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Americans have racism under their skin

Why do so many people in Latin America dream of migrating to the United States and settling there at least on an illegal basis? How do they start their new life in the USA? What makes them different from African Americans and white Americans? Pravda.Ru asked these and other questions to Rustem Safronov, an international journalist and correspondent for Sputnik news agency in Washington."How can migrants change their lives in the USA?" "In the USA, they can solve many problems that they cannot solve in their home countries. In El Salvador, for example, 14 families control the entire economy of the country. There is oligarchic capitalism there, and most people are very poor. Even if everyone serves a small group of the rich, their money will not be enough for everyone."The United States is a large country, a much richer one, and the percentage of wealth that can be redistributed is much higher there. As one man said, this is a highland with many hills. Of course, illegal migrants will be paid less, but they will be happy to have that money anyway.""Can they still make a lot more than they could at home?" "They can. Migrants can find new homes for themselves somewhere in remote places, where native people will not live. Migrants do not expect much from their new life in the States. A migrant can buy an old car, rent a house for a whole large family and be happy about it. A white Anglo-Saxon will not live in such conditions. "They have a different approach to values, and this creates great segregation. Those people rarely cross paths with native residents, although interethnic marriage may occur, of course. However, the cultural level, the civilization level of newly arrived migrants, especially from third world countries, is very low. Economic migrants from El Salvador escaped from the civil war in the 1980s. Most of them were ordinary people, and their educational and social level was very low. They work at simple jobs as porters, cleaners, handymen, etc.""Are they law-abiding citizens? How do the Americans make them abide by new laws?" "This topic is politically incorrect, but, of course, the behavior of people from various walks of life is very different. It's not only about social behavior in relation to law. Latinos, African Americans and Anglo-Saxons are very different from the point of view of their sexual behaviour as well. The same applies to many other areas. "If you talk to a white, educated American, you are not supposed to engage in politically incorrect conversations with him or her. You can not ask something point blank, something about religion, say something critical about races or sexual minorities. This will immediately provoke an utterly negative reaction. You are not supposed to flirt with a white woman. You are not supposed to look at her with great interest either. "However, if you talk to an African American, then the picture is completely different. I would say that it is much easier for a Russian person to find a common language with an African American, rather than with a white American. White Americans think of themselves as the Romans, who stand above the whole world. Yet, they are well-mannered people, so they will not discuss that.""Are you saying that they have racism under their skin?" "They have this idea of being a shining city on a hill, while everyone else is somewhere below them. They think that life is almost the same everywhere else, but it is much better in America. They apply these criteria to the rest of the world: they are always better than everyone else. "African Americans proceed from something completely different. They live in the country, where their ancestors used to be exploited like animals. Therefore, many African Americans have this congenital hostility to the USA in them. I have to say that they are very friendly to Russians. They are happy to meet a Russian, to shake hands with a Russian, to talk about Putin teaching everyone what's what - the attitude is totally different at this point. "Interestingly, African Americans very often give either Arab or Russian names to their children. For example, there are many Natashas among African American women. This is a manifestation of protest too. They want to show that they are different, and they are proud of that. "New migrants, of course, have a language problem. The lion's share of the black population in the United States does not have a problem with English.""They speak ebonics, African American English, and this is also part of their protest.""Is it hard to understand them?""It is a lot more different to understand what they say, it takes time. When you live next to them, when you interact with them, you learn quickly. Still, their language differs a lot from what you can hear on TV." Interview conducted by Lyuba Lulko (Stepushova)

