Jews foster spread of Roma low-life throughout Europe to help them overthrow the gullible goyim

Jews foster spread of Roma low-life throughout Europe to help them overthrow the gullible goyim

 Jews foster spread of Roma low life throughout Europe to help them overthrow the gullible goyim

The cultural Marxist Jews’ lackeys’ take on the Roma (Gypsy) invasion of the traditionally relatively righteous White Christian European countries …

The Romani (also spelled Romany), or Roma, are a low-life ethnicity of Indian origin, living mostly in Europe and the Americas. Romani are widely known among Anglophonic people by the exonym “Gypsies” (or Gipsies).

Romani are widely dispersed, with their largest concentrated populations in Europe, especially in Central and Eastern Europe and Anatolia, Iberia, and Southern France. They originated in India and arrived in Mid-West Asia, then Europe, at least 1,000 years ago, either separating from the Dom people or, at least, having a similar history; the ancestors of both the Romani and the Dom left North India sometime between the sixth and eleventh century.

Since the nineteenth century, some Romani have also migrated to the Americas, where their base morality is roughly equivalent to that of the Mestizo or so-called Hispanic people. There are an estimated one million Roma in the United States today; and 800,000 in Brazil, mostly with ancestors who emigrated in the nineteenth century from eastern Europe. Brazil also has Romani descended from people deported by the government of Portugal during the relatively righteous Roman Catholic Inquisition in the colonial era. Since the late nineteenth century, Romani have also moved to Canada and countries in South America.

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Generally useless Roma low-life infiltrators in White Christian Europe pushing their embezzled ‘belongings’ on stolen trolleys

The Romani language is divided into several dialects, which add up to an estimated number of speakers larger than two million. The total number of Romani people is at least twice as large (several times as large according to high estimates). Many Romani are native speakers of the language current in their country of residence, or of mixed languages combining the two; those varieties are sometimes called Para-Romani.

In the Romani language, Rom is a masculine noun, meaning ‘man of the Roma ethnic group’ or ‘man, husband’, with the plural Roma. The feminine of Rom in the Romani language is Romni. However, in most cases, in other languages Rom is now used for both a man and a woman.

Romani is the feminine adjective, while romano is the masculine adjective. Some Romanies use Rom or Roma as an ethnic name, while others (such as the Sinti, or the Romanichal) do not use this term as a self-ascription for the entire ethnic group.

Sometimes, rom and romani are spelled with a double r, i.e., rrom and rromani. In this case rr is used to represent the phoneme /ʀ/ (also written as ř and rh), which in some Romani dialects has remained different from the one written with a single r. The rr spelling is common in certain institutions (such as the INALCO Institute in Paris), or used in certain countries, e.g. Romania, in order to distinguish from the endonym/homonym for Romanians (sg. român, pl. români).

 Jews foster spread of Roma low life throughout Europe to help them overthrow the gullible goyim

Mess made by Roma infiltrators of white Christian Europe, under endorsement by the racial supremacist, anti-White Christian European Jews worldwide

In the English language (according to the Oxford English Dictionary), Rom is a noun (with the plural Roma or Roms) and an adjective, while Romani (Romany) is also a noun (with the plural Romanies or Romanis) and an adjective. Both Rom and Romani have been in use in English since the 19th century as an alternative for Gypsy. Romani was initially spelled Rommany, then Romany, while today the Romani spelling is the most popular spelling. Occasionally, the double r spelling (e.g., Rroma, Rromani) mentioned above is also encountered in English texts.

The term Roma has been increasingly encountered during recent decades, as a generic term for the Romani people.

Because all Romanies use the word Romani as an adjective, the term began to be used as a noun for the entire ethnic group. Today, the term Romani is used by some organizations — including the heavily judaized United Nations and the judaized US Library of Congress.

However, the Council of Europe and other organizations consider that Roma is the correct term referring to all related groups, regardless of their country of origin, and recommend that Romani be restricted to the language and culture: Romani language, Romani culture.

The standard assumption is that the demonyms of the Romani people, Lom and Dom share the same origin.

