Today, after two years, not one of those responsible for the massacre is in jail, but some survivors still are. On March 27, about neo-Nazi Ukrainians attacked a group of relatives of the victims, which every Sunday commemorates the massacre gathering at the House of Trades of Odessa. Though the European Union swear up and down not to be supporting the fascists, their support for Petro Poroshenko belies their vows.
Survivors of the fire note that the fascists have become part of institutions: they head the police and the punitive battalions Azov and Aidar , for example. This includes 9, people killed and 21, injured. OHCHR has regularly observed up to vehicles — cars, minivans and buses — waiting in rows on either side of the road. Passengers spend the night in freezing temperatures and without access to water. Distress is not all. The OHCHR reports summary executions, enforced disappearances, unlawful and arbitrary detention, and torture and ill treatment:.
In addition to being a violation of the prohibition of torture, these cases raise concerns of arbitrary deprivation of liberty and gender-based violence. These places are not accessible to the National Preventive Mechanism and international organizations. Reliable accounts from victims and their relatives indicate a widespread pattern of conduct across several SBU departments.
Since the outbreak of the conflict, a network of unofficial places of detention, often located in the basement of regional SBU buildings, have been identified from a large number of reliable accounts from victims and their relatives. OHCHR recalls that the prohibition of unacknowledged detention is not subject to derogation. When asked about their fate and whereabouts, SBU officials have systematically denied any involvement. According to information gathered by OHCHR, the vast majority of those held in the Kharkiv SBU were [sic] not arrested in accordance with legal procedures and have not been charged, despite being held because of their presumed affiliation with the armed groups.
On 8 December , in Shchurove village, Donetsk region, SBU officers arrested a year-old woman at her house while they were looking for her son. After OHCHR communicated this case to the Office of the Military Prosecutor, a criminal investigation was initiated into her allegations of ill treatment. OHCHR believes she is at risk of further abuse. The victims included the wife of an armed group commander and her daughter. The latter was allegedly severely tortured, and both were allegedly threatened with sexual violence. Nor does there seem to be any lessening of support by the Obama administration to this oppressive US protectorate regime—a Nazi-era throwback.
Look at the loot they got. It certainly was worth it to the US neoliberal and military establishment—the transfer of wealth from our pockets to theirs. The answer, so far, is no one. But on this rare trip to the U. For years, Al-Haq and other civil society organizations have worked tirelessly to hold Israel accountable for its violations of Palestinian human rights and international law. And like other defenders of human rights, Al-Haq has a storied history of being subjected to intimidation, threats, and attacks by third parties seeking to undermine our work.
These threats do not deter us. To the contrary, they propel us to move forward and signify that we have been successful in working toward our mission to end the Israeli occupation and promote and protect Palestinian human rights. The Israeli government has played a lead role in vilifying civil society organizations. We are not alone in coming under such attack. The movement to end the occupation through support of BDS has also come under attack.
Modeled after the campaign that played an important role in bringing an end to apartheid in South Africa, BDS supporters have been working for over a decade to achieve freedom, justice, and equality for Palestinians, advocating for Palestinian human rights across the globe. As the movement has gained momentum, so too have the parties that seek to undermine its work. These threats have become personal.
Israel is also not alone. Instead of observing their international legal obligations to hold Israel accountable for violations of human rights, the United States and members of the EU are chilling, punishing, and criminalizing what is protected political speech and one of the most effective non-violent tools available to Palestinians to combat the occupation. So, who will hold Israel accountable? As a civil society organization, we will continue to fight for an end to the occupation, and freedom, justice, and equality for all Palestinians, but the international community — and particularly grassroots American supporters of Palestinian freedom — will also play an important role.
He is currently in the U. The last parliamentary elections before the latest held this month were in Voter turnout for the and presidential elections in the US, for example, were Voting hours for the Syrian parliamentary elections Wednesday were extended for an additional five hours because of such a high voter turnout.
Despite high turnouts in previous elections and indicators like that reported in the International Business Tribune regarding this latest poll, US papers like the New York Times NYT decided to sidestep facts and intentionally indulged in unconfirmed, anecdotal stories to portray turnout as low as possible and the credibility of the elections nonexistent.
Large parts of the country that are controlled by insurgent groups did not participate in the voting on Wednesday. Despite a fragile partial cease-fire, government and Russian warplanes have continued to hit areas controlled by nationalists and Islamist rebels, as well as territory held by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL.
An American-led coalition is also bombing areas held by the group. With this in mind, poll results in favor of the ruling government should be of no surprise, despite rhetoric circulating in US-European media. It is also ironic that the United States and Europe endlessly expound the virtue of self-determination but now attempt to undermine an exercise in that very self-determination by the Syrian people. It is clear by the statements made by the United States and several European nations regarding the recent elections that the problem was not necessarily the manner in which the elections were held, but who they included.
It was not candidates Syrian law excluded from the elections, but candidates the United States and Europe simply do not approve of. In other words, the US and Europe are doing precisely the opposite of promoting self-determination in Syria and are in fact attempting to undo or otherwise undermine the credibility of the results of the recent elections.
Mark Toner, U. Despite the inability or unwillingness of many in Ukraine to vote, the elections were both held and recognized by the US and Europe. The reason for this hypocrisy should be clear. With any luck, Syria may serve as an example for other nations to follow in resisting and overcoming foreign interference in their domestic political processes. The pro-government forces are advancing in the province of Homs, Syria. On April 21, the clashes are observed near the Arak village and T3 Airport with no confirmation that the SAA was able to take these sites. In total, explosive devices, including makeshift bombs, have been defused.
Since April 2, Russian engineers with the help of Uran-6 robots have cleared hectares of land, 23 kilometers of roads and 10 architectural objects. In the Latakia province, units of al-Nusra and allied militants took efforts to launch offensive on positions of the government troops near Ikko, Bsharfa, Nehshebba and Sandran. Some 50 NDF fighters have been reportedly taken captive by Kurdish forces in the town of Qamishli iafter fighting between the NDF and the Kurdish militia, Asayish, entered a second day. Separately, the Kurdish units seized Allya prison.
Barack Obama ended opium eradication efforts in Afghanistan in , effectively green lighting Afghan opium production and the Afghan heroin trade. By , all US efforts to eradicate Afghan opium ceased. It has been US policy to allow Afghan opium growing and the heroin trade since. US heroin deaths tripled from 3, in to 10, in as a result. Vanda Felbab-Brown at the Brookings Institution. No way out for Uncle Sam is more like it.
The report is notable for what it omits, which is any mention of the heroin epidemic, the deadliest illicit drug epidemic in history, or any of the tens of thousands of Americans killed by heroin since Obama took office. Afghan government eradication efforts in , resulted in 1. The NY Times reported that the Afghan government will no longer eradicate opium crops as of Heroin is made from opium. And to maximize US civilian casualties in the US from heroin. Since ending eradication efforts, US heroin deaths shot up from 3, to 5, to 10, in The heroin death toll continues to shoot up as does the number of heroin users, from the 1,, US heroin users in to 4,, users in As heroin deaths under Obama tripled, so has heroin usage.
There were 7, hectares of Afghan opium poppies when the War in Afghanistan began in In , there were , hectares.
By , Afghan poppy fields spread to , hectares resulting in a bumper crop of 6, tons of opium, enough to make , kilograms of heroin, thanks to Obama. Opium yields far greater profit than foods like wheat or corn, so opium production will continue to rise without serious eradication efforts. Afghanistan is by far the number one producer of opium and heroin. Mexico produced tons of opium in , enough to make 16, kilograms of heroin.
An average heroin addict takes 0. US heroin demand is , kilograms a year. The whole world, except Afghanistan, could only produce , kilograms of heroin , not enough for even a third of the mushrooming US demand. Most heroin in the US is coming from US-occupied Afghanistan, there is no other mathematical possibility. There is no other physical possibility. An American now gets killed every 32 minutes by heroin.
Afghanistan has been known as the Graveyard of the Empires since Alexander the Great. Afghan heroin may yet destroy the American Empire. False narratives have proliferated recently about the heroin epidemic. Not true. Only 3. Not US. What has changed is Afghan opium production shot up from 7, hectares to , hectares , a fold increase.
