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Why Russia has never accepted Ukrainian independence

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 gennaio 2022

In a special Christmas essay, my colleague Arkady Ostrovsky explained why Russia never came to terms with its separation from Ukraine at the end of the cold war. Now Russia has gathered over 100,000 troops on its western border and in Belarus, with more troops streaming in from the far east every day. It has been decades since Europe has witnessed such a buildup. Western countries have rebuffed Russia’s demands to roll back NATO. Though American and Russian diplomats have not given up on talks, the Kremlin shows little interest in compromise. As tensions rise, diplomats are leaving their embassies in Kyiv and NATO is dispatching jets and warships to shore up its eastern flank. Though war is not inevitable, its likelihood is growing. Should Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, decide to attack, he has plenty of options at his disposal, from air strikes to full-fledged regime change, as I explained in our pages last week. Though Ukraine’s armed forces are stronger than they were in 2014, when Russia first invaded the country, and now have access to thousands of new anti-tank weapons supplied by the West, Russia would have the upper hand—at least in the first days of any conflict. Nevertheless, Mr Putin’s choice is not an easy one. America and Europe are preparing a hard-hitting package of sanctions that would force Russia further into China’s economic embrace. And as we explained in a film and in a briefing last year, his regime is growing steadily more autocratic. Mr Putin may think that a state of permanent tensions with the West helps his cause, but a botched war—one that drags on longer than expected, or results in a stream of body bags—may do little to help him at home. He would not be the first leader of a big power to miscalculate in this way.Shashank Joshi Defence editor The Economist

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Caritas South Sudan on the tenth anniversary of the country’s independence

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 luglio 2021

“The 10th anniversary of independence could be a starting point for a new South Sudan moving towards political stability, ensuring integral human development through community-based development activities put in place by civil society organisations,” says Aloysius John, secretary general of Caritas Internationalis, expressing the wish of the confederation for the world’s youngest State.But for this to happen, there is a need for strong support from the international community, which now, more than ever before, can be decisive, as explains Gabriel Yai, Director of Caritas South Sudan. Today the major parties (SPLM, SFLA-I0, SSOA, SSOPP) have signed the peace agreement, and they support it. The different armies have been combined, and they are being trained to form a national army. The State Council and the legislative councils have been formed, and the members of the two houses of parliament have been sworn in.The Caritas Confederation has accompanied the peace process during these ten years, which were unfortunately deeply marked by serious conflicts. Caritas South Sudan was created in November 2011 to cater to the needs of people returning to the country, and also to improve the living conditions of those who were living in poverty in South Sudan during these years. With a network of several Caritas member organisations helping Caritas South Sudan, a vast emergency and rehabilitation program was put in place in the seven dioceses to respond to the needs of the poorest. Caritas introduced emergency and recovery programs all over the country, consisting of four different kinds of activities: emergency food security assistance, livelihood, shelter and non-food items, and peacebuilding through awareness building. Caritas also responded to the emergency situations created by the harsh extreme climatic conditions such as drought and floods. In some places, small agricultural activities were also attempted, but they were hampered by violence due to the internal conflicts between the warring factions.While Caritas was serving and caring for the people, the Church authorities were at the negotiating table to talk about peace and harmony in the new state with the different belligerent factions. The Catholic Church, along with the other Christian denominations, motivated and encouraged the different factions to come to the negotiating table. They were also motivating and encouraging the two top leaders Salva Kiir and Riek Machar to join the peace table.

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Democracy and rule of law in Poland: serious concerns about judicial independence, free and fair elections

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 aprile 2020

Commission and Council need to act decisively to tackle continuous attacks on the judiciary and avoid elections that do not meet international standards.The Civil Liberties Committee held a debate with Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders, the Croatian Presidency of the Council and Polish Ombusdman Adam Bodnar.
Almost all MEPs who took the floor expressed very serious concerns about the “increasing grip of the executive on the judiciary” in Poland, despite the Polish Minister’s assurances that the reforms were not out of sync with existing provisions in other EU member states. Particular concerns were raised about the recent Constitutional Tribunal decision that declared the Supreme Court resolution to be “void”. The resolution was seeking to implement the latest ECJ ruling for interim measures ordering disciplinary proceedings to be suspended. MEPs and some guest speakers alike stated that this decision disregards the primacy of EU law and the authority of the European Court of Justice. Many MEPs also condemned the adoption of recent judicial reforms that Supreme Court President Malgorzata Gersdorf denounced as a “muzzle law” on 23 January.A large section of the debate focused on the risk posed by holding elections at a time when civil rights are being restricted due to the pandemic and the corresponding media environment, although some arguments were presented about democracy being respected by putting in place postal voting provisions for all citizens. MEPs and some guest speakers highlighted that relevant legal reforms are not in line with Poland’s constitution and the standards set by the international community as regards the organisation of free and fair elections. Similar concerns were voiced in relation to potential legal reforms on hate speech and LGBTI rights, especially as civil society is currently unable to react.A majority of MEPs who took the floor criticised the Council for failing to act decisively in the ongoing Article 7(1) procedure and asked the Commission to act immediately to tackle these threats. Some speakers also drew links between EU funding and adherence to the EU principles enshrined in the Treaty.

