The Catalan Crisis Threatens to Reopen a Debate That the EU’s Power Brokers Thought They Had Long Ago Quashed

Photograph Source: Elaine Larkin – CC BY 2.0 Though it is largely forgotten today, there was during the late 80s and early 90s a vigorous debate in numerous sectors of European life about whether the EU would be best structured as a Union of Regions or as a Union of States. Adherents of the first … Continue reading “The Catalan Crisis Threatens to Reopen a Debate That the EU’s Power Brokers Thought They Had Long Ago Quashed”

Future-Defining Exhibitors Already Confirmed for StocExpo 2020

Jan 22, 2020 Picture:  Over 150 leading companies from across the world’s bulk liquid storage supply chain have already signed up to exhibit at StocExpo 2020. The global event, hosted at the Ahoy in Rotterdam in 10-12 March, provides an unrivalled platform for exhibitors to showcase their latest innovations and developments in front of their … Continue reading “Future-Defining Exhibitors Already Confirmed for StocExpo 2020”

JCB expands its merchant network with Nets Group in Finland

Jan 21, 2020 LONDON, Jan 21, 2020 – JCB International, Co., Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., and Nordic-based payment service provider Nets Group, today announce the wider enablement of JCB payment acceptance by Nets merchants in Finland. This latest strategic expansion initially enables over 18,000 businesses across Finland to accept JCB … Continue reading “JCB expands its merchant network with Nets Group in Finland”

Le ministre de l’Intérieur allemand refuse d’exclure Huawei du futur réseau 5G

Le ministre fédéral de l’Intérieur Horst Seehofer ne souhaite pas empêcher les fournisseurs chinois d’équipements de télécommunications de prendre à l’équipement du réseau allemand 5G. «Je suis contre le retrait d’un produit du marché simplement parce qu’il est possible que quelque chose se produise», a-t-il ainsi déclaré dans un entretien accordé au  Frankurter Allgemeine Zeitung … Continue reading “Le ministre de l’Intérieur allemand refuse d’exclure Huawei du futur réseau 5G”

Laisser vivre le Quartier libre des Lentillères !

Ceci est la version longue d’une tribune originellement publiée dans Libération le 15 janvier 2020. Depuis une certaine attention aux enjeux écologiques, sociaux et démocratiques, nous sommes impliqués dans la préservation et la construction des (biens) communs, et en cela solidaires de la lutte du Quartier Libre des Lentillères. Nous nous réjouissons en ce sens de … Continue reading “Laisser vivre le Quartier libre des Lentillères !”

Formex Nova award – nominees appointed

Jan 14, 2020 Picture:  Formex has established the Formex Nova award – Nordic Designer of the Year, to promote high quality Nordic design created by a still relatively unknown designer working in the Nordic interior design industry. A jury appoints the nominees for the award. The winner will be presented August 18. The Nominees for … Continue reading “Formex Nova award – nominees appointed”

‘Soylent yellow’: Is artificial protein really a solution to food production?

The 1973 dystopian science fiction film “Soylent Green” is set in the year 2022, just one year after a nonfictional Finnish company hopes to begin selling an artificially produced yellow protein-laden flour created by bacteria that the company says will revolutionize food production. The flour is derived from vats of yellow bacteria whose fermentation process … Continue reading “‘Soylent yellow’: Is artificial protein really a solution to food production?”

Chutes de neige record pour cette période de l’année en Laponie, Finlande

Les visiteurs de la Laponie ont l’occasion de vivre un véritable hiver enneigé, avec une quantité record de neige qui recouvre la région. Dans beaucoup d’endroits, il y a 90 cm de neige – par exemple aujourd’hui à Sodankylä il y a 89 cm et à Kittilä 88 cm ont été enregistrés, soit environ 30 … Continue reading “Chutes de neige record pour cette période de l’année en Laponie, Finlande”

Cycle Your Last Mile: New E-Bike Can Carry 80 Kgs, Travel 120 KM on One Charge!

Bicycles evoke nostalgia. They have that old-world charm that will never fade. With the eco-wave (finally!) sweeping across the world, bicycles are making a welcome comeback as one of the preferred modes of commuting short distances. Over time, we saw the emergence of e-bikes coming in as a solution for long distance commute, saving time … Continue reading “Cycle Your Last Mile: New E-Bike Can Carry 80 Kgs, Travel 120 KM on One Charge!”

