are not distinguishable at all. Everywhere there is the same pyramidal structure, the same worship of semi-divine leader, the same economy existing by and for continuous warfare. It follows that the three super-states not only cannot conquer one another, but would gain no advantage by doing so. On the contrary, so long as they remain in conflict they prop one another up, like three sheaves of corn. And, as usual, the ruling groups of all three powers are simultaneously aware and unaware of what they are doing. Their lives are dedicated to world conquest, but they also know that it is necessary that the war should continue everlastingly and without victory. Meanwhile the fact that there is no danger of conquest makes possible the denial of reality which is the special feature of Ingsoc and its rival systems of thought. Here it is necessary to repeat what has been said earlier, that by becoming continuous war has fundamentally changed its character.

In past ages, a war, almost by definition, was something that sooner or later came to an end, usually in unmistakable victory or defeat. In the past, also, war was one of the main instruments by which human societies were kept in touch with physical reality. All rulers in all ages have tried to impose a false view of the world upon their followers, but they could not afford to encourage any illusion that tended to impair military efficiency. So long as defeat meant the loss of independence, or some other result generally held to be undesirable, the precautions against defeat had to be serious. Physical facts could not be ignored. In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an aeroplane they had to make four. Inefficient nations were always conquered sooner or later, and the struggle for efficiency was inimical to illusions. Moreover, to be efficient it was necessary to be able to learn from the past, which meant having a fairly accurate idea of what had happened in the past. Newspapers and history books were, of course, always coloured and biased, but falsification of the kind that is practised today would have been impossible. War was a sure safeguard of sanity, and so far as the ruling classes were concerned it was probably the most important of all safeguards. While wars could be won or lost, no ruling class could be completely irresponsible.

But when war becomes literally continuous, it also ceases to be dangerous. When war is continuous there is no such thing as military necessity. Technical progress can cease and the most palpable facts can be denied or disregarded. As we have seen, researches that could be called scientific are still carried out for the purposes of war, but they are essentially a kind of daydreaming, and their failure to show results is not important. Efficiency, even military efficiency, is no longer needed. Nothing is efficient in Oceania except the Thought Police. Since each of the three super-states is unconquerable, each is in effect a separate universe within which almost any perversion of thought can be safely practised. Reality only exerts its pressure through the needs of everyday life -- the need to eat and drink, to get shelter and clothing, to avoid swallowing poison or stepping out of top-storey windows, and the like. Between life and death, and between physical pleasure and physical pain, there is still a distinction, but that is all. Cut off from contact with the outer world, and with the past, the citizen of Oceania is like a man in interstellar space, who has no way of knowing which direction is up and which is down. The rulers of such a state are absolute, as the Pharaohs or the Caesars could not be. They are obliged to prevent their followers from starving to death in numbers large enough to be inconvenient, and they are obliged to remain at the same low level of military technique as their rivals; but once that minimum is achieved, they can twist reality into whatever shape they choose.

The war, therefore, if we judge it by the standards of previous wars, is merely an imposture. It is like the battles between certain ruminant animals whose horns are set at such an angle that they are incapable of hurting one another. But though it is unreal it is not meaningless. It eats up the surplus of consumable goods, and it helps to preserve the special mental atmosphere that a hierarchical society needs. War, it will be seen, is now a purely internal affair. In the past, the ruling groups of all countries, although they might recognize their common interest and therefore limit the destructiveness of war, did fight against one another, and the victor always plundered the vanquished. In our own day they are not fighting against one another at all. The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact. The very word 'war', therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming continuous war has ceased to exist. The peculiar pressure that it exerted on human beings between the Neolithic Age and the early twentieth century has disappeared and been replaced by something quite different. The effect would be much the same if the three super-states, instead of fighting one another, should agree to live in perpetual peace, each inviolate within its own boundaries. For in that case each would still be a self-contained universe, freed for ever from the sobering influence of external danger. A peace that was truly permanent would be the same as a permanent war. This -- although the vast majority of Party members understand it only in a shallower sense -- is the inner meaning of the Party slogan: War is Peace.

Winston stopped reading for a moment. Somewhere in remote distance a rocket bomb thundered. The blissful feeling of being alone with the forbidden book, in a room with no telescreen, had not worn off. Solitude and safety were physical sensations, mixed up somehow with the tiredness of his body, the softness of the chair, the touch of the faint breeze from the window that played upon his cheek. The book fascinated him, or more exactly it reassured him. In a sense it told him nothing that was new, but that was part of the attraction. It said what he would have said, if it had been possible for him to set his scattered thoughts in order. It was the product of a mind similar to his own, but enormously more powerful, more systematic, less fear-ridden. The best books, he perceived, are those that tell you what you know already. He had just turned back to Chapter I when he heard Julia's footstep on the stair and started out of his chair to meet her. She dumped her brown tool-bag on the floor and flung herself into his arms. It was more than a week since they had seen one another.

'I've got the book,' he said as they disentangled themselves.

'Oh, you've got it? Good,' she said without much interest, and almost immediately knelt down beside the oilstove to make the coffee.

They did not return to the subject until they had been in bed for half an hour. The evening was just cool enough to make it worth while to pull up the counterpane. From below came the familiar sound of singing and the scrape of boots on the flagstones. The brawny red-armed woman whom Winston had seen there on his first visit was almost a fixture in the yard. There seemed to be no hour of daylight when she was not marching to and fro between the washtub and the line, alternately gagging herself with clothes pegs and breaking forth into lusty song. Julia had settled down on her side and seemed to be already on the point of falling asleep. He reached out for the book, which was lying on the floor, and sat up against the bedhead.

'We must read it,' he said. 'You too. All members of the Brotherhood have to read it.'

'You read it,' she said with her eyes shut. 'Read it aloud. That's the best way. Then you can explain it to me as you go.'

The clock's hands said six, meaning eighteen. They had three or four hours ahead of them. He propped the book against his knees and began reading:

Chapter I.

Ignorance is Strength.

Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age, there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle, and the Low. They have been subdivided in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude towards one another, have varied from age to age: but the essential structure of society has never altered. Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibnum, however far it is pushed one way or the other.

'Julia, are you awake?' said Winston.

'Yes, my love, I'm listening. Go on. It's marvellous.'

He continued reading:

The aims of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable. The aim of the High is to remain where they are. The aim of the Middle is to change places with the High. The aim of the Low, when they have an aim -- for it is an abiding characteristic of the Low that they are too much crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittently conscious of anything outside their daily lives -- is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal. Thus throughout history a struggle which is the same in its main outlines recurs over and over again. For long periods the High seem to be securely in power, but sooner or later there always comes a moment when they lose either their belief in themselves or their capacity to govern efficiently, or both. They are then overthrown by the Middle, who enlist the Low on their side by pretending to them that they are fighting for liberty and justice. As soon as they have reached their objective, the Middle thrust the Low back into their old position of servitude, and themselves become the High. Presently a new Middle group splits off from one of the other groups, or from both of them, and the struggle begins over again. Of the three groups, only the Low are never even temporarily successful in achieving their aims. It would be an exaggeration to say that throughout history there has been no progress of a material kind. Even today, in a period of decline, the average human being is physically better off than he was a few centuries ago. But no advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimetre nearer. From the point of view of the Low, no historic change has ever meant much more than a change in the name of their masters.

By the late nineteenth century the recurrence of this pattern had become obvious to many observers. There then rose schools of thinkers who interpreted history as a cyclical process and claimed to show that inequality was the unalterable law of human life. This doctrine, of course, had always had its adherents, but in the manner in which it was now put forward there was a significant change. In the past the need for a hierarchical form of society had been the doctrine specifically of the High. It had been preached by kings and aristocrats and by the priests, lawyers, and the like who were parasitical upon them, and it had generally been softened by promises of compensation in an imaginary world beyond the grave. The Middle, so long as it was struggling for power, had always made use of such terms as freedom, justice, and fraternity. Now, however, the concept of human brotherhood began to be assailed by people who were not yet in positions of command, but merely hoped to be so before long. In the past the Middle had made revolutions under the banner of equality, and then had established a fresh tyranny as soon as the old one was overthrown. The new Middle groups in effect proclaimed their tyranny beforehand. Socialism, a theory which appeared in the early nineteenth century and was the last link in a chain of thought stretching back to the slave rebellions of antiquity, was still deeply infected by the Utopianism of past ages. But in each variant of Socialism that appeared from about 1900 onwards the aim of establishing liberty and equality was more and more openly abandoned. The new movements which appeared in the middle years of the century, Ingsoc in Oceania, Neo-Bolshevism in Eurasia, Death-Worship, as it is commonly called, in Eastasia, had the conscious aim of perpetuating unfreedom and inequality. These new movements, of course, grew out of the old ones and tended to keep their names and pay lip-service to their ideology. But the purpose of all of them was to arrest progress and freeze history at a chosen moment. The familiar pendulum swing was to happen once more, and then stop. As usual, the High were to be turned out by the Middle, who would then become the High; but this time, by conscious strategy, the High would be able to maintain their position permanently.