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Independence Public Media of Philadelphia, Inc. Names Foundation President

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 febbraio 2019

Independence Public Media of Philadelphia, Inc. today named Molly de Aguiar, immediate past managing director of the News Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York, as the president of the Independence Public Media Aguiar will lead the Independence Public Media Foundation (IPMF), which will fund and support media and media-makers to strengthen and connect diverse voices and foster greater understanding across communities in the Greater Philadelphia region. The foundation has expanded and enhanced its continuing educational and charitable mission since Independence Public Media relinquished its broadcast license in 2017 and received a one-time payment of $131.5 million through the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction. Independence Public Media of Philadelphia Inc. was founded in 1981.An experienced grant maker with familiarity to Philadelphia, de Aguiar brings expertise in public media and in connecting communities to IPMF.
De Aguiar was the first managing director of the News Integrity Initiative (NII), a global coalition of partners with a vision for news and information that builds trust and lifts up promising approaches to community problems. Prior to joining NII, de Aguiar spent 12 years at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation where she designed and directed its Informed Communities grants program, which attracted partnerships with national funders and helped New Jersey become a model for local journalism innovation.
IPMF will focus its giving in the Philadelphia region, which Smith said made de Aguiar’s eight years’ experience in the area attractive to the foundation. From 1997 to 2005, de Aguiar held roles at the Gesu School, Kimmel Center and the Free Library of Philadelphia. She is a member of the board of directors of Resolve Philadelphia and supported Philadelphia-based media organizations in her positions at Dodge and NII.

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Romania: MEPs are deeply concerned about judicial independence and rule of law

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 novembre 2018

In a resolution wrapping up the plenary debate held on 3 October with Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, the Chamber calls on the Romanian authorities to put in place safeguards to avoid circumventing the system of checks and balances and to counter any measures which would decriminalise corruption in office. The text, passed with 473 votes to 151 and 40 abstentions, points to the new legislation on the status of judges and prosecutors, on judicial organisation and on the Superior Council of the Magistracy. In line with the warnings from the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) and the Venice Commission, MEPs caution that the new legislation could have an impact on the independence of the judiciary, its efficiency and its quality, including negative consequences in the fight against corruption. The changes to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code – many of which the Romanian Constitutional Court considers unconstitutional- are another source of concern, with additional effects on the capacity to combat corruption, violent crimes and organised criminality.The role of the Romanian Intelligence Service and its alleged interference in the activities of the Romanian judiciary lead the EP to suggest reinforcing Romania’s parliamentary oversight of the intelligence services.The Parliament condemns the “violent and disproportionate intervention” by the police during the mass protests in Bucharest in August 2018 and calls on the Romanian authorities to ensure a transparent, impartial and effective investigation into the actions of the riot police.MEPs also warn that the legislation on the financing, organisation and functioning of NGOs could potentially intimidate civil society and note that it may be against the principle of freedom of association and the right to privacy.The Parliament urges the European Commission to resume its annual anti-corruption monitoring in all EU member states and proposes a system of strict indicators to measure the level of corruption in each country and evaluate their anti-corruption policies.A regular, systematic and objective process to assess respect of democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law is also necessary, according to the Parliament. Plenary will vote on a separate resolution on Wednesday, reiterating its calls for a mechanism to be established to assess the EU’s founding values in all member states every year.