Flight MH17 disaster no secret anymore

Malaysia wants the world to stop bringing unfounded accusations against Russia about the crash of Flight MH17 passenger aircraft over the Donbass. Will we ever know the truth about the investigation? Is the West going to reveal objective data about the tragedy?Pravda.Ru editor-in-chief Inna Novikova asked these and other questions to Russian political scientist, teacher, expert of the Higher School of Economics Andrei Suzdaltsev."It appears that the West is not going to give up on the topic of prompt nuclear stroke. Do you think that they still want to destroy Russia?" "They cherishing this dream in the West since the times of the USSR. Now they suffer from another exacerbation of this disease. There are many of those in the world who dream of possessing nuclear arms. This is a big dream for President of Belaurs Alexander Lukashenko, let alone Ukraine. Yet, they can only dream about it. Even if they can technically build nuclear arms, they will not be allowed to. The crisis between Russia and Ukraine would thus be even more horrifying than the crisis between Pakistan and India.""They haven't been bringing the topic of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing much lately. The Joint Investigation Team is not investigating anything - they try to fabricate facts by choosing the ones that they need. The work of the JIT is purely political. However, we can see Malaysia acting more decisive now. The Malaysian administration has repeatedly expressed its protests about the work of the JIT. Malaysia demands the West should stop presenting evidence-free accusations against Russia. Do you think they are ever going to find and announce the real perpetrators?" "This is out of the question. They will never admit." "Never? Not even in 50 years?" "They will never announce. Russia has made many mistakes here too. We were  looking guilty, we started looking for excuses." "No, we held the press conference and provided objective data.""We've had a few versions too. Russia should have conducted its own detailed investigation to dot all i's clearly. There was a military aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force there. Most likely, the missile was launched from the Buk missile system.  There are two things that confuse me about this case. First off, the West promised us to conduct a full and open investigation into the tragedy. The Americans promised to show images made by the satellite that was flying above the area where the tragedy took place. Yet, the investigation is still secret, and the Americans have never shown anything either. "Secondly, I do not understand why there was no fly zone established over the Donbass. There were hostilities there, planes had been shot down there too. One may accept the fact that the plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters. Missiles do not reach such altitudes, especially the missiles that could be found in the conflict zone. However, shortly before the tragedy, flight control officers ordered the Malaysian aircraft to descend?! What was that? The Buk missile system can operate within the range of 60 kilometres around and at an altitude of up to six kilometers. The control room is located in Dnepropetrovsk."So they had to take the airliner down to 6,000 meters to make it fly right above the little circle of 60 kilometers. This is what the passenger aircraft did as pilots were following instructions from Ukrainian flight control officers." "A flight controller ordered the plane to drift off the course. This officer then went on vacation and vanished." "They wanted the airplane to be in the line of the Buk missile. The officer was indeed gone, there is no information about him, but the Dutch do not say a word about it. Even if there was a Buk system in the area, they were supposed to make the passenger aircraft approach the destructive zone. It was Ukrainian flight control officers, who did that, but there is no information about it. Malaysian experts confirmed that the recordings of the dialogues of insurgents were fake. They forgot about another version that was voiced in 2014. The version is about Putin's aircraft that was flying to Moscow above Europe. They were looking for Putin's plane, but they did not know exactly where its route was. If they had found it, they would have shot the plane down."

Russia’s Burevestnik nuclear rocket to be part of ‘Dead Hand’ system

Military expert Dmitry Konev believes that the Burevestnik nuclear missile will become an ideal weapon of retaliation if it joins the Perimeter complex.Konev refers to the fact that the Burevestnik can cause serious damage to the enemy, even if it is shot down by enemy missile defenses. The power units of the missile can contaminate enemy's territory with radioactive isotopes. Moreover, the missile boasts of an unlimited range and a long standby time.The military expert suggests that Burevestnik is outfitted with solid propellant rocket engines. The basic propulsion unit is replaced with an air-jet engine combined with a nuclear reactor.It is worthy of note that several US military experts publicly expressed an opinion about the need for the United States to build a system similar to Russia's Perimeter complex. The Perimeter system, known as the "Dead Hand" was put in operation in the USSR in 1985. In a nutshell, the system ensures the automatic launch of nuclear missiles in case of a nuclear attack against the country, even if there is no one left to be able to give such an order.