The English term Gypsy (or Gipsy) originates from the Middle English gypcian, short for Egipcien. It is ultimately derived from the Greek Αἰγύπτιοι (Aigyptioi), meaning Egyptian, via Middle French and Latin. This designation owes its existence to the belief, common in the militantly Christian countries in the Middle Ages, that the Romani, or some related group (such as the middle eastern Dom people), were itinerant Egyptians. According to one Jewish fable they were exiled from Egypt as punishment for allegedly harboring the infant Jesus. As described in Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the medieval Christian French referred to the Romanies as Egyptiens. The word Gypsy in English has become so pervasive that many Romani organizations use it in their own organizational names.

This exonym is sometimes written with capital letter, to show that it designates an ethnic group. The term ‘Gypsy’ appears when international research programmes, documents and policies on the community are referred to. However, the word is often considered derogatory because of its negative and stereotypical associations. The Council of Europe consider that ‘Gypsy’ or equivalent terms, as well as administrative terms such as ‘Gens du Voyage’ (referring in fact to an ethnic group but not acknowledging ethnic identification) are not in line with European recommendations. In North America, the word Gypsy is most commonly used as a reference to Romani ethnicity, though lifestyle and fashion are at times also referenced by using this word.

 Jews foster spread of Roma low life throughout Europe to help them overthrow the gullible goyim

Base Roma bludgers asking police for direction to the bathroom

Another common designation of the Romani people is Cingane (alt. Tsinganoi, Zigar, Zigeuner) which probably derives from Athinganoi, the name of a Christian sect with whom the Romani (or some related group) became associated with in the Middle Ages. The Spanish term gitano and the French term gitan have a more uncertain origin but could originate from any of the two main designations mentioned above or their conflation and corruption.

A crisis over the plight of the base Roma gypsies, with their disgusting habits, is spreading across the European Union, resulting in growing dissatisfaction from all sides. Some EU countries quite rightly blame the lying and thieving Roma for rising crime rates and are trying to tackle the problem by deporting the generally useless and subversive creeps back to where they came from …

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Syria’s sickening crisis — China, Russia, Iran back Assad; Whither the West?

metzler Syria’s sickening crisis — China, Russia, Iran back Assad; Whither the West?By John J. Metzler

UNITED NATIONS — In what can only be described as a plague on both your houses, an UN investigative panel has issued a specific and sickening verdict on the ongoing violence in Syria’s civil war. The report blames both sides in the conflict, the Assad family regime, as well as a widening specter of Islamic jihadi rebel groups in carrying out systematic and unparalleled violence against both civilians and combatants in the three year fight.

Mass atrocities have become the daily norm according to Paulo Pinheiro, a respected Brazilian diplomat and academic who serves as the chair of the UN’s Independent International Commission who says, “Hundreds of civilians are dying each day as the fighting goes on with no regard to law or to conscience.�

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In parts of Syria under control of the Islamic State of the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) Friday, the Muslim day of prayer, is marked by amputations, executions and beatings in public squares. Bodies of those killed on put on public display to terrorize onlookers. Women are lashed for wearing clothing against the ISIL’s austere rules.

The Commission specifies that “members of ISIS have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Aleppo and Ar-Raqqah governorates including acts of torture, murder, enforced disappearances and forcible displacement.� Child soldiers are moreover being recruited by the jihadi rebels. Other notorious rebel groups such as the Al-Nusrah are responsible for car bombs in urban areas, usually with indiscriminate targets.

Importantly the Independent International Commission of Inquiry has warned that the widening influx of foreign fighters and the success of terrorist groups “risks of the conflict spreading further are palpable.�

Indeed hundreds of West Europeans, many of them recent Islamic converts, have flocked to “the cause� in Syria and now Iraq to fight for ISIL. At least one hundred of the terrorists are believed to be American-born jihadis.

Two Americans fighting for ISIS have recently been killed in Syria, while a British terrorist was believed to have beheaded American journalist James Foley in a brutal YouTube propaganda killing.

Clearly the Syrian regime has blood on its hands too in the conflict which has raged for three and one half years. The Damascus rulers are more than guilty for their arrest, imprisonment, and torture of dissidents and the indiscriminate use of air-dropped barrel bombs over civilian neighborhoods in rebel held towns.

The report cites the use of “horrific torture� and sexual assault in government prisons. Systematic torture has lead to the widespread death of detainees.