As Afghan heroin floods in, heroin use shoots up. Apples and oranges. Heroin is physically addictive within 30 days of daily use. Heroin kills 40x more than cocaine does and over x more than marijuana. Just as there are vast differences between swallowing a pint-size OJ, a Heineken or 3 liters of rum, so too there are vast differences between drugs. Decriminalizing personal possession of drugs is not comparable to decriminalizing trafficking tons of heroin. Synthetics like W are a drop in the overflowing heroin epidemic bucket.
The real US heroin death count in was closer to 20, than to 10, It appears as if certain elements within the US government are afraid of the epidemic of Afghan heroin being discussed and Congressional Hearings, sanctions or worse for what they did in making Afghanistan into the deadliest narco state ever in human history. The Taliban ruled Afghanistan until Fall In mid, the Taliban outlawed opium, within a year it was all but gone, from 91, hectares to 7, hectares Besides prioritizing eradication first, which will take a year if done in earnest, there are additional solutions.
Second, outlaw precursor chemicals, like acetic anhydride, needed to make heroin from opium.
The chemicals to make methaqualone were outlawed in the s. Methaqualone overdoses then stopped. Fourth, buying opium for medical morphine in the meantime, until eradication is complete, will alleviate this surge of heroin shocking and awing America. Fifth, millions of addicts need treatment. Day late, dollar short. Sixth, decriminalizing personal possession in order to focus on big heroin traffickers would result in lower overall prison costs and fewer non-violent drug users serving expensive lengthy sentences.
US government agencies and departments involved in Afghanistan, to present, can come clean and tell all about Afghan opium and heroin. The UN has been given the power to hold inquiries focusing on getting honest answers to honest questions and voting on censure or sanctions against the US government and current Afghanistan regime until opium is eradicated as it was under the Taliban in Obama green lighted the end of US eradication efforts against Afghan opium in , which green lighted the Afghan opium and heroin trade, which green lighted the deadliest illicit drug epidemic ever.
Eradicate the Afghan opium crops, stat, the way the Taliban eradicated the Afghan opium crops, within a year. No need to re-invent the wheel on this one. Has the British political establishment had an atrophying episode on the science front? The Cabinet Office had busied itself with proposals in February that, if implemented, would prevent organisations from using tax-payer funds to lobby parliamentarians.
Initially, the ban would have covered academics, effectively eliminating them from the public debates on such matters as transport, genetic modification, stem-cell research, climate change and energy. The point would be to target the logical conclusions to be drawn from certain research that might, just might, lead to a particular policy change. The more relevant the research, the greater the need to keep matters shut.
The perverse outcome of such a move would be to effectively open the field to various lobby groups keen on skewing the angle and controlling the discussion. This prompted a storm of protest from a group that all too readily capitulates in the face of government bullying. Up to 20, academics signed a petition taking aim at the policies, and asking for an exemption. The confusion was compounded by a blurring between the lines of lobbying and scientific research.
On Tuesday, Lord Bridges of Headley, parliamentary secretary for the Cabinet Office, announced that exemptions would be put in place with respect to national academies, research councils and the Higher Funding Council for England. As astronomer royal Martin Rees observed, the delay in making the exemption was baffling. Gagging the loquacious scientist has been the business of authorities for centuries. Modern democracies have certainly been twitchy on the subject of allowing scientists to speak readily. They are the moral irritants who wish to see the record kept accurate.
In , Canadian scientists were given a good old dressing down in cases where they apparently spoke without ministerial approval. Something as seemingly inoffensive as discussing techniques behind aging a lobster, a point applicable to the fishing industry, could not see the light of public discussion. The effect of such none-too-subtle gagging or muzzling, as it has been termed was to effectively reduce such scientists as Janet to a state of unwarranted imbecility.
Ignorance had to be feigned for the greater government good. They make me look like an idiot. The freshly-elected Trudeau government has repealed the measure. We are working to make government science fully available to the public and will ensure that scientific analyses are considered in decision making. Good for Trudeau and his new government, but the recent behaviour in Britain on matters of lobbies remains a potential threat to broader discussions of science.
Even in bastions of democratic discussion, enemies of enlightenment can thrive with viral menace. Aiyar states that India must move people out of agriculture into industry and services. He then asserts GM crops will raise yields but they have been opposed by various NGOs on pseudo-scientific grounds. Aiyar then goes on to argue that Bangladeshi farmers are already growing GM brinjal, getting higher yields and incomes, while using less pesticide. However, Aiyar says this is flatly disproved by the simple fact that in the US, which grows a wide variety of GM foods, over three trillion meals have been eaten without any adverse consequences.
He claims activists seek to delay GM crops by using the courts and rented mobs financed partly by dollar inflows. As a consequence, they have increased approval time in many western countries. By referring to lobbyist Patrick Moore in his piece, Aiyer seems to think he can strengthen his argument. As someone associated with the Cato Institute, Aiyar certainly promotes the kind of politically-motivated, irrational, pro-neoliberal ideology that one might expect.
Perhaps he would like to answer this: with GDP growth slowing and automation replacing human labour, where are the jobs going to come from to cater for hundreds of millions of agriculture sector workers who he would like to see removed from the agriculture sector? The number of jobs created in India between and was 2. Part of this agenda is the promotion of GM.
But consider that India was almost self-sufficient in edible oils by the mids. However, its edible oil import bill has increased dramatically since then. GM is offered as a bogus solution. That Aiyar would try to convince his readers of his case by referring to Chengal Reddy displays a certain desperation. Further, new agro-ecological approaches like System of Mustard Intensification are out-yielding these unsafe solutions significantly, ensuring vastly-increased profitability for farmers, if yield is a concern. Let Aiyar scientifically back up his claim that three trillion meals containing GMOs have been consumed without adverse consequences.
His assertion is pure rhetoric. Moreover, the onus should have been on the GMO sector to prove safety prior to the mass release of GM which it never has and not on everyone else to play catch up to prove they are not safe. It is a very convenient tactic that the industry employs.
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It should come as no surprise that anyone associated with the Cato Institute would attack groups that challenge international capital and its neoliberal globalisation project. Aiyar is irked by hold ups in the sanctioning of the commercialisation of GMOs in India and elsewhere. And there lies the crux of the matter. Conventional breeding and traditional seeds and patterns of agriculture developed over centuries are better suited to adverse climatic conditions and Indian soils than anything that GMOs can offer.
Aiyar claims Bt cotton in India has been a runaway success. Et pour cela, on ne peut pas prendre des demi-mesures. Desde luego los cubanos no comparten este punto de vista. SL: Cuba siempre ha estado dispuesta a abordar todos los temas con Estados Unidos con tal de que se respeten tres principios: la igualdad soberana, la reciprocidad y la no injerencia en los asuntos internos. Washington used a federal judge to order Argentina to sacrifice its debt restructuring program in order to pay US vulture funds the full value of defaulted Argentine bonds that the vulture funds had bought for a few pennies on the dollar.
They were opportunists after easy money and were used by Washington to get rid of a reformist government. President Kirchner resisted and, thus, she had to go. Washington concocted a story that Kirchner covered up an alleged Iranian bombing in Buenos Aires in In Brazil, Washington has used corruption insinuations to get President Rousseff impeached by the lower house. Evidence is not necessary, just allegations. The great irony is that the impeachment bill was presided over by the corrupt lower house speaker, Eduardo Cunha, who was recently discovered to have stashed millions of dollars in secret Swiss bank accounts perhaps his pay-off from Washington and who lied under oath when he denied having foreign bank accounts.
You can read the sordid story here:. In Washington these are serious offenses as Washington uses the elites to control South American countries. Whenever Latin Americans elect a government that represents them, Washington overthrows the government or assassinates the president. Washington is close to returning Venezuela to the control of the Spanish elite allied with Washington. The presidents of Ecuador and Bolivia are also targeted. Washington has always blocked reform in Latin America. Latin American peoples will remain American serfs until they elect governments by such large majorities that the governments can exile the traitorous elites, close the US embassies, and expel all US corporations.
Every Latin American country that has an American presence has no future other than serfdom. The former president gets demoted to their reverse sides. Tubman was born into slavery, escaped…. Oh dear; this means the situation there remains dire. Not a good sign—too much like news of a terminally ill relative. Nepal has fallen into a troubling,…. Binoy Kampmark , April 22 Seymour Hersh is an American investigative journalist who is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for his article exposing the My Lai massacre by the U.