Why Russia hides the truth about ‘radioactive cloud’

The story about the nuclear accident at the secret military facility near Severodvinsk, when five  people were killed on August 8, continues gathering rumours. Initially, it was reported that the explosion in northern Russia was another "Chernobyl." The shortage of official information on the subject made many people, especially those residing in the region, where the accident took place, snatch up all iodine at local drug stores. On August 10, two Russian stations of the international nuclear test monitoring system, located in Dubna and Kirov, stopped transmitting data about the radiation background in the air. Two other radiation monitoring stations stopped transmitting data on August 11. The Russian Ministry of Defence, which supervises the stations, has not released any comments on the matter. The ministry limited itself to meaningless statements about communication problems. The silence from the authorities generates panic among the population. Many started blogging about the Russian "Fallout", especially against the background of reports about a spike in radiation levels after the explosion. In fact, the puzzle becomes a picture if one assumes that the explosion occurred during the test of a new Russian weapon. It may go about the test of the new Burevestnik missile with isotopic sources of power. Unfortunately, unsuccessful and even tragic tests of new equipment, especially military equipment, are part of the sad reality of any country that tries to enhance national security with the help of new technological achievements.There was an accident, but radioactive consequences of it were not serious. According to nuclear energy specialist Alexander Uvarov, "if the authorities wanted to hide a serious accident from the public, they would not talk about the spike in radiation in Severodvinsk. "It was very small - 1.78 microsievert. This is comparable to some beaches in Brazil. The released isotopes are then disseminated in the air and stop affecting the background at all. There is no radiation hazard to the population. This incident is no different from an attempt to melt cobalt in an oven," the scientist said. However, why did they stop transmitting the date from radiation monitoring stations, given the fact that the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation strongly insists on the opposite? It is worth noting here that the CTBTO added more fuel to the fire by publishing a gif image of the potential distribution of the radioactive cloud above the territory of the Russian Federation and the whole world. The organisation did not give any details either about the type of radiation or the level of hazard. The CTBTO's move thus gave rise to most alarming rumours.One should also pay attention to the fact that both the participation in the work of the CTBTO and the transfer of data to the organisation is carried out exclusively at the discretion of the parties to the treaty. At the same time, this does not remove people's interest in the disconnection of radiation monitoring stations. One shall assume that Russia does not want other countries to have the data about the composition of the radioactive emission. The isotopic power source is a new and unique development in the field of strategic defense of the country. In other words, this is a matter of  military and state secrecy.In general, the authorities are definitely hiding something. Yet, they are hiding the information about the composition of the explosive substance. This seems relevant in light of the latest moves of Russia's "Western partners" in relation to the INF, START and other international agreements about the non-proliferation and reduction of strategic offensive arms. It does not seem strange in the context of the new strategic nuclear doctrine of the United States, which clearly states that the USA can resort to the use of nuclear weapons in any military conflict to fundamentally break the course of the conflict in favour of the United States.Of course, Western officials, mass media and experts will accuse Russia of avoiding compliance with international treaties on nuclear weapons. However, Russia was not the first one to start. Secondly, there is no violation in disconnecting monitoring stations. Russia simply needs to protect her military and state secrets.

Russian Su-35 fighters force Turkey’s F-16 out of Syrian airspace

Russian Su-35S fighters allegedly intercepted F-16 aircraft of the Turkish Air Force and forced them to leave Syrian airspace, Al-Masdar News reports.It was said that Turkish fighters were forced to leave the sky above Idlib after they covered a distance of 30-40 kilometers. This indicates that Turkish pilots either received a warning from Russia or saw Russian combat aircraft on radar screens.After the incident, Russian Su-35 fighters were seen in the vicinity of the city of Khan Shaykhun. It was said that the Russian military aircraft took off from Hmeymim airbase to deter Turkish planes from adventurous actions. No other details have been reported. On August 19, the Syrian Air Force struck a column of Turkish military vehicles that invaded the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. Nothing was reported about any losses. Armoured personnel carriers of the Turkish Army crossed the Syrian border and entered the city of Sarakib on August 19. The military vehicles were traveling towards Khan Shaykhun.The de-escalation zone in Idlib is one of the four de-escalation zone in Syria, which was created by Russia and Turkey in 2017. Most of its territory is still not demilitarized and remains under the control of the Hayat Tahrir al-sham* group (HTS, created on the basis of Jabhat al-Nusra* - terrorist organizations, banned in Russia) and the armed Syrian opposition.

