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Many people who met Saddam Hussain found him charming and affable.
Saddam set up his own murderous regime - Assad inherited it (reluctantly) from his father because his elder brother died. But for that he would probably now be working as an eye doctor in London. He is not the driving force behind the repressive regime he fronts. However any regime holding power in Syria pretty much has to be murderous to survive. Assad's regime has its power base in the Alawite minority. If the regime falls then it is pretty much certain that they will be wiped out. When you are fighting for your life you do desperate things.
Oh, and in Russia there are still people who think Joseph Stalin was a lovely Guy!
Yep - and I met one of them last time I visited in 2013. He seemed so out of place there now.
I also saw a group of them protesting in a shopping centre in St Petersburg. They looked pathetic! There were about a dozen of them at best. By contrast a queue of people waiting to get into the Kazan Cathedral where Patriarch Kyril was visiting with the cross of St Andrew stretched around the block and about another mile down the road.
Re: Re: Re: ...the US military is deeply involved in this practice
Assad is indeed a murdering tyrant.
No he isn't. He is a "front man" entrapped by the organisation of murdering tyrants that his father set up. (I know someone who actually met him before he was president!)
The trouble is the opposition are also murderous people
Not entirely - but then again they might as well be because if the opposition wins the endgame will inevitably be a takeover by people worse tha Assad's government. The non-murderous parts of the opposition are tolerated by the murderous parts because they attract western support. However once that western support is no longer needed they will be liquidated.
The practice was recently exposed by journalist, activist and mother Lyuda Savchuk, who spent three months employed as such a troll -- before successfully suing the Russian government for a single ruble on principle.
Note that this was a Russian court.
SO those who run Putin's "troll army" are not above the rule of law in Russia.
Compare and contrast with the way related issues are handled in the US. (Manning, Snowden, Assange etc).
I agree with his post and would have posted something similar and I can assure you that I not paid, neither have I been threatened.
The problem is this. Before 1917 Russia had an empire roughly equivalent to what later became the Soviet Union. Within that empire and on its immediate borders were peoples of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Many of these were hangovers from previous empires in the region (the Mongols , Poles and Lithuanians) and hence not truly indigenous. These peoples resented the Russians and looked back to earlier eras when they had been in charge.
The revolution (and some of the stupidity that followed it) temporarily weakened Russia and, between the wars some of these peoples gained independence. The war forced the communists to be a bit more pragmatic and restored Russian power.
After the war the Soviet Union expanded back to cover most of the old Russian Empire - and also gained control of a chunk of central europe (Poland, Hungary, East Germany etc ).
In our attempts to undermine communism we enlisted the help of disaffected nationalist groups in Central Europe and the old Russian Empire. This may have been a natural thing - since these groups were the best organised opponents of communism BUT their agenda was never purely anti-communist. It was always partly anti-Russian. We made the mistake of continuing to support them uncritically after communism fell. At that point we should have taken a deep breath and resolved not to take sides in any dispute that did not concern us directly. Instead we have simply continued to back any individual, group or government that opposes Russia no matter how bad they are. It is no surprise that the Russians are fed up with us and back Putin's hard line. They see a west that is determined to rub Russia's nose in the failure of the Soviet Union forever. I'm really quite surprised that Putin needs to bribe them to put his point of view on the net,
A little magnanimity in victory at the end of the cold war might have been a good idea.
t is important to note that the lost sales estimated in this report represent hypothetical additional revenue that the recorded music sector would have earned, had infringement not taken place.
I can give an accurate figure for that!
A big fat ZERO.
If the infringement had not taken place then the infringement would not have taken place - but that does not mean that anything else would necessarily have happened at all - and speially not anything that would have generated revenue.
He can't coach Man U until the deal is concluded. Presumably Man U want some of these rights as part of the deal and are trying to sort it out. However they have decided that they will go ahead anyway if it doesn't work out.
Customers are the nutcase protecting their wallet, so you need to crack them. And that requires to some degree an actual or seeming good which you need to provide them in order to bootstrap your business until you can replace them with suckers who don't get anything in return for their money.
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I find it interesting that religions that are the most prudish in these matters (Islam, and it seems now Mormonism) often seem to be quite the opposite when it comes to the rights and behaviour of the ruling patriarchy. In particular both of these have allowed and in fact encouraged polygamy and even child marriage. I don't really take kindly to the idea of being given lessons in sexual morality from a bloke with four wives!
Re: Call out the intentional misuse of terminology
they were original articles that infringed on copyright. Is it copyright here - or trademark. I wouldn't have thought that there could be copyright in a logo and a simple phrase. There could however be trademark.
I think the result for Voltage Pictures should be like the result from WW1 for the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Like Austria-Hungary (in respect of Serbia) they have made a set of demands that they believe are unacceptable in the hope that their non-acceptance will give them an excuse to do what they want. Like Serbia Amhari has accepted the demands and now they are stuck.
The final result for the Austro-Hungarian empire was that it ceased to exist.
Let us hope that the same happens to Voltage Pictures.