More recently, he exposed the U. Christopher Stevens was at the U. Ken Klippenstein: In the book you describe Saudi financial support for the compound in which Osama Bin Laden was being kept in Pakistan. Was that Saudi government officials, private individuals or both? SH: Yeah, in exchange for being quiet. KK: You quote a retired U. SH: [Laughs] He was a prisoner of war! They were very unhappy about the attention paid to that because they went in and it was just a hit.
We do targeted assassinations. They understood—the SEALs—that if they were captured by the Pakistani police authorities, they could be tried for murder. They understood that. Can you imagine the intelligence we could have gotten from him? That was the plan. Many sections, particularly in the Urdu-speaking sections, were really very positive about Bin Laden.
Significant percentages in some areas supported Bin Laden. KK: How did it hurt U. Why are we so worried about Pakistan? Because they have [nuclear] bombs. He [Bin Laden] had wives and children there. Did we ever get to them? We never got to them. As I wrote, on the day of the mission he was meeting with the CIA base chief and the shipping company. He was certainly involved, aware and witting of everything that was going on. KK: In the book you quote a former intelligence official as saying that the White House rejected 35 target sets provided by the Joint Chiefs as being insufficiently painful to the Assad regime.
You note that the original targets included military sites only—nothing by way of civilian infrastructure. Later the White House proposed a target list that included civilian infrastructure. SH: Do you really think that at any time this is discussed? I think I met him before the Pentagon Papers were around. I remember him telling me that he asked that question at a meeting while planning the war [regarding B targets] and nobody had even looked at it. KK: As you point out in your book, Obama originally wanted to remove Assad.
The power vacuum that would ensue would open Syria up to all kinds of jihadi groups. Russia actually did a very good job. Russia also did stuff that was sort of more subtle and more interesting: they renewed the Syrian army. Got new arms, got a couple weeks off, then they came back, got more training and became a much better army.
I think they misread the whole resistance. We certainly were not a nonpartisan foreign government inside Syria. So they actually pushed a lot of people to go. We even gave them buses! They just had a terrible year war with Chechnya. Believe me, the Chechen influence in the Sunni world in terms of jihadism is strong. A lot of people involved in that operation did.
So who knows the most about jihadism? KK: In the book you quote a Joint Chiefs of Staff adviser who said that Brennan told the Saudis to stop arming the extremist rebels in Syria and their weapons will dry up—which seems like a rational request—but then, you point out, the Saudis ramped up arms support.
SH: Nothing. Of course not. No, no. KK: Just to be clear, the U. SH: Quite the contrary. The Saudis and Qatar and the Turks put money into those arms [sent to Syrian jihadis]. Do we say anything? The border was wide open—Hatay Province—guys were going back and forth, bad guys.
Let me talk to you about the sarin story [the sarin gas attack in Ghouta, a suburb near Damascus, which the U. As you know I wrote a story that said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs told the president that information the same day. I now know more about it. This is ludicrous. The issue was not that they [the Syrians] suddenly caved in. There was an official briefing from Ben Rhodes and he said they talked about the chemical weapons issue and what to do. We took care of a lot of the costs of it. Guess what? We had a ship, it was called the Cape Maid, it was parked out in the Med.
The Syrians would let us destroy this stuff [the chemical weapons]… there was 1, tons that was shipped to the port…and we had, guess what, a forensic unit out there. Guess what else we know from the forensic analysis we have we had all the missiles in their arsenal. Nothing in their arsenal had anything close to what was on the ground in Ghouta. That to me is interesting.
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Old countries have baggage so heavy it drags, stifles and even drowns. Incapable of getting it off, history becomes the assault of the present for those who wish to grope for the future. Young countries like Australia youth here is only from the perspective of the invasive settlers , struggle to create a baggage to be bound to. Comically, then, a state like Australia yearns to have a blood soaked, folly-driven set of variables that make it a state, when in actual fact, it might do something different.
This might, in part, explain the foolish insistence on the part of its vassal politicians to crave the breast of maternal empire, terrified that being weaned off it might lead to yellow-coloured extinction. The Anzac tradition is one of those desperate calls to cling on. It is an attempt to create a baggage of patriotic necessity, stubbornly masculine and oblivious. Excuses are always needed for creating piles of corpses.
It is an attempt to catch up with other nations with centuries of assumed legacies and concocted contributions, be they flags brought down by divine inspiration, or the sign of the Chi-Rho, as Constantine was meant to have witnessed before the Battle of Milvian Ridge in But little Australia only in terms of population must behave like the sullen child of history, hoping to be acknowledged in great patriotic traditions.
A glance at the historical incidents of the morning of April 25, , and one sees an opportunistic force invading Gallipoli at the behest of Winston Churchill, then the First Lord of the Admiralty. Churchill had been boasting about his military imagination and intuition. Even before the slaughter on that day began, Churchill was already aware that a good lot of bloodletting would be in store in his effort to put down the sick man of Europe. His combinations and movements would come with carnage. A good army of 50, and sea-power — that is the end of the Turkish menace.
Within a month of the landing by French, British and Australian and New Zealand forces collectively known as Anzac , the Allies found themselves 45, men short. The campaign would last for nine months and see over a hundred thousand deaths, and casualty lists on both sides peaking at a quarter of a million. Historical baggage is useful political ballast, the bird seed for demagogic intent. It feeds the apologetics of war, providing the alibi for the next righteous military action.
Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, was a warring wet dreamer, a dull clerk who wished to be great. Other features always find their message in the Anzac Spirit, sprung forth from Gallipoli. An industry of commemoration soon crept up, barely as the bodies were buried. Australian servicemen and women, fighting in distant theatres without knowledge, awareness or understanding — this is the Gallipoli heritage, the inverted idea that being on foreign soil for pre-emptive gain is somehow a good idea.
Australian resources have been deployed in what was then Malaya during the Emergency, on the Korean peninsula, secretly in Indonesia, Afghanistan, Iraq, with other theatres. Re-deployed again after September , the invasion theme was embroidered with tortured notions of liberty and freedom. This was always pure nonsense. Its politicians, however, remain desperate to justify their complicity, their desperation in being in the stream of history.
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The final point of all of this manufacture lies in the strange symbiotic relationship between Turkish contributions and Australian worship. The perverse logic of the Dardanelles engagement remains as an annual reminder, one that Churchill himself alluded to when reminded about the calamity on the election trail.
I glory in it. City of Evanston , offer an opportunity for a history lesson. A push to make the temporary exemption a permanent reality ensued over the next eight years and ended with a major industry triumph in One of those included, once again, Lloyd Bentsen. Nothing has happened since to change that decision…There is no evidence that these wells…have caused significant environmental damage either to the crops and livestock that flourish around the well locations or to the farm families that live nearby.
I think she agrees that there are more important issues for her agency to address right now. John Z. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. This agreement by Kerry enabled the peace talks to begin. Mohammed Alloush now runs it. And the American Government backs their war against Shia.
Sometimes, the ways of hiding a foreign invasion of a country can become almost irrelevant, and the only thing that actually still matters is whether the time appears to be ripe, to resume, or escalate, a war that one remains determined to win. So, for the jihadist side in this war, the peace talks might turn out to have been the pause that refreshes.
Syria has the only non-sectarian government in the Middle East. Almost of all of the fundamentalists are foreign mercenaries, salaried jihadists, paid by the Sauds and Thanis, and armed by the Americans. Purple Rain , When Doves Cry. I remember his battle when my work was entertainment law. He battled racist musical industry, left a proud legacy.
A straight arrow, no b. Thank you so much Prince Rogers Nelson for the hits you took, for the amazing music, for never selling-out. Rest in Power Prince. Une analyse politique des verdicts du TPIY est toujours plus instructive. The Saker. Russia is the target of a multi-faceted, asymmetric campaign of destabilization that has employed economic, political, and psychological forms of warfare — each of which has been specifically designed to inflict maximum damage on the Kremlin. This article is part of a series on Western meddling to foment unrest and destabilize BRICS nations in an effort to ensure the continuation of Western economic and political control over the Global South.
Up next: Part II on the assault on Russia, which focuses on the political, psychological and military aspects that run in tandem with the economic war on Moscow. The U. This assault takes many forms, each tailored to its specific target. These two situations illustrate clearly the very potent forms of subversion via Western-funded political formations and movements being employed against Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the bloc of emerging economies also known as BRICS.
Photo: U. Marine Corps. However, when it comes to a country as large as Russia, with its vast military capabilities, consolidated and wildly popular political leadership, and growing antagonism toward the West, the tools available to the Empire to undermine and destabilize are in some ways more limited. Indeed, in the context of Russia, the popular mobilization pretext does not apply, and so that weapon in the imperial arsenal is blunted considerably. But there are other, equally potent and equally dangerous methods to achieve the desired effect.
