Marx’s Ten Commandments
From the Communist Manifesto here are Marx’s and Engel’s ten commandments:
1. Expropriation of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
2. A heavy progressive tax.
3. Abolition of the right of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of all the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with state Capital an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralisation of transport in the hands of the State.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of wastelands and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of Agriculture with industry, promotion of the gradual elimination of the
contradictions between town and countryside.
10. Free education of all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production etc etc.
SYDNEY, June 28 (Xinhua) — To travel on public transport in Sydney, what is known as an “Opal Card” is needed to scan on and off all buses, trains, and ferries, the inconvenience of which led an Australian biohacker to implant his card into the palm of his hand.
The man who goes by the name of Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow, his legal name, enlisted an U.S.-based firm to take the near-field communication (NFC) chip from his card and turn it into an implant that he could insert into his body.
Meow-Meow told local media that the bio-compatible plastic chip, that was inserted into his left hand, gives him an “ability that not everyone else has”.
“If someone stole my wallet, I could still get home.” he said.
The device was implanted into his skin by an expert in piercing, and means that he can now use his palm to scan onto public transport services in Sydney, but he warned that the practice itself was in breach of the service providers terms of service.
“It will be really interesting to see what happens when the first transit officer scans my arm.” he said.
Transport for New South Wales (NSW) oversees the Opal card system, and a spokesperson told Xinhua on Wednesday that they “do not support the tampering or damaging of Opal cards”.
“In addition, changing the physical attributes of the card may impact the reliability of the Opal card, and customers that are caught tampering with their card may have their card cancelled.” the spokesperson said.
However, the bio-hacker said he has two other NFC implants in his hand, and arm, with one of those being used to store his essential documents, and he believes this will eventually become commonplace.
“You’ll see it in parole, in nursing homes where people are unable to divulge medical details,” Meow-Meow said.
“If I could go to a government department and swipe my hand, that would make accessing these services a lot easier.”
© REUTERS/ Chris Jackso
Every fifth contemporary Russian is related to the British Royal House of Windsor, and such a wide spread of the noble genes amongst Russians might be attributed to the extensive blood ties between Imperial Russia’s nobility and their European counterparts, and the social chaos entailing the Russian Revolution 100 years ago.
Kristian Rouz – Recent DNA research by the Moscow, Russia-based genetic research company, Genotek, has revealed that roughly one-fifth of all Russian people are genetic relatives of the House of Windsor, the ruling dynasty of the United Kingdom. Other prominent historical figures, also related to Queen Elizabeth II, include Nicholas II, Russia’s last Emperor, and Marie de Medici, Queen of France, who belongs to the celebrated Medieval-era financial Medici clan of Northern Italy.
The study is based on the analysis of the genomes of the Russian people and those of the prominent European dynasties of the past and present. The DNA breakdown has shown that about 20 percent of contemporary Russians share the same haplogroup as members of the Windsor dynasty, meaning that the test sample providers had common ancestors centuries ago.
“Three years ago we did a DNA test for Vladimir Zhirinovsky (one of modern Russia’s prominent politicians and public figures), and the results showed that he has common ancestors with Napoleon and Einstein. One of Zhirinovsky’s haplogroups, E1b1b1, is quite interesting – it is also found in the DNA of Adolf Hitler, Vlad Tepes (also known as known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula) and Benito Mussolini,” – Valery Ilinsky, director of Genotek, said.
For the study, the researchers analyzed a sample of 2,500 genomes from across Russia and Ukraine, including such cities as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Sochi, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Simferopol and Kyiv. Roughly half of the genome samples were male genomes.
On their maternal side, most contemporary Russians belong to the mitochondrial group (haplogroup) H, which first emerged amongst the peoples of the Middle East and South East Asia about 30 thousand years ago. The carriers of this haplogroup subsequently migrated to Europe roughly 20-25 thousand years ago, and today, some 41 percent of the Europeans share this haplogroup.
