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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

FAO Sez Russia is Now Major Actor on Global Agriculture Markets

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UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told RIA Novosti:

Russia made significant progress in the agriculture sector; it’s now an important player on global agricultural markets. It’s poised to become the biggest global wheat exporter in 2016/17. Further, our understanding is that forecasts show that Russia’s total cereal production in 2016 will reach record levels. Russia was one of the most important partners of FAO, significantly contributing to global nutrition security. The [Russian-FAO] coöperation revolves around knowledge exchange and provision of technical assistance to developing countries in ensuring food security, food safety, nutrition, and in tackling transnational animal and plant diseases. FAO is also very much interested in attracting Russian expertise to its forestry, fisheries, land/water management, and soil programmes.

Russia provided 6 million USD (366 million Roubles. 41.4 million Renminbi. 405.6 million INR. 7.878 million CAD. 8.028 million AUD. 5.658 million Euros. 4.728 million UK Pounds) to FAO to implement a food and nutrition security project in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. Russia is also interested in allocating money for a FAO project for the progressive control of foot-and-mouth disease in the same region. In 2015, during my official visit to the Russian Federation, we signed a 1 million USD (61 million Roubles. 6.9 million Renminbi. 67.6 million INR. 1.313 million CAD. 1.338 million AUD. 943,000 Euros. 788,000 UK Pounds) coöperation agreement to support the Global Soil Partnership. I also hope that FAO and Russia would boost coöperation to support FAO work in post-disaster and emergency situations across the globe. The international community can achieve the ambitious goal of eradicating hunger by 2030. We aren’t talking about simply halving hunger’s scope or reducing the absolute numbers of hungry people… we’re talking about really ending hunger by 2030, and providing healthy sustainable diets to all. This is a bold goal, but we’re convinced that it’s indeed viable and affordable. We can and we must be the Zero Hunger generation.

The struggle against hunger requires multiple efforts in many spheres. The UN’s 17 sustainable development goals, including elimination of hunger and poverty, as well ensuring quality education, are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015. The instability and various conflicts around the world have a negative impact on the issue of global food security, as well as social protection capabilities. Conflict is one of the main… if not the main… drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition. It reduces food availability, disrupts access to food and health care, interrupts food production and agriculture, and undermines social protection systems. Indeed, conflict characterised every famine in the modern era. Some 80 percent of humanitarian funding appeals had links to conflicts, adding that over 56 million people affected by protracted crises were in an emergency level of food insecurity. The FAO exerts efforts to promote stability and food security in conflict-ridden countries such as Nigeria, which deals with the Boko Haram insurgency.

13 December 2016

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/russia/201612131048482533-russia-agriculture-markets/

Saturday, 29 October 2016

29 October 2016. Stopping Executions is “Bad”… Chopping Off Heads is “Good”… So Says the UN Under US Pressure

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This is what the Church teaches on the death penalty… it always has… it always will. Tsar Aleksandr Aleksandrovich routinely commuted ALL death sentences to ten years at hard labour, except for crimes against the state. Do note that the godless Republican filth don’t do likewise. Vote accordingly…

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The UN Human Rights Council removed Russia, which has had a moratorium on use of the death penalty since 1996. However, Saudi Arabia, a country that executed 157 people in 2015, many of them by decapitation, will remain. Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy in which everything and everyone is the de-facto property or “subject” of the King. They’ll set the agenda for “human rights” at the United Nations. Despicable.