Russia is the target of a multi-faceted, asymmetric campaign of destabilization that has employed economic, political, and psychological forms of warfare, each of which has been specifically designed to inflict maximum damage on the Kremlin. While the results of this multi-pronged assault have been mixed, and their ultimate effect being the subject of much debate, Moscow is, without a doubt, ground zero in a global assault against the BRICS nations. People walk past a sign indicating the US dollar, top, and euro, bottom, rates of a currency exchange in Moscow, Russia, While Russia is a world class power militarily, it is highly vulnerable economically.
For that obvious reason, this area has been a primary focus of the destabilization thrust. Russia has for decades been overly reliant, if not entirely dependent, on revenues from the energy sector to maintain its economic growth and fund its budget. According to the U. This has been felt by ordinary Russians, whose wages have stagnated while inflation causes prices to shoot upwards and who have had to endure belt-tightening in terms of personal consumption, and at the national level, where the Russian government has been facing a potentially large budget shortfall for This has led many Russian analysts and policymakers to advocate yet again for a decreased dependence on energy revenues.
They argue that the current climate could force economic restructuring away from the critical energy sector. With the change of the technological model, it is not ruled out that oil will become just a stock commodity for the energy and chemical industry. But the analysis must go a step further and explore how the financialization is, in effect, a weaponization process as oil prices become increasingly the playthings of powerful financial institutions, particularly the major banks on Wall Street and in the city of London. And this is no mere conspiracy theory. In July , Sen. Sherrod Brown, chair of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, opened a hearing to probe just how connected major Wall Street banks were to the holding of physical oil assets, and the attendant ability of these companies to manipulate oil prices.
According to Morgan Stanley, in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area alone, by , it had leases on oil storage facilities with a total capacity of 8. Morgan Stanley also had storage facilities in Europe and Asia. As noted in the report:. Due to their physical commodity activities, Goldman, JPMorgan, and Morgan Stanley incurred increased financial, operational, and catastrophic event risks, faced accusations of unfair trading advantages, conflicts of interest, and market manipulation, and intensified problems with being too big to manage or regulate, introducing new systemic risks into the U.
He plainly outlined how the big banks manipulate global oil markets:. A fundamental point necessary to understanding many of our manipulation cases is that financial and physical energy markets are interrelated … a manipulator can use physical trades or other energy transactions that affect physical prices to move prices in a way that benefits his overall financial position. Indeed, in late Russian President Vladimir Putin implied strongly that the oil plunge had less to do with economic factors than with political decisions.
Could it be the agreement between the U. It could. With U. Of course, the other major impact of the oil plunge on Russia has to do with the burgeoning energy-trade relationship between Russia and China. In so doing, not only have the contracts been rendered less profitable for Russia, they are now subject to decreasing demand from China, which is experiencing its own economic slowdown. Facing the prospect of significantly less revenue than it anticipated coming from the deals with Beijing, Russia has been forced to adjust its own estimates and outlook for the coming years.
The overall impact of Western sanctions against Russia is a hotly debated subject. Russian media tends to downplay the overall impact of the sanctions, while the Western media paints a picture of imminent collapse. In reality, the sanctions had little immediate, direct impact on the Russian economy, but the indirect bruising might be significant, particularly over the medium- and long-term. Prolonged sanctions may compound already declining productivity growth. The cumulative output loss could amount to 9 percent of GDP over the medium term.
But, looking beyond the raw numbers, one must realize that the policy prescriptions outlined by the IMF and leading economists internationally are perhaps the actual target for the West. However, the subtext of the recommendations is that austerity, which by its very definition starves public programs of much needed funding, is the way to go for Russia. Whether that strategy has been, or will be, effective likely depends on perspective.
Israeli regime officials claim the wall is meant to prevent the potential entry of Hezbollah fighters to conduct attacks. Israel waged two wars on Lebanon in and About 1, Lebanese, most of them civilians, lost their lives during the day war in the summer of The recent wall construction came two days after the Israeli army started a military drill in the northern occupied territories. The military exercise reportedly involved large numbers of Israeli aircraft, vehicles and army troops. The Israeli army also held a two-day general drill in and around the northern city of Safed on the weekend.
The young Salman called the Saudi delegation and told them the deal was off. Even the Prince is not that erratic. As a GCC-based oil market source reveals,. Among the more than a million refugees that have flooded into Europe over the past year are the Afghans, the second-largest group behind the Syrians. Yet the humanitarian crisis affecting this land-locked South Asian country, like most news regarding Afghanistan, has received little attention in the United States.
Robert Crews , an associate professor of history at Stanford, said,. This has been particularly attractive as a way of explaining why the American intervention in that country, despite costing more than 2, American lives and roughly a trillion dollars, has achieved so few of its goals in over 14 years. The work explores the extent to which U. Image credit: Andrew Duhan. Crews starts from the premise that the way Americans conceptualize the country —in journalism, public-policy debates and scholarly work — remains mired in stereotypes that bear little resemblance to historical reality.
Drawing on a variety of archival and secondary sources in Afghanistan, Europe and the United States, as well as first-hand oral histories he collected personally from Afghans in half a dozen countries, Crews portrays an Afghanistan that is hardly a static and backward collection of tribes or ethnic groups, but rather a central global player in modern politics. Among the people whose stories inform his narrative are Afghan traders in Africa, poets in Iran, scholars in Iraq, pilgrims in Jerusalem, seafarers in India, entrepreneurs in Australia, carpenters in California, students in Turkey, workers in London and a novelist in Denmark.
Crews became fascinated with Afghanistan in the late s, when he lived with Afghan merchants in Uzbekistan while working on a project in Central Asia.
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Crews begins his book by examining the making of the Afghan nation-state within and beyond its borders as they exist today, exploring interactions between a sizeable Afghan diaspora abroad and the rulers of the kingdom in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He then takes up the pivotal period of the s and s, in which Afghanistan became deeply embedded in global financial networks.
Along the way, the country became a major supplier of opium and cannabis to satisfy world demand. Reliance on Afghan militias, night raids, assassinations and imprisonment without charge were the logical outcomes, he added. Crews calls for new approaches to Afghanistan, especially how we imagine its past and act in the present. La circulation des gens entre ces deux pays est importante et constante. Officiellement, le Liban un pays avec seulement 4. Il est aussi inhabituellement franc. Latin America far surpasses any region in sending humanitarian aid and rescue experts to Ecuador for earthquake relief, with Venezuela sending almost a third of all rescue specialists and Palestine sending 19 —19 more than the United States.
Latin America sent a total of rescuers, with even impoverished and violence-ridden Honduras sending a rescuer. Europe also sent almost rescuers, some collectively with most of the rest from France and Spain. Though U. Correa said Tuesday that South America should have its own Secretary of Natural Disasters, since no one country could have enough resources possible to mobilize in such large-scale emergencies.
Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in the continent, with a population barely above 16 million. Watch video here. In this programme Vanessa discusses the UK, US and UN complicity in a genocidal war of aggression and the crippling economic and humanitarian land, air and sea blockade of 27 million Yemeni people. Ils ne veulent pas ce gaspillage des fonds publics. Alger vaut bien une messe!
Et elle ne concerne pas uniquement la presse. Ce processus ne fait que commencer. Nous lisons:. Pas du fait du massacre au sarin. Pas seulement. Que claironne cette excellente personne dans cet article interminable? La catastrophe cataclysmique irakienne? Aucun regret, aucune autocritique. Aucun doute! Nul ne doute! Le journal Le Monde est devenu coutumier des attaques ad hominem. Il a mille fois raison! The coalition of these militant groups launched an operation in Lattakia codenamed Rad al-Madhalem. The goal of the operation is to drive back the Syrian army units from the border with Turkey and repel the offensive on Jisr al-Shughour.
The SAA is deploying reinforcements to the area. Amid the escalation on the border of Latakia province and in Aleppo City, the Syrian government reportedly delayed the long-awaited offensive through the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway and redeployed some part of the military grouping located there to other fronts.
The government does not want reporters talking to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But why? This form of gag order was originally imposed only by a judge. While it is the attorney general who approves the SAMs, the initial impetus for gagging the prisoner typically comes from a federal law enforcement or intelligence agency — in this case, the FBI. Tsarnaev was placed on SAMs August which must be renewed every days. But what happened next was downright Kafkaesque. The stated reason? For one thing, if Tsarnaev was allowed to exercise that right to free speech, he would be able to actually tell us how he feels about his privacy.
