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Non - profit movement as a priceless experience

Non - profit movement as a priceless experience

In January 2013, immediately after Russian Parliament had passed the bill banned adoption of Russian children by American citizens, Russians got new law about NGO – Non Governmental Organizations, here in the USA you call this type of institutions “non-profit”. According these law Russian “non-profit” organizations, which use any foreign funding, grants etc have to be registered as “FOREIGN AGENT”. The New law gives additional possibilities and rights for authorities to raid offices of NGO, audit of funding and seize documents.

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I can not understand

I’m in Austin, TX, I’m amazed, and I’m impressed. The downtown of Austin is broken up into two deeply different worlds. One world, which is luxury and wealthy is located by my left hand. I’m sitting on a high chair at the Starbucks, Congress av., downtown Austin. I see the top of the beautiful Capitol building ahead. On Sunday morning I admired hundreds good-looking healthy people who were running around, on Sunday lunch time I was among dozens with Mimosa cocktails, which is sparkling wine and orange juice, in their hands.

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Immigration reform: time to compromise

During my 6 weeks trip around of the US I discovered two faultless ways to lure people to conversation. One of them is very obvious; I mean Syria, it’s very hot and fearful current affair that became dramatically important for all Americans because of they found themselves in step to the war. The second way to provoke people to talk is immigration reform. It works everywhere without misfire: in Congress, in Starbucks, in plane, in nail salon, in laundry etc.

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Antidote

Antidote

Couple of years ago I flew the Atlantic keeping in my hands a book with 89 Hasidic Tales about Holocaust. The author of the book Yaffa Eliach, Holocaust survivor from Lithuania, devoted all her life to record memories of Jewish people who were able to survive. She started searching and recording people in 50ths when many survivors who in Holocaust were still alive. In her book “Tales about Holocaust” she gathered just memories of religious Hasidic people, their stories sounded like a tales, with miracles that came from prayers.

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perfect day

perfect day

Today was a beautiful day that cheered me up a lot. It was the best time to go to Nationalization Ceremony in S.-Paul, MN right after a great speech of Mr. Steve Oesterle, in Medtronic headquarter in Minneapolis, where I was paralyzed and simultaneously delighted by technical and scientific achievements of Medtronic and personally by Mr. Oesterle.

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You have never been in America)))

You have never been in America)))

Friday evening, an art gallery, a lot of people, Sauvignon Blanc, handsome man and real artist is host a party, painting and graphics around, smart casual, noisy, very noisy, guests are coming and going, mixing and moving around. Close-up: a director grabs a main character... I took a couple of steps back once again to accurately record my feelings: I was in a scene from the American TV series. This is the typical scene “Friday night reception”. And apparently all the guests came from Aaron Sorkin. I think - what comes first?

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