The new doctrines arose partly because of the accumulation of historical knowledge, and the growth of the historical sense, which had hardly existed before the nineteenth century. The cyclical movement of history was now intelligible, or appeared to be so; and if it was intelligible, then it was alterable. But the principal, underlying cause was that, as early as the beginning of the twentieth century, human equality had become technically possible. It was still true that men were not equal in their native talents and that functions had to be specialized in ways that favoured some individuals against others; but there was no longer any real need for class distinctions or for large differences of wealth. In earlier ages, class distinctions had been not only inevitable but desirable. Inequality was the price of civilization. With the development of machine production, however, the case was altered. Even if it was still necessary for human beings to do different kinds of work, it was no longer necessary for them to live at different social or economic levels. Therefore, from the point of view of the new groups who were on the point of seizing power, human equality was no longer an ideal to be striven after, but a danger to be averted. In more primitive ages, when a just and peaceful society was in fact not possible, it had been fairly easy to believe it. The idea of an earthly paradise in which men should live together in a state of brotherhood, without laws and without brute labour, had haunted the human imagination for thousands of years. And this vision had had a certain hold even on the groups who actually profited by each historical change. The heirs of the French, English, and American revolutions had partly believed in their own phrases about the rights of man, freedom of speech, equality before the law, and the like, and have even allowed their conduct to be influenced by them to some extent. But by the fourth decade of the twentieth century all the main currents of political thought were authoritarian. The earthly paradise had been discredited at exactly the moment when it became realizable. Every new political theory, by whatever name it called itself, led back to hierarchy and regimentation. And in the general hardening of outlook that set in round about 1930, practices which had been long abandoned, in some cases for hundreds of years -- imprisonment without trial, the use of war prisoners as slaves, public executions, torture to extract confessions, the use of hostages, and the deportation of whole populations -- not only became common again, but were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive.

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On the sixth day of Hate Week, after the processions, the speeches, the shouting, the singing, the banners, the posters, the films, the waxworks, the rolling of drums and squealing of trumpets, the tramp of marching feet, the grinding of the caterpillars of tanks, the roar of massed planes, the booming of guns -- after six days of this, when the great orgasm was quivering to its climax and the general hatred of Eurasia had boiled up into such delirium that if the crowd could have got their hands on the 2,000 Eurasian war-criminals who were to be publicly hanged on the last day of the proceedings, they would unquestionably have torn them to pieces -- at just this moment it had been announced that Oceania was not after all at war with Eurasia. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Eurasia was an ally. 

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There was, of course, no admission that any change had taken place. Merely it became known, with extreme suddenness and everywhere at once, that Eastasia and not Eurasia was the enemy. Winston was taking part in a demonstration in one of the central London squares at the moment when it happened. It was night, and the white faces and the scarlet banners were luridly floodlit. The square was packed with several thousand people, including a block of about a thousand schoolchildren in the uniform of the Spies. On a scarlet-draped platform an orator of the Inner Party, a small lean man with disproportionately long arms and a large bald skull over which a few lank locks straggled, was haranguing the crowd. A little Rumpelstiltskin figure, contorted with hatred, he gripped the neck of the microphone with one hand while the other, enormous at the end of a bony arm, clawed the air menacingly above his head. His voice, made metallic by the amplifiers, boomed forth an endless catalogue of atrocities, massacres, deportations, lootings, rapings, torture of prisoners, bombing of civilians, lying propaganda, unjust aggressions, broken treaties. It was almost impossible to listen to him without being first convinced and then maddened. At every few moments the fury of the crowd boiled over and the voice of the speaker was drowned by a wild beast-like roaring that rose uncontrollably from thousands of throats. The most savage yells of all came from the schoolchildren. The speech had been proceeding for perhaps twenty minutes when a messenger hurried on to the platform and a scrap of paper was slipped into the speaker's hand. He unrolled and read it without pausing in his speech. Nothing altered in his voice or manner, or in the content of what he was saying, but suddenly the names were different. Without words said, a wave of understanding rippled through the crowd. Oceania was at war with Eastasia! The next moment there was a tremendous commotion. The banners and posters with which the square was decorated were all wrong! Quite half of them had the wrong faces on them. It was sabotage! The agents of Goldstein had been at work! There was a riotous interlude while posters were ripped from the walls, banners torn to shreds and trampled underfoot. The Spies performed prodigies of activity in clambering over the rooftops and cutting the streamers that fluttered from the chimneys. But within two or three minutes it was all over. The orator, still gripping the neck of the microphone, his shoulders hunched forward, his free hand clawing at the air, had gone straight on with his speech. One minute more, and the feral roars of rage were again bursting from the crowd. The Hate continued exactly as before, except that the target had been changed. 

The thing that impressed Winston in looking back was that the speaker had switched from one line to the other actually in midsentence, not only without a pause, but without even breaking the syntax. But at the moment he had other things to preoccupy him. It was during the moment of disorder while the posters were being torn down that a man whose face he did not see had tapped him on the shoulder and said, 'Excuse me, I think you've dropped your brief-case.' He took the brief-case abstractedly, without speaking. He knew that it would be days before he had an opportunity to look inside it. The instant that the demonstration was over he went straight to the Ministry of Truth, though the time was now nearly twenty-three hours. The entire staff of the Ministry had done likewise. The orders already issuing from the telescreen, recalling them to their posts, were hardly necessary.

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Oceania was at war with Eastasia: Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia. A large part of the political literature of five years was now completely obsolete. Reports and records of all kinds, newspapers, books, pamphlets, films, sound-tracks, photographs -- all had to be rectified at lightning speed. Although no directive was ever issued, it was known that the chiefs of the Department intended that within one week no reference to the war with Eurasia, or the alliance with Eastasia, should remain in existence anywhere. The work was overwhelming, all the more so because the processes that it involved could not be called by their true names. Everyone in the Records Department worked eighteen hours in the twenty-four, with two three-hour snatches of sleep. Mattresses were brought up from the cellars and pitched all over the corridors: meals consisted of sandwiches and Victory Coffee wheeled round on trolleys by attendants from the canteen. Each time that Winston broke off for one of his spells of sleep he tried to leave his desk clear of work, and each time that he crawled back sticky-eyed and aching, it was to find that another shower of paper cylinders had covered the desk like a snowdrift, half burying the speakwrite and overflowing on to the floor, so that the first job was always to stack them into a neat enough pile to give him room to work. What was worst of all was that the work was by no means purely mechanical. Often it was enough merely to substitute one name for another, but any detailed report of events demanded care and imagination. Even the geographical knowledge that one needed in transferring the war from one part of the world to another was considerable.

George Orwell (b. Eric Arthur Blair, Motihan, Bengal Presidency, British India, 1903; d. London, 1950): from 1984 (1949)

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Twenty-seven EECS students were among 87 members of the MIT Class of 2017 who were recently inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. A faculty committee annually selects inductees "in recognition of their excellent academic records and commitment to the objectives of a liberal education," according to the announcement from the society's Xi chapter at MIT. No more than 10 percent of each graduating class will be invited to join. Congratulations to:

  • Suri Bandler, Scarsdale, N.Y.
  • Malek Ben Romdhane, Tunis, Tunisia
  • Samantha Briasco-Stewart, Wayland, Mass.
  • Bryan Cai, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
  • Graeme Campbell, Jackson, Miss.
  • Emanuele Ceccarelli, Bologna, Italy
  • Uttara Chakraborty, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Lillian Chin, Decatur, Ga.
  • Abigail Choe, Seoul, Korea
  • Zi-Ning Choo, Napervillle, Ill.
  • Prafulla Dhariwal, Pune, India
  • Lisa Ho, London, U.K.
  • Hyun Sub Hwang, Seoul, Korea
  • Jong Wook Kim, Burlington, Mass.
  • Hanna Lee, Bethesda, Md.
  • Dina Levy-Lambert, New York, N.Y.
  • Aofei Liu, Singapore
  • Erika Lu, Lexington, Mass.
  • Suzanne Mueller, McLean, Va.
  • Battushig Myanganbayar, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Andrew Titus, Finksburg, Md.
  • Priya Veeraraghavan, Austin, Texas
  • Vickie Ye, Irvine, Calif.
  • Tania Yu, Randolph, N.J.
  • Tiange (Alice) Zhan, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Lingfu Zhang, Mianyang, China
  • Yuwei Zhang, Ningbo, China


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Movie expert Alessandro Vecchiarelli reviews 'The Eagle Huntress", a film about the life of Aisholpan Nurgaiv, a 13-year-old Kazakh girl from Mongolia, as she attempts to become the first female eagle hunter to compete in the eagle festival at Ulg...

(L'esperto di cinema Alessandro Vecchiarelli ci parla di The Eagle Huntress, un film documentario che racconta la storia vera di Aisholpan Nurgaiv, una ragazzina di tredici anni che lotta per diventare la prima addestratrice di aquile, in un contesto culturale in cui laddestramento delle aquile è unarte millenaria tradizionalmente riservata ai soli maschi.  )

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Are quotas for female African leaders enough? An interview with Icelandic Pirate Party co-founder Birgitta Jonsdottir. A call to action for British women after Brexit. Coming up in our week focused on gender and political progress.


Icelandic Pirate Party co-founder Birgitta Jonsdottir. Credit: Flickr/Steve Rhodes. Some rights reserved. Icelandic Pirate Party co-founder Birgitta Jonsdottir. Credit: Flickr/Steve Rhodes. Some rights reserved.Globally, more women are participating in politics but that does not mean that the issue of gender equality has been solved. Men are still much more numerous in the decision-making structures that decide who who has power and where resources will go.