Taiwan tops Asia in latest DGE gender equality rankings

Taiwan ranks ninth globally and first in Asia based on data used to compile the latest U.N. Gender Inequality Index, according to the Cabinet-level Department of Gender Equality Jan. 3.   Scoring 0.053 out of 1, with a higher value indicating greater inequality, Taiwan trails Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Finland and France, … Continue reading “Taiwan tops Asia in latest DGE gender equality rankings”

Couverture de neige record pour Noël dans la Laponie finlandaise

Selon les données de l’Institut météorologique finlandais (IGF), de nombreux habitants de la Laponie passeront Noël à profiter d’une couverture de neige record. L’institut a déclaré que la neige a atteint des niveaux records dans des régions telles que Pokka à Kittilä, Tähtelä à Sodankylä et Saariselkä à Inari. A Pokka, la poudreuse a une … Continue reading “Couverture de neige record pour Noël dans la Laponie finlandaise”

World War II-Era Minefield Discovered in Gulf of Finland Ahead of Putin Visit

An entire field of World War II-era anchored mines was discovered during a security sweep conducted ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Gogland Isle in July. The president, accompanied by Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu, travelled to the island to attend an underwater ceremony to mount a plaque on a hull of … Continue reading “World War II-Era Minefield Discovered in Gulf of Finland Ahead of Putin Visit”

Ephéméride des luttes : 22 décembre

On se détend un peu avant les fêtes dans l’éphéméride des luttes du 22 décembre, mais n’oublions pas Lahouari pour autant. C’est aussi pour lui que ce qu’il se fait aujourd’hui se fait. 1970 : A Kaiserlautern en Allemagne, la Fraction Armée Rouge (RAF) cambriole une banque. Un policier mourra dans l’opération. 1974 : En … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 22 décembre”

Former NSA Director Is Cooperating With Probe of Trump-Russia Investigation

Retired Adm. Michael Rogers, former director of the National Security Agency, has been cooperating with the Justice Department’s probe into the origins of the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump presidential campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, according to four people familiar with Rogers’s participation. Rogers has met the prosecutor leading the probe, Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, … Continue reading “Former NSA Director Is Cooperating With Probe of Trump-Russia Investigation”

European Countries Announce Plan to Phase Out Toxic PFAS Chemicals by 2030

Environmental officials from Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark today announced a plan to restrict all PFAS compounds under Europe’s chemical regulations framework. The announcement in Brussels came one day after the submission of a document to the European Commission that lays out a strategy to phase out most uses of PFAS compounds by 2030. … Continue reading “European Countries Announce Plan to Phase Out Toxic PFAS Chemicals by 2030”

Ephéméride des luttes : 19 décembre

L’éphéméride des luttes du 19 décembre va chercher chez eux les responsables des massacres et de l’exploitation que nous subissons depuis trop de temps. L’air est électrique. 1974 : A Paris, les Brigades Internationales commando ‘Raul Sendic’ exécutent le Colonel Trabal (attaché militaire de l’ambassade d’Uruguay), qui était responsable du renseignement militaire de la dictature … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 19 décembre”

Les Allemands ont bousculé l’armée rouge en 1941 parce que les Soviétiques étaient prêts à attaquer, pas à se défendre

Ce qui suit est tiré du chapitre 1 de Germany’s War: The Origins, Aftermath and Atrocities of World War II de John Wear, publié en 2014, qui peut être lu en entier sur The Unz Review ou obtenu sur Amazon. Vous pouvez en savoir plus sur le travail de Wear dans son site Web. Dans cette … Continue reading “Les Allemands ont bousculé l’armée rouge en 1941 parce que les Soviétiques étaient prêts à attaquer, pas à se défendre”

Finland-Estonia Relations: Estonian Interior Minister Was Kinda Right but Also Kinda Wrong About Finland

The Estonian Interior Minister was correct in calling out the new Finnish government’s extreme Europhilia which he fears is destined to turn the country into a so-called “euro-province” at the expense of its national sovereignty, but his invocation of Lenin … The post Finland-Estonia Relations: Estonian Interior Minister Was Kinda Right but Also Kinda Wrong … Continue reading “Finland-Estonia Relations: Estonian Interior Minister Was Kinda Right but Also Kinda Wrong About Finland”

Bonnes feuilles : Arctique, un espace cryogéopolitique ?