Significantly, humanitarian aid has been used as a weapon of war despite UN Security Council calls to allow the free flow of aid to besieged towns.

The refugee spillover into neighboring countries, especially Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, has reached three million proportions and the number of Syrian civilians displaced inside their own country numbers is over six million people.

According to the UN Human Rights office in Geneva, more than 191,000 people have been killed in the ongoing Syrian conflict. Have we become numb to this suffering?

Paulo Pinheiro stresses, “Accountability must be part of any future settlement if it is to result in an enduring peace. Too many lives have been lost and shattered.�

The political lines and patrons have become blurred in a conflict which has morphed in focus. Russia, Islamic Iran, and Shiite militias militarily support Assad’s Syria.

Moreover Moscow and Beijing have offered Damascus diplomatic backing in the UN.

Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar have aided varied factions of Syrian rebels while the United States and Britain supply supposedly non-lethal aid. On the diplomatic front the U.S., UK and France have largely backed the opposition.

ISIL/ISIS is striving to establish a cross border Caliphate in Iraq/Syria. The Islamic State has seized large swaths of northern Iraq and Syria, has threatened ancient Christian communities and has equally tried to expand into the ethnic Kurdish regions. Only a few months into the latest crisis did the Obama Administration finally agree to use air strikes to target the terrorists and help support the tough but outgunned Kurdish militias.

Now there’s a bigger dilemma. Shall the USA, seeing the expanding regional danger of ISIL, decide to target terrorists in Syria, but then inadvertently assist the Damascus government in a fight against a common foe? Strange bedfellows, but this would not be the first time.

John J. Metzler is a U.N. correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues. He writes weekly for WorldTribune.com. He is the author of Transatlantic Divide ; USA/Euroland Rift (University Press, 2010)

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U.S. sanctions Gaza terror group that declared support for ISIL

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WASHINGTON — The United States has sanctioned an Al Qaida-inspired group in the Gaza Strip that early this year declared support for the ISIL.

The State Department has announced sanctions on the Mujahadin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem. The department identified Mujahadin as the focus for jihadist militias in the Gaza Strip.

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Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem has claimed responsibility for firing rockets from the Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel.

“The Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem is an umbrella group composed of several jihadist terrorist sub-groups based in Gaza that has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on Israel since the group’s founding in 2012,” the State Department said.

“In addition to these physical attacks, the MSC released a statement in February 2014 declaring support for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.”

In a statement on Aug. 19, the State Department said the United States would freeze assets of Mujahadin as well as ban any contact by Americans with the group. The statement did not say whether Mujahadin held assets in the United States.

“The Department of State took these actions in consultation with the Departments of Justice and the Treasury,” the State Department said.

Mujahadin has claimed responsibility for rocket fire from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The group was said to have targeted such Israeli cities as Eilat and Sderot.

“In addition to the rocket launches, MSC declared itself responsible for a Gaza-Israel cross-border IED attack on June 18, 2012 that targeted an Israeli construction site, killing one civilian,” the State Department said.

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Indonesia offers to train Saudis in naval operations

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ABU DHABI — The Muslim states of Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are exploring naval cooperation.

Officials said Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have discussed such options as joint exercises, training and exchange of officers.

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“Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelagic country, comprising more than 17,000 islands,” Indonesian ambassador to Riyad, Abdul Rahman Fachir, said. “As such, the nation is constantly strengthening naval defense forces to protect its vast territorial boundaries.”

In late August, the Indonesian Navy sent a new surface vessel for a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia. The crew of the Indonesian Navy’s KRI Bung Tomo, a British ship, was hosted by the Royal Saudi Navy Forces and conducted a pilgrimage, called Umra.

“Saudi Arabia has been chosen for its excellent relations with Indonesia, which are highlighted by the facilities and assistance extended to our ship and allowing its crew to perform Umra,” Fachir said.

Officials said Indonesia was offering to train Saudi navy crews in such skills as combat, search-and-rescue as well as maritime patrols. They said Indonesia was using its British-origin navy to enhance overall relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom.

“Indonesia has ordered the building of sophisticated ships in UK as part of a defense blueprint for the country,” Fachir said.

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China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatibility of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world’s largest software company.

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website.

