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“Сторонники Кремля”: чешских фермеров обвинили в пророссийской позиции


Антироссийские настроения европейских лидеров мешают им действовать рационально перед лицом волны протестов, захлестнувшей весь континент. Премьер-министр Чехии Петр Фиала назвал протестующих в Праге “сторонниками Москвы” — “врага” ЕС, тем самым дискредитируя претензии фермеров.

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Фиала заявил об этом, когда демонстрации в Чехии достигли своего апогея. 19 февраля сотни чешских фермеров въехали на тракторах в центр Праги, практически заблокировав движение возле Министерства сельского хозяйства. Протесты происходят на фоне “фермерского бунта” в Европе. Фермеры выступают против импорта дешевого украинского зерна и “зеленой” политики Евросоюза.

Фиала в своем аккаунте в X (бывший Twitter) заявил, что протестующие в Праге не представляют интересы фермеров, а являются просто-напросто “сторонниками Кремля”. Они якобы стремятся дестабилизировать Европу во имя российских интересов, а сельское хозяйство – это всего лишь предлог для организации массовых демонстраций.

Правительство, по словам чешского лидера, уже ведет диалог с фермерами и пытается удовлетворить их потребности. При этом он утверждает, что в протестах не принимают участия “все главные организации, представляющие интересы фермеров”, тем самым делигитимизируя эти демонстрации. Прага стремится защитить “реальные” интересы фермеров, но протестующие, как утверждает Фиала, не имеют к этим интересам никакого отношения. Они якобы всего лишь “пророссийские бунтовщики”, которые “усложняют” жизнь другим гражданам Чехии.

“У сегодняшней демонстрации мало общего с борьбой за улучшение условий фермеров. Демонстрацию проводят люди, которые не скрывают, например, своей поддержки Кремля и преследуют другие цели, отличные от интересов фермеров (…) Правительство находится в постоянном контакте со всеми, кто заинтересован в диалоге. Именно поэтому мы способны находить хорошие решения. Мы делали это много раз за последние два года. К сожалению, организаторы сегодняшних демонстраций не относятся к числу тех, кто заботится об улучшении качества жизни в нашей стране и ее процветании. Они усложняют жизнь жителям столицы и не решают реальные проблемы чешских фермеров”, – заявил Фиала.

Фиала отметил, что от протестов дистанцировались все главные организации, представляющие интересы фермеров, – Аграрная палата, Сельскохозяйственный союз и Ассоциация частных землевладельцев. Это один из его главных аргументов в пользу нелегитимности этих демонстраций. Но чешский лидер предпочел проигнорировать тот факт, что хотя эти организации и не участвовали в протестах 19 февраля, они объявили, что проведут 22 февраля собственную демонстрацию против “зеленой” политики ЕС. Таким образом, аргумент Фиала кажется несостоятельным, поскольку главные организации, представляющие интересы фермеров, разделяют те же интересы, что и протестующие.

Недовольство направлением развития сельского хозяйства в большинстве европейских стран является широко распространенным явлением. Протесты проходят по всей Европе – от Франции и Испании до Польши и стран Прибалтики. Европейские фермеры больше всех пострадали от безответственной политики ЕС в отношении Украины. Как известно, европейские государства с 2022 года поддерживают импорт украинского зерна. Они начали массово скупать дешевую украинскую сельскохозяйственную продукцию, а также прекратили развивать отечественный агробизнес, что привело к серьезному социальному кризису.

Украина – одна из самых плодородных стран в мире. Западноевропейские государства не могут конкурировать на сельскохозяйственном рынке с Киевом, поэтому европейские фермеры терпят убытки. В этом смысле требование прекратить импорт украинской сельскохозяйственной продукции является базовой потребностью для европейских фермеров.

Отказ от “зеленой” политики важен для поддержания жизнеспособности европейского сельского хозяйства. Столкнувшись с рядом экономических проблем и низкой производительностью, европейские фермеры стали зависеть от государственной помощи для оплаты продукции и транспортировки зерна. Однако ЕС навязывает радикальную экологическую повестку и заставляет европейских фермеров “расплачиваться” за глобальное потепление, что убивает агробизнес.

Поэтому требования фермеров кажутся справедливыми и оправданными. Они борются за свои права и улучшение условий жизни и труда. Нет никаких доказательств того, что такие фермеры действительно “поддерживают Кремль”. Некоторые фермеры и правда испытывают симпатию к России, считая, что антироссийская идеология ЕС является причиной всех их бед и проблем.

