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BBC News - Ukraine: UK and EU 'badly misread' Russia
The House of Lords EU committee claimed Europe "sleepwalked" into the crisis. The EU had not realised the depth of Russian hostility to its plans for closer relations with Ukraine, it said. It comes as French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke about the crisis at a joint news conference in Paris. Ill-equipped The committee's report said Britain had not been "active or visible enough" in dealing with the situation in Ukraine. It blamed Foreign Office cuts, which it said led to fewer Russian experts working there, and less emphasis on analysis. A similar decline in EU foreign ministries had left them ill-equipped to formulate an "authoritative response" to the crisis, it said. The report claimed that for too long the EU's relationship with Moscow had been based on the "optimistic premise" that Russia was on a trajectory to becoming a democratic country.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Kanzlerin Merkel nennt bei Obama-Besuch das Internet Neuland - SPIEGEL ONLINE
http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzpolitik/it-gipfel-digitalpolitik-von-merkel-ist-wertlos-lobo-kolumne-a-998559.html "IT-Gipfel: Warum Merkel eine wertelose Digitalpolitik macht [...] Die Geschehnisse rund um den IT-Gipfel 2014 haben erneut gezeigt, dass Angela Merkel ganz genau weiß, was sie tut. Auch wenn Medienkommentare tendenziell abfällig klingen, auf Blogs fehlendes Verständnis diagnostiziert wird und auf Twitter Hunderte Handflächen vor Hunderte Stirnen geschlagen werden. Die Einschätzungen, sie habe das Internet oder irgendetwas Digitales nicht verstanden, sind sogar dann falsch, wenn sie sachlich richtig sein mögen. Denn Angela Merkel geht es nicht um das Verstehen, sondern um das Herrschen." & http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/angela-merkel-sucht-das-festnetz-a-998713.html & http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/nacktbilder-in-der-cloud-de-maiziere-warnt-user-a-998424.html - celebgate
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
eBay Shrugged: Pierre Omidyar believes there should be no philanthropy without profit | PandoDaily
Pierre Omidyar. The role of Omidyar Network in so many major events of the past week — helping elect India’s ultranationalist leader Narendra Modi; co-funding Ukraine regime-change NGOs with USAID, resulting in a deadly civil war and Monday’s election of Ukrainian billionaire oligarch Petro Poroshenko; and now, this week’s first-ever sit-down TV interview with Edward Snowden, through an arrangement between NBC News and Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media — shows how these contradictions are coming to the fore, and shaping our world. [...] Muhammad Yunus failed to dissuade Omidyar: "Let them make money—but why do you want to make money off the poor people?” [...] “Omidyar views the fund as a way of testing his theories about commercializing the sector. ‘It’s really the demonstration impact I’m looking for, primarily,’ he said.” << Billionaires Playground. Rarefied People.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - UK's oil, coal and gas 'gone in five years'
"Britain has just 5.2 years of oil." Aberdeen companies (whole region) got 2 pivot 2 off-shore windfarm tech and maintenance and tidal wave technology [clean tech - clean energy technology]. PLUS there is the decommissioning business, decommissioning of oil and gas platforms. Plus the option of building/solidifying itself as knowledge and skill hub for global oil and gas business - the mobile creative / skill-based worker. Otherwise it could turn sour quiet quickly like the areas where the coal mines and other post-heavy industry locations in the UK were - them being still smudge of economic inactivity on UK's economic landscape and economic history. "Ministers are hoping that enough shale gas - extracted by fracking - will be obtained to make a difference, the BBC's environment analyst Roger Harrabin says." The gas amount from fracking in UK is negligible, not comparable to USA even if accounted 4 landmass size & energy usage/capita. + http://econ.st/1n8oyAZ http://econ.st/1gdiesV
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may 2014 by asterisk2a

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