Le brise-glace canadien Louis Saint-Laurent, photographié dans les eaux du territoire de Nanavut, Canada, 9 novembre 2016. Fiona Paton/flickr, CC BY-NC-NDUnivers aussi fascinant que méconnu, les pôles se trouvent à l’intersection de très nombreuses problématiques fondamentales : changement climatique, compétition géopolitique, accès aux ressources naturelles, gouvernance internationale… Tous ces aspects, et bien d’autres, sont traités dans … Continue reading “Bonnes feuilles : Arctique, un espace cryogéopolitique ?”

NU.nl, Donald Duck sold in €460 million deal

Finnish publishing giant Sanoma sold its unit Sanoma Media Netherlands to Belgian company DPG Media for an amount of 460 million euros, Sanoma announced on Tuesday. No jobs will be lost in the deal – all 977 employees, equivalent to 894 full-time positions, will mover from Sanoma to DPG.Submitted by Janene Pieters on December 10, 2019 … Continue reading “NU.nl, Donald Duck sold in €460 million deal”

Lebanon’s Biggest Recycling and Waste Management Event to be held at the Seaside Pavilion

Dec 05, 2019 Picture:  Beirut, Lebanon, 5 December 2019 –( ASIA TODAY )– Lebanon Expo, one of the leading event organizers in Lebanon, is all set to hold the second edition of Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition and Conference(RAWMEC) from March 18 to 20, 2020 at the Seaside Pavilion, Beirut, Lebanon. This one-of-its-kind event is … Continue reading “Lebanon’s Biggest Recycling and Waste Management Event to be held at the Seaside Pavilion”

Ephéméride des luttes : 6 décembre

C’est bien sûr Alexis ou Malik qui viennent à l’esprit de cette éphéméride des luttes du 6 décembre, mais il sont loin d’être les seuls a avoir été assassinés par la police. D’ailleurs, certains leur rendent aujourd’hui la monnaire de leur pièce. 1916 : A Boston, les anarchistes italiens font sauter le commissariat de police … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 6 décembre”

Iceland Connects to Asia

It was announced last week that beginning in March 2020, Juneayo Air will fly from Shanghai to Keflavik International Airport twice a week. Although the flight will include a short layover in Helsinki, Finland, this is the first direct flight connecting Asia to the popular tourist destination. The route will be operated with a Boeing … Continue reading “Iceland Connects to Asia”

Big Rallies and Big Differences in Germany

Looking out my window at the wide Karl Marx Allee boulevard below, I have seen many a big May Day parade march by in the old GDR days, and many a passing bicycle race or Marathon. Recently, for the first time, I saw a slow, endless column of green or yellow tractors. I learned later … Continue reading “Big Rallies and Big Differences in Germany”

Classement Pisa des systèmes éducatifs : la France championne… des inégalités

Si la planète était une salle de classe, la France ne serait pas le cancre assis près du radiateur, mais elle serait bien loin du premier rang, occupé par la Chine. C’est ce que révèle le classement du Programme international pour le suivi des acquis des élèves, dit Pisa, publié ce 3 décembre. Depuis 20 ans, cette étude menée … Continue reading “Classement Pisa des systèmes éducatifs : la France championne… des inégalités”

Impeachment and Damage to U.S. Foreign Policy

By Robert E. Hunter Russia, and especially Ukraine, have been centerpieces of the House impeachment hearings, as well as of massive media coverage. But largely lost in the domestic politics focused disarray is serious discussion of the foreign policy aspects of American engagement with these two countries. Factors relating to both are of course “fair … Continue reading “Impeachment and Damage to U.S. Foreign Policy”

Russia to keep counter-sanctions against the West for good

Russia will not be the first to abolish restrictive measures that were imposed in response to the sanctions against Moscow’s current policy, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a news conference following his talks with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne. “If we discuss first steps on the part of Russia, the abolition of some … Continue reading “Russia to keep counter-sanctions against the West for good”

