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April 2015



Ближний Восток начинает пылать. Весь…

И, конечно же, политика Обамы…

Last week, a coalition of predominantly Sunni Arab countries, primarily from the Arabian Peninsula and organized by Saudi Arabia, launched airstrikes in Yemen that have continued into this week. The airstrikes target Yemeni al-Houthis, a Shiite sect supported by Iran, and their Sunni partners, which include the majority of military forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. What made the strikes particularly interesting was what was lacking: U.S. aircraft. Although the United States provided intelligence and other support, it was a coalition of Arab states that launched the extended air campaign against the al-Houthis.

Three things make this important. First, it shows the United States’ new regional strategy in operation. Washington is moving away from the strategy it has followed since the early 2000s — of being the prime military force in regional conflicts — and is shifting the primary burden of fighting to regional powers while playing a secondary role. Second, after years of buying advanced weaponry, the Saudis and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries are capable of carrying out a fairly sophisticated campaign, at least in Yemen. The campaign began by suppressing enemy air defenses — the al-Houthis had acquired surface-to-air missiles from the Yemeni military — and moved on to attacking al-Houthi command-and-control systems. This means that while the regional powers have long been happy to shift the burden of combat to the United States, they are also able to assume the burden if the United States refuses to engage.

Most important, the attacks on the al-Houthis shine the spotlight on a growing situation in the region: a war between the Sunnis and Shiites. In Iraq and Syria, a full-scale war is underway. A battle rages in Tikrit with the Sunni Islamic State and its allies on one side, and a complex combination of the Shiite-dominated Iraqi army, Shiite militias, Sunni Arab tribal groups and Sunni Kurdish forces on the other. In Syria, the battle is between the secular government of President Bashar al Assad — nevertheless dominated by Alawites, a Shiite sect — and Sunni groups. However, Sunnis, Druze and Christians have sided with the regime as well. It is not reasonable to refer to the Syrian opposition as a coalition because there is significant internal hostility. Indeed, there is tension not only between the Shiites and Sunnis, but also within the Shiite and Sunni groups. In Yemen, a local power struggle among warring factions has been branded and elevated into a sectarian conflict for the benefit of the regional players. It is much more complex than simply a Shiite-Sunni war. At the same time, it cannot be understood without the Sunni-Shiite component.
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Весьма странный бизнесмен…

В нынешней ситуации он решил вкладываться в Россию…

Инвестируйте в Россию

«Россия — это один из самых привлекательных рынков с точки зрения инвестиций для меня», — сказал Роджерс. По его словам, есть множество точек роста.

«Впервые я приехал в Россию в 1966 году и был настроен очень пессимистично. Я был уверен, что Россия не покажет хорошие результаты в ближайшие 46 лет. В 2012 году я изменил свое мнение», — сказал Роджерс. За это время, по его словам, многое изменилось: «Произошли изменения в Кремле, изменился подход к делам. Все изменилось в лучшую сторону».

Роджерс вкладывает в фондовый рынок России. «Сейчас фондовый рынок России находится на спаде. И это очень хорошая новость для меня. Когда вы покупаете на спаде, то у вас есть хорошие возможности для роста. Это может занимать до пяти лет, но кризис обязательно проходит, и вы выигрываете», — сказал Роджерс. По его мнению, российский фондовый рынок является лучшим рынком 2015 года.

Сам Роджерс инвестирует в бумаги Московской биржи, «Аэрофлота» и «Фосагро». В совет директоров последней компании Роджерс вошел в прошлом году.

Наиболее перспективным направлением Роджерс считает сельское хозяйство. «Это перспективное направление. Я уверен, что оно будет развиваться, иначе нам всем нечего будет есть», — сказал он.

Также хорошей инвестицией Роджерс назвал российские ОФЗ.

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Прощание со слоном…

На прошлой неделе в зоопарке Портланда усыпили слона…

Rama, Packy’s son, was known for his mild temperament and bold tempera paintings
Rama, a 31-year-old Asian elephant known for his sweet disposition and Jackson Pollock-like painting technique, was humanely euthanized at the Oregon Zoo today after animal-care staff determined they could no longer help pain and mobility issues resulting from a 25-year-old leg injury.

Rama sustained the injury in 1990, when older female elephants began to push the young, sexually maturing bull out of the herd, something that occurs naturally in the wild, according to zoo deputy director Chris Pfefferkorn. During this process, Rama fell into a moat that in those days surrounded the elephant area.
“It was a serious injury,” Pfefferkorn said. “Many would have said this would be the end for Rama, but he was a survivor and went on to have a great, enriched life.”

Pfefferkorn said the zoo elephant enclosure was redesigned following Rama’s accident, and the moat was filled in. It was unearthed by construction workers last year during excavation for the Forest Hall portion of the zoo’s new Elephant Lands habitat.

Rama compensated for the injury by placing more weight on his right front leg, causing him to walk with an unusual gait that was immediately noticeable to all who knew him well.

“Instead of his weight being distributed evenly over four legs, it was distributed over three,” said zoo veterinarian Tim Storms. “That puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the other legs over time.”
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