Daily Archives: December 23, 2016

Ukraine | Desertion in the Ukrainian army

Military prosecutors of Ukraine report that citizens of this country continue to evade from conscription to the army under control of the Kiev regime. The unified statistics of desertion from the Armed Forces of Ukraine isn’t published therefore it is necessary to use data reported by military prosecutor’s offices of certain regions.

Turkey | Imperialism is weaving the nets of the Third World War

by Armağan Tulun

This article was originally written in Turkish and published in the October issue of Gerçek, the central organ of the Revolutionary Workers’ Party (DIP). It was later slightly updated and translated into English.

USA | The Cold War, Continued: Post-Election Russophobia

by Gary Leupp

Mainstream TV news anchors including MSNBC’s Chris Hayes are reporting as fact—with fuming indignation—that Russia (and specifically Vladimir Putin) not only sought to influence the U.S. election (and—gosh!—promote “doubt” about the whole legitimacy of the U.S. electoral system) but to throw the vote to Donald Trump.

One step closer to reality: devices that convert heat into electricity

The same researchers who pioneered the use of a quantum mechanical effect to convert heat into electricity have figured out how to make their technique work in a form more suitable to industry.

In Nature Communications, engineers from The Ohio State University describe how they used magnetism on a composite of nickel and platinum to amplify the voltage output 10 times or more—not in a thin film, as they had done previously, but in a thicker piece of material that more closely resembles components for future electronic devices.

Greece | Concern grows in Greece over Turkey’s intentions

Aggressive rhetoric by Turkey, ongoing violations in the Aegean and Ankara’s stance on Cyprus ahead of a crucial multi-party summit next month have fueled concerns in Athens, with Greek political and military personnel under orders to exercise restraint.

It is unclear whether hopes for special talks on Cyprus between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the summit in Geneva on January 12 will be realized. There are concerns among Greek diplomats that Erdogan wants to avoid meeting Tsipras and aims to broach the thorny issues of security and guarantees on Cyprus, as well as matters relating to Greek-Turkish relations, in Geneva.