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Thursday, 21 March 2013

21 March 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Rating of the Richest Oil Countries in Per Capita Terms

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Rating of the Richest Oil Countries in Per Capita Terms. 2013

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The experts at RIA Rating conducted a study of world oil and gas reserves. For more information on which countries lead in energy reserves per capita, see the Infographic above. According to RIA Rating’s calculations, the champion in the ranking is Qatar, where the average oil and gas reserves are worth more than 6 million USD (186 million Roubles. 4.7 million Euros. 4 million UK Pounds) per capita. To make a comparison, this amount is approximately equal to the average Russian salary for 600 years. Such large quantities have provided Qatar a fantastic economic growth in recent years; now, it’s the richest in the world in terms of GDP per capita. Second in the global oil and gas riches sweepstakes is Kuwait. This small Middle Eastern country has more than 4 million USD (124 million Roubles. 3.1 million Euros. 2.7 million UK Pounds) worth of oil and gas reserves per capita. Russia, with the largest gas reserves in the world, and amongst the 10 countries with the largest oil reserves, was only 17 in the rankings, largely due to its relatively-large population. The combined worth of Russian commercial oil and gas reserves is thought to be about 23.5 trillion USD (728 trillion Roubles. 18.2 trillion Euros. 15.5 trillion UK Pounds). Thus, the average worth per capita of Russia’s reserves isn’t all that high… 165,000 USD (5.1 million Roubles. 128,000 Euros. 109,000 UK Pounds)… that’s only 1/35 the per capita of the worth of Qatar’s reserves, but it’s also about 35 times higher than the world average.

20 March 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/infographics/20130320/180136761/The-Worlds-Richest-Countries-by-Oil-and-Gas-Reserves.html

http://ria.ru/infografika/20130319/928007562.html

Pope to Celebrate Mass in Youth Prison on Holy Thursday

00 Pope Francisco Bergoglio. 14.03.13

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On Thursday, the Vatican said in a statement that Pope Francisco Bergoglio would celebrate Mass next week, before Catholic Easter, in a youth detention centre in Rome, during which he’d wash the feet of prisoners. The Vatican said the Holy Thursday Mass would continue Bergoglio’s tradition as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, when he served Mass in prisons, hospitals, and nursing homes.

21 March 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_03_21/Pope-to-celebrate-mass-in-youth-prison-before-Easter/

Editor’s Note:

All leftists should note that Pope Francisco is a strong advocate of social justice and economic equity. That means that semi-Republican pukes like Dolan and O’Malley should halt their smarmy and underhanded support of the Republican Anti-Life Programme… but they won’t. Let God see and judge…

BMD

Putin Proposes Visa-Free Entry for International Athletes

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This summer, Russia will host the World University Games, in 2014, the Winter Olympics, and in 2018, the FIFA World Cup. In the coming five years, it’ll also play host to a number of world championships in individual sports. To make Russia more welcoming, President Putin proposed to grant visa-free entry to foreign athletes participating in these competitions. Mr Nikolai Dolgopolov, President of the Russian Federation of Sports Journalists, said, “The news makes me happy. All this paperwork and biometrics are so time-consuming and tedious! As a great sports fan, President Putin appreciates the importance of easy entry for international athletes. Russia’s getting a better image, and its consular officials, an easier workload”.

Remember, in 2008, Russia granted visa-free entry to some 60,000 Chelsea FC supporters who came to Moscow to watch the final match of the Champions League played between their team and Manchester United FC. Will the EU respond to such Russian measures by bringing forward visa-free travel between EU countries and Russia? We asked Dr Sergei Utkin of the Europe Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences about this, and he said, “Such expectations are unrealistic. True, we have a dialogue. At the same time, the EU countries would have difficulties in finding a common response to the latest easy-visas initiative by the Russian President. Coming to an agreement within the EU is a protracted and difficult matter”. In some of its recent pronouncements, the European Commission said it isn’t in a hurry to bring about visa-free travel between EU countries and Russia.

20 March 2013

Aleksei Lyakhov

Svetlana Kalmykova

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_03_20/Putin-proposes-visa-free-entry-for-international-athletes/

Editor’s Note:

One reason why the EU is dragging its feet is American pressure. In particular, the US Republican Party supports repressive police state measures that restricts the travel of American citizens abroad. For instance, the Bush fascists destroyed the most peaceful border in the world when it demanded that all Americans travelling to Canada must have passports. I travelled to Canada many times without a passport… that’s no longer possible due to the Department of Homeland Security Gestapo created by the Republican Party. There’s no threat of “terrorism” from Canada. Reflect on this… the Republicans claim that they want “smaller” government… well, they don’t want to dismantle such GOP-founded “American KGB” agencies as the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA (I had contact with the latter… they’re a Kafkaesque and Queen of Hearts madhouse). I think that makes them liars, no? Read and heed…

BMD 

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