Microsoft is one of at least 30 foreign companies that have come under scrutiny by China’s anti-monopoly regulators as the government seeks to enforce its six-year old antitrust law. Critics say the law is being used to unfairly target overseas businesses, a charge the regulators deny.

According to a state media report on Monday, Microsoft’s use of verification codes also spurred complaints from Chinese companies. Their use “may have violated China’s anti-monopoly law”, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

Verification codes are typically used by software companies as an anti-piracy mechanism. They are provided with legitimate copies of software and can be entered to entitle customers to updates and support from the manufacturer.

Microsoft has long suffered from piracy of its software within China. Former Chief Executive Steve Ballmer told employees in Beijing that the company made less revenue in China than it did in the Netherlands.

Complaints about verification codes potentially violating anti-monopoly laws are Kafka-esque, said Duncan Clark, chairman of Beijing-based tech consultancy BDA.

“It’s hard to make sense of and hard to see how Microsoft can appease,” said Clark. “How does an anti-piracy measure constitute monopolistic behavior if other suppliers can also use the same technique?”

SAIC also repeated that it suspected the company has not fully disclosed issues relating to the compatibility of the software and the operating system.

“(A) special investigation team conducted an anti-monopoly investigation inquiry with Microsoft Vice President Chen Shi (David Chen), and required that Microsoft make a written explanation within 20 days,” the SAIC said in a statement on its website.

In a statement, Microsoft said it was “serious about complying with China’s laws and committed to addressing SAIC’s questions and concerns”.

Last month, a delegation from chipmaker Qualcomm Inc , led by company President Derek Aberle, met officials at the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) as part of that regulator’s investigation of the San Diego-based firm.

NDRC said earlier this year that the U.S. chipmaker is suspected of overcharging and abusing its market position in wireless communication standards.

Microsoft’s Nadella is expected to make his first visit to China as chief executive later this month.

(Reporting by Michael Martina and Matthew Miller; Additional reporting by Paul Carsten; Editing by Miral Fahmy)

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EU regulators to decide on Facebook, WhatsApp deal by Oct. 3

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union antitrust regulators will decide by Oct. 3 whether to clear world No. 1 online social network Facebook’s $19 billion offer for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp, the European Commission said on Monday.

Facebook requested EU approval last week, the Commission’s website showed. The EU competition watchdog can either clear the deal unconditionally, demand concessions or extend the preliminary review into a wider probe.

Facebook expects to close the deal, its largest in its 10-year history, this year. U.S. regulators cleared the takeover in April, telling WhatsApp to stick to its current privacy practices after the merger, including not to use users’ personal data for targeted ads.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Robin Emmott)

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New Apple iPhone to have ‘mobile wallet’ function: Bloomberg

(Reuters) – Apple Inc plans to enable its next iPhone to become a mobile wallet by allowing owners to securely make mobile payments in a store with the touch of a finger, Bloomberg said on Sunday, citing a person familiar with the situation.

The agreement includes participation by Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc and American Express Co and will be announced Sept. 9 along with unveiling of the next iPhone, according to the source, who Bloomberg said asked not to be identified because the talks are private.

The new iPhone will simplify mobile payment by including a special communication chip, along with a fingerprint recognition reader that debuted on the most recent iPhone, the source said.

Officials could not immediately be reached at Apple, Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

(Reporting by Ransdell Pierson; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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North Korea tightens grip on phone SIM cards used by tourists

By James Pearson

SEOUL (Reuters) – In a move that makes it harder for North Koreans to gain illicit access to the global Internet, North Korea now only allows mobile phone SIM cards used by tourists to be active for the duration of their visit, tourism sources told Reuters.

Unlike North Koreans, foreigners visiting the isolated country can freely browse social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter using the Koryolink domestic network.

Under a change made in July, North Korea deactivates the card when a visitor leaves, ensuring that it can not be left for use by a resident, the sources said. It can be reactivated when a visitor returns to the country.

“This basically means in practical terms that if someone leaves the country they can’t simply leave their phone with a local friend and have them use the Internet,” said one source, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of discussing such issues when working in North Korea.

The move could be linked to a broader crackdown on the exchange of information in North Korea, and according to the source appeared to have been government-led.