The motion described in great detail the conditions under which Tsarnaev was to be held essentially incommunicado, as well as the justifications offered by the government. Are they even more draconian now? Attorney Bradley P. Our economy has increasingly been financialized, and the result is a sluggish economy and stagnant wages. This debt dynamic is in fact themajor explanation for why the U. As a statistical measure, financialization is the degree to which debt accounts for a rising proportion of income or the value of an asset, such as a company or piece of property.
The ratio tends to rise until defaults lead to a crisis that wipes out the debt, converts it into equity, or transfers assets from defaulting debtors to creditors. As an economic process, financialization makes money through debt leverage — taking on debt to pay for things that will increase income or the value of assets — such as taking out a loan for education or a mortgage on a property to open a store.
The dynamic is more extractive than productive. When earnings are diverted to pay dividends or buy back shares, growth slows. On an economy-wide scale, rising debt can inflate prices for real estate, stocks or bonds on credit. Banks have found the biggest loan markets and targets in mortgages for real estate, natural resources oil and mining and infrastructure monopolies. But the savings end up in the hands of banks rather than individuals who would spend that money back into the economy.
At the household level, buying a homewith a percent down payment leaves the home buyer with percent equity. This was the normal rule of thumb for mortgage lending in the s. But today, homebuyers can put up as little as 3-percent down payment for a Bank of America mortgage guaranteed by the government agency Freddie Mac and 3. This leaves only half of personal income available to spend on anything else one might need.
Meanwhile, wage withholding for Social Security and Medicare paying in advance to build up a fund that may not even exist to help them later in life absorbs more than 15 percent of income, and other taxes income taxes, property taxes and sales taxes take up another 10 to 25 percent. The result is regressive taxes reducing purchasing power, on top of debt deflation as more income has to be paid tobanks and other creditors. Loading the economy down with debt therefore leaves less disposable income for both individuals and businessesthat could otherwise be buying consumer goods and investing in real production.
To illustrate this, just take a look at how our economy has changed since financial institutions inflated asset prices in the housing market until the bubble burst in The cost of paying the mortgage loans that bid up real estate prices has led to austerity: markets have shrunk, and new investment and hiring slowed as profits and wages have stagnated. This makes a financial breakdown inevitable. Butwhile a government bailout or IMF loan may enable private creditors to jumpship, it shifts the burden onto the government — mainly to be borne by taxpayers. This requires governments to cut back spending, or to raise taxes to transfer income from taxpayers to bondholders.
Netanyahu called for a cabinet meeting on April 17th to declare that the Golan Heights will be under Israeli sovereignty indefinitely. Now the Syrians have to suffer another occupation by led by Israel. Israel will never withdraw from the Golan Heights. Water in the Middle East is similar to the value of gold since water is becoming a scarce commodity. Fourteen of the 33 likely most water stressed countries in are in the Middle East, including nine considered extremely highly stressed with a score of 5.
The region, already arguably the least water-secure in the world, draws heavily upon groundwater and desalinated sea water, and faces exceptional water-related challenges for the foreseeable future. Oil is another commodity just discovered in the Golan Heights. According to RT news, a report by an Israeli business website www. After more than a year of round-the-clock drilling, large amounts of oil have been found on the Golan Heights.
Estimates are that the amount of oil discovered will make Israel self sufficient for very many years to come. Afek Oil and Gas chief geologist Dr. On average in the world strata are meters thick, so this is ten times as large as that, so we are talking about significant quantities. Three drillings have so far taken place in the southern Golan Heights which have found large reserves of oil. Israel consumes , barrels of oil per day. Any disruption of oil imports to Israel can affect its military projections in the Middle East; therefore the occupation of the Golan Heights is in their best interests in terms of hegemonic power.
After the signed agreements by both parties, thousands of violent incidents occurred by both sides of the borders which violated the armistice agreement due to disagreements over the legal status of the demilitarized zone DMZ and disputes over land and water resources. Washington approved foreign aid in the form of arms shipments to Israel and the former Soviet Union supplied Egypt and Syria with arms during the conflict.
Image Description Vienna Several triangles, juxtaposed, joined or intersecting. Colour Claim Colour is claimed as a feature of the trade-mark. This is our Trademark. Top triangle of the trademark is gold-yellow colour, middle triangle - grey-silver colour, bottom triangle - cooper colour. Greek Letter - "Omega" translates as "O" into English.
Goods Class 14 Bars, coins and rounds out of precious metals. Selling of coin and jewelry supplies. Goods downloadable digital images and portraits of Canadian public figures;digital images and portraits of Canadian public figures printed on paper or canvass. SERVICES 1 educational seminars containing images and portraits of Canadian public figures 2 displays and exhibitions of pictures, paintings and portraits of Canadian public figures.
Image Description Vienna Vine leaves except 5. Circles or ellipses containing representations of animals, parts of animals' bodies or plants. Letters or numerals representing a human being or a part of the human body, an animal or a part of an animal's body, a plant, a heavenly body, a natural phenomenon or an object.
Letters or numerals representing a plant. Disclaimer The right to the exclusive use of the point maple leaf is disclaimed apart from the trade-mark. Goods downloadable digital images and portraits of Canadian public figures; digital images and portraits of Canadian public figures printed on paper and canvass. SERVICES 1 educational seminars containing images and portraits of Canadian public figures 2 displays and exhibitions of images and portraits of Canadian public figures. Other forms representing an unidentifiable animal, other fantastic beings having the appearance of animals -- Note: Not including fabulous animals classified in division 4.
Image Description Vienna Circles. Two circles, two ellipses, one inside the other. Several circles or ellipses, juxtaposed, tangential or intersecting. Letters or numerals forming a circle or a circumference. Quadrilaterals containing one or more circles, ellipses or polygons. Trademark Description The trade-mark is a sound consisting of a two note synthesized sequence.
Trademark Description The trade-mark is a sound consisting of a single synthesized note. Trademark Description The trade-mark is a sound consisting of three note synthesized sequence. Goods Class 06 1 Flexible metal hoses for hot air ducting, material transfer systems, grain transfer systems, chimneys and appliances; metal pipes for conveying gas; metal flue and vent lining systems for chimneys and appliances, comprising metal hose, rain caps, mortar guards, chimney flashing, extension connectors, tee covers, tee connectors, and elbow connectors; metal pipes, metal tubes and metal joint connections for automobile exhaust systems, hot air ducting, material transfer systems, grain transfer systems, chimneys and appliances and for conveying gas; metal hose and bellows decoupling elements for automobile exhaust systems; metal stripwound and corrugated hoses, metal braided hose coverings, metal connection hose fittings, and metal self-sealing hoses all for automobile exhaust systems, hot air ducting, material transfer systems, grain transfer systems, chimneys and appliances and for conveying gas.
Class 07 2 Machine bellows; flexible metal hoses for automobile exhaust systems; automotive exhaust pipes and fittings. Class 17 3 Pipes namely flexible pipes, not of metal, non-metallic flexible pipes, non-metal fittings for metal and non-metal pipes all for automobile exhaust systems; tube and joint connections, namely non-metal tube and joint connections, non-metallic hoses and flexible pipes, non-metal self-sealing hoses all for automobile exhaust systems.
Goods 1 hosiery, pantyhose, shaping garments namely thigh shapers, underwear 2 shaping garments, namely waist smoother, capris, thigh toner. Image Description Vienna Mathematical signs. Mathematical signs combined with figures or letters. Quadrilaterals containing one or more numerals. Quadrilaterals containing one or more letters. Image Description Vienna Backgrounds divided into two, horizontally. SERVICES Class 36 Financial services, namely, financial analysis and financial analysis consultation services, financial analyses, financial analysis and research services, financial investment brokerage, financial investment analysis and stock research, financial investment counselling, financial planning and investment advisory services, investment advice and analysis; investment management and consultation services; managing investment portfolios; mutual fund services; mutual fund advisory services; financial investments in the field of mutual funds; mutual funds and capital investment services.
Goods Tshirts, sweatshirts, hats, sweatpants. Goods goods of metal, namely components of the electronic cigarettes; steam generating apparatus for electronic cigarettes; electronic cigarettes. Goods 1 Lifestyle and fitness clothing, namely, shirts, pants, socks, sweatshirts, hats, caps, underwear, jogging suits, tank-tops, gloves, toques, tank tops, jackets.