Пока европейские лидеры только обвиняют протестующих, а не занимаются решением их проблем, кризис продолжит ухудшаться.


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Депутат Бундестага предложил прекратить поставки оружия ВСУ на 48 часов


По мнению политика, такой шаг откроет путь к мирным переговорам.

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Движение «Я/Мы Сергей Фургал» признали экстремистским и запретили в РФ


Соответствующее решение принял суд Хабаровского края.

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Уральский энергетик получил госнаграду за инновации в теплоснабжении


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Правительство страны отметило инновации в сфере теплоснабжения


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На Урале запустили первый в регионе агроагрегатор


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В Свердловской области запустили первый в регионе агроагрегатор


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‘I Hope Kim Got the Extended Warrantee’– War in Ukraine Update for Feb. 22


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US slaps sanctions on 200 more groups that aid Russia; Mortars kill another civilian; Blogger who wrote about Moscow’s losses in Avdiivka commits suicide; Russian forces gain in Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia


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Russia Takes Center Stage in US Political Battle


washington — Russia has taken center stage in American political discourse after the death of a prominent opposition figure there, putting congressional Republicans under increased pressure to support Ukraine.

U.S. President Joe Biden has highlighted in his recent statements one of the differences between him and his challenger, former U.S. President Donald Trump.

At a recent rally, Trump said that if he were president and a NATO member fell short of its financial commitments to the security bloc, he would not protect that ally. “In fact, I would encourage them” — meaning Russia — “to do whatever the hell they want,” Trump said.

“Every president since Truman has been a rock-solid supporter of NATO, except for Donald Trump,” a stentorian male voice intones in an ad released this week by the Biden campaign. “Trump wants to walk away from NATO. He’s even given Putin and Russia the green light to attack America’s allies. … No president has ever said anything like it. It’s shameful. It’s weak. It’s dangerous. It’s un-American.”

The divide was further compounded by the death last week of opposition leader Alexey Navalny in a Russian prison.

Biden has been quick to lay blame and threaten stiff sanctions over the 47-year-old’s death in an Arctic penal colony, which Russian officials say was caused by “sudden death syndrome.”

“The fact of the matter is, Putin is responsible,” Biden said. “Whether he ordered it, he’s responsible for the circumstances they put that man in. And it’s a reflection of who he is. It just cannot be tolerated. I said there will be a price to pay.”

The Kremlin said Biden’s allegation is “unfounded” and “insolent,” but authorities have denied Navalny’s mother access to his body.

A different line

Trump and his Republican Party have taken a different line, with Trump saying he would not support NATO as strongly as Biden has. And, in a recent event with Fox News, he cast himself as a victim of political persecution, like Navalny.

“It’s a horrible thing, but it’s happening in our country, too,” Trump said Tuesday night. “We are turning into a communist country in many ways. And if you look at it, I’m the leading candidate. I get … I never heard of being indicted before. … I got indicted four times, I have eight or nine trials, all because of the fact that — and you know this — all because of the fact that I’m in politics.”

Trump was vague on how he’d end the war, instead saying that if he were president, Putin would never have invaded Ukraine.

Republicans have grown more vocal in questioning why they should fund the conflict. Russian forces recently captured a key Ukrainian city, Avdiivka, which the White House points to as proof that Ukrainian forces need urgent help.

In urging members of Congress to pass a $60 billion aid package for Ukraine, national security adviser Jake Sullivan argued it is “in our cold-blooded, national security interest to help Ukraine stand up to Putin’s vicious and brutal invasion.”

“We know from history that when dictators aren’t stopped, they keep going,” Sullivan told reporters this week in a briefing. “The cost for America rises, and the consequences get more and more severe for our NATO allies and elsewhere in the world.”

Some Republicans are confident that they will pass the stalled $95 billion aid package, most of which is for Ukraine.

“I think the slow response from Europe and the United States, of course, that hurts Ukraine,” Republican Representative Brian Fitzpatrick said on a recent visit to Ukraine. “And that’s why we can’t let this happen, why we’re going to get something done.”

War’s symbolism grows

Meanwhile, as Ukraine nears the second anniversary of the invasion and U.S. aid hangs in the balance, the war has taken on greater symbolic meaning.

“This has become about America,” journalist and author Peter Pomerantsev told VOA’s Russian Service via Skype. He is also a senior fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. “Will America continue to play the role of a power that keeps its promises, that respects its alliances and that is capable of projecting strength?

