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    War: Issues with hot water are coming in Germany
    • The German city of Hamburg will ration hot water for private homes and limit the maximum heating temperature in the event of a severe shortage of gas, an environmental senator said as Germany prepares for a possible disruption to Russian gas imports.

      Last month, Germany moved into the second phase of its three-tier gas emergency plan after Russia cut supplies via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, a step ahead of the government's fuel rationing.

      The government is urging citizens and businesses to reduce their energy use and help the country fill its gas storage by winter, but cities are also considering measures if the gas runs out.

      “Due to severe gas shortages, hot water can only be supplied at certain times of the day in case of emergency,” Hamburg environmental senator Jens Kerstan told Welt am Sonntag on Saturday.

      Kerstan said the city may also consider lowering the overall maximum room temperature in the district heating network.

      Households and critical institutions such as hospitals will have priority over industry in the third phase, according to the federal emergency plan, but this may not be everywhere in Hamburg for technical reasons.

      “In the event of a gas shortage, it will not be possible everywhere to distinguish between commercial and private consumers,” Kerstan added.

      As Germany rushes to find alternative gas routes and LNG supplies as a possibility, the senator warned that the temporary liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Hamburg will not be operational until the middle of next year.

      “During July, we will find out if and at what location a temporary LNG terminal in Hamburg is possible,” he said.

      Germany's first two temporary LNG terminals in Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel are to be put into operation later this year, the newspaper said, citing the economy ministry.

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    Even more VPN blocking in Russia
    • “The Center for Monitoring and Control of the Public Communications Network of Roskomnadzor plans to implement a set of measures to limit the use of VPN services,” the document states. In this regard, the Central Bank asks Russian banks to provide Roskomnadzor with a list of VPN services used by them by July 11 “in order to exclude them from access restriction policies.”

      VPN services that may be restricted include: VPN Proxy Master, Browsec VPN, VPN-Super Unlimited Proxy, Melon VPN, Windscribe VPN, VPN RedCat Secure Unlimited and Proton VPN. The limitation of the latter by providers was previously reported.

      Since 2021, the work of about two dozen different VPN services has been limited in Russia. These include, for example, Nord VPN, ExpressVPN, IPVanish VPN, Hola!VPN, KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, Speedify VPN.

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    War: Tiktok can be removed from both major app stores soon
    • In the US, a new stage of confrontation between the authorities and TikTok has begun. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr wrote letters to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook. In them, he demanded that TikTok be removed from the Google Play and App Store stores.

      According to Carr, the application collects and transfers too much sensitive data, and then the program transfers them to Beijing. Carr noted that the application can save drafts, has access to search history, intercepts button presses, tracks biometrics, and also has access to text