This gender imbalance is linked to women and girls doing less well and to poorer outcomes for society as a whole.

This week, openDemocracy in partnership with Westminster Foundation for Democracy is introducing a series of articles focused on 'gender as a lens for for democratic progress'.

Gender and politics expert Sarah Childs kicks off coverage by taking a hard look at the hostile environment for women that exists at the top of British politics. She argues that there is a risk Theresa May's premiership will mask under-representation and examines a new group of MPs established to look at diversity.

Writer and broadcaster Phil England speaks to Icelandic politician, poet and activist Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a co-founder of the Icelandic Pirate Party. The party, which promotes transparency and transforming politics, could get its first taste of real power at the Icelandic parliamentary elections in October. 

There is a risk Theresa May's premiership will mask under-representation of women

Journalist and founder of Nzinga Effect, a platform to empower African women through storytelling, Eliza Anyangwe asks whether it's enough to create quotas for female politicians in Africa. What is the continent doing to support and empower women so that they become truly transformational leaders?

On International Day of Democracy, openDemocracy's Editor-at-Large Benjamin Ramm has a wide-ranging conversation with celebrated Greek historian and author of Democracy: A Life, Paul Cartledge about democracy -- as an idea and an ideal. 

In the wake of the UK's historic Brexit vote, Sam Smethers chief executive of British gender equality and women's rights organisation, the Fawcett Society, argues that during these uncertain times women must fight for an equal place in politics. Fawcett has launched a campaign Face Her Future and argue that women must take control of their lives and fight for a more equal future.

This article is published in association with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, which is seeking to contribute to public knowledge about effective democracy-strengthening by leading a discussion on openDemocracy about what approaches work best. Views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of WFD. WFD’s programmes bring together parliamentary and political party expertise to help developing countries and countries transitioning to democracy.


