Political NGOs must concentrate on national problems – Putin

Non-government groups working in Russia must aim at solving problems important for the whole nation, and those that do can count on assistance in part from the state, President Vladimir Putin has said.  The NGOs should never be used for solving some limited problems of certain political parties, Putin noted. If such things happen they deprive the non-government organization of its very essence, he explained.

The Russian president said the political struggle in the country, including the standoff between the authorities and the opposition, must be only part of the political platform and in the area of relations between political parties.

Putin also acknowledged that the work of Russian NGOs was shifting from pure politics into the social sphere and that this was a normal process. “But this does not mean that the state would cease its support to political NGOs,” he added.

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLS ON CONGRESS TO DO MORE FOR THE POOR

He also used his State of the Union address to call for an end to the nasty partisan political fight that has characterised his six years in office. Mr Obama issued a broadly optimistic report about the country in his nationally televised speech to Congress, newly dominated by opposition Republicans in both chambers for the first time during his presidency. He spoke of millions of new jobs created, modestly rising wages, a stock market that has soared as the country climbed out of the Great Recession that greeted him when he took office in 2009. And he called for a “better politics where we appeal to each other’s basic decency instead of our basest fears”. The president said it was time for Americans to “turn the page” on years of economic troubles, terrorism and lengthy wars. He used his sixth State of the Union speech to outline new tax policies that would hit the wealthiest Americans and give breaks to the middle class.
While calling for a new era of courtesy, Mr Obama outlined an agenda that showed he had no plans to curtail his own plans in favour of Republican priorities. He appealed for “better politics” in Washington and pledged to work with Republicans, even while touting bread-and-butter Democratic economic proposals and vowing to veto Republican efforts to dismantle his signature achievements – in particular his health care reform. “We can’t put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance or unravelling the new rules on Wall Street or refighting past battles on immigration when we’ve got a system to fix,” he said. “And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, I will veto it.”

 

Paris Mayor Threatens To Sue Fox News Over ‘No-Go Zones’ Reports

Mayor Anne Hidalgo

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo speaks during a news conference at Paris city hall, November 7, 2014. Hidalgo said on Tuesday that she may sue Fox News because the network had “insulted” the city by implying that there are “no-go zones” where non-Muslims and even the city’s police are afraid to go Over the past few days, Fox News had broadcast several segments about so-called “no-go zones” that it claimed existed not only in France, but also in many other European cities, including the British city of Birmingham. According to a report by USA Today, Fox News had also displayed maps showing these areas in Paris where, the network claimed, young men openly wore t-shirts with Osama bin Laden’s photos.
“When we’re insulted, and when we’ve had an image, then I think we’ll have to sue, I think we’ll have to go to court, in order to have these words removed,” Hidalgo reportedly said. “The image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced.”

She was responding to remarks on Fox News that there were “no-go zones” in Paris where non-Muslims and even police were afraid to go. Fox and Friends even broadcast a map outlining seven such zones.

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