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Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times
Wed, 17 Aug 2022 20:54:01 +0000

A Eurasian jigsaw: BRI and INSTC interconnectivity will complete the puzzle


Shrugging off western obstacles, Eurasia's ambitious connectivity projects helmed by China and Russia are now progressing deep into Asia's Heartland. SAMARKAND - Interconnecting Inner Eurasia is an exercise in Taoist equilibrium: adding piece by piece, patiently, to a gigantic jigsaw puzzle. It takes time, skill, vision, and of course major breakthroughs. A key piece was added to the puzzle recently in Uzbekistan, bolstering the links between the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the International North South Transportation Corridor (INSTC). The Mirzoyoyev government in Tashkent is deeply engaged in turbo-driving yet another Central Asian transportation corridor: a China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan-Afghanistan railway. That was at the center of a meeting between the chairman of the board of Temir Yullari - the Uzbek national railways - and his counterparts in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan, as well as managers of the Chinese Wakhan Corridor logistics company. In terms of the complex...
Signs of the Times
Wed, 17 Aug 2022 20:09:02 +0000

Hubris: 'Delusional', defeated Liz Cheney ripped for likening herself to Lincoln in concession speech


Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney was blasted by Republicans and conservatives after she compared herself to Abraham Lincoln in her concession speech following Tuesday's primary loss. "Abraham Lincoln was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all," Cheney said of the 16th president after she was soundly beaten by Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman. "Lincoln ultimately prevailed," Cheney went on. "He saved our union and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history. Speaking at Gettysburg of the great task remaining before us, Lincoln said, 'That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and a government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from this Earth.'
Signs of the Times
Wed, 17 Aug 2022 19:59:51 +0000

US military expert says Ukraine could be put on 'ammo diet'


Michael Kofman says Europe may already have given Kiev most of the weapons it's willing to provide Ukraine's European backers may be about to put the country on an "ammunition diet", an American military analyst has claimed in an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel. Michael Kofman said these nations may already have reached their limit in terms of weapons supplies to Kiev. In an article published on Tuesday, Kofman was quoted as saying it is not in the Ukrainian military's best interests to bide its time, as the weather will soon begin to worsen, making any counteroffensive more difficult to pull off. On top of that, according to the US expert, Russian troops could use a hiatus to regroup and "solve some of their personnel problems."
Signs of the Times
Wed, 17 Aug 2022 19:47:27 +0000

Germany to keep last three nuclear-power plants running in policy u-turn


Move prompted by the mounting economic war with Russia marks the first departure from a two-decade policy to abandon nuclear energy Germany plans to postpone the closure of the country's last three nuclear power plants as it braces for a possible shortage of energy this winter after Russia throttled gas supplies to the country, said German government officials. While temporary, the move would mark the first departure from a policy initiated in the early 2000s to phase out nuclear energy in Germany and which had over time become enshrined in political consensus. The decision has yet to be formally adopted by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's cabinet and would likely require a vote in Parliament. Some details are still under discussion, three senior government officials said. A cabinet decision would also need to wait on the outcome of an assessment of Germany's energy needs that will be concluded in the coming weeks but which the officials said was a foregone conclusion.
Signs of the Times
Wed, 17 Aug 2022 19:39:09 +0000

Violent hailstorm strikes the cities of Saint Étienne and Lyon, France


A severe storm hits the city of Lyon on Wednesday, August 17, 2022. "After hitting Saint-Etienne and its region, a very violent storm has reached Lyon and its environs! Hail and storm possible at 100 km/h. Roads were flooded by rain and hail and trees fell. The stormy episode that hit the Saint-Étienne agglomeration was short-lived, but at maximum intensity at 14:30 this Wednesday, 17 August. Heavy rains fell on the city. Streams of mud swept the streets, as in this video shot in l'Étrat, near Saint-Étienne. After long weeks of intense heat, even heat waves and drought, Lyon experienced a "flood" this Wednesday afternoon. The sky darkened within a few minutes and was replaced by storm and rain.
Signs of the Times
Wed, 17 Aug 2022 19:28:26 +0000

Putin advises on tackling alcoholism in Russia - prohibition is not the way


Hard or soft prohibition is not the way to help people with a drink problem kick the habit, the Russian president says The government should promote healthy alternatives to excessive alcohol consumption rather than adopting restrictive policies, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. "You cannot prohibit it or impose excessively high excise duties to ramp up the prices," the Russian leader said during video meeting with a Russian governor on Wednesday, adding that ignoring the problem and saying "people drink and they always will" is also the wrong approach. There are "simple things" that can be done to deal with the issue effectively, Putin suggested, including promoting better lifestyles and offering healthier alternative ways for people to spend their free time.
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