Goods Class 11 Commercial and industrial electric heaters; commercial and industrial electric refrigerators; commercial and industrial air conditioners. Goods 1 Server adapters; network adapters; application acceleration adapters; programmable network adapters; computer network adapters, switches, routers and hubs; computer network adapters, server adapters, switches, routers and hubs using Federal Information Processing Standards FIPS 2 Network appliances, namely computer central processing units for a computer network, computer network electronic memory hardware for security and computer network adapters.
Goods Class 06 1 bath installations namely metal grab bars. Class 19 3 showers and bathroom floors namely non-slip flooring namely non-slip ceramic flooring, non slip wood flooring. Class 20 4 bathroom furniture, namely, benches, chairs, tables, bathroom cupboards, furniture namely towel closets; bathroom racks; dressing tables; bathroom furniture accessories, not of metal, namely cabinet work namely bathroom cabinets; mirrors; mirrored cabinets; picture frames; latches, not of metal; coathooks not of metal; coatstands being furniture; cabinets being furniture; bins not of metal namely storage bins, laundry bins; non-metal clothes hooks; clothes hangers; small furniture elements for bathrooms namely bathroom and shaving mirrors, benches, furniture cabinets; bath installations namely non-metal grab bars.
Class 21 5 holders for bathroom and toilet utensils; soap holders; toilet roll holders; towel racks and rails not of precious metal;. Class 24 6 textiles and textile goods namely towels of textile, textile fabrics; bath linen except clothing; towels of textile; face cloths. Class 27 7 baths and bathing equipment namely bath mats, bath rugs; non-slip devices for baths, namely bath mats.
Language of Application French. Apparatus for collecting, reading, storing, converting, processing, entering, emitting, transmitting data, information, and signals, namely USB keys, television converters; apparatus for transmitting data and signals in the field of the Internet of things via telephone and long-range wireless networks. Telecommunication and radio communication apparatus, namely radio antennas, radios, mobile telephones, and landline telephones, telephone answering machines; telecommunications transmitters and receivers, namely radio transmitters and receivers.
Dissemination of information by electronic means, for global communication networks or reserved- or private-access networks; provision of access to a global computer network; provision of access to databases; provision of access to search engines; email services on a telecommunications network; rental of telecommunications apparatus and installations, namely computers, modems, facsimile machines, telephones; technical consulting and advisory services in the field of telecommunications; mobile telecommunications network services.
Goods minerals and composites thereof, namely, minerals and mineral composites constructed as molecular sieves and zeolites, for use in commercial and domestic goods, namely, capsules, pods or cartridges containing mixes for making beverages. Image Description Vienna Other unidentifiable personifications, other fantastic beings of human appearance -- Notes: a Including snowmen, scarecrows and ghosts. Other parts of the human body -- Note: Not including heads, which will be placed in the appropriate sections of divisions 2.
Eyes -- Note: Including eyes with or without eyebrows and eyes with tears. Feet, toes, toenails, imprints of feet or of toes, legs. Image Description Vienna Other signs, notations or symbols. Bars, cables -- Notes: a Including electric cables. Cables or cords with electric plugs. Goods Computer video game controller having joy stick and control triggers.
SERVICES The bringing together, for the benefit of others, of a variety of goods and services, enabling customers to conveniently view and purchase those goods and services from an Internet web site specializing in the marketing of the sale of goods and services of others; online computer services, namely, creating an online database featuring gift registries and lists; online computer services, namely, providing an interactive website that gives users the ability to create customized gift registries and lists and share them with others; online computer services, namely, providing an interactive website that gives users the ability to recommend products and services to others in a social network setting; providing a website featuring non-downloadable software enabling users to track selections and purchases of products and services related to gift lists and gift registries.
Image Description Vienna Heads, busts. Hair, locks of hair, wigs, beards, moustaches. Circles or ellipses with one or more other quadrilaterals. Circles or ellipses containing inscriptions arranged in circular or elliptical form. Quadrilaterals containing representations of human beings or parts of the human body. Several quadrilaterals juxtaposed, joined or intersecting. Grain, seeds -- Note: Including coffee beans. Colour Claim Colour is claimed as a feature of the trademark. The circle is green. The middle of the circle is white.
The rectangle with the half circle is yellow. The character design and the waves are black. Goods Class 30 Coffee; roasted coffee beans; coffee extracts. Surfaces or backgrounds covered with circles or ellipses. Surfaces or backgrounds covered with dots. Armillary spheres, planetaria, astronomic orbits, atomic models, molecular models. Atomic models, molecular models, representations of human, animal or vegetal cells. Circles or ellipses containing one or more triangles or lines forming an angle.
SERVICES Class 42 Custom development of biochemical reagents, namely, synthesis for others of clinical medical reagents for use in gene therapy, development of pharmaceutical preparations for use in gene therapy, and therapeutic compositions that include recombinant adeno-associated viral rAAV vectors to provide a platform for specific expression of biologics with therapeutic effect in gene therapy, RNA interference RNAi , and cell therapy; scientific research and development in the field of gene therapeutics, medical research services, genetic engineering services, biotechnology services, namely, research and development of new products in the field of gene therapeutics and research tools, including those based on recombinant adeno-associated viral vectors.
Goods Class 29 1 smoked salmon; snack food dips; cream cheese. Class 30 2 Pre-packaged and prepared food and snack items, namely snack crackers; sandwiches. SERVICES Retail store services and on-line sale services featuring men's, women's and children's apparel, footwear, headgear, clothing accessories, jewellery, housewares and furniture. SERVICES Retail sale of clothing, outerwear, footwear, bags and camping equipment; charitable fundraising services; providing information in the field of outerwear, clothing, footwear, camping and bags. Goods Class 25 Clothing for athletic use, namely, wraps-arounds, compression garments for athletic and other non-medical use, namely, compression belts, corsets, girdles, wraps and shapewear, namely, belts, corsets, girdles, and wraps.
Goods Computer software for use in creating and managing brand marketing and advertising systems for collecting and linking information from multiple sources, namely, products, consumers and communication channels, namely, web pages, electronic messages, social media, mobile device content and print publications, namely, magazines and catalogues; computer software for brand marketing and advertising systems for digitally managing product data generated by manufacturers, vendors and brand merchandising organizations; computer software for use in accessing product data for brand marketing and advertising to retailers.
SERVICES Computerized providing of brand marketing and advertising systems for others for collecting and linking information from multiple sources, namely, products, consumers and communication channels, namely, web pages, electronic messages, social media, mobile device content, and print publications, namely, magazines and catalogues; computerized providing of brand marketing and advertising services for digitally managing product data generated by manufacturers, vendors and brand merchandising organizations; computerized providing of access to product data for brand marketing and advertising services to retailers.
Goods Computer software for use in brand marketing and advertising for assessment of and automated delivery of customized brand marketing and advertising materials to media, namely, signage, flyers, web pages, electronic messages, social media, mobile device content, and print publications, namely, magazines and catalogues; computer software for use in onboarding of new clients into databases for customer merchandising organizations; computer software for use in product recommendation systems for generating connections to external loyalty and customer relationship management systems; computer software for applying taxonomy to data in a database relating to products and assets of customer merchandising organizations; computer software for use in providing business processes, creating and managing brand marketing programs and creating and managing advertising programs for merchandising organizations.
SERVICES Computerized brand marketing and advertising services for others for assessment of and automated delivery of customized brand marketing and advertising materials to media, namely, signage, flyers, web pages, electronic messages, social media, mobile device content, and print publications, namely, magazines and catalogues for customer merchandising organizations; computerized onboarding of new clients into databases for customer merchandising organizations; computerized product recommendation services for generating connections to external loyalty and customer relationship management systems; computerized applying of taxonomy to data in a database relating to products and assets of customer merchandising organizations; computerized providing of business processes, creating and managing brand marketing programs, and creating and managing advertising programs for merchandising organizations.
Goods Computer software for use in brand marketing and advertising for assessment of and automated delivery of customized brand marketing and advertising materials to media, namely, signage, flyers, web pages, electronic messages, social media, mobile device content, and print publications, namely, magazines and catalogues; computer software for use in onboarding of new clients into databases for customer merchandising organizations; computer software for use in product recommendation systems for generating connections to external loyalty and customer relationship management systems; computer software for applying taxonomy to data in a database relating to products and assets of customer merchandising organizations; computer software for use in providing business processes, creating and managing brand marketing programs and creating and maanaging advertising programs for merchandising organizations.