It was this particular haplogroup that allowed the researchers to discover the blood ties between 20 percent of Russians and the Queen of England Elizabeth II, along with Maria de Medici among other prominent figures. The discovery proves that ethnic Russians are genetically European as the percentage of the non-European DNA found amongst the samples provided is insignificant.
The findings of the study also provide further evidence of closer ties between Russians and the other peoples of Northern Europe. Russia’s last emperor, Nicholas II of the House of Romanov, was a close relative to many European monarchs of the early 20th century, including the German Kaiser Wilhelm II of the House of Hohenzollern, and monarchs of the Houses of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Hanover and Windsor.
Most of Imperial Russia’s nobility had blood ties with the House of Romanov or the House of Rurikid, the latter being direct descendants of the Viking invaders, whose presence was prominent in 10th-century Russia, 11th-century England, as well as France, and Sicily of the same era. After the Bolshevik Revolution and the subsequent social chaos, these genomes might have spread widely amongst the broader Russian populace, which explains their presence in 20 percent of contemporary Russians.
Meanwhile, on the paternal side, 25 percent of contemporary Russians share the R1a1 haplogroup, which emerged some 10 thousand years ago in the North Caspian region. This haplogroup is also found in the DNA of such figures as Sir Francis Drake, the 16th-century English sea explorer, merchant and privateer, and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
An earlier study by Genotek found that only 16.2 percent of contemporary Russians carry the genomes of the original peoples that inhabited the Russian heartland centuries ago. Roughly 19.2 percent of the modern Russian genome is similar to those of the Ukrainians and Belorussians, whilst some 13.1 percent are shared between the Russians and the Finnish people, and another 6.3 percent of the Russian DNA are genomes typical for the people of Hungary, or Magyars.
An explosion is seen after a Philippines army aircraft released a bomb during an airstrike in Marawi city © Jorge Silva / Reuters
The Philippines military has uncovered five decapitated bodies of civilians among a total of 17 dead bodies found in Marawi City. The macabre find comes amid reports of widespread looting and sex slavery by Islamic State-affiliated Maute fighters.
The civilian death toll in the fighting stood at 27 before this latest discovery, which is the first such instance of the Islamist militants employing such extreme tactics against civilians. Authorities fear the civilian death toll may further rise.
“[It] may increase significantly once we are able to validate all this information,” military spokesman Restituto Padilla said, as cited by Reuters.
“There have been a significant number [of dead bodies] that have been seen but again, we cannot include many of these,” he said.
“Our combat environment is sensitive. First, there are trapped civilians that we have to protect. They also have hostages and third, there are many traps so we have to clear buildings slowly,” he said.
Civilian hostages in the besieged city have also reportedly been forced into slavery by the militants, who have been holed up for almost six weeks in the battle against the country’s military.
“They are being forced to be sex slaves, forced to destroy the dignity of these women,” military spokesman Jo-Ar Herrera told a news conference, citing the accounts of seven Marawi residents who had escaped or were rescued as part of the ongoing operation to retake the city.
A well-protected police V-150 personnel carrier carries a sign that reads “Ramadan Kareem” wishing Muslims a blessed Ramadan, parks outside the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol Sunday, June 25, 2017. Photo by Froilan Gallardo
Hostages have also been forced to loot abandoned homes, fight government forces and even serve as sex slaves for the Maute militants, Herrera said.
“So this is what is happening inside, this is very evident … these are evil personalities,” he added.
The militants are heavily armed and have staved off multiple government operations to retake the city with rocket-propelled grenades, sniper rifles and improvised explosive devices.
The city is under aerial and artillery bombardment from government forces, with only a brief eight-hour respite so that residents could observe Eid celebrations marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Meanwhile, Abdullah Maute, one of the brothers responsible for the insurgency, has reportedly attempted a hostage-swap using local Muslim leaders as intermediaries.
Army soldiers frisk members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front before they are allowed to enter conflict areas in Marawi City on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The the Joint Coordinating, Monitoring and Assistance Center have called the MILF volunteers as the “Suicide Squads” after they volunteered to enter the conflict area without guns, Kevlar vests and armed only with one mobile phone an radio. Officials believe there are still 500 residents trapped in Marawi City.Photo by Froilan Gallardo
During joint police and military operations last month, Cayamora and Farhana Maute, father and mother of the infamous Maute brothers, were captured. Abdullah allegedly attempted a swap deal to return his parents in exchange for Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub, a captured Catholic priest.