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Robotic Glove Helps People with Hand Paralysis Regain Independence

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 novembre 2018

For the nearly 1 in 50 Americans living with some form of paralysis, NEOFECT, a med-tech company, has a new solution that increases hand mobility and helps people regain their independence. The NeoMano wearable robotic glove, available today on Indiegogo, enables people recovering from stroke or living with spinal cord injuries (SCI), multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or ALS to perform daily tasks they otherwise could not do on their own.
A comfortable, soft, wearable glove, NeoMano is powered by titanium wires that close wearers’ fingers so they can firmly grasp common objects with one hand. With the NeoMano, SCI patients and others with limited hand mobility can hold a cup of coffee, grip and twist a doorknob, use a toothbrush or comb, manipulate shirt buttons and zippers, and perform other basic tasks, enabling them to more fully participate in social activities.“After working with stroke patients in a rehabilitation setting, we recognized the need to improve the mobility of patients with spinal cord injuries and other forms of partial hand paralysis,” said Scott Kim, Co-Founder and CEO of NEOFECT USA. “By helping patients mimic normal hand movement, NeoMano delivers obvious physical and psychological benefits, and increases confidence. We hope this Indiegogo campaign will raise awareness of solutions that can help people with paralysis operate more independently, and expedite the development of the NeoMano so we can get it into the hands of the people who need it most.”
The NeoMano is simple to put on and use; the glove fits over a user’s index finger, middle finger, and thumb. A single press on its wireless, Bluetooth-connected controller activates the pulley housing and motor, causing the built-in titanium wires to actively close the wearer’s hand. The button is pressed again to release the tension and return fingers to a neutral position. The robotic glove is portable, allowing users to wear it wherever they need gripping assistance, and the battery provides eight hours of continuous use.NEOFECT’s line of gamified rehabilitation training solutions, including its flagship product, the RAPAEL Smart Glove for Home, delivers more engaging, measurable rehab to patients recovering from stroke and other musculoskeletal and neurological injuries. With the NeoMano, NEOFECT aims to support a broader base of patients, giving them the same hope, confidence, motivation, and independence it has been delivering to rehab patients for eight years.

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70th anniversary of Israel’s independence

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 febbraio 2018

Jerusalem, Israel Sunday, April 15, 2018 reception 7:30pm, concert 8:30 pm. International Convention Center Sderot Shazar 1. To mark the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, the extraordinary world premiere in Jerusalem of music rescued from the concentration camps.
A joyful musical testament to hope. Amidst the horrors of the concentration camps, musicians kept playing and composing. We know from the people and documents that survived, that they composed in the hope that their music would some day be played again. For more than three decades, Francesco Lotoro scoured the world looking for the hidden manuscripts and memories of the survivors, piecing together this precious musical testimony. The majority of the music is surprisingly joyful, despite the desperate circumstances in which it was composed and the likelihood that it would never be discovered.
On 15 April 2018, a unique concert will be taking place in the Capital of the Jewish State, where this music will be played to a public audience for the first time.
In the presence of both the President and the Prime Minister of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin and Benjamin Netanyahu, Francesco Lotoro will lead musicians from The Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, alongside a new generation, including students from two schools in the Negev supported by JNF UK and KKL: Bikurim Music School near Gaza, and the Conservatorium of Music in Yerucham.
You have the chance to join them to witness this extraordinary story of defiance: a tribute to the memory of 6 million Jews murdered and a joyous celebration of their hope and belief in the Jewish future.

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Independence of the data protection authority and the judiciary

