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10-17-19  Alex

many as 81 per cent of Serbians believe they lived best in the former Yugoslavia


most want to join the EU

10-17-19  amigo-latino

Tehran (AFP) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's brother entered prison Wednesday to begin a five-year sentence after he was convicted of corruption, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported, citing his lawyer.

Hossein Fereydoun, who served as an aide to the president, was arrested in July 2017 and put on trial in February this year on allegations of financial violations.

In a final ruling, his sentence was reduced to five years from seven and he was ordered to pay a fine as well as bribes he was convicted of receiving, the judiciary said on October 1.

His lawyer said he entered Tehran's Evin prison on Wednesday.

"This morning Mr Fereydoun together with myself were present at the prosecutor's office," Hossein Sartipi said, quoted by ISNA.

"After legal procedures were completed, he was taken to Evin prison and was admitted to the prison," he added.

Fereydoun acted as a key adviser and gatekeeper to the president before his arrest.

The brothers do not share the same name because Rouhani changed his when he was younger to a word meaning "cleric".
https://news.yahoo.com/iran-presidents-brother-starts-5-jail-term-report-093936665.html




10-17-19  ruspan

:-)

10-17-19  ruspan

Reflecting back on the breakup of the Soviet Union that happened 22 years ago next week, residents in seven out of 11 countries that were part of the union are more likely to believe its collapse harmed their countries than benefited them. Only Azerbaijanis, Kazakhstanis, and Turkmens are more likely to see benefit than harm from the breakup. Georgians are divided.

10-17-19  ruspan

A poll shows that as many as 81 per cent of Serbians believe they lived best in the former Yugoslavia -"during the time of socialism".

10-17-19  ruspan

The most incredible result was registered in a July 2010 IRES (Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy) poll, according to which 41% of the respondents would have voted for Ceausescu, had he run for the position of president. And 63% of the survey participants said their life was better during communism, while only 23% attested that their life was worse then. Some 68% declared that communism was a good idea, just one that had been poorly applied.

10-17-19  ruspan

A remarkable 72% of Hungarians say that most people in their country are actually worse off today economically than they were under communism. Only 8% say most people in Hungary are better off, and 16% say things are about the same. In no other Central or Eastern European country surveyed did so many believe that economic life is worse now than during the communist era. This is the result of almost universal displeasure with the economy. Fully 94% describe the country's economy as bad, the highest level of economic discontent in the hard hit region of Central and Eastern Europe. Just 46% of Hungarians approve of their country's switch from a state-controlled economy to a market economy; 42% disapprove of the move away from communism. The public is even more negative toward Hungary's integration into Europe; 71% say their country has been weakened by the process.

10-17-19  ruspan

Pax: It is not all black and white
https://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/why-the-ghost-of-armenian-genocide-haunts-the-kurds-of-turkey

10-17-19  paxwax

Are we really surprised that the US has betrayed their Kurdish allies? Turkey won't be able to exterminate the Kurds, as they came close to doing with the Armenians,but will surely try to leave it totally crippled. History always seems to repeat itself in that part of the world.

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