“The local religious leader-led talks with terrorists last Sunday was one not sanctioned,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters, as cited by Reuters.
“Any demands made inside, therefore, hold no basis. Let us remind the public, the gravity of the terrorists and their supporters’ offences is immense.”
According to official government figures, 70 servicemen, 27 civilians and 290 militants have been killed since the failed arrest of the Islamic State Southeast Asian emir Isnilon Hapilon on May 23.
Some 246,000 people have been internally displaced as a result of the fighting.
RT’s local contact, with whom dialogue has been maintained throughout the six-week siege, alleges that the Philippines military are also looting the city.
“Not just Maute. Even Philippine military are looting also,” the source, who evacuated from Marawi earlier this month, told RT.
“The looting is everywhere, civilian, Maute, Philippine military are all looters,” added the source.
Elsewhere, speculation is mounting surrounding the apparent deteriorating condition of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been conspicuously absent from the public eye in recent weeks.
“I know the deployment of snipers and where they hid their firearms. I already had the complete picture and I knew that would be a long fight,” Duterte said in a speech Tuesday evening, as cited by Reuters.
“It seems to be limitless supply. They were able to stockpile their arms,” he said.
“What’s painful for me, a fractured ideology entered. All that they want is to kill and destroy, how can we live with that?” he added.
“Some of those who traveled to the Middle East got contaminated, brought the ideology back home and promised to declare war against humanity.”
He held a meeting with members of his cabinet and hosted a dinner celebrating Eid al-Fitr Tuesday evening, his first public appearance since June 20, when he visited soldiers and Marawi City evacuees.
Pres. Duterte to host eid’l fitr celebration in the palace tonight.
The Philippines president is known to live with multiple ailments including back problems and migraines from a motorcycle accident, as well as Buerger’s disease, caused by his heavy smoking in younger days, which can cause blockages in blood vessels.
On 28 June 2017, EU ambassadors endorsed the agreement reached between the Presidency and the European Parliament on temporary autonomous trade measures in favour of Ukraine.
“These measures are a gesture on our part of tangible political and economic support to Ukraine. Given the difficult situation Ukraine is currently facing, we hope to proceed swiftly with the implementation of this regulation “
Christian Cardona, Minister for the economy, investment and small business of Malta
The proposal is aimed at improving access for Ukrainian exporters to the EU market, in view of the difficult economic situation and the economic reform efforts undertaken by Ukraine.
It adds to trade provisions already introduced under an EU-Ukraine association agreement signed in 2014. Those provisions have been provisionally applied since 1 January 2016.
Applying for a three-year period, the proposed measures consist of:
1) additional annual import quotas at zero tariff for the following agricultural products (‘tariff rate quotas’ at 0%):
- Natural honey – 2500 tonnes
- Processed tomatoes – 3000 tonnes
- Grape juice – 500 tonnes
- Oats – 4000 tonnes
- Wheat – 65 000 tonnes
- Maize – 625 000 tonnes
- Barley – 325 000 tonnes
- Groats and pellets of certain cereals – 7800 tonnes
2) full removal of import duties on several industrial products, such as fertilisers, dyes, pigments and other colouring matters, footwear, copper, aluminium, as well as television and sound recording equipment.
Safeguard measures will apply. Ukraine will be obliged to respect the same principles as under the association agreement. These include respect for democratic principles, human rights and fundamental freedoms and for the principle of the rule of law, as well as continued and sustained efforts with regard to the fight against corruption and illegal activities.
Procedure and next steps
The INTA committee endorsed the deal on behalf of the Parliament on 20 June. The Parliament and the Council will now formally adopt the text by the end of July. The regulation should be published and enter into force by the end of September.
An EU-Ukraine summit is scheduled for 12-13 July 2017 in Kiev.