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RFERL | Russia To Launch [Vostok] Exercises With China, India Amid Heightened Tensions, 1-9 Sep
"India also belongs to several multilateral blocs that include both Russia and China -- from the BRICS with Brazil and South Africa to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization with Pakistan and Central Asian countries."
WION | INS Vikrant is symbol of new India's potential, says PM Modi, 2 Sep A/V (EN, Hindi)

MEMORABLE QUOTE (2016)

COL. WEBER: Two years ago, you did some Farsi translations for Army intelligence. You made quick work of those insurgent videos.
LOUISE: You made quick work of those insurgents.
WEBER: You are on the top of everyone's list when it comes to translations. And you have another two years in the SSBI. So you still have top secret clearance. That's why I'm in your office and not at Berkeley. I have something I need you to translate for me.
[AUDIO RECORDING]
Now you heard it. What do you make of it?
LOUISE: How many?
WEBER: How many what?
LOUISE: How many speaking?
WEBER: Two. Assume they were not speaking at the same time.
LOUISE: Are sure? Did they have mouths?
WEBER: How would you approach translating this? Do you hear any words? Phrases?
LOUISE: I don't know.
WEBER: So what can you tell me?
LOUISE: I can tell you that it's impossible to translate from an audio file. I would need to be there to interact with them.
WEBER: You didn't need that with the Farsi translations.
LOUISE: I didn't need it because I already knew the language. Bu this, this is ...
WEBER: I know what you're doing.
LOUISE: Tell me what I'm doing.
WEBER: I'm not taking you to Montana. It's all I can do keeping it from turning into a tourist site for everybody who has a TS clearance.
LOUISE: I'm just telling you what it would take to do this job.
WEBER: This is not a negotiation. If I leave here, your chance is gone.
LOUISE: Colonel? You mentioned Berkeley. Are you going to ask Danvers next>
WEBER: Maybe.
LOUISE: Before you commit to him, ask him the Sanskrit word for "war" and its translation.
[24 HOURS LATER]
WEBER: Gavisti. He says it means "an argument". What do you say it means?
LOUISE: "A desire for more cows."
WEBER: Pack yyour bags.
by Cat on Fri Sep 2nd, 2022 at 10:42:47 PM EST
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APsplainin RFERL
The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Vostok 2022 (East 2022) exercise will be held until Sept. 7 at seven firing ranges in ["]Russia["]'s Far East and the Sea of Japan and involve more than 50,000 troops and over 5,000 weapons units, including 140 aircraft and 60 warships.
copy editor STAT!
Russian General Staff chief, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, will personally oversee the drills involving troops from several ex-Soviet nations [sic], China, India, Laos, Mongolia, Nicaragua[,] and Syria.
RFERL: CN, IN, LA, MN, NI, DZ, SY (G20, EAS, QUAD, SCO, CELAC, INSTC, OPEC, OIC, BRICS, CPEC, LMC) "as well as" BY, KZ, KG, and TJ ("ex-Soviet nations"; current CSTO)
The [RF] Defense Ministry noted that as part of the maneuvers, the Russian and Chinese navies in the Sea of Japan will "practice joint action to protect sea communications, areas of marine economic activity and support for ground troops in littoral areas."
by Cat on Sat Sep 3rd, 2022 at 04:38:28 PM EST
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Awful Avalanche | Ukraine War Day #193: Russian Signallers Best In The World!, 4 Sep
This morning I was browsing the Russian MSM and I saw this piece, which linked to this piece. I found this interesting, because it doesn't seem like radio signallers get as much attention or admiration as they used to. I am sure we all grew up on those thrilling stories about WWII, the breaking of the German Enigma code, that sort of thing.
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The first piece is entitled "The Tuva Phenomenon", and this story reminds me of those American Navajo Indian Codetalkers of WWII. Although the Navajos had no particular reason to be patriotic to the Federal Government of the United States of America (allude to the infamous Long Walk of 1864), their leaders felt it would be best for their people if they were allowed to contribute to the war effort against the Japanese.
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In 1944 Tuva joined the USSR more or less voluntarily; and in 1992 was a signatory to the treaty which created the Russian Federation. This country lies way out there in southern Siberia, bordering on Mongolia, to the South. Ethnic Tuvans speak Tuvan as their native language. According to wiki[wtf], Tuvan is a member of the Turkic language family. The grammar is Turkic, but the vocabulary includes many borrowed words from Mongolian, Tibetan, and Russian. Just from scanning the description, one can see that Tuvan is a very complex language, both phonologically (it has relatively few consonants, but many vowels and also length and pitch) and grammatically. Which would make it perfect as the kind of language that nobody can learn unless they imbibed it with their mother's milk!

archived Ethnologue, Step 1. in Has the backstop back-fired on Ireland?, Vinay Lal

by Cat on Sun Sep 4th, 2022 at 09:19:34 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Sep 4th, 2022 at 09:50:08 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Sep 5th, 2022 at 01:09:49 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Sep 5th, 2022 at 01:05:04 PM EST
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euractiv | What's in a name? Czechs learn to live in 'Czechia', 5 Sep integrity
Nearly three decades after Czechoslovakia peacefully split into two states, Czechs are still looking for a proper name in English for their country.
archived countries that changed their names--and why
"The current mess... in naming our country is the biggest obstacle to creating a 'brand'. We want to change it," said [Deputy FM Martin] Dvorak.
by Cat on Mon Sep 5th, 2022 at 08:48:15 PM EST
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voldemoRT: Russia and China launch joint Pacific, 15 Sep
Representing the Russian Pacific Fleet is the frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov, corvettes Sovershenny, Gromky and Aldar Tsydenzhapov, and the medium naval tanker Pechenga, Moscow said. The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) sent the destroyer Nanchang, the frigate Yancheng, and the supply ship Dongpinghu.

While the Russian Defense Ministry did not specify the area of operations for the joint patrol, in a video shared on Telegram, Pacific Fleet deputy commander Aleksandr Bagdasarov mentioned the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan.

The joint naval mission comes on the heels of Vostok 2022, the week-long war games in the Russian Far East, involving more than 50,000 troops from 13 countries. According to Major General Vladimir Omelyanovich, the purpose of the event was to "create a coalition force that would plan and implement a special military operation aimed at ensuring peace and security in the region."

by Cat on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 10:32:25 PM EST
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