The president of the Russian Academy of Education says it might be time to drop Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” as well as several of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s most famous works, from the country’s school curriculum. Lyudmila Verbitskaya, who also serves as the deputy chairperson of the Russian Literature Society, told the Moskva news agency that she wants to replace these readings with more accessible spiritual writings, such as the Bible.
Pentagon paid $540 million to British PR firm Bell Pottinger in 2007-2011 to make fake terrorist propaganda films in Iraq to track those who watched them, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism said in a report Sunday.MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the report, the videos shot in the style of al-Qaeda jihadist group were recorded on CDs, which were thrown around by US marines during raids. The videos contained codes which sent a list of IP addresses where they have been played to a tracking account, as explained to the Bureau by Martin Wells, who worked for Bell Pottinger in Iraq in 2006-2008.
A notorious email between State Department aide Jake Sullivan and a Clinton Foundation employee exposing financial conflicts of interest by the former Secretary of State has “mysteriously” disappeared.While the US media is fixated on the fact that Donald Trump did not pay taxes in 1995, as was revealed in a so-called “bombshell” New York Times article that amounts to essentially “water is wet” and billionaire real estate men both have accountants and qualify for many tax deductions, a major scandal has been unfolding with the State Department mysteriously losing an email that documents potential insider trading on Greek bonds by Hillary Clinton’s son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky with confidential government information.
Turkish Military Jet and Choppers Enter Greek Air Space Committing Int’l Aviation Violations | GreekReporter.com
On Friday a Turkish military jet and two choppers entered Greek airspace over the southeastern Aegean region on Friday, the Greek military has reported. The violators were reported to have been intercepted and chased out of the Athens Flight Information region (FIR) without any incident.
Lawmaker Seeks FBI Files On Financial Crash; Wants To See Why No Bank Execs Were Arrested – Consumerist
Millions of Americans lost their jobs, houses, savings, and more when the housing market collapsed under the weight of mortgages that should never have been approved, let alone bundled and converted into worthless, toxic securities. And yet, no senior Wall Street bank executives were ever charged with a crime. Now one U.S. congressman is asking to look at the FBI files to find out why. In a letter [PDF] sent yesterday to FBI Director James Comey, Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ) points out that in 2004 — four years before the collapse — the FBI had already expressed concerns about questionable mortgage practices that would ultimately result in the loss of trillions of dollars in household wealth.
A team of Israeli archaeologists have reconstructed the floor tiles used in the biblical Temple of Herod the Great. The find marks a breakthrough in biblical archaeology, but also shows how the Jordanian Waqf, which controls the site, has been careless at best with the site’s Jewish heritage. In 1999, the Waqf which controls the Temple Mount (known as the Haram al-Sharif to Muslims), created a new entrance using bulldozers.
Bloomberg reports, “Monsanto’s ‘reputation is disastrous, it’s a mess,’ said Eric Schiffer, chief executive officer of Irvine, California-based Reputation Managements Consultants.com, an advisory firm. ‘Monsanto is viewed as evil.’
“In the event of a deal, Bayer would probably drop the Monsanto name and conduct a review of its business practices, including how to litigate on patents, Schiffer said. Such moves might encourage investment from money mangers who until now ‘didn’t want to be aligned with evil,’ he said. Bayer declined to comment on Monsanto’s reputation.’”