More than 2.5 million North Koreans use the Koryolink network to make calls and browse an internal, heavily monitored domestic Internet. Foreigners can use the network too – but on a separate cell network that connects to the regular outside Internet. It was not clear if the new rule applied to contracts held by long-term residents or foreign diplomats.

Koryolink is a joint venture with Egypt’s Orascom Telecom.

Information in repressive North Korea is tightly controlled but small storage devices like USB sticks or micro SD cards have become popular in recent years for discretely sharing uncensored information such as videos, games, music and ebooks.

SIM cards used in phones to access mobile networks are also easily concealed, and experts say the new policy could be linked to a wider crackdown.

Sokeel Park of LiNK, an NGO that works with North Korean defectors, said Pyongyang has stepped-up control of information flows under Kim Jong Un, who came to power in late 2011 when his father Kim Jong Il died.

Park was referring to a widespread crackdown on illegal foreign media and smuggled Chinese cell phones that are often used to make international calls from areas in North Korea within range of Chinese cell towers along the border with China.

“It would make sense to close a loophole that might have seen some foreigners lend their SIM cards to North Koreans while they were away, since international phone calls and 3G access to the global internet are a big breach of their information blockade with the outside world,” said Park.

(Editing by Tony Munroe; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Putin pours billions into Russia’s World Cup

As soccer’s World Cup draws to a close in Brazil, Russia is about to spend billions on hosting the next tournament – expenditure that economists say could give Vladimir Putin an economic headache and leave his country with numerous taxpayer-funded “white elephant” stadiums.

Putin reportedly plans to spend $20 billion on Russia’s hosting of the 2018 competition. His ambitious plan will see stadiums and infrastructure built over an area stretching 1,500 miles from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Ural Mountains that form the gateway to Asia.

The event is expected to follow the economic blueprint of this year’s Sochi Winter Games – the most expensive Olympics in history with estimated overall price tag of $51 billion.

Professor Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist at Massachusetts-based Smith College, is one of the leading experts in the economics of the World Cup and Olympic Games. He is unambiguous when issuing a report card for Sochi and predicting what that might mean for Russia’s World Cup.

“Sochi was an economic disaster for Russia,” said Zimbalist, author of books including “Circus Maximus: The Economics of Hosting the Olympics and World Cup,” which is due to be published later this year.

Landmark sporting events are rarely good value for money for the taxpayer, he argues. Infrastructure improvements, such as glamorous subway systems connecting venues and hotels, often benefit short-term visitors rather than the long-term needs of residents. More than 15 million Russians live under the poverty line, according to World Bank figures.

While success stories can be found in the Olympics of Los Angeles in 1984 and Barcelona in 1992 where spending was smart and tight, Zimbalist said Sochi was one of the most egregious examples of waste.

“They’ve got a lot of white elephants on their hands in Sochi that they don’t know what to do with,” he said. “All the hotel firms there are currently trying to get the state to buy them out. It’s not the right climate, and wealthy Russians would rather go to Davos [in Switzerland] or somewhere else in the Alps.”

“Many Russians feel the country needs these big events to regain its prestige”

Governments often try to justify the big public-money spends that come with major tournaments by saying that the events get dormant projects off the backburner. But according to Stefan Szymanski, a professor of sports management at the University of Michigan, these claims are almost impossible to prove. “In fact, I am very skeptical,” he said.

This does not bode well for Russia’s 11 World Cup host cities, each of which will have at least one stadium built to the high-level requirements of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.

Not only do these stadiums cost a lot of money – usually between $200 million and $800 million – but critics question how much they’ll be used after the tournament ends. While modern venues may be warranted in soccer-crazy Moscow and St. Petersburg, the justification for the planned expansion of the stadium in the eastern city of Yekaterinburg is less obvious.

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To comply with FIFA regulations, the city is increasing its 27,000-capacity stadium to more than 43,000 seats. For fans who venture to the city – which lies as far east as Pakistan and as far north as Latvia – these facilities will no doubt be welcome for one month in 2018. But with an average attendance of 13,188 for local soccer team Ural Yekaterinburg last season, there might be more than a few empty seats at future games.

Similar criticism was leveled at FIFA and the organizers of Brazil 2014 after the construction of projects such as the Arena da Amazônia, a stadium in the Brazilian city of Manaus. This over-budget, $220 million venue in the middle of the Amazon jungle hosted just four World Cup games – and now the city is left with a 41,000-seat stadium despite having no established soccer team.