An Impeachment Hearings Libretto

Photograph Source: Coffeeandcrumbs – Public Domain by Matthew Stevenson Listening to the many arias delivered to the House Intelligence Committee (think of the lawyers who draft all those opening statements as lyricists), it struck me that one of the problems of the hearings is that few in the audience had program notes. As much of … Continue reading “An Impeachment Hearings Libretto”

Nokia, Globalstar to begin deployment of 4.9G networks in five African countries

London, Nov. 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Finnish telecommunication giant, Nokia is partnering with data services firm, Globalstar to accelerate the launch and deployment of fourth industrial revolution 4.9G network across five African countries This is after Globalstar secured rights for the deployment of the Band 53 for terrestrial LTE/4.9G networks in South Africa, Mozambique, Gabon, Botswana and Rwanda. … Continue reading “Nokia, Globalstar to begin deployment of 4.9G networks in five African countries”

Le retour de l’écofascisme

Un peu partout dans le monde, on voit grandir chez les suprémacistes blancs un discours qui lie les théories du grand remplacement à la défense de l’environnement. Patrick Cruisius, l’homme accusé du massacre de 22 personnes à El Paso en août 2019, avait ainsi posté en amont sur le forum 8chan quatre pages dans lesquelles il … Continue reading “Le retour de l’écofascisme”

Which Is Worse? Trying to Get Ukraine into NATO, or Trying to Use Ukraine to Reelect Trump?

Question for discussion: which is worse? (Forgive the run-on sentences; they are necessary to convey the complexity of moral issues here.) (1) The effort of the U.S. State Department backed by the Pentagon to expand the NATO military alliance (which as you know is the most terrifyingly powerful military alliance in human history, from its … Continue reading “Which Is Worse? Trying to Get Ukraine into NATO, or Trying to Use Ukraine to Reelect Trump?”

An Open Letter to Climate Activists in the Northwoods…and Beyond

From a talk delivered November 1, 2019.  Northern Michigan University Sonderegger Symposium:  Anishinaabek: East, South, West, North.  Marquette, MI.   Overview I’m going to cut straight to the point:  averting climate change is not going stop the global collapse of the planet as we know it. Don’t get me wrong.  Climate change is a global … Continue reading “An Open Letter to Climate Activists in the Northwoods…and Beyond”

Chypre. Nicosie, dernière capitale européenne divisée

Aux portes du Proche-Orient et aux confins de l’Europe, c’est une place bien à part qu’occupe Nicosie, dans un espace qui a vu naître au cours des années 1960 et 1970 des conflits qui devaient se développer par la suite dans des zones géographiquement proches. Peu avant les guerres du Liban et l’invasion de Beyrouth en … Continue reading “Chypre. Nicosie, dernière capitale européenne divisée”

More Than a Towel: How Assam’s ‘Gamosa’ Made It to The Guinness World Records!

One of the most recognisable cultural symbols of Assam, the gamosa, also known as the gamusa or gamucha, is white rectangular piece of cloth, around 4 feet in height and 2 feet in width, has beautiful red floral and geometrical designs embroidered on the sides. The embroidered red patterns are sometimes inspired by nature and comprise … Continue reading “More Than a Towel: How Assam’s ‘Gamosa’ Made It to The Guinness World Records!”

Border closure: Nigeria raises special team to free locked Ghanaian goods at Seme border

London, Oct. 29, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government has set up security and trade teams to deal with the several truckloads of goods from Ghanaian traders grounded at the Seme border between Benin and Nigeria due to a temporary shutdown of Nigeria’s borders. Nigeria partially closed its borders with Benin in August this year to curb the … Continue reading “Border closure: Nigeria raises special team to free locked Ghanaian goods at Seme border”

Finland companies turn to animal poo for clean energy

London, Oct. 28, 2019 (AltAfrica)-In the search for clean electricity, power companies in Finland are going green by way of brown, and have set their sights on a previously untapped energy source: animal dung. During this month’s FEI World Cup showjumping qualifier at Helsinki International Horse Show, 100 tonnes of manure was loaded up and … Continue reading “Finland companies turn to animal poo for clean energy”

Lithuania’s LNG Terminal Built to Replace Russian Pipeline Gas, Imports Russian Liquefied Gas

Lithuania’s presidential adviser on energy is frustrated that the expensive LNG terminal built by the state to try and lessen Russia’s share of gas imports to the country is now receiving LNG from Russia in addition to from other countries: The Klaipėda liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal should not be used to import Russian gas … Continue reading “Lithuania’s LNG Terminal Built to Replace Russian Pipeline Gas, Imports Russian Liquefied Gas”

