social media firms should pay taxes in Turkey and have offices

Social media firms operating in Turkey should open offices there and pay taxes, authorities said Tuesday, amid a row with Twitter which the Turkish prime minister has branded "tax evaders".

for the moment they are installing themselves in the western countries with the lowest taxes and transferring the gains of other services to that headoffice in the payment of royalties because of the use of the brand and so on

but this discussion is also alive in France

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Ebola scare in one graphic

for the first time the number of victims - even low in number - is so dispersed and stretching the intervention teams to the limit

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how the syrian opposition is using Facebook to monitor air bombing by Assad

this is their page https://www.facebook.com/Observatory.unified

and here you see them watching (waiting to get killed yourself - seems not very safe like that)

and reporting attacks by the aircraft of Assad like that

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#kiev that is why I am for Ukraine (joke)

yeah I am a guy :)

the difference

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#kiev Russian banks in Kiev were financing the seperatists and were raided today

after the arrest of a few ringleaders who started singing like canaries operational information becomes available on which the Ukr security and intelligence services can act and luckily they do

"One of the Russian banks financed the terrorist groups in the east of Ukraine, stated the Security Service of Ukraine. During March and April of this year, the bank is now cashed 45 million USD, which was spent on organization of separatist actions . Officials of the bank's operating headquarters in Kiev , in violation of the law of Ukraine " On prevention and counteraction to legalization (laundering ) of proceeds from crime and terrorist financing ." " Financed terrorist groups whose members do violence to the citizens, riots , arson, destruction of property, seizure of public buildings , resisted state authorities and law enforcement agencies with weapons , as well as actions aimed at preparing to commit terrorist acts " - the the statement of the SBU.

In addition , the bank daily transfers from $ 200 to 500 on credit cards issued to members of terrorist groups. SBU investigators discovered by these facts a criminal case against officials of financial institutions under Part 3. 258-5 ( terrorist financing) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.


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Wikileaks publishes internal EU documents about Human rights

Today WikiLeaks released the second Draft of EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Opinion and Expression Online and Offline, an instrument which sets how the EU is to treat these subjects and their priorities in the foreign policy of the European Union, for example, the EU response to censorship of TV stations in the Ukraine and certain aspects of US mass surveillance.

The Guidelines cover significant ground, including activating EU sanctions in response to "restrictions of freedom of expression".

The Guidelines were supposed to be released by the end of 2013, a deadline established by the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy - but were not.

The Guidelines fail to directly address the most serious threat to freedom of speech in Europe, the emerging public-private censorship model for financial censorship, surveillance and the arbitrary suspension or interruption of critical media infrastructure by foreign companies as seen in the WikiLeaks blockade.

The Guidelines validate data collection by indicating that "public security may justify the gathering of sensitive information".

The protection for whistleblowers and emerging forms of journalism is ambiguous.

Download the EU External Freedom of Expression Policy draft here

oh yes Wikileaks totally forgets that there are no human rights in Russia and that the Russian secret service has installed a full online and society surveillance coverage

and china of course that is also such an example of democracy

off course this document should have been public anyhow as part of the public debate so that cons like wikileaks can't make themselves important by publishing it as if it was secret

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#kiev the biggest military battle will be here

and this is because they are trained platoons - battle hardened

they are now fighting around the city retaking the airport and some roads

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#kiev army preparing for real actions later this day - tonight - morning

yep now it is the heavy guns who are coming in

if you want to play wargames, you have them

troops are also mobilized at the border so if there is an invasion they won't be marching through

Awacs are now permanently keeping watch above the Russian troops

sources indicate that Russians agents are retreating from the frontlines but that locals also are leaving the seized buildings in surely one place

these are not unarmed untrained policemen of which only a few have the real guts to fight really hard back

but it isn't over yet, they now have to win against the real radicals who will really have to fight and not parade

but seeing this I think they are going for the blowout smackdown approach - be sure that you have all the necessary troops and armor and ammunition that you need to attack and to hold whatever the number of people firing

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#kiev Ukr Secret Service identified Russian Commander of attacks yesterday

google translate from http://www.sbu.gov.ua/sbu/control/uk/publish/article?art_id=124263&cat_id=39574

"Security Service of Ukraine identified the ringleader of Russian commando group that terrorized the local population takes office buildings, destabilizing the social and political situation in the eastern regions of Ukraine.