Putin speaks about mysterious nuclear explosion in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that there was no threat whatsoever in connection with the incident at a military training ground near the city of Severodvinsk in the Arkhangelsk region of Russia."If you mean the incident in Severodvinsk, then there is no threat there. There's no spike in radiation levels there either. Experts, including independent ones who monitor the situation, were sent there. I receive reports from our experts, both military and civil ones. We don't see any serious changes there, but preventive measures are being taken so that there are no surprises," Putin said answering a question from a French journalist prior to his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. "The people who, unfortunately, were affected and died, were certainly executing a state function of paramount importance. All of them will be recommended for state decorations of the Russian Federation," he added. During the farewell ceremony for the killed, which was held on August 12, first deputy head of the presidential administration Sergei Kiriyenko read out Putin's decree on awarding eight employees of the Sarov Nuclear Center with the Order of Courage. Five employees will be decorated posthumously, the administration of Sarov said. In the meantime, it became known that two radiation monitoring stations stopped transmitting data on August 13. It goes about the stations in the town of Bilibino in Chukotka and in the Altai village of Zalesovo.Earlier, Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBT), said that radiation monitoring stations in Dubna and Kirov stopped transmitting data two days after the explosion near Severodvinsk.The above-mentioned stations monitor the amount of radioactive particles in the air. Another such station is located in Ussuriysk. It operates without interruptions. It still remains unknown when the stations resume their work. Representatives of the Russian Embassy in Washington redirect questions about the radiation monitoring stations to the Russian Ministry of Defense. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov said that the data from radiation monitoring stations is transmitted on a voluntary basis. "The accident in the Arkhangelsk region does not pose any risks either to the environment or the population," the diplomat said on August 20.It was reported that the personnel of the Arkhangelsk regional hospital, where three people were hospitalised as a result of the explosion, had not been warned about the radioactive pollution. It was also said that radioactive cesium-137 was found in the body of one of the doctors. Yet, officials with the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation assure that excessive levels of tolerant radioactivity have not been found with any of the doctors. According to unconfirmed reports, local residents are not recommended to approach the coast of the White Sea. Five Rosatom employees (Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency) were killed as a result of the explosion on the sea platform in the area of the village of Nenoksa, some 40 km from Severodvinsk. There is little information about the accident. It was said that the explosion occurred during a test of a liquid-fuel propellant rocket system with an isotopic power source. Supposedly, it could be the Burevestnik cruise missile, the Poseidon underwater drone, the Zircon hypersonic anti-ship missile, or the Skif bottom-based missile.Officials with the administration of Severodvinsk said that the radiation background was three times higher than the permissible norm for about 30 minutes after the explosion. The Russian Meteorological Service (Roshydromet) later reported that the radiation level exceeded the norm 4-16 times presumably due to the "passage of a cloud of radioactive inert gases." All this suggests that the authorities distribute incomplete information about the radioactive contamination.

Two Swiss fighter jets escort Putin’s plane above Geneva

Two fighters of the Swiss Air Force escorted aircraft of "Russia" special flight detachment in the sky above Geneva for a few minutes.The Russian delegation, including the presidential aide and his press secretary, Yuri Ushakov and Dmitry Peskov, as well as journalists from the Kremlin pool, were on board the Russian aircraft. The journalists and officials were flying to Europe to cover the talks between Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in southern France.Dmitry Peskov, Putin's official spokesman, told reporters later that there was nothing uncommon about the fact that Swiss fighter jets were escorting the Russian governmental aircraft. "This has happened before. There's nothing bad about it. We sent notes, and the Swiss responded that it was an act of hospitality," Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation said. Vladimir Putin is arriving in France on Aug. 19 for a one-day visit to hold talks with President Emmanuel Macron. The leaders will discuss the situation in Syria, Libya, the Persian Gulf, the crisis in Ukraine, as well as the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan to resolve the situation around the Iranian nuclear program.
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