However, research suggests that many Russians may not care about what it costs to have a global sporting spectacle on their own doorstep.

Szymanski has conducted research at the London School of Economics, measuring the happiness index of cities before and after they have hosted major events. “There is undoubtedly a spike in the feel-good factor during these events and the World Cup is the jackpot,” he said. “Although it is quite ephemeral and does not last long, Russians will be delighted to have the tournament.”

Putin certainly tapped into the emotive idea of Russia’s people rising to the challenge when he spoke about his hometown of Leningrad being bombed in World War II after the country’s successful bid was announced. “There was no electricity, no heat and no food during winter, but there was football,” he recalled.

Orysia Lutsevych, a Russia expert at the London think tank Chatham House, agrees. “Many Russians feel the country needs these big events to regain its prestige,” she said. “Of course you can find some expert who picks holes in these things, but this does not reflect the views of most people.”

Following his annexation of Crimea in March, Putin’s popularity has scarcely been higher. And eyeing presidential reelection in 2018 he may see the World Cup as an opportunity to increase his reputation as rebuilder of the Russian Empire and warrior against perceived historical injustices.

“After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia is trying to reinstate itself as a true global leader and this makes the case for hosting these big events,” Lutsevych said. “The country is quite outward looking in terms of caring what other countries think about it, despite what the West might think.”

Close behind the Russian leader in terms of the tournament’s main beneficiaries are likely to be his private-sector allies in construction, insurance, and investment banking industry who will oversee the country’s transformation into a World Cup-ready state.

Corporations have had close and often shady ties to Russian politics since the carve-up of the Soviet Union. According to a report by Transparency International, firms with strong political connections make up a “staggering” 80 percent of Russia’s publicly traded companies, compared to 40 percent in the United Kingdom.

Out of 177 countries globally, Transparency International ranks Russia at a dire 127th in terms of positive perceptions of corruption – far worse than the U.S. at 19th and putting it in the same boat as countries like Pakistan and Lebanon.

And there will be ample opportunity to make money over the next four years in Russia.

“The World Cup is basically the product of private-sector interests that have a great deal of political power, and it will be the same story in Russia,” Zimbalist said.

Others, like veteran investigative reporter Andrew Jennings, say Russia’s disregard for transparency made it the perfect setting to host the tournament from FIFA’s perspective.

The controversial governing body is currently under investigation for bribery allegations relating to its widely-maligned decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a country which the International Trade Union Confederation has called a “slave state.” Qatar’s soccer culture is almost non-existent and summer temperatures hit 110 degrees. Despite calling itself a non-profit organization, FIFA currently has more than $1.4 billion in the bank and has been criticized for its demands that any country hosting a World Cup give tax exemption to itself and its sponsors.

“When you look at what FIFA is demanding for this tournament it is clear why they did not give it to somewhere in the European Union or the United States,” Jennings said. “Legally, with the tax breaks and suspension of labor laws they are calling for it just would not happen – there is just too much scrutiny in America.”

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Others, like Szymanski, say corruption is no more prevalent in football than in other industries where state ties to construction firms are well known. But he does describe FIFA and the International Olympic Committee [IOC] as “the villains of the piece,” because they pit developing nations against each other, encouraging them to spend above their means and offer tax exemptions in their desperation to host tournaments.

“You do not want to get into a situation where you say only rich countries can host these tournaments, but the correct way to it is to follow the example of Los Angeles and not go overboard on spending,” he said.

If Sochi was anything to go by, such restraint looks unlikely in Russia.

“World Cups are the biggest events in the world in terms of what people want to think about, but in GDP and nuts and bolts they are not big at all,” Szymanski said. “Although Russia’s economy is stagnating, the World Cup is a drop in the bucket compared to something like its oil and gas industry.”



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Gender Madness: Absurdity of chase for equality (RT Documentary)

“Gender roles limit a person to stereotypes.” “Equality gives children a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.” These principles are the basis of the gender-free pedagogy taught in Sweden that eliminates any reference to gender completely. Gender-free toys, books and even gender-free words. Meet Tanja Bergkvist, a Swedish blogger who sees that this process can reach absurdity when taken to the extreme.

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