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Сергей Михайлович Широкогоров (китайское имя - 史祿國)
русский антрополог, этнограф и этнолог. Широкогоров известен, прежде всего, как автор термина «этнос» в его современном значении и родоначальник самостоятельной теории этноса. Родился в Суздале. Первое высшее образование получил в Париже. Учился на филологическом факультете Сорбонны, также занимался в Высшей школе политической экономии и Антропологической школе. Вернувшись в Россию, учился на отделении физико-математического факультета Санкт-Петербургского университета и одновременно проходил курс в Археологическом институте. С 1910 года участвует в экспедициях в Восточной Сибири и на Дальнем Востоке. Разразившаяся гражданская война застигает Широкогорова на Дальнем Востоке и он остаётся работать во Владивостоке. Он принял участие в создании частного историко-филологического факультета, а затем и Государственного Дальневосточного университета. Во Владивостоке занимался преподаванием и публикацией своих работ, в том числе обобщающих данные собранные экспедициями. Установление советской власти на Дальнем Востоке застало его в Шанхае. Не имея возможности прервать начатую работу по изданию своего труда «Этнос. Исследование основных принципов изменения этнических и этнографических явлений», Сергей Михайлович оказался в вынужденной эмиграции в Китае и сначала работал в учебных заведениях Шанхая и Аомыня. С 1930 года поселился в Пекине. Преподавал в Католическом университете в Пекине и в Университете Цинхуа. Был научным руководителем у Фэй Сяотуна. В эмиграции С.М.Широкогоров написал десятки работ, выходивших в основном на английском, частично — немецком и французском языках. Умер в Пекине 19 октября 1939 года. Монографии: Широкогоров С.М. Место этнографии среди наук и классификация этносов. Введение в курс этнографии Дальнего Востока, прочитанный в 1921-1922 году в Дальневосточном государственном университете. — Владивосток: Типо-литография товарищеского издательства "Свободная Россия", 1922. — 22 страницы (переиздана в С.М.Широкогоров. Избранные работы и материалы, Книга 1., Владивосток, Издательство Дальневосточного университета, 2001); Широкогоров С.М. Этнос. Исследование основных принципов изменения этнических и этнографических явлений. — Шанхай: Отдельный оттиск из LXVII Известий Восточного факультета Государственного Дальневосточного университета, 1923. — 134 страницы (переиздана в С.М.Широкогоров. Избранные работы и материалы, Книга 1., Владивосток, Издательство Дальневосточного университета, 2001) (копия); Shirokogoroff S.M. Anthropology of Northern China. — Shanghai: Royal Asiatic Society. — Vol. 11. — 118 p. (Переиздано в 1966 г. Anthropological Publications. Oosterhout. N.B. 1966); Shirokogoroff S.M. Social organization of the Manchus: a study of the Manchu clan organization. — Shanghai: Journal of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. — 194 p; (Переиздано AMS Press. New York. 1973. Японский перевод этой работы опубликован в 1967 г. в Токио.); Shirokogoroff S.M. Ethnical unit and milieu. — Shanghai: Edward Evans and Sons, 1924. — 36 p; Shirokogoroff S.M. Anthropology of Eastern China and Kwangtung province. — North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1925. — Vol. 4. — 162 p; Shirokogoroff S.M. Process of physical growth among the Chinese. — Shanghai: The Commercial Press, 1925. — Vol. 1. The Chinese of Chekiang and Kiangsu: measured by Dr. V. Appleton. — 137 p; Shirokogoroff S.M. Social organization of the Northern Tungus (with introductory chapters concerning geographical distribution and history of this groups). — Shanghai: The Commercial Press, 1929. — 427 p. Reprinted in 1966 by Anthropological Publications, Oosterhout N.B. Переведено на японский язык в 1941, а затем в 1982 г. Переведено на китайский язык в 1984; Shirokogoroff S.M. Ethnological and linguistical aspects of the Uralo-Altaic hypothesis. — Peiping: The Commercial Press, 1931. — 198 p. (переиздано в 1970 г. Anthropological Publications, Oosterhout, N.B.); Shirokogoroff S.M. Letter to Professor Dr. P.P. Schmidt. — 25 February 1932. — 20 p; Shirokogoroff S.M. Letter to Professor Dr. D.H. Kulp. — 30 July 1932. — 48 p; Shirokogoroff S.M. Ethnos: An outline of theory. — Peiping: Catholic University Press, 1934. — 73 p; Shirokogoroff S.M. Psychomental complex of the Tungus. — London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, 1935. — 469 p. (переиздано в 1982 г. AMS Press, New York); Psychomental complex of the Tungus. — Vol. 1; Psychomental complex of the Tungus. — Vol. 2; Psychomental complex of the Tungus. — Vol. 3; Psychomental complex of the Tungus. — Vol. 4. Статьи на русском языке: Широкогоров С.М. Отчет о командировке к тунгусам и ороченам Забайкальской области в 1912 и 1913 гг. // Известия Русского комитета для изучения Средней и Восточной Азии в историческом, археологическом, лингвистическом и этнографическом отношениях. — Петроград, 1914. — № 3; Широкогоров С.М. Задачи антропологии в Сибири // Сборник музея антропологии и этнографии. III. — Петроград, 1915. — Страницы 15-48; Широкогоров С.М. В.В.Радлов // Учёные записки Историко-Филологического факультета в городе Владивостоке. — Владивосток, 1919. — Выпуск 1.Полутом 1. — Страницы 21-24; Широкогоров С.М. О методах разработки антропологических материалов. Критический разбор работы С.И.Руденко «Башкиры» // Учёные записки Историко-Филологического факультета в городе Владивостоке. — Владивосток, 1919. — Выпуск II. — Страницы 3-20; Широкогоров С.М. Опыт исследования основ шаманства у тунгусов // Ученые записки историко-филологического факультета в городе Владивостоке. — 1919. — Выпуск 1. — Страницы 47-108. (переиздано в С.М.Широкогоров. Избранные работы и материалы, Книга 1., Владивосток, Издательство Дальневосточного университета, 2001); Широкогоров С.М. Христианская миссия и восточные цивилизации // Вестник Азии. — 1926. — № 53. — Страницы 449-460; Широкогоров С.М. Тунгусский литературный язык. Вступительная статья К. Иноуэ // Краеведческий бюллетень. Южно-Сахалинск. — 1995. — № 1. — Страницы 132-162; Широкогоров С.М. Место этнографии среди наук и классификация этносов // Личность. Культура. Общество. — 2000. — Том II, выпуск 4. — Страницы 126-147; Широкогоров С.М. Краткий отчет о деятельности в 1917-1919 гг. сверхштатного младшего антрополога Музея антропологии и этнографии Широкогорова С.М. // Широкогоров С.М. Избранные работы и материалы, Книга 1. — Владивосток: Издательство Дальневосточного университета, 2001; Shirokogoroff S.M. General Theory of Shamanism among the Tungus // Journal of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Sosiety. — 1923. — Vol. 54. — P. 246-249; Shirokogoroff S.M. Ethnological investigations in Siberia, Mongolia and Northern China // The China Journal of Science and Art. — 1923. — Vol. 1. — P. 513-522, 611-621; Shirokogoroff S.M. What is shamanism? // The China Journal of Science and Art. — 1924. — Vol. 2. — P. 275-279, 368-371; Shirokogoroff S.M. Review of the Common law of the Mongols, part 1, by W.A. Riassanovsky // The China Journal of Science and Art. — 1924. — Vol. 2. — P. 383-384. Shirokogoroff S.M. Who are the Northern Chinese? // Journal of the North China branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. — 1924. — Vol. LV. — P. 13; Shirokogoroff S.M. Critical Bibliographical Notes. Study of the Tungus Language // Journal of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. — 1924. — Vol. LV. — P. 261-269; Shirokogoroff S.M. Sramana-Shaman. Etymology of the word «shaman» with N.D. Mironov // Journal of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. — 1924. — Vol. 55. — P. 105-130; Shirokogoroff S.M. Study of Tungus languages (a review article on P.P. Schmidt`s The Language of the Negidals and the Language of the Olchas) // Journal of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. — 1924. — Vol. 55. — P. 261-269; Shirokogoroff S.M. Growth of Chinese with Dr.V. Appleton // The China Medical Journal. — 1924. — Vol. 38. — P. 400-414; Shirokogoroff S.M. Notes on the process of physical growth among the Chinese females and males of Chekiang // The China Medical Journal.. — 1925. — Vol. 39. — P. 12; Shirokogoroff S.M. Review of The common law of the Mongols by W.A. Riasanowsky, parts 2 and 3 // The China Journal of Science and Art.. — 1925. — Vol. 3. — P. 548-550; Shirokogoroff S.M. Northern Tungus migrations in the Far East (Goldi and their ethnical affinities) // Journal of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. — 1926. — Vol. 57. — P. 123-183; Shirokogoroff S.M. Review of The character of races as influenced by physical environment, natural selection and historical development by Ellsworth Huntington // Journal of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. — 1926. — Vol. 57. — P. 213-219; Shirokogoroff S.M. Review of On the cephalic index of the Japanese and their local differences: A contribution to the physical anthropology of Japan by A. Matsumura // Journal of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. — 1926. — Vol. 57. — P. 219-222; Shirokogoroff S.M. Review of Archeological investigations in the Aleutian Islands by Waldemar Jochelson // Journal of nhe North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. — 1926. — Vol. 57. — P. 223-224; Shirokogoroff S.M. Northern Tungus terms of orientation // Rocznik Orjentalistyczny. — 1928. — Vol. IV. — P. 167-187; Shirokogoroff S.M. Phonetic notes on a Lolo dialect and consonant // Bulletin of the National Research Institute of History and Philology. — 1930. — Vol. 11. — P. 183-225; Shirokogoroff S.M. Anthropologische und gynakologische Beobachtungen an Chinesinnen der Provinz Rwantung (with G. Frommolt) // Zeitschrift fur Geburtshilfe und Gynakologie Band. — 1931. — Vol. 99. — P. 395-442; Shirokogoroff S.M. New contribution to the problem of the origin of Chinese culture // Anthropos. — 1931. — Vol. 26. — P. 217-222; Shirokogoroff S.M. The importance of the scientific investigation of the Tungus // Chinese Social and Political Science Review. — 1931. — Vol. 15 (2). — P. 147-160; Shirokogoroff S.M. Notes on the bilibialization and aspiration of the vowels in the Tungus languages // Rocznik Orjentalistyczny. — 1931. — Vol. VII. — P. 236-263; Shirokogoroff S.M. Function of folklore and science of folklore, a note in R.D. Jameson`s Three lectures on Chinese folklore. — 1932. — P. 146-149; Shirokogoroff S.M. Reading and transliteration of Manchu Lit // Rocznic Orjentalistyczny. — 1934. — Vol. X. — P. 122-130; Shirokogoroff S.M. Versuch einer Erforschung der Grundalen des Schamanentus bei den Tungusen, autorisierte Ubersetzung von W.A. Unkrig aus dem Russischen // Baessler-Archiv. — 1935. — Vol. XVIII/2. — P. 41-96; Shirokogoroff S.M. La theorie de l`Ethnos et sa place dans le systeme des sciences anthropologiques // L`Ethnographie nouvelle serie. — 1936. — Vol. 32. — P. 85-115; Shirokogoroff S.M. Ethnographie und Ethnologie. Zur Lage der modernen Volkerkunde (aus dem Englischen ubersetzt von W. Muhlmann) // Archiv fur Anthropologie n.s.. — 1937. — Vol. XXIV. — P. 1-7; Shirokogoroff S.M. Review of Lehrbuch der Volkerkunde by Konrad Preuss // Archiv fur Anthropologie n.s. — 1938. — Vol. XXIV/2. — P. 158-161; Shirokogoroff S.M. Review of Textes oraux ordos by Antoine Mostaert // Monumenta Serica. — 1938. — Vol. III. — P. 298-300; Shirokogoroff S.M. Review of Die sudslavische Grossfamilie in ihrer Bezeihung zum asiatischen Grossraum by Vinski Zdenko // Monumenta Serica. — 1939. — Vol. IV. — P. 376-377; Shirokogoroff S.M. Review of Peasant life in China by Fei Hsiao-tung // Monumenta Serica. — 1939. — Vol. IV. — P. 377-378; Shirokogoroff S.M. Review of Method der Volkerkunde by W. Muhlmann // Deutsche Literaturzeitung. — 1939. — Vol. 19. — P. 678-682; Shirokogoroff S.M. Ethnography and «missionaries” work // Collectanea Commissionis Synodalis. — 1939. — Vol. XII. — P. 715-727; Shirokogoroff S.M. Ethnographic investigation of China // Folklore Studies. — 1942. — Vol. 1. — P. 1-8; Shirokogoroff S.M. Tungus Literary Language // Asian Ethnology. — 1991. — Vol. 50/1. Литература: Бертран Ф. Наука без объекта? Советская этнография 1920-30 гг. и вопросы этнической категоризации // Журнал социологии и социальной антропологии. — 2003. — Том VI, № 2. — Страницы 165—179; Бурыкин А.А. Лингвистические взгляды С.М. Широкогорова и общие проблемы литературных языков малочисленных народов Севера России в 30-е—90-е годы XX века // Широкогоровские чтения: Проблемы антропологии и этнологии. Материалы научной конференции, повященной 102-й годовщине со дня образования ДВГУ. — Владивосток: ДВГУ, 2001. — Страницы 12-17; Данченко Е.М. О сходстве взглядов С.М.Широкогорова и Л.Н.Гумилева на природу этноса // Ежегодник Омского государственного педагогического университета. Гуманитарное знание. Серия преемственность. — Омск: ОмГПУ, 1997. — Выпуск 1. — Страницы 72-74; Данченко Е.М. О вкладе С.М Широкогорова в разработку теории этноса // Интеграция археологических и этнографических исследований. — Владивосток-Омск, 2000. — Страницы 13-16; Ермакова Э.В., Кузнецов А.М., Чуб Л.И. Сергей Михайлович Широкогоров и Государственный Дальневосточный университет // Азиатско-Тихоокеанский регион. Экономика, политика сотрудничество. — 2001. — № 1. — Страницы 142-152; Кочешков Н.В. Так много сделал для России // Дальневосточный учёный. — 1999. — № 6; Кочешков Н.В. Забытое имя. Сергей Михайлович Широкогоров как этнограф // Россия и АТР. — 1999. — № 4. — Страницы 150-155; Кочешков Н.В. Выдающийся этнограф России С.М.Широкогоров // Интеграция археологических и этнографических исследований. — Владивосток-Омск, 2000. — Страницы 11-13; Кузнецов А.М. Сергей Михайлович Широкогоров — обретённое достояние российской антропологии // Широкогоровские чтения. Материалы научной конференции. — Владивосток: Изд-во Дальневосточного университета, 2001. — Страницы 5-9; Кузнецов А.М. Теория этноса С. М. Широкогорова // Этнографическое обозрение. — 2006. — № 3. — Страницы 57—71; Певнов А.М. С.М.Широкогоров о терминах ориентации северных тунгусов // Интеграция археологических и этнографических исследований. — Владивосток-Омск, 2000. — С. 16-18; Ревуненкова Е.В., Решетов А. М. Сергей Михайлович Широкогоров // Этнографическое обозрение. — 2003. — № 3. — Страницы 100—119; Ревуненкова Е.В., Решетов А.М. Сергей Михайлович Широкогоров как исследователь шаманизма // Материалы международного конгресса «Шаманизм и иные традиционные верования и практики. Этнологические исследования по шаманству и иным традиционным верованиям и практикам.». — 1999. — Том 5. Часть 1. — Страницы 23- 30; Решетов А.М. Сергей Михайлович Широкогоров. Его жизнь и труды // Полевые исследования ГМЭ народов СССР 1985-1987 гг. Тезисы докладов научной сессии. — Ленинград, 1989. — Страницы 25-27; Решетов А.М. С.М.Широкогоров — сотрудник МАЭ // Развитие культуры в каменном веке. Краткое содержание докладов на Международной конференции, посвященной 100-летию Отдела археологии МАЭ. — Санкт-Петербург, 1997. — Страницы 30-32; Решетов А.М. С.М.Широкогоров и археология // Интеграция археологических и этнографических исследований. — Владивосток-Омск, 2000. — Страницы 18-21; Серебренников И.И. Профессор С.М. Широкогоров (некролог) // Возрождение Азии. — 1940; Хисамутдинов А.А. Сергей Михайлович Широкогоров // Вестник Дальневосточного Отделения Российской Академии Наук. — Владивосток: Дальневосточного Отделения Российской Академии Наук, 1999. — № 5. — Страницы 95-100; Serebrennikov I. I. In memoriam. Professor S. M. Shirokogoroff // The China Journal. — 1940. — Vol. 32, № 5. — P. 205-209; Reshetov A.M. Shirokogorov S. M. // International Dictionary of Anthropologists. — New York and London, 1991. — P. 639.