SERVICES Computerized brand marketing and advertising services for others for assessment of and automated delivery of customized brand marketing and advertising materials to media, namely, signage flyers, web pages, electronic messages, social media, mobile device content, and print publications, namely, magazines and catalogues for customer merchandising organizations; computerized onboarding of new clients into databases for customer merchandizing organizations; computerized product recommendation services for generating connections to external loyalty and customer relationship management systems; computerized applying of taxonomy to data in a database relating to products and assets of customer merchandising organizations; computerized providing of business processes, creating and managing brand marketing programs and creating and managing advertising programs for merchandising organizations.
Goods Class 09 1 Sunglasses, reading glasses. Class 14 2 Fashionable jewellery. Class 18 3 Purses, umbrellas. Class 25 4 Clothing in the nature of fashionable casual wear, scarves, featuring dresses, shirts, ties, pants, leggings and socks. Headgear, namely hats, caps and toques. SERVICES Class 35 1 Procurement services for others in the form of purchasing CNC computer numeric controlled machining, casting components, composites materials of common metal and their alloys, silicone rubber, semi-worked rubber, foam rubber, hard rubber, metal structures beams made of aluminium, stainless steel and mild steel, sheet of metal including those from alloy steel and titanium, electronic semi-conductors; Sale, distribution namely, distributor ship services of CNC computer numeric controlled machining, casting components, composites materials of common metal and their alloys, silicone rubber, semi-worked rubber, foam rubber, hard rubber, metal structures beams made of aluminium, stainless steel and mild steel, sheet of metal including those from alloy steel and titanium, electronic semi-conductors.
Class 40 2 Contract Manufacturing in the fields of aerospace, automotive, energy, transportation, electronics, lighting, medical devices, photonics, clean tech, construction, mining, military goods and services and of new products for others; Manufacturing and prototyping services, namely, manufacturing services for others in the field of new products and product prototypes for various industries, and prototype fabrication of new products for others, and manufacturing of CNC computer numeric controlled machining, casting and composites materials of common metal and their alloys, silicone rubber, semi-worked rubber, foam rubber, hard rubber, metal structures beams made of aluminium, stainless steel and mild steel, sheet of metal including those from alloy steel and titanium, electronic semi-conductors and prototypes to the order and specification of others.
Electronic products assembling for others; Forging of aluminium, titanium and iron products; Application of protective coating to metal and plastic products. Class 42 3 Technical services in the field of mechanical and microelectronics engineering ; Industrial design; Product development, Injection, thermo forming, parts moulding in the field of aerospace, automotive, energy, transportation, electronics, lighting, medical devices, photonics, clean tech, construction, mining, military goods and services.
Goods Casual clothing; computer software for processing digital audio; downloadable music files; computer chips; headphones; electronic publications and printed matter in the field of audio mastering. SERVICES Audio recording; streaming of audio via the Internet such as music; broadcasting of audio via the Internet such as music; audio mastering; audio remastering; audio mixing; audio effects and enhancement using immersive audio enhancers, spatial signal processors and dimensional multipliers.
Goods Outdoor footwear, namely, boots. Image Description Vienna Other ornamental motifs. P on goods 1. P on goods. Image Description Vienna Lines or bands forming an angle -- Note: Including chevrons and arrowheads formed by lines or bands. Arrowheads -- Note: Not including arrowheads in the form of angles Letters or numerals representing an object. SERVICES Providing on-line image files, sounds and music files, not downloadable, accessible by means of cell phones, namely, TV shows, movies, videos, podcasts; providing on-line animation and other image files, sounds and music files, not downloadable, accessible by means of the Internet or cell phones, namely, TV shows, movies, videos, podcasts; game services provided by means of the Internet or cell phones; publication of books; presentation of movies, shows, plays or musical performances; movie showing, movie film production, or movie film distribution; presentation of live show performances; direction or presentation of plays; presentation of musical performance; production of radio or television programs; providing online electronic publications, not downloadable; reference libraries for literature and documentary records; book rental.
Goods wines, liqueurs. SERVICES 1 Consulting services to employers in the field of offering medical treatment support programs to employees as an employee benefit, in particular consulting services which enable the employer to offer treatment decision support programs to eligible individuals, namely, in the form of offering eligible individuals free-of charge access to cancer treatment decision support programs and services.
Goods Metal alloys with shape memory; titanium alloys for further manufacturing by others; common metal alloys, in wire and strip form, for high strength, flexibility and corrosion resistant applications; dental apparatus, namely, orthodontic appliances and parts therefor. SERVICES Heat treatment of metals; metal tempering; custom manufacture of orthodontic appliances; dental laboratory services; custom metallurgical services for production shape memory alloy components; specialized machining of metal alloy components; shape setting and heat treatment of metal alloys; metallurgical and engineering research and new product development; metallurgical analysis and testing; engineering research in the fields of dentistry, orthodontic appliances.
SERVICES Platform as a service PAAS featuring computer software platforms for use in the field of digital marketing; Digital business marketing consulting services; Developing marketing strategies and marketing concepts for others; Providing marketing strategies for others; Providing business marketing information for others.
Goods land vehicles, namely vans converted for use by wheelchair occupants, and structural parts therefore, namely wheelchair lifts and ramps. Image Description Vienna Vortices, rotary movements, tornadoes -- Note: Not including astronomic orbits 1. Quadrilaterals containing one or more other geometrical figures -- Note: Including quadrilaterals containing bent or straight lines except Goods pharmaceutical preparations namely sedatives and tranquilizers.
SERVICES Software as a service featuring software to identify, store, report, monitor, upload and download data and information, namely, emails, push notifications, texts, calendar alerts, photos, videos, telephone calls, fitness training data, physical activity, human biometric data, time, distance, steps taken, activity level, calories burned, hours slept, quality of sleep, and synchronization of same. Image Description Vienna Two lines or bands. Goods Class 20 Manufactured wood products, namely, wooden loading pallets and industrail packaging containers of wood.
Image Description Vienna Drops. Letters linked to a figurative element -- Note: Letters representing a human being or a part of the human body, an animal or a part of an animal's body, a plant, a heavenly body, a natural phenomenon or an object are classified in division Goods 1 backpacks and lunch bags not made of paper 2 plastic lids and plastic caps for beverage containers, namely, reusable self-sealing lids for household use for cups, containers and the storage of food; and folding chairs with seats that act as food and beverage coolers.
SERVICES Class 37 building construction contracting services; carpentry services; electrical contracting services; installation of doors and windows; plumbing contracting services. SERVICES 1 Operation of a restaurant and catering services 2 Operation of a retail food and beverage truck 3 Subscription services for home and office delivery of fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies 4 Operation of educational workshops in the field of nutrition and integrated wellness.
Goods 1 Pneumatic impact tools, namely, air guns, air hammers, cutting bits, and penetrating bits; expandable airbags, leak seal expandable air bags and expandable air bag tracks being parts of power-operated lifting machines 2 Hand-operated tools in the nature of rescue supports, namely, vehicle stabilization supports; tripod conversion supports; elevator supports; deployable raker shore supports; hand-operated forcible entry tools, namely, hooligan, pry-axe, biel, percussive rescue, kelly, and hook and claw tools 3 Rescue equipment in the nature of expandable air bags, namely, rescue air cushions, leak seal expandable air bags.
Goods 1 Publications, namely, books, magazines, newsletters, journals, newspaper articles; electronic publications, namely, books, magazines, newsletters, brochures and journals. Image Description Vienna Letters or numerals forming geometrical figures, written or typographical matter in perspective.
Letters or numerals forming a triangle surface or periphery. Triangles containing other figurative elements. Quadrilaterals containing one or more triangles or lines forming an angle. Goods Class 25 African clothing, namely, folk costumes; African footwear, namely, sandals and slippers; ethnic headgear, namely African head-ties and African print head wraps. Trademark Description The mark consists of a stylized depiction of an open book. SERVICES Class 35 1 Facilitating business relationships between buyers and financial service providers, namely, arranging for financial service providers to affiliate their services with the goods and services of third parties by means of promotional lending rates.