“Or is America over as a serious power? That’s the question now,” he said. “It’s no longer about Russia or Ukraine. Now all eyes of the world are on America, and the way America decides will have epic consequences.”

VOA’s Rafael R. Saakyan contributed to this report from Washington.


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Donald Trump’s long walk to nowhere


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Happy Thanksgiving, Palmer Report readers! What are YOU doing on Turkey day? Of COURSE, I know that it isn’t Thanksgiving. Of COURSE, I know Thanksgiving is in NOVEMBER. But you know who does not appear to know that? Donald John Trump.

I say this because Trump made yet another gaffe during a Michigan speech, proving that Trump’s brain really IS The Little Engine that could — could screw up, which he is doing with frightening regularity. “Remember!”

“Remember, the primary is Tuesday, February November 27th. Please get out and vote to set the stage for November. Go vote November 27th.”

November 27th? It is a long time until November 27th. What makes this blunder all the more hysterical is that Trump had just finished attacking President Biden’s mental acuity.

Perhaps Donald Trump covets some turkey, or possibly, like Edmund in “The Chronicles of Narnia”, he craves Turkish delight, which causes his brain to short-circuit, leaving the hard drive wiped clean of times, dates, and places.

At this point Trump is making gaffes WEEKLY. This underscores that Trump’s brain has taken a long walk into nowhere.

This isn’t Trump’s only mistake this week, and I highly doubt it will be the last. I wonder what Trump will use as an excuse for his repeated gaffes.

The “I was just being sarcastic” landed with a sputter. I find myself rather impatient to see how Trump will start to explain away ALL of his gaffes which are now happily piling onboard and which, like a cruise ship filled with excited tourists, happily wave at the American people while continuously landing the traitor in more mental trouble.

So no it is NOT Thanksgiving. Trump, however, IS the gift that keeps on giving. At this point, I am amusing myself by trying to guess what his next gaffe might be.




He may announce that he’s running against Richard Nixon for president. Or Hunter Biden. Or perhaps non-liquid corn is his competitor. One never knows what the nature of the next Trump screw-up will be, but one thing can be assured of, is there will ALWAYS be plenty more where that came from.

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The Holocaust survivor in the typewriter repair shop


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Many years ago  —  a sakh yorn tzurik, as we say in Yiddish  —  when I had little money and was still an unpublished writer, I moved to a street with many used bookstores.

It was a safe neighborhood, but somewhat shabby. Storefront after storefront displayed dog-eared books with torn paper covers. Sometimes the books were scattered about on the floor, haphazardly. At other times, aging books were shoved onto bookcases that had also seen better days. Each bookcase smelled musty inside.

It was a perfect place to shop for out-of-print titles and to find forgotten books from yesteryear. This neighborhood was also a good nesting place for aspiring writers who were just as cash-strapped as I was. Rumor had it that many itinerant authors resided in the region, and some were said to be recognized  —  even renowned — shrayber (writers) rather than grafomanen (literary dilettantes) in a language that clearly distinguishes levels of literary hierarchy.

Only one storefront was unique — and that was the typewriter repair shop, the one with wide windows that flanked a narrow walkway leading to the entrance. In the showcase were old Underwoods, the stately ones that stood tall and proud, the type that I learned to type on when I was 10. There were several portable manual typewriters, some still sitting in their cases and some still missing a metal key or two, as they awaited repair. Rare electric typewriters — like the blue and white one I myself owned — nestled in the corners, as if they were ashamed to be compared to the classics.

“This is the perfect place for a typewriter repair shop,” I thought. Writers always needed their trusty typewriters. I myself always needed new ribbons; in this case — the ones embedded in plastic cases, and inserted into electric typewriters, and not the messy ink-laden ones that rolled on wheels.

Nearly every week, I visited the shop to buy a new ribbon (which should rightly be called a “diskette” rather than a “ribbon”) but I clung to my atavistic expression even after I traded my old Underwood for a faster electric model. Each week, as soon as I rang the doorbell, the same man would appear in the showroom, wiping the grease and grime from his forearms.   Even the front of the shop smelled of oil, reminiscent of auto repair shops but minus those annoying gasoline fumes.

The man — whose name I never knew — always wore a stained apron. I was never sure if he was the owner or a worker, until I heard him answer the phone one day, and say, “Yo, ikh bin der kremer,” or “Yes I’m the owner,” in Yiddish. He always wore a sad smile.