Deryabina_SA (486x700, 195Kb)
Серафима Ивановна Дерябина (партийные псевдонимы - Иванова Нина (Антонина) Вячеславовна, Сима, Елена)
партийный и советский деятель. Член РСДРП с 1906. Родилась в Екатеринбурге, в семье чиновника. Окончила Екатеринбургскую гимназию (1905). В 1907 секретарь. Екатеринбургского комитета РСДРП, руководитель школы пропагандистов. Вела большую работу по организации 5-го съезда партии, выборов во 2-ю и 3-ю Государственные думы. В конце 1907 была арестована и сослана в город Кадников Вологодской губернии. В 1911 в Екатеринбурге участвовала в подготовке Общероссийской (6-й Пражской) партийной конференции. Из-за полицейской слежки вынуждена была уехать в Ростов-на-Дону. В начале 1913 вернулась в Екатеринбург. Организовывала доставку и распространение газеты “Правда”, вела пропагандистскую работу в кружках. В марте была арестована и сослана в Челябинск. Сразу включилась в парт. работу. Помогала создавать большевист. ячейки на заводах “Столль В.Г. и Ко” и винокурнях, на копях, в железно-дорожных мастерских. В сентябре участвовала в Поронинском совещании большевиков, сделала доклад о состоянии партийной работы на Урале. После совещания уехала для работы в Москву, затем в Санкт-Петербург. В марте 1914 была арестована и снова сослана в Челябинск. Стала агентом ЦК партии большевиков по Уралу. Работала наборщицей в типографии. В 1915 для восстановления подпольной организации была направлена в Тулу. Была арестована, сослана в Калугу. Осенью 1916 нелегально переехала в Самару. После Октябрьской революции комиссар печати, редактор газеты “Приволжская коммуна”. Арестована белочехами и в “поезде смерти” отправлена в Сибирь. Бежала. В марте 1919 в Омске участвовала в работе 2-й Всерос. конф. подпольных большевистских организаций. Возвратилась в Екатеринбург. Снова была арестована. Освобождена после прихода Красной Армии. В декабре 1919 делегат 7-го Всероссийского съезда Советов, член ВЦИК. Автор агит-пьесы «На заре новой жизни» (1920). Скончалась в Екатеринбурге от чахотки 6 апреля 1920 года. Именем Серафимы Дерябиной названа улица в Верх-Исетском и Ленинском районах Екатеринбурга. Литература: Попов Ф.Г. За власть Советов. Куйбышев, 1959; Жирина В.И. Революцией призванные. Свердловск, 1967; Ленинская гвардия Урала. Свердловск, 1971; Дерябина Серафима Ивановна // Гражданская война и военная интервенция в СССР: Энциклопедия Москвы, 1987; Плотников И.Ф. Во главе революционной борьбы в тылу колчаковских войск: Сибирского (Уральско-Сибирского) бюро ЦК РКП(б) в 1918–1920 гг. Свердловск, 1989; Бычкова А.Н., Пламенное сердце, в сборнике: В боях и походах, Свердловск, 1959.

Альберто Маньелли (итальянское имя - Alberto Magnelli)
итальянский художник, один из крупнейших представителей конкретного искусства в Италии. Родился во Флоренции. Альберто Маньелли был художником-самоучкой. Профессионально начинает заниматься живописью с 1907 года. Участник венецианского биеннале в 1909 году. Во Флоренции А.Маньелли в своём раннем творчестве известен как фовист, единомышленник Джино Северини и Арденго Соффичи. В 1914 году он приезжает в Париж, где знакомится с такими мастерами, как Пабло Пикассо, Фернан Леже, Александр Архипенко и открывает для себя кубизм. Был дружен с Гийомом Аполлинером. По признанию самого Маньелли, изучение работ современных ему французских художников тогда, в Париже, было единственным в его жизни художественным образованием. Около 1915 года А.Маньелли обращается к абстрактной живописи, создавая также свои произведения в стилях кубизма и футуризма. После окончания Первой мировой войны художник на некоторое время возвращается к фигуративной живописи и отдаляется от итальянского авангарда, в целом симпатизировавшего фашистскому движению Муссолини, в отношении к которому А.Маньелли был в оппозиции. Первая персональная выставка А.Маньелли прошла во флорентийской галерее Матерасси в 1921 году. В 1931 году художник вновь начинает работать в абстрактном стиле, присоединяясь к движению Конкретное искусство. Он приезжает в Париж и входит в состав группы Abstraction-Création, устанавливает дружеские отношения с Василием Кандинским, Гансом Арпом и Софьей Тойбер. В 1934 году проходит его первая персональная выставка в Париже (галерея Пьера), в 1937 — первая персональная выставка в США, в нью-йоркской галерее Ниендорф. После оккупации фашистской Германией Франции в 1940 году А.Маньелли, вместе со своей будущей женой Сьюзи Герсон, живёт на юге Франции, в Грасе, где тогда поселилась и работала колония близких ему художников, в том числе и супруги Арп. Большая часть этой группы, включая Сьюзи Герсон, были евреями, так что художники жили в постоянном страхе репрессий со стороны местных коллаборационистских властей. После окончания Второй мировой войны А.Маньелли возвращается в Париж, где и живёт до конца своих дней. Он становится широко известен как один из крупнейших представителей «конкретного искусства», оказывает влияние на творчество таких художников, как Виктор Вазарели, Никола де Сталь, Хелио Ойтисика. Работы А.Маньелли участвуют в выставках современного искусства documenta I (1955) и documenta II (1959) в Касселе. В 1950 году он участвует в биеннале в Венеции. На биеннале в Сан-Паулу в 1951 году ему присуждается вторая премия. В 1954 году в Брюсселе, во Дворце изящных искусств организуется первая ретроспективная выставка работ А.Маньелли. В 1963 году в Цюрихе проходит его крупнейшая ретроспектива, посвящённая 75-летию со дня рождения мастера. Умер в Мёдон (пригород Парижа) 20 апреля 1971 года. Источники: Галерея Мальборо. Биография; Альберто Маньелли. Архив documenta. Литература: Guida all’arte moderna, Roberto Salvini, Aldo Garzanti, 1956; Giuseppe Mazzariol, Pittura italiana contemporanea, Istituto italiano d’arti grafiche, Bergamo, 1958; Michel Seuphor, Pittori Astratti, Il Saggiatore, Milano, 1962; Mendes M., Alberto Magnelli, Edizioni dell’Ateneo, Roma, 1964; Magnelli, ardoises et collages, Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, 1986; Alberto Magnelli, Paris, Centre national d’art et de culture Georges-Pompidou, 1989; Alberto Magnelli, 1888—1971, Künzelsau, Museum Wurth / Verlag Paul Swiridoff, 2000; Aberto Magnelli, Da Firenze a Parigi, Reggio Emilia, Palazzo Magnani / Skira, 2006.

Альберт Генри Томас (Albert Henry Thomas)
британский боксёр, чемпион летних Олимпийских игр 1908. Родился в Кингс-Нортоне, Великобритания. На Играх 1908 в Лондоне Томас соревновался в весовой категории до 52,6 кг. Дойдя финала, он занял первое место и выиграл золотую медаль. После Игр он перешёл в профессионалы. Томас выиграл 21 встречу, проиграл 13 и 2 свёл к ничье. Умер в Нью-Йорке (США) 13 января 1963 года.