US Navy Trying to Force Its Way Through Russia’s Arctic Sea Route Would Be a Bad Idea Indeed

Russia and the United States have started a game of chicken in the Arctic that could lead to an unnecessary military conflict. The Russians have asserted unilateral control over the Northern Sea Route, an international waterway running along Russia’s northern coast, and are deploying military assets at chokepoints along the route. U.S. officials dispute Russia’s … Continue reading “US Navy Trying to Force Its Way Through Russia’s Arctic Sea Route Would Be a Bad Idea Indeed”

Après avoir passé 18 mois en prison aux Etats-Unis, la Russe Maria Boutina est libérée

Après avoir purgé sa peine de 18 mois de prison aux Etats-Unis, la citoyenne russe Maria Boutina a été libérée ce 25 octobre. Elle devrait immédiatement regagner la Russie.  Agée de 30 ans, Maria Boutina a été arrêtée à Washington le 15 juillet 2019, à la veille de la rencontre à Helsinki entre Donald Trump et … Continue reading “Après avoir passé 18 mois en prison aux Etats-Unis, la Russe Maria Boutina est libérée”

L’exode des Bulgares

Par Phil Butler – Le 12 octobre 2019 – Source New Eastern Outlook La Bulgarie est le pays le plus pauvre de l’Union européenne. Un pays, qui pourtant s’appelait autrefois la « Silicon Valley du bloc de l’Est », sur le point de s’effondrer socialement. Les Bulgares quittent leur pays en nombre alarmant. Voici un aperçu de … Continue reading “L’exode des Bulgares”

Après 18 mois de prison aux Etats-Unis, la Russe Maria Boutina sera expulsée vers la Russie

Accusée d’être une agente russe chargée d’infiltrer la frange conservatrice de l’appareil politique américain, à travers ses liens avec le lobby pro-armes, la National Rifle Association (NRA), la citoyenne russe Maria Boutina devrait être libérée avant la date annoncée, a déclaré son père à RT. Le 26 avril 2019, la Russe âgée de 30 ans, était condamnée … Continue reading “Après 18 mois de prison aux Etats-Unis, la Russe Maria Boutina sera expulsée vers la Russie”

Record Numbers for Tank Storage Asia 2019

Oct 09, 2019 Picture:  Tank Storage Asia 2019 boasted record visitor numbers this September, as terminals, traders, petrochemical producers and equipment suppliers gathered in Singapore. The event saw a 35% increase in visitors this year, attracted by a strong conference line-up, new one-to-one networking opportunities and a whole host of ground-breaking technologies on the show … Continue reading “Record Numbers for Tank Storage Asia 2019”

Trump contre Biden : impeachment bidon et combat de chiens au cœur de l’Empire

Le 24 septembre, la présidente démocrate de la Chambre des représentants des USA a intenté une action en destitution (impeachment) contre Donald Trump. Malgré la gravité proposée des faits dénoncés, il s’agit d’une initiative bidon, qui n’arrivera jamais à bon port. La Constitution yankee exige que la Chambre des représentants ouvre le processus d’accusation constitutionnelle … Continue reading “Trump contre Biden : impeachment bidon et combat de chiens au cœur de l’Empire”

Des chutes de neige plus précoces que d’habitude frappent la Finlande

L’hiver est arrivé dans l’est de la Finlande vendredi matin, avec 4 à 5 cm de neige qui sont tombés le matin et davantage est prévu. “L’extrême est de la Finlande pourrai atteindre 10 cm vendredi “, explique Matti Huutonen, météorologue de Yle. La première neige a été enregistrée le matin dans les villes de … Continue reading “Des chutes de neige plus précoces que d’habitude frappent la Finlande”

Germany donates additional 4m euros to Ebola fight

London, Oct. 5, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Germany on Friday committed additional money to the World Health Organization (WHO) and African Union (AU) as part of efforts at fighting Ebola outbreak in Congo, Health Minister, Jens Spahn says. Spahn said at a meeting with WHO representatives in the eastern Congolese city of Goma that Germany was giving a … Continue reading “Germany donates additional 4m euros to Ebola fight”