12 Сен, 2021

World attitudes towards globalization

In general, the population around the world is rather restrained about globalization, with the exception of two points: everyone wants to expand trade and investment from international companies: on average, around the world, these two ideas have 75% and 63% of supporters, respectively.

In Russia, the situation is similar: 86% are in favor of expanding trade (second in the world, lagging behind the leader — Peru — by only 1 percentage point), 51% support foreign investment

But at the same time, in general, in most countries, globalization is not considered to be something good: only 48% on average for the countries included in the survey have a positive attitude towards it (in Russia — 34%). Moreover, in some countries it acts as such a good scapegoat: 48% of the French, for example, believe that it is globalization that prevents their country from pursuing an effective economic policy, and 41% — that it also prevents democracy from working!


The residential real estate market in Russia has shown significant growth in the last year. According to CIAN, the highest average price of a one-room apartment was recorded in Moscow. At the end of August 2021, the average one-room apartment in Moscow cost 9.7 million rubles.

The second place among cities is occupied by St. Petersburg, where the average price of a one-room apartment was 6.4 million rubles. Kazan closes the top three with a price of one-room apartment of 4.2 million rubles.

According to The Information, Facebook is developing two processors at once for its data centers. One model is designed to speed up the processing of machine learning tasks. The solution is designed to help in the work of the content recommendation algorithm in the social network. The second chip will be used for video transcoding to help improve the quality of Facebook live streams.

The proprietary processors will allow Facebook to reduce its carbon footprint and reliance on third-party vendors like Intel, Qualcomm and Broadcom. However, there is no talk of a complete transition to their chips, sources say to The Information.


On the preparation of Russian athletes for the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, 20 billion rubles were spent, said the Minister of Sports Oleg Matytsin.


Russian Olympians, who returned from Tokyo with medals, were presented with cars. The athletes who won the gold in the Olympic Games were awarded the BMW X5. For silver and bronze — BMW X3.


Crude oil reserves in Russia have decreased over ten years: in 2010 they amounted to 28.2 billion tons, then in 2020 — already 19.1 billion tons, follows from the report of the Ministry of Natural Resources on the state and protection of the environment for 2020.

Gas reserves until 2015 amounted to about 70 trillion cubic meters, and from next year they decreased to about 50 trillion, last year they amounted to 49.2 trillion. This is 0.2% more than in 2019 and 27.4% less than in 2010.


The US State Department considers the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project a bad deal and will oppose it. This was stated by the deputy head of the press service of the State Department Jalina Porter.

“We have said this before and we continue to repeat it. We consider this a bad deal and will continue to oppose this pipeline as a geopolitical project for Russia, ”said Porter.


Germany supports the project on the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, but at the same time advocates the preservation of gas transit through Ukraine. This was stated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference in Warsaw with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

“We said we support Nord Stream 2,” Merkel said.

She also reiterated her position that maintaining Ukraine’s status as a gas transit partner is an important task.

“This is what our agreement with the United States is aimed at,” the chancellor added.


The Indian state of Rajasthan has come up with a new way to combat begging. Rajasthan Skill and Livelihood Development Corporation (RSLDC), initiated by the authorities, decided not to take the beggars off the streets to overcrowded shelters, but to offer them training and help with subsequent guaranteed employment, writes The Guardian. According to the Pew Research Center, 75 million people in the country live on two dollars or less a day.


Owners of Xiaomi smartphones in Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea and Sudan will receive notifications that Xiaomi’s policy does not authorize the sale of its products in these countries. The mass blocking was reported by the forum of mobile developers XDA-developers, the problem, it was alleged, should have affected the Crimea as well.


The winner of the «Golden Lion», the main award of the Venice Film Festival, was the picture «The Event» by the French director Audrey Divan.

Jane Campion won the Silver Lion for Best Director for The Power of the Dog.

The Grand Prix of the jury was awarded to the film «The Hand of God» directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Best Actor and Volpi Cup winner was John Arquilla for her role in At Work: The Missing 8 directed by Eric Matti, and Volpi Cup for Best Actress went to Penelope Cruz, who played Pedro Almodovaro in Parallel Mothers.


Roskomnadzor demands from Apple, Google, Cloudflare and Cisco not to allow Russians to bypass the blocking of Navalny’s website «Smart Voting»

Insubordination will be viewed as foreign interference in the elections to the State Duma. The department also recalled the criminal liability for assisting in the continuation of the activities of an extremist organization.


Vladimir Putin instructed from 2022 to include teaching children to swim in the education system.


Amazon com Inc. unveiled its first line of TVs, the company intends to compete with Roku Inc. and Google for control of the entertainment market. Amazon will offer two lines of TVs: the Omni, which starts at $ 409.99, and a model called the 4-Series, which starts at $ 369.99. The TVs will go on sale in October and will have a diagonal of 43 to 75 inches, writes Bloomberg.


Moscow has been establishing contacts with the Taliban over the past seven to eight years, which allowed it to be ready for a change of power in the country. Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov spoke about this.

“We have been building contacts with the Taliban for the last seven to eight years. Therefore, we entered the new stage of Afghanistan prepared, ”the ambassador said.

Zhirnov noted that the Taliban’s power did not become a stranger to Russia, which led to the refusal to evacuate the Russian embassy. According to the diplomat, the militants «appreciated» Moscow’s decision to continue the work of the diplomatic mission. “The relationship is normal,” he summed up.


18-year-old lightweight boxing champion Simu Rezai, who fled from Afghanistan to Qatar, showed RIA Novosti a “warning” with threats that she received from the Taliban (banned in Russia): she was strongly advised to stop training or continue it in the United States. The girl decided to go in for boxing from the age of 16, although the family was against it.


According to a survey by the Levada Center, 44% of Russians believe that Russia should treat the West as an ally, and 13% as a friend. 29% are in favor of rivalry, and only 5% of respondents called the West the enemy


Researchers from the European Space Agency (ESA) presented one of the main components of the future base on the Moon. This is the floor they created using wire arc 3D printing technology.

The process involves fusing metal wires with lasers to create lightweight metal objects with high structural strength. This method can be used to build infrastructure in situ during sustainable exploration missions, using raw materials derived from lunar regolith.

The International Lunar Village project belongs to the architectural bureau Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).


On September 11, the President of the Russian Federation took part in the opening ceremony of the memorial complex «Prince Alexander Nevsky with a retinue» in the Pskov region.

Putin — about Alexander Nevsky: his image is perceived as close and understandable, accompanies and preserves Russia, supports and inspires our people both in the fateful periods of trials and in peacetime.


The IAEA and Iran agreed to continue contacts and expand cooperation, the statement says following the visit of the organization’s director general to Tehran. In addition, the head of the IAEA will visit Tehran again in the near future for high-level consultations with the Iranian government.


France will not maintain relations with the government of Afghanistan, which was formed by the Taliban. This was stated by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

“They said they would allow some foreigners and Afghans to leave freely, and about inclusive and representative government, but they are lying,” the minister explained.

Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron explained that the official recognition of the Taliban depends on how the movement will respect human rights, in particular the rights of women. In addition, the Taliban must refuse to interact with terrorist groups.


The Russian Supreme Court has banned banks from blocking alimony on debtors’ accounts. The explanation given by Rossiyskaya Gazeta states that it is impossible to block alimony on accounts, and a person should be able to withdraw it at any time, despite the debts.


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