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 febbraio 2012

The Commission’s Director General for Justice, Françoise Le Bail, said that it was working with the Hungarian authorities to solve the problems that had prompted the launch of accelerated infringement procedures against Hungary: the independence of the national data protection authority, the retirement age of judges and the independence of the judiciary “We shall not hesitate to take further steps depending on the answers we receive”, she added.On the issue of central bank independence, Hungary has until 17 February to reply to the infringement procedure opened by the Commission.On the independence of the judiciary, Mr Navracsics said that “we are preparing our reply and we are willing to continue our dialogue with the Commission”. On the independence of the data protection authority, he explained that “we heard the Commission’s indications and we are working on strengthening it. I think that we can find a constructive solution”. Part of the discussion was about whether it was necessary to activate EU Treaty Article 7, which is used in the event of a clear threat of a serious breach of EU common values.
Inducted with fairness and balance” and asking “to treat Hungary not as an enemy but rather as a member of our Union”.
“Klubrádió is fighting for its very survival in the reality show of the Hungarian media law”, said its President András Arató, describing its difficulties in renewing its licence. “Unilateral media supervision is prohibited by EU rules”, he said, underlining that “Klubrádió is not the only example of incidents that are rather unusual in Western Europe”. Mr Navracsics replied that “the court proceedings are underway. To guarantee a free and fair process, please do not make any political statements on this issue, do not let the Hungarian judges feel any pressure from you”. He also reiterated that ” we amended the media law in the light of the Constitutional court ruling. As promised, when the amendments are ready, we will submit them to the Council of Europe and on the basis of its opinion we will proceed to a parliamentary debate”.OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic reported “serious concerns on the financial and editorial independence of the media in Hungary”.Emine Bozkurt (S&D, NL), noted that “the debate in the European Parliament with Hungary’s Prime Minister was described by Hungarian media as a victory for Viktor Orbán. There was no room for other voices”.
Andrew Cutting, representing the Council of Europe’s EU Liaison office, said that the Venice Commission (its advisory body on constitutional matters), was looking at eight Hungarian laws concerning the judiciary, religious freedom, electoral system, freedom of information, the Constitutional Court, prosecution and nationalities and family protection.
The Venice Commission’s opinions on the judiciary and religious freedom will be ready in March, and the others in June.
“The whole system is more than the sum of the parts”, said MEP Kinga Göncz (S&D, HU), adding that the Council of Europe should “study the whole package and not only some parts”.Cutting replied that it is up to the Council of Europe’s plenary, and not to the Venice Commission, to give an opinion on the overall situation in Hungary and that this is currently being considered.
The European Parliament will vote on a resolution on the recent political developments in Hungary on 16 February in Strasbourg.

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The integration of its three technology businesses

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 agosto 2009

London Datamonitor Group is pleased to announce the integration of its three technology businesses (Butler Group, Datamonitor Technology and Ovum) under the Ovum brand – from 1 September 2009. On that date Ovum is also launching two new research services, based on its leading-edge Knowledge Center platform   – Ovum Technology and Industries Knowledge Center and Ovum Enterprise IT Knowledge Center. The existing Ovum Telecoms research service and all other Datamonitor Group business research services, including Consumer markets & Retail, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, Automotive & Logistics and Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, remain unchanged.Ovum’s Enterprise IT Knowledge Center delivers research to support enterprises, as they aim to create, select and manage the technology portfolio that delivers improved business value. It brings together the existing strengths of Ovum and Butler Group’s research, and leverages the business research of the wider Datamonitor Group. As such, enterprise ICT functions will be able to gain a much greater and broader understanding of the business needs their ICT solutions must address.  Ovum’s Technology and Industries Knowledge Center provides research which helps ICT suppliers identify and address new market opportunities, to solve the real business problems of their clients. It leverages the research strengths of the Datamonitor Technology and Ovum analyst teams.  From 1 September, existing clients of Butler Group, Datamonitor Technology, and Ovum will access these new and expanded services, giving them a wider portfolio of research and analyst support. In addition, clients of either Knowledge Center have the ability to access a much wider group of skilled and experienced analysts than ever before, with a community of 500 analysts globally now being part of the Ovum team. Clients will also be able to take advantage of the extensive programme of events which Ovum will offer, designed for Ovum’s huge base of enterprise technology customers. With the entire range of technology services under the Ovum brand, Ovum is also increasing its focus on customer service and support. Customers in the ICT vendor community will have streamlined and more efficient ways to ensure that they can brief Ovum, when they are bringing new products or services to market. Enterprise customers will have improved analyst access, ensuring they can tap into the much wider expertise and resource base that Ovum now offers.  As part of the launch of the integrated business, Ovum is inviting clients and the press to attend a breakfast briefing on Wednesday 23 September at its new London offices – 119 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3DA. This will be an opportunity to hear more about developments at Ovum, meet the team and understand how to take advantage of these exciting changes. To attend or for further information, contact Ovum’s press office as per details shown below.
Ovum is the ICT advisory brand of the Datamonitor Group, with a 25 year history of advising both enterprises and their suppliers on the business value of ICT. It brings together the unique heritage of Butler Group, Datamonitor Technology and Ovum into a single and unified force that is changing the face of the ICT industry advisory market. Ovum combines the talents of 350+ business analysts with 150+ ICT analysts to provide the Collaborative Intelligence which supports our clients across the globe, helping them identify the business value of ICT. Ovum’s research team helps clients turn research into actionable insight, with the certainty that the research draws upon more than 400,000 interviews with business and technology decision makers annually. Ovum’s research methods are independently audited to insure rigour and independence.

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