It appeared to be a citizen of an officer Spetsnaz GRU of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Igor Strelkov .

It was his voice on the recording of a telephone conversation with the curator of Moscow , published in the media 14 April , where he reports on terror in Slavic and shot the car with the Ukrainian police.

During the operative- investigative activities , detained earlier SBU recognize the saboteurs I.Stryelkova as a man who recruited them and put the task of capturing adminbudivel in Kharkiv.

It was established at the beginning of March 2014 , he arrived in the Crimea and coordinated seizure Russian military and intelligence agencies by the Russian military units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine , local authorities and government autonomy, kidnapping soldiers, NGO activists and other citizens of Ukraine and foreigners who were in the Crimea.

In addition, I.Stryelkov recruit citizens of Ukraine for further use in the organization of subversive actions in our country .

Saboteur personally gave instructions to the citizens of Ukraine "K" and "B" to capture and hold the Kharkiv regional state administration, military units and law enforcement departments for the purpose of taking possession of a weapon in the Luhansk region.

April 15 SBU launched criminal proceedings on the fact of a citizen of I.Stryelkovym murder and commit acts to the detriment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine , carrying out sabotage and subversion and organizing mass riots in the eastern region of our country."

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#kiev if russia is sponsering terrorism shouldn't it be on the sanctionlist

"By the way, the European Union’s far more detailed definition of “terrorist acts” should dispel any lingering doubts one may have had that the violence in eastern Ukraine qualifies as terrorist:


“Terrorist acts” mean intentional acts which, given their nature or context, may seriously damage a country or international organization and which are defined as an offence under national law. These include:

  • attacks upon a person's life which may cause death;
  • attacks upon the physical integrity of a person;
  • kidnapping or hostage taking;


  • causing extensive destruction to a Government or public facility, a transport system, an infrastructure facility;
  • seizure of aircraft, ships or other means of public or goods transport;
  • manufacture, possession, acquisition, transport, supply or use of weapons, explosives, or of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons,


  • participating in the activities of a terrorist group, including by supplying information or material resources, or by funding its activities in any way, with knowledge of the fact that such participation will contribute to the criminal activities of the group.

In order for these acts to constitute terrorist acts, they must be carried out with the aim of seriously intimidating a population, or unduly compelling a Government or an international organization to perform or abstain from performing any act, or seriously destabilizing or destroying the fundamental political, constitutional, economic or social structures of a country or an international organization.


In light of Russia’s direct and indirect promotion of international terrorism in eastern Ukraine, Russia obviously qualifies as a “state sponsor of terrorism” and, after formally being declared as such, must be immediately subjected to the sanctions the United States is legally bound to impose on state sponsors of terrorism. (Naturally, the EU should follow suit.) Here’s the State Department:


Countries determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism are designated pursuant to three laws: section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act. Taken together, the four main categories of sanctions resulting from designation under these authorities include restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.

Designation under the above-referenced authorities also implicates other sanctions laws that penalize persons and countries engaging in certain trade with state sponsors. Currently there are four countries designated under these authorities: Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.


That list should now consist of five rogue countries—unless, of course, both Washington and Brussels prefer to supplement their weak-kneed response to Putin’s violation of international norms with an implicit endorsement of terrorism.

this will be for after the negotiations if there are any but wer are coming closer one step at a time

go on Putin, make my day

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#kiev Ukr Border police is doing a very active filtering job to prevent worse

imagine those at the manifestations storming 'unprotected' public buildings

some buses came through last weekend

they are thinking about closing the borders altogether

the borders with transdistnr are now the most important as buses with russians were spotted there (they need to take Odessa and surroundings to make a bridge to the sea)

also mentioned before that they were more and more coming in small buses and cars in groups of 4 to 5 

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#kiev no more burgers in Putins Russia

Liberal Democrat Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky's call to close all McDonald's restaurants in Russia received a lot of media attention, and a recent poll shows that most Russians would be glad to see the back of the fast food chain.