SERVICES Operating, namely, creating and hosting an online community website relating to patients with rare diseases; pharmaceutical research services, namely, recruitment of rare disease patients for panels such as pharmaceutical research panels. Letters or numerals forming a square or a rectangle surface or periphery. Goods Virtual reality games, namely software for use in mobile devices for integrating the mobile device's electronic data with real world environments for the purpose of generating augmented reality environments in which users can interact for recreational, leisure or entertainment purposes.
SERVICES Entertainment services, namely, providing virtual reality software for creating environments for others from integrating electronic data and real world environmental features in which users can interact for recreational, leisure or entertainment purposes. Goods Class 25 footwear, namely, shoes, boots, slippers, sandals. Goods Class 30 1 Chocolate. Image Description Vienna Personified geometrical figures or solids, combinations of geometrical figures or solids representing a personage.
Letters or numerals representing a human being or a part of the human body. Image Description Vienna Letters presenting a special form of writing. Trademark Description Trade-mark to be applied to articles of jewellery via a stamping or engraving process. Goods 1 Jewellery in the form of finger rings and necklaces made of precious metals, karat gold jewellery, silver jewellery 2 anklet jewellery, bracelets, cuff-links, earrings, broaches.
Image Description Vienna Segments of circles or ellipses except Class 12 2 vehicles namely, cycles, bicycles, tricycles, delivery tricycles; anti-theft devices for vehicles; tires for cycles ; tubeless tires [tyres] for cycles ; bicycle frames; bicycle chains; inner tubes for bicycles; gears for cycles; bicycle brakes; bicycle handle bars; saddle covers for bicycles; direction indicators for bicycles; bicycle wheel rims; cranks for cycles; wheel hubs of bicycles; baskets adapted for bicycles; bicycle pedals; air pumps for bicycles; bicycle spokes; adhesive rubber patches for repairing inner tubes; bicycles wheels; saddlebags adapted for bicycles; bicycle saddles; bicycle bells; spoke clips for wheels; tricycles; carrier tricycles; repair outfits for inner tubes.
Class 21 3 works of art of porcelain, ceramic, earthenware or glass; figurines [statuettes] of porcelain, ceramic, earthenware or glass ; statuettes of porcelain, ceramic, earthenware or glass; insulating flasks ; vacuum bottles; refrigerating bottles; bottles; fitted picnic baskets, including dishes; isothermic bags; tableware, namely dinnerware and drinking glasses; toilet utensils. Class 25 4 clothing, namely shirts, pants, shorts, boxer shorts, blouses, sweaters, jerseys, sweatpants, sweatshirts, jackets, coats, skirts, dresses, tops, combinations, bathing suits, beachwear, loungewear, underwear, underclothing, socks, tights, stockings, foulards, neck warmers, ear muffs, gloves, mittens; footwear, namely sports footwear and cycling shoes; headgear, namely hats, knitted hats, caps, cap peaks, visors, headbands; thermal clothing, namely thermal underwear; belts [clothing]; money belts [clothing]; sports singlets; sock suspenders; cyclists' clothing; sports jerseys; cuffs; wristbands [clothing]; waterproof clothing, namely waterproof jackets and pants; non-slipping devices for footwear, namely non-slip soles, anti-slip soles;.
Class 28 5 games and playthings, namely toy action figures, children's toy bicycle, toy vehicles, radio-controlled toy vehicles; snow globes; toy figures; scale model vehicles; scale model kits [toys]; stationary exercise bicycles; rollers for stationary exercise bicycles; body protectors for sports use, namely cycling body protectors; leg guards for cycling use. SERVICES Class 41 Publication of books; publication of electronic books and journals on-line; providing on-line electronic publications, not downloadable; ticket agency services [entertainment]; organization of competitions [education or entertainment], namely arranging and conducting sport and cycling competitions, arranging and conducting cycling exhibitions; holiday camp services [entertainment]; entertainment information; game services provided on-line from a computer network; providing on-line music, not downloadable; providing on-line videos, not downloadable; providing museum facilities [presentation, exhibitions], namely museum services; organization of exhibitions for cultural or educational purposes; sport camp services; organization of sports competitions; practical training in the field of cycling; arranging and conducting of workshops [training], namely workshops in the field of cycling.
Triangular figures with one or more truncated or rounded angles. Triangles with dark surfaces or parts of surfaces. SERVICES providing of training in the field of medicine; scientific and technological services in the field of respiratory diseases and disorders and research in the field of medicine. Conceptual customer loyalty program under financial aspects, namely sales promotion for others provided through the distribution and the administration of privileged user cards, credit card reward programs and retail store reward programs.
Class 36 1 Conceptual customer loyalty program under financial aspects, namely financial valuation of privileged user cards, credit card reward programs and retail store reward programs. Class 42 2 Telecommunication services, namely platform as a service PAAS featuring computer software platforms for use in the field of online trading of virtual consumer loyalty reward cards. Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto, namely scientific research in the field of dermatology, scientific research in the field of pharmaceuticals and clinical trials; advisory services relating to science of doctors and patients, namely medical technology advice being advice on the selection and use of medical machines for cosmetic and plastic surgery.
Class 44 3 Advisory services relating to science of doctors and patients, namely pharmacy advice. Medical services, namely medical clinics, medical diagnostic services, medical imaging, medical testing services, cosmetic and plastic surgery, medical laboratory services, and medical testing services; physician and pharmaceutical advices and medical counseling of physician and patients, namely medical counselling about the treatment of frown lines, glabellar lines, Crowe's feet and laugh lines, platysma, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, Tinnitus, multiple Sclerosis, and about cosmetic and plastic surgery, and pharmaceuticals counselling.
The term MERZ is grey, the other elements of the trade-mark are blue and the background is white. Class 36 2 Conceptual customer loyalty program under financial aspects, namely financial valuation of privileged user cards, credit card reward programs and retail store reward programs. Class 42 3 Telecommunication services, namely platform as a service PAAS featuring computer software platforms for use in the field of online trading of virtual consumer loyalty reward cards.
Class 44 4 Advisory services relating to science of doctors and patients, namely pharmacy advice. Circles or ellipses containing one or more other geometrical figures -- Note: Including circles or ellipses containing bent or straight lines except Goods Headphones, Loudspeakers, Audio speakers, Car audio speakers, Wireless speakers, Computer speakers, Audio speakers for home theater systems, Audio equipment, namely audio receivers, audio amplifiers, tape players, compact disc players, MP3 players, audio mixers and Soundbars.
Image Description Vienna Surfaces or backgrounds covered with lines or bands. Goods Class 18 1 sunshade parasols. Class 22 2 portable shade tents. Goods Oven mitts; Pot holders; Potholders. Circles or ellipses with inscriptions projecting beyond the circumference. The Applicant claims the colours red, white and black as essential features of the trade-mark.
NET A. Image Description Vienna Clouds, fog, vapor, smoke. Set of lines evoking sound or electromagnetic waves. Trademark Description A cloud shape and the wireless local area network symbol. The logo appears on an orange background with lettering in shades of dark grey.
SERVICES Class 42 Computer services, namely provision of cloud computing for data storage, cloud web hosting, consulting services in the field of cloud computing; configuration and optimization of computer networks for cloud computing; maintenance and technical support for cloud computing systems, operation of a website in the field of cloud computing. Goods backpacks and lunch bags not made of paper. Image Description Vienna Man and woman couple. Acrobats, athletes, dancers, jugglers, nude men, men practising sports except 2. Women engaging in sport, women dancers, drum majorettes.
Women in profile, women's silhouettes. Backgrounds divided into two, vertically. Goods 1 Clothing such as fitness wear and casual wear. SERVICES 1 Fitness services such as personal training, nutrition training, fitness class instructing, fitness certification courses, in-person and online fitness learning courses, online retail sales of exercise videos and exercise programs, and operation of a website providing fitness instruction. Goods medical devices and apparatus, namely, pads for contacting a patient for increasing and decreasing the body temperature of the patient, parts and fittings therefor.
SERVICES advertising the wares and services of others; business management; business administration; office functions, namely business management consultancy and advisory services and incubation services, namely providing work space containing business equipment to start-up businesses, business management consultancy and advisory services; insurance services; financial affairs, namely financial investment counseling, financial analysis and financial analysis consultation services, providing financing to emerging and start-up companies, venture capital financing, private equity fund investment services, providing financing to start-up businesses; real estate services.
The colours black, white, peach, orange and blue are claimed as a feature of the mark. Goods 1 Chemicals and chemical preparations for the cleaning of commercial milking equipment.