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Вера Игнатьевна Мухина
советский скульптор, народный художник СССР (1943), действительный член Академи художеств СССР (1947). Родилась в Риге в семье богатого предпринимателя. Училась в Москве (1909-1912) у К.Ф.Юона и И.И.Машкова, а также в Париже (1912-1914) у Э.А.Бурделя. С 1909 жила в Москве. Преподавала в Московском высшем художественно-промышленном училище (1926-27) и Вхутеине (1926-1930). Уже в ранних произведениях Мухиной, отмеченных некоторым влиянием кубизма, заметно тяготение к монументальности и лаконизму форм ("Пьета", глина, 1916, не сохранилась). После Октябрьской революции 1917 Мухина участвовала в осуществлении ленинского плана монументальной пропаганды (проект памятника Н.И.Новикову, глина, 1918, не сохранился). В 1920-е гг. Мухина создала проекты памятников - романтически приподнятые образы-олицетворения, проникнутые бурным движением (памятник В.М.Загорскому, 1921, "Пламя революции", 1922-1923, оба - гипс, Музей Революции СССР, Москва), а также станковые фигуры, крепко сбитые, утяжелённые объёмы которых выражают мощь внутренней жизни натуры ("Ветер", 1926-27, "Крестьянка", 1927, обе - бронза, Третьяковская галерея). В 1930-е гг. Мухина переходит к более детализованной лепке, сочетая чёткое выявление закономерностей конструкции с жизненной конкретностью образа. Обращаясь к портрету, Мухина иногда заостряет наиболее характерные черты лица модели ("С.А.Котляревский", бронза, 1929, там же), но чаще типизирует их, создавая обобщённый образ современника ("С.А.Замков", мрамор, 1935, там же), однако неизменно сохраняет живую непосредственность отношения к портретируемому. С 1930-х гг. Мухина всё чаще занимается проблемами синтеза искусств.
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Главный результат этих поисков - 24-метровая группа "Рабочий и колхозница", увенчавшая советский павильон на Всемирной выставке 1937 в Париже (ныне установлена перед северным входом ВДНХ в Москве; нержавеющая сталь, 1935-1937; Сталинская премия, 1941). Диагональная композиция группы отражает нарастающий кверху ритм здания-постамента (архитектор Б.М.Иофан); пространственно дифференцированные формы монумента объединяются мотивом стремительно убыстряющегося движения, в результате чего возникает особая декоративная звучность и зрительная лёгкость силуэта. Фигуры юноши и девушки, несущих серп и молот, стали не только этапным произведением социалистического реализма, но и всемирно известным символом нового общества. Среди лучших работ Мухиной последующих лет - памятник М.Горькому, проникнутый революционно-романтическим духом раннего творчества писателя (архитектор В.В.Лебедев, П.П.Штеллер, бронза, гранит, 1938-1939, установлен в 1952 в г. Горьком), а также декоративная группа "Хлеб", гармонически-плавные, "певучие" ритмы которой рождают представление о физической и духовной красоте людей труда (бронза, 1939, Третьяковская галерея).
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В Великую Отечественную войну 1941-1945 Мухина работает преимущественно в области портрета (неизменно связывая индивидуальные особенности человеческой личности с судьбой народа, позволяя ощутить героический пафос эпохи): с суровой правдивостью передаёт облик советских воинов ("Б.А.Юсупов" и "И.Л.Хижняк", оба - гипс, 1942, и бронза, 1947, Третьяковская галерея; Сталинская премия, 1943), создаёт образы деятелей науки и культуры ("Хирург Н.Н.Бурденко", гипс, 1943, и бронза, 1947, Третьяковская галерея; "Академик А.Н.Крылов", дерево, 1945, Третьяковская галерея; Сталинская премия, 1946), а также обобщённо-символический образ советской девушки, выражающий ненависть к врагу и несокрушимую уверенность в победе над ним ("Партизанка", гипс, 1942, Республиканский объединённый историко-краеведческий и изобразительных искусств музей имени Бехзада, Душанбе; бронза, 1951, Третьяковская галерея). В послевоенный период Мухина вновь обращается к монументальной скульптуре, практически воплощая исполненный И.Д.Шадром проект памятника Горькому для Москвы (совместно с Н.Г.Зеленской и З.Г.Ивановой, архитектор З.М.Розенфельд; бронза, гранит, 1951; Сталинская премия, 1952), работая над многофигурной композицией "Требуем мира!" (совместно с Н.Г.Зеленской, З.Г.Ивановой, С.В.Казаковым, А.М.Сергеевым; гипс, 1950, Русский музей, Ленинград; Сталинская премия, 1951) и памятником П.И.Чайковскому в Москве (совместно с Н.Г.Зеленской и З.Г.Ивановой, архитектор А.А.Заварзин; бронза, гранит, с 1945; открыт в 1954).
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Памятник В.И.Мухиной, скульптор М.К.Аникушин, архитектор С.П.Хаджибаронов.
Стремясь обогатить художественный язык советского искусства, Мухина неоднократно выступала как теоретик скульптуры, часто обращалась к новым материалам, разрабатывала технику полихромной пластики. Будучи мастером широкого профиля, Мухина оформляла выставки, создавала промышленную графику, проекты одежды и рисунки для тканей, изделия из фарфора (статуэтка "С.Г.Корень в роли Меркуцио", 1949, и др.), театрально-декорационные работы (эскизы костюмов к "Электре" Софокла, 1944, в Театре имени Е.Вахтангова, Москва, и др.), была одним из инициаторов движения за улучшение производства советского художественного стекла, работая в этой области в 1938-1953 ("Женский торс", 1929-1952). Самостоятельное художественное значение имеют рисунки Мухиной, с изысканным лаконизмом передающие особенности пластического строения натуры. Награждена 2 орденами, а также медалями. Имя Мухиной присвоено Ленинградскому высшему художественно-промышленному училищу (1953). Скончалась в Москве 6 октября 1953 года. Сочинения: Художественное и литературно-критическое наследие, тома 1—3, Москва, 1960. Литература: Терновец Б., Вера Мухина, Москва — Ленинград,1937; Аболина Р., В.И.Мухина, Москва, 1954; Климов Р., Творческие искания. К вопросу об эволюции художественного мировоззрения В.И.Мухиной, "Искусство", 1959, № 12, страницы 12—22; Суздалев П.К., Вера Мухина, Москва, (1971).

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Ганс-Адам Отто Петер фон Хайдебрек (немецкое имя - Hans-Adam Otto Peter von Heydebreck)
группенфюрер СА (1933), убит во время «ночи длинных ножей». Родился в Кёслине, Померания. Выходец из дворянской семьи землевладельцев. Окончил кадетский корпус в Кёслине, военное училище Гросс-Лихтерфельд в Берлине. Служил в чине лейтенанта в 6-м егерском батальоне. С 1914 участвовал в Первой мировой войне, воевал на Западном фронте. Был ранен, у него ампутировали руку. С 1916 года воевал под Верденом, в Румынии, Италии и на Сомме. Командовал ротой, затем егерским батальоном на Западном фронте в чине гауптмана (капитана). Был награждён Железными крестами 1-го и 2-го класса. В конце 1918 года сформировал для борьбы с революцией и польским национальным движением фрайкор (добровольческий корпус) в Силезии, названный его именем. Во время организованных Войцехом Корфанты польских восстаний в Верхней Силезии фрайкоры вместе с «чёрным рейхсвером» (нелегальными армейскими частями) участвовали в их подавлении. Хайдебрек отличился во время штурма горы Аннаберг во время третьего польского восстания, в связи с чем стал известен в Германии как «герой Аннаберга». Руководил фрайкором до 1923 года, затем жил в своём имении, участвовал в деятельности крайне правых организаций. В мае-октябре 1924 года был депутатом рейхстага от правой Немецкой народной партии свободы, в состав которой входили многие члены запрещённой после «пивного путча» НСДАП (вместе с ним были избраны Эрих Людендорф, Эрнст Рём, Вильгельм Фрик и др.). В 1925 году вступил в штурмовые отряды (СА), основал гау НСДАП Верхняя Силезия, сформировал первые отряды СА в Силезии, в состав которых вошли большинство членов его фрайкора. С 1933 года — командир группы СА в Померании, в том же годы был избран членом рейхстага от Штеттина. Пользовался авторитетом среди нацистов Силезии, его именем 16 марта 1934 года был названа верхнесилезская община Kandrzin. Был сторонником главы СА Эрнста Рёма. Во время разгрома группы Рёма был арестован, подтвердил свою верность главе СА и в числе других руководителей этой организации был расстрелян эсэсовцами в мюнхенской тюрьме Штадельхайм. До последней минуты жизни оставался фанатично предан Гитлеру. Когда Хайдебрека вели на расстрел, он закричал: «Да здравствует фюрер! Хайль Гитлер!» Библиография: Залесский К.А.НСДАП. Власть в Третьем рейхе. — Москва: Эксмо, 2005. — Страница 561. — 672 страниц — 4000 экземпляров — ISBN 5-699-09780-5.

Отис Адельберт Клайн
американский поэт, писатель и литературный агент, автор сериалов о приключениях Роберта Грандона на Венере и доктора Моргана на Марсе, романов "Маза с Луны", "Зов дикаря".

Джеймс Кейн
американский писатель («Почтальон всегда звонит дважды»).

Иван Ефимович Лясоцкий
томский краевед, автор книг «Прошлое Томска», «Записки старого томича» и «Вячеслав Яковлевич Шишков в Томске». Умер 10 декабря 1953 года. Источники: Томск от А до Я : краткая энциклопедия города. - Томск, 2004. – Страница 194 : фото.