Sixty-two percent of respondents support the closure of all McDonald's in Russia, according to a survey conducted by SuperJob's Research Center in the week that followed the company's announcement that it was shutting its three restaurants in Crimea.

after an eye for an eye a burger for a burger

well this will make it clear to the youth that they are losing things they like if Putin continues to have its way

this is sometimes more important than demcracy

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#kiev why seperatists are now called colorados in Ukr media

Another term I'm seeing cropping up more and more often in the Ukrainian blogosphere, and now sometimes in conventional media, is the expression "Colorados," as in "Colorados armed with Kalashnikovs just captured a police station and beat up the people inside." Why Colorados? Well, this is a reference to the Colorado Potato Beetle, which is widely considered vermin in Ukraine (and Russia too) because it is foreign origin and eats the country's most important staple food. This is, of course, a step towards dehumanizing an enemy, but also it is appropriate. The only ways to deal with a Colorado Potato Beetle is to poison them or squish them. You can't reason with them and if you let them take over, they will. 

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#kiev a strong call for Iranlike sanctions against Russia

Considering its lack of credibility, the West needs to step up its sanctions instantly and dramatically to a near Iran level. Presumably, this will not be sufficient to stop a war in Europe, but the West needs to finally get serious.


The good news for the West is that Russia is highly vulnerable. Its GDP is slightly less than 3 percent of global output, or 6 percent of NATO’s output. Its military expenditures are less than one-tenth of NATO’s, and half of Russia’s arms procurement cost is probably lost on kickbacks. Russia is far too weak to be so aggressive, and it has no allies.


Its economic weakness is conspicuous. The market volatility in March, partially caused by the threat of sanctions, has shaved off about 2 percentage points from Russia’s expected GDP this year. Capital outflows amounted to $64 billion in the first quarter, slightly more than 3 percent of GDP, and they are now expected to rise to some $150 billion for the year as a whole. This will hit Russia’s investment, consumption, and growth.


The ruble has fallen, and inflation has risen, forcing the Central Bank of Russia to raise interest rates by 150 basis points. With continued Russian aggression in Ukraine, and stricter Western sanctions, Russia can easily see a fall in its GDP of 2 to 4 percent this year. That will hurt Russia’s standard of living, which has been vital for Putin’s popularity. Perhaps there is a limit to how much economic damage Putin can tolerate. The West needs to test this hypothesis by imposing a truly great cost upon him with a broad array of sanctions. Obviously, the West should also supply arms to Ukraine as fast as possible.


The West has no reason to worry about Putin losing face. He is used to losing face and saving himself through skillful improvisation or manipulation. Rather than apologizing for Russian atrocities in Chechnya, he celebrated them as a victory. He unleashed the shoot-out of hundreds of child hostages in Beslan in September 2005 and used it to reinforce his authoritarian powers. After President Obama snubbed him by refusing to go to Moscow for a bilateral summit in September 2013 and threatened to bomb Syria, Putin came up with the clever idea of eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons. Putin is not interested in any win-win game. On the contrary, to him victory means that his enemy loses.


The West needs to recognize that it cannot afford not to stop Putin. The earlier and more effectively that is accomplished, the lower the cost will be. The obvious parallel is the West’s failure to stop Nazi Germany in time in 1938.

naurally we may thank Putin for doing everything possible to convince us that he is not to be trusted and that he should be stopped to save him and the Russian people of economic disaster .....

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#kiev first the mayor welcomes the Russian invaders, now she already fears them

nothing like a democratic state with a normal police and judicial system

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