But it wasn’t the sad smile or the stained apron that made me remember him so well. It was the tattoo on his forearm, which was clearly visible as he wiped away grease from his hands and arms. In those days, long before tattoos became fashion statements, only three types of people sported tattoos: sailors, ex-inmates and concentration camp survivors.

I tried to avert my gaze but was never sure how well I succeeded. I knew better than to ask about the tattoo. I had seen all too many in my youth. I lived on the far north side of Chicago, near Skokie, where many survivors settled after the war. Yet no matter how many times I saw these tattoos, I still felt the pain of such reminders. It was hard to imagine what the bearer of the tattoo had endured di di lagern, in the death and labor camps. To let him know that I, too, was Jewish, I made it a point to wish him a “good Shabbos” whenever I went to his shop on a Friday afternoon. Whenever that happened, his sad smile lasted a bit longer.

I wondered if he had learned his trade before the war, or if he survived the camps because his skill made him useful to the Nazis. The Nazis were, after all, methodical, and it made sense that they, too, needed a ready supply of working typewriters to write letters or record orders. I embroidered a backstory, where I imagined that he alone survived even if his family did not, because he alone had abilities exploited by the Nazis.

Time passed, and then an important event occurred: di kompyuter-tkufe, or the advent of the computer era. It was the early 80s, and affordable home computers had recently become available. Room-sized computers had shrunk to the size of a desktop. I started with an embarrassingly feeble Radio Shack 100 laptop, which I purchased for $100. When a neighbor saw me hauling the bulky box onto the elevator, he predicted that I would soon upgrade and buy a “real computer” — once I got the hang of the baby computer. He was right. But he didn’t predict what else came to pass.

It wasn’t long before I acquired that “real computer,” a desktop model with floppy disk drives. With a little effort, I learned word processing with WordStar — another relic of the early computer era. Soon enough, my computer keys were flying at breakneck speed, and I was touch-typing faster than ever before. (Learning to type at age 10 conferred a distinct advantage for lifelong speed-typing.)

That ugly putty-colored computer was a godsend to me. I could write more than ever. It wasn’t an IBM or even a Dell; it was just a cheap knock-off from J&R. But it was more than adequate for my needs. I couldn’t imagine returning to my electric blue-and-white Royal typewriter again. (I had chosen a blue-and-white model to resemble the Israeli flag.) My trusty electric typewriter suddenly felt as antiquated as the old upright Underwood in the typewriter repair shop window.

While looking around the room, in hopes of finding the perfect spot for this new sort of shraybmashin (typewriter), I spotted an unopened box of typewriter ribbons that I had purchased in bulk once I could afford to buy more than one ribbon a week. I never imagined that my old typewriter — or its ribbons — would become obsolete so fast. So, I picked up the cardboard box, and made my way to the typewriter repair shop.

As I entered the shop, the storekeeper started to shake his head from side to side, as if he anticipated my next words. To this day, I’m ashamed to say that I asked him if he accepted unopened returns. He looked at me, his eyes even sadder than ever before, and said: “No, no returns.” I understood and left.

The next time I passed the shop, the door was latched, and the windows were boarded up with wood. A red “for rent” sign had replaced the typewriter display. Customers no longer lined up at the shop, presumably because they had also switched. The computer age was a blessing for many, but not for this man.

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ChatGPT bug makes AI bot go haywire, spout gibberish


(NewsNation) — The world is being flooded with AI-related nightmare fuel right now, and popular AI bot ChatGPT provided just a little bit more Tuesday night.

According to Benj Edwards of Ars Technica, users on the social network Reddit began posting reports of the bot acting unpredictably to questions, providing non sequiturs, wrong answers and otherwise spouting gibberish in response.

For instance, when one Reddit user asked ChatGPT what a computer was, it responded, “It does this as the good work of a web of art for the country, a mouse of science, an easy draw of a sad few, and finally, the global house of art, just in one job in the total rest. The development of such an entire real than land of time is the depth of the computer as a complex character.”

One user on X, the former Twitter, collected other nonsensical replies:

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ChatGPT users need not fear, though.

Developer and ChatGPT owner OpenAI announced Wednesday morning the problems with the bot had been fixed, saying that “an optimization to the user experience introduced a bug with how the model processes language.”

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives is launching a bipartisan task force to study artificial intelligence and issue legislative recommendations.