Жан Люрса (французское имя - Jean Lurçat)
французский художник и дизайнер, реформатор искусства ковроделия. Родился в Брюйере (департамент Вогезы). Первоначально изучал медицину. В 1912 занимался в Школе изящных искусств в Нанси. В том же году переехал в Париж, где продолжил образование в Школе изящных искусств и академии Коларосси. Много путешествовал, посетив в 1910–1930-е годы Испанию, Италию, Грецию, Турцию, Марокко, Среднюю Азию и США. Уже в 1917 исполнил первые эскизы для гобеленов (Званый вечер в Гренаде, Гроза и др.), которые выткала его мать. Долгое время занимался преимущественно станковой живописью и графикой в духе позднего, «декоративного» кубизма и сюрреализма. Выступал как сценограф (оформление спектакля Ж.Питоева Тот, кто получает пощечины по пьесе Л.Н.Андреева, 1921; и др.). Связал свою творческую судьбу с ковроделием в 1939, когда (вместе с живописцем М.Громером и ткачом Ф.Табаром) основал в Обюсоне (департамент Крёз), историческом центре этого вида искусства, мастерскую и салон с целью радикального обновления гобеленного дела. Органично связав ритмику авангарда с традициями национального средневековья, создавал звучные по цвету декоративные композиции ассоциативно-поэтического содержания с символическими мотивами на иллюзорно-безбрежном, «космическом» фоне (Четыре сезона, 1940; Земля, 1943; Человек, 1946; Апокалипсис, 1948; Небо, 1956; Сад поэтов, 1955; Песнь мира, 1957–1963; Четыре стихии, 1961; и др.). Во время войны участвовал в движении Сопротивления. Примыкал к Коммунистической партии Франции. Его гобеленами украшен целый ряд крупных общественных зданий и храмов, в том числе церковь Нотр-Дам-де-Тут-Грас на плато д'Асси в Верхней Савойе (Апокалипсис) и муниципалитет города Анже (Песнь мира). Занимался также книжной иллюстрацией, литографией, керамикой, издал несколько циклов стихов, украсив их своими рисунками (Волчки, 1925; География животных, 1949; Домен, 1957). Публиковал очерки и (с 1942) снимал фильмы о своем главном деле. Умер Люрса в городке Сен-Поль-де-Ванс (департамент Приморские Альпы) 6 января 1966 года. В Анже открыт персональный музей художника. Литература: Roy С., Jean Lurçat, Gen., 1957; Tapisseries du Chant du monde. Textepréface de J. Lurcat, Anrecy, 1963.

Иван Федорович Кодацкий (Кадацкий)
советский партийный и государственный деятель. Член Коммунистической партии с 1914. Родился в городе Николаеве, в семье чернорабочего. Окончив ремесленное училище, работал токарем на Николаевском судостроительном заводе, участвовал в забастовках, в нелегальных рабочих кружках. С 1914 рабочий завода "Новый Лесснер" (Петроград), вел партийную работу среди рабочих Выборгского района. С 1915 член Выборгского райкома РСДРП. В январе 1917 был арестован, освобожден Февральской революцией. Был избран членом Петроградского совета и Выборгской районной думы. Делегат 7-й (Апрельской) Всероссийской конференции и 6-го съезда РСДРП (б). Будучи членом Петроградского и Выборгского комитетов РСДРП (б) и Петроградского совета, К. принимал активное участие в подготовке и проведении Великой Октябрьской революции. После революции — на руководящей партийной и хозяйственной работе. С 1930 председатель Ленинградского совета. Делегат 6, 12, 13, 15—17-го партийных съездов. На 14-м и 15-м съездах ВКП (б) избирался кандидатом в член ЦК, на 16-м и 17-м съездах — членом ЦК ВКП (б). Был членом Президиума ВЦИК и членом ЦИК СССР. Умер 30 октября 1937 года.

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Пинхос (Петр) Владимирович Сабсай
советский скульптор. Народный художник СССР (1973). Действительный член Академии Художеств СССР (1947). Лауреат Сталинской премии первой степени (1942). Член ВКП(б) с 1945 года. Родился в Одессе. Рано появившийся художественный интерес побудил будущего скульптора посещать бесплатную студию рисунка при Одесском художественном училище, а затем поступить на скульптурное отделение в 1908 году. Ограниченность материальных средств заставила Сабсая в летние месяцы работать в лепных декорационных мастерских, проводивших работы по скульптурной декорации зданий. В 1915 году Пинхос Сабсай окончил Одесское художественное училище по первому разряду и был вне конкурса принят на скульптурное отделение Петербургской Академии художеств в класс профессора А.Т.Матвеева, затем — Г.Р.Залемана. Однако в связи с Первой мировой войной вскоре был призван на военную службу. Демобилизовавшись в 1917 году, Сабсай возвращается в скульптурную мастерскую Одесского института изобразительных искусств. Там же он начинает свою педагогическую деятельность. Уже в 1918 году Пинхос Сабсай исполнил несколько скульптурных портретов В.И.Ленина, монументальный барельеф «Труд», украсивший фасад Красноармейского театра в Одессе. В 1922 году Сабсай возвращается в Петроград-Ленинград в Высший художественно-технический институт (бывш. Академию художеств) для продолжения своего образования, которую окончил в 1925 году. В 1926 году году Сабсай переезжает в Баку. С этого периода творчество скульптора неразрывно связано с Азербайджаном. С 1928 года преподаёт в АзХУ имени А.Азимзаде. В 1930 году торжественно открывается памятник Мирзе Ахундову. Наряду с монументальными памятниками в Баку, Сабсай много работает над барельефом.
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Мемориальные доски на стене дома в Баку, в котором жил Пинхос Сабсай: на азербайджанском (слева) и русском (справа).
В 1932 году Сабсай выполняет 22-метровый барельеф с 55 фигурами «От физкультуры к труду и обороне», установленный во Дворце физкультуры в Баку, в 1933 году ряд барельефов для фойе Бакинского Рабочего театра, в 1937 году 12-метровый барельеф «Ударники бурения», посвященный бакинским нефтяникам. Самым значительными работами Сабсая среди монументальной скульптуры были памятники Мирзе Фатали Ахундову (1930), памятник Сергею Кирову (архитектор — Л.А.Ильин) в Парке имени С.М.Кирова (нынешняя Аллея Шахидов в Баку) (1939), за который был удостоен Сталинской премией в 1942 году, памятник В.И.Ленину в Краснодаре (1956) и Баку (1957). Примечательны работы Сабсая, среди которых портрет А.С.Пушкина «Элегия», «Портрет знатного бурового мастера М.П.Каверочкина» (1954). Среди учеников Сабсая — виднейшие скульпторы Азербайджана, среди которых Мирали Миркасимов. Пинхос Сабсай скончался 25 июля 1980 года.
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Похоронен на Аллее почетного захоронения в Баку. Награды: народный художник СССР (1973); заслуженный деятель искусств Азербайджанской ССР (1959); Сталинская премия первой степени (1942) — за памятник С.М.Кирову в Баку; орден Трудового Красного Знамени; орден Ленина (1959). Источники: Новрузова Д.Г. Монументальная скульптура Советского Азербайджана. — Баку, 1960; Большая Художественная Энциклопедия. — Москва, 2008; Справочник «Художники». — Москва, 1984; Большой Российский энциклопедический словарь. — Москва, 2003; Большая Советская энциклопедия. 3-е издание. — Москва, 1969—1978; Рогинская Ф.П. В.Сабсай. — Москва, 1958; Наджафов М. «Творчество, приносящее радость» (К восьмидесятилетию П.В.Сабсая), «Искусство», 1973, № 11.

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Айтжан Сундетов
старший табунщик колхоза Нугайбайского сельсовета Урдинского района Западно-Казахстанской области Казахской ССР. Родился на территории современного Бокейординского района (до марта 2000 года – Урдинский район) Западно-Казахстанской области (с мая 1962 года по июль 1992 года именовалась Уральской областью Казахской ССР) Казахстана в семье потомственного скотовода. Казах. До коллективизации сельского хозяйства работал по найму (батрачил). С 1930 года работал табунщиком, а с лета 1944 года старшим табунщиком в колхозе имени Коминтерна Нугайбайского сельсовета Урдинского района. Айтжан Сундетов построил свою работу на круглосуточном выпасе табуна, чтобы лошади круглогодично имели свежий корм. Его табун не покидал пастбища в любую погоду круглый год, а ночью, когда лошадям воды требуется меньше, угонял их подальше от колодцев на пастбища с грубым травостоем. В жаркое время пас лошадей вблизи водоисточников и на пониженной местности, где больше мягкой и зелёной травы. Летом уходил с табуном на отдалённые от зим
          A photographic journey into the unknown   
In April 2013, Swiss photographers Nico Krebs and Taiyo Onorato, who have worked together for more than 12 years, jumped into an old Land Cruiser and headed east. They had a rough route and stops in mind, with the final destination being Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.  It was a real expedition, a departure into the mystical kingdom of the East: Eurasia, Central Asia, the foothills of the Himalayas, the forests of Siberia, the various “Stan” republics, the gigantic breadth of the former Soviet Union. They covered half a continent, a land mass of which only a few images have stuck in our heads.  The countries and regions they visited are undergoing a shift from the Silk Road, post-communism and religious, territorial and ethic turmoil to the pressing desire to become part of global capitalism. This search for identity is palpable and is reflected in the photo album Continental Drift.  The images also describe a journey along the border between documentation and fiction. The ...
          Running Man Episode 353 Subtitle Indonesia   
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          Running Man Episode 352 Subtitle Indonesia   
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          Mongolia Rally solidale con Cesvi e il crowdfunding   

Il Mongol Rally 2017, il Rally non competitivo e solidale più celebre del mondo, quest’anno vedrà la partecipazione anche di un team dedicato a Cesvi. Il 14 luglio, l’equipaggio italiano partirà a bordo di una Fiat 128 d’epoca per vivere un’entusiasmante esperienza lunga ben 14mila chilometri con un unico obiettivo: la solidarietà a favore dei progetti umanitari di Cesvi.

