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‘Our product, our rules’ – Russia’s Gazprom

The world economy is experiencing a global tectonic shift, with commodities becoming more valuable than money, the head of Russia’s state energy giant Gazprom, Alexei Miller, said on Thursday, adding that from now on it is a case of “our product, our rules.” “The game of nominal value of money …

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Switzerland clarifies rules on arms shipments to Ukraine

Switzerland ruled on Friday that shipping weapons with Swiss-made components to Ukraine does not violate the country’s centuries-old neutrality, if certain conditions are met. “The delivery of war material in the form of assembly elements or spare parts to European armament companies will… remain possible, even if the manufactured war …

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How Big Tech rules the technological society through culture

The early internet era was full of optimism about the future of the technological society. Techno-utopians naively hoped that a society running on the so-called ‘information superhighway’ would be armed with facts, and civic life would evolve past the tired dialectic of partisan politics. What they predicted, and what ended …

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China condemns ‘American rules’

Beijing has once again hit out at Washington, stating that the US has “no right to talk about rules” after it has repeatedly broken them itself on numerous occasions. During a daily press briefing on Monday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian was asked to respond to the recent comments …

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Russia’s iconic museum rules on foreign exhibits

One of the world’s largest museums, the State Hermitage in St.Petersburg, will not be participating in foreign exhibitions this year because of the Ukraine conflict, its director, Mikhail Piotrovsky, said on Tuesday.  “Under the current circumstances, we will not have permission to export [the art pieces] outside the Russian Federation,” …

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Switzerland changes organ donation rules

In Switzerland, those who did not explicitly ‘opt out’ during their lifetimes would now be assumed to have consented to have their organs taken for transplant upon their deaths, following a referendum on Sunday. The government-backed measure was upheld by roughly 60 percent of Swiss, with a turnout of just …

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US reveals ‘rules’ on sharing intelligence with Ukraine – media

The US has developed rules on sharing intelligence with Ukraine that would give Washington plausible deniability while providing Kiev with as much information as possible to attack the Russian military. This is according to the Washington Post, quoting unnamed officials on Wednesday, after days of media claims about the extent …

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Russia tightens cybersecurity rules

Starting in 2025, Russian state-owned entities will be prohibited from using information security tools produced in “unfriendly” countries, a presidential decree states.  On Sunday, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a decree that aims to boost the country’s information security. The document, which has been published on the government’s website, says …

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Court rules on UK government Covid response

British health authorities violated the law by overlooking the risk of placing untested elderly patients into care homes in the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic, the High Court ruled on Wednesday. Two women – Cathy Gardner and Fay Harris, who lost their fathers to the virus in early 2020 …

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Russia eases rules on foreign currency

The Bank of Russia is lifting temporary capital control measures that banned individuals from buying foreign currency, the central bank said in a statement on its website on Friday. Starting April 18, Russian citizens will once again be allowed to buy foreign currency at banks, as well as withdraw funds …

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