Caleb Maupin

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Editor:

The Three Stooges… Clinton, Trump, and Johnson… are cosy with the Saudi decapitators and support them. Only Dr Jill and Ajamu oppose them. Is this a question? Vote for the only supporters of human rights and justice… vote Green… just sayin’…

BMD

Sunday, 22 November 2015

A Study in Contrasts: How Russia and the West Respond to Violence in Different Ways

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Confirmation that a terrorist bomb brought down the Metrojet airliner that crashed in Sinai surprised no one. However, the episode highlights the contrast between the way Russians and the West go about doing things now. Last year, following the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over the Ukraine, the West rushed out accusations within hours of the crash, which meant that, from the outset, they skewed the investigation to fit a theory. By contrast, after the crash of the Metrojet airliner, Russians refused to speculate on a cause until they did a proper investigation. Therefore, the investigation was open, in contrast to the secrecy cloaking the MH17 investigation. Importantly, the Metrojet investigation consulted the proper experts… the aircraft’s French manufacturers. On the other hand, the MH17 investigation excluded relevant evidence from Almaz Antey… who manufactured the Buk SAM that the investigation alleged shot down the aircraft… they didn’t heed the firm’s opinions nor did they even mention them in the report.

Since the investigation into the Metrojet tragedy took place openly and objectively, it produced a conclusive finding within weeks of the tragedy. By contrast, after more than a year, the MH17 investigation produced an incomplete (and in parts, contested) report. Besides this, note the astonishing contrast in the reaction to the two recent terakts… the Metrojet crash and the Paris attacks… that recently took place. In re the Metrojet crash, the Western reaction was large-scale indifference. Nevertheless, Russians rushed to show sympathy and support for the people of France following the Paris attacks, but there was no like rush from the Western public to show sympathy and support for the people of Russia following the Metrojet tragedy. There were even some appalling claims… apparently, extending to US government officials… that by supporting the Syrian government, Russia somehow brought the Metrojet tragedy down on itself.

In the case of the Paris attacks, alongside proper and legitimate feelings of grief for the victims, Western officials responded with blind fury and elements of panic, with talk of war and a stampede to impose ever-more draconian restrictions on Western society, but with no coherent plan of what to do. This contrasts with the calm and purposeful way that… amidst feelings of intense grief… the Russian authorities and people responded to the Metrojet tragedy. We should say clearly that it makes no sense to say that by supporting the Syrian government that Russia brought the Metrojet tragedy down on itself, any more than it makes sense to say that by opposing the Syrian government France brought the Paris attacks down on itself. Such rationalisations of terrorism are both wrong and immoral. However, it’s legitimate to say… as President Putin said in his recent speech to the UN General Assembly… that attempts to manipulate terrorists to achieve geopolitical objectives are both wrong and immoral… and also extremely dangerous. If Western governments want to respond properly to the Paris tragedy, then, acknowledging that is a good place to start.

19 November 2015

Alexander Mercouris

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/columnists/20151119/1030414109/different-way-russia-west-respond-violence.html

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Zakharchenko sez We Won’t Build a Strong DNR Without the Active Work of Our Youth

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Today, in a special message marking International Youth Day (International Youth Day is on 12 August; the UN General Assembly established it in 1999), DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko pointed up that young People in the DNR are directly involved in the struggle for the Republic’s future, both in the military on the fighting line and in building peace, as well. He said, “You’re our future. In many ways, everything that we do, we do for you; however, I’m convinced that without your selfless participation in constructing a strong and independent state, it simply won’t happen. On the one hand, young people create social projects, they contribute to the development of our economy and industry, and they help in patriotic education; on the other hand, side-by-side with experienced fighters, they fight the invaders with arms in hand. Today, in our country, it’s really a time for young people. There are youth organisations all over the DNR, the number of activists increases by the day. Already, in the various youth associations enrol thousands. The largest DNR youth organization DNR, Молодая Республика (Molodaya Respublika: Young Republic), has about 10,000 members. My message isn’t just for people aged 16 to 35; it’s actually rather conventional. I want to greet everybody, I wish that all of us would always stay young, keep our youthful enthusiasm, vigour, and confidence in our strength, regardless of the birthday in our passport. Then we’d be able to shoulder any task”.

12 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/politics/stroitelstvo-silnogo-gosudarstva-v-dnr-bylo-by-nevozmozhno-bez-aktivnogo-uchastiya-molodezhi-zaxarchenko.html

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