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          Wylie vs. the Mongol Derby, Powered by SmartPak: Don’t Mess With Texas, Part I   
In August 2017 writer/rider Leslie Wylie will be attempting her most fearsome feat of #YOLO yet: a 620-mile race across Mongolia. Riding 25 semi-wild native horses. Carrying only 11 pounds of gear. Relying on nomads
          New spot serves Chinese and Japanese fare   
The menu's Japanese side offers udon and soba noodle dishes, hibachi-style entrees and classics like shumai, gyoza, agedashi tofu and tempura. Fried rice, lo mein, mei fun, tofu dishes, Mongolian-style selections and pu pu platters come from the Chinese side. Peking chicken and orange beef are among special entrees. … Read More »
          Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Trans-Siberian Series Part 4: Yekaterinburg, Ural, Russia   

The Opel Astra is extremely popular in Yekaterinburg. Over the next few weeks I will be taking you on a trip through Trans-Siberian railway, stopping along the way in various Russia, Mongolian and Chinese cities to observe the vastly different car landscapes each time. The last stop was Kazan in Tatarstan, and we are now travelling […]

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          Bundle of Litecraft Mongolian Faux Fur Cushion's & Snugglie Jumbo Throw   

Price: £103.70 Special Price: £93.33

Представитель Чеченского Республиканского спортивного Клуба дзюдо "Эдельвейс" имени Турпал-Али Кадырова - Якуб Шамилов одержал убедительную победу на турнире серии "Большого шлема" Гран-при Китая. Соревнования проходят в спорткомплексе "Inner Mongolia Stadium" города Хух-Хото. В нём принимают участие дзюдоисты из 26 стран. Соперником Якуба был чемпион мира 2011 года из Украины Георгий Зантарая. Наш спортсмен выступал в составе сборной России и принёс нашей команде первую золотую медаль. Поздравляю Якуба и Президента Федерации дзюдо СКФО Амрудди Элильгириева с большим успехом. #Кадыров #Россия #Чечня #Дзюдо
          Why must the Kurds be recognized as the followers of cult leaders?   
Kurdish people must get out of this cycle and develop independent personalities based on Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan teaching philosophies who is calling on Kurds to be independent. The man has enslaved women for thousand of years, PKK is teaching the female guerrilla fighters to learn to be independent. And Persian of Tamil, Arabs of Africa and Turks of Mongolia have enslaved Kurdish people in last 2500 years.
          El taekwondo dominicano mantiene una labor tímida en el Mundial   

SANTO DOMINGO. Hasta el momento la experiencia no ha sido muy agradable para el taekwondo dominicano en el Mundial, que se celebra en Muju, Corea del Sur (24-30 de junio). Ningún peleador ha llegado a los octavos de final.

República Dominicana se presentó con una delegación de 10 atletas. El equipo lo integran en femenino, Candelaria Marte (-49 kg), Génesis Andújar (-57 kg), Deisy Montes de Oca (-67 kg) y Katherine Rodríguez (+73 kg). En masculino, Edward Espinosa (54 kilogramos), Luisito Pié (58kg), Bernardo Pié (63kg), Ruddy Mateo (-68 kg) y Wilkin Heredia (-74 kg) y Moisés Hernández (80 kg).

De ese grupo sólo resta competir a Moisés Hernández y Bernardo Pié.

El martes, Luisito, que avanzó por “bye” le ganó a Chester Peralta (Ecuador) en la ronda de 32 y perdió ante Tumenbayar Molom (Mongolia) en la ronda de 16. El oro de esta división lo ganó Yun-Jo Jeong (Corea del Sur); con plata, Mikhail Artamonov (Rusia) y el bronce quedó en Carlos Navarro (México) y Jesús Tortosa Cabrera (España).

Tamibén el martes, Rodríguez perdió contra Nafia Kus (Turquía) en ronda de 16. Marte quedó en la ronda de 32, que es la primera, el domingo 25; y Monte de Oca cayó ante Katherine Dumar (Colombia) en ronda de 16 el lunes 26. Mientras Espinosa, el sábado 24, venció a Tara Kumar Rayamajhi (Nepal), pero cayó en la ronda de 16 ante Dionysios Rapsomanikis (Grecia).

El 26, Mateo cayó en ronda de 64 ante Saud Ibrahim Almuwallad (Arabia Saudita). Herdia, finalmente, el día 25, venció en ronda de 64 a Mohammed Hamooda (Catar), pero cayó en ronda de 32 ante Nikita Rafalovich (Uzbekistán).

          Routt County Council on Aging menus for the week of July 3   
Steamboat Springs Community Center Monday: Mongolian beef, brown rice, sesame broccoli, tossed salad, wheat roll, pears Tuesday: Closed for Independence Day Thursday: Summer vegetable soup, chicken salad, wheat roll, cantaloupe, apple pie Friday: Biscuit and sausage gravy, eggs, hash browns, fruit cup Hayden American Legion […]
          China, Taiwan y Mongolia: Crucero Sinorama: río Yangtze, Presa Tres Gargantas -China   
hola, nosotros somos del 25 pero también me dicen que somos 20 personas, no se mucha casualidad no? por horario de vuelos lo mismo nos mezclan.
          Монголия в фотографиях Dheera Venkatraman   
Суровая зима в суровой стране.
Монголия в фотографиях Dheera Venkatraman

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          Most modern horse breeds can be traced to Oriental stallions   
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
Analysis of the Y chromosomes of 50 horses, comprising 21 breeds, suggests almost all modern horses are descended from Oriental stallions brought to Europe during the last 700 years. "Apart from stallion lines in Northern European breeds, all stallion lines detected in other modern breeds derive from more recently introduced Oriental ancestors," Barbara Wallner, a researcher with the Un
          Dzuds, droughts, and livestock mortality in Mongolia   
Recent incidences of mass livestock mortality, known as dzud, have called into question the sustainability of pastoral nomadic herding, the cornerstone of Mongolian culture. A total of 20 million head of livestock perished in the mortality events of 2000–2002, and 2009–2010. To mitigate the effects of such events on the lives of herders, international agencies such as the World Bank are taking increasing interest in developing tailored market-based solutions like index-insurance. Their ultimate success depends on understanding the historical context and underlying causes of mortality. In this paper we examine mortality in 21 Mongolian aimags (provinces) between 1955 and 2013 in order to explain its density independent cause(s) related to climate variability. We show that livestock mortality is most strongly linked to winter (November–February) temperatures, with incidences of mass mortality being most likely to occur because of an anomalously cold winter. Additionally, we find prior summer (July–September) drought and precipitation deficit to be important triggers for mortality that intensifies the effect of upcoming winter temperatures on livestock. Our density independent mortality model based on winter temperature, summer drought, summer precipitation, and summer potential evaporanspiration explains 48.4% of the total variability in the mortality dataset. The Mongolian index based livestock insurance program uses a threshold of 6% mortality to trigger payouts. We find that on average for Mongolia, the probability of exceedance of 6% mortality in any given year is 26% over the 59 year period between 1955 and 2013.
          A long-term context (931–2005 C.E.) for rapid warming over Central Asia   
Warming over Mongolia and Central Asia has been unusually rapid over the past few decades, particularly in the summer, with surface temperature anomalies higher than for much of the globe. With few temperature station records available in this remote region prior to the 1950s, paleoclimatic data must be used to understand annual-to-centennial scale climate variability, local response to large-scale forcing mechanisms, and the significance of major features of the past millennium such as the Medieval Climate Anomaly (MCA) and Little Ice Age (LIA) both of which can vary globally. Here we use an extensive collection of living and subfossil wood samples from temperature-sensitive trees to produce a millennial-length, validated reconstruction of summer temperatures for Mongolia and Central Asia from 931 to 2005 CE. This tree-ring reconstruction shows general agreement with the MCA (warming) and LIA (cooling) trends, a significant volcanic signature, and warming in the 20th and 21st Century. Recent warming (2000–2005) exceeds that from any other time and is concurrent with, and likely exacerbated, the impact of extreme drought (1999–2002) that resulted in massive livestock loss across Mongolia.

     “Би Монгол Хүн-2011”
Танин Мэдэхүй-Амралтын Аялал
“Энэ бол миний төрсөн нутаг
Монголын сайхан орон” Д.Нацагдорж

Зорилго: Эх нутгийнхаа үлгэр домог мэт түүхэн дурсгалт газрууд, диваажин гэмээр байгалийн хосгүй гайхамшигууд, дэлхийд данстай соёлын өвүүд, өвөг дээдсийн шүтээн газруудаар гадаад улс оронд амьдран сууж буй Монголчуудаа аялуулж, төрөлх нутгаа дахин нэг таних, Монгол хүнийхээ үнэ цэнийг баталгаажуулах, үр хүүхдүүддээ эх орноо бодитоор нь харуулах, домог түүх, утга санааг нь таниулах, таван мэдрэхүйгээр нь аялуулж хоорондоо харилцан холбоо тогтооход оршино.       
Хэнд: Гадаад улс оронд амьдран сууж буй Монголчууд
Аяллын Оролцогчид: 18- дээш насныхан бие дааж аяллын групп болж болно.  

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 “Дэлхийг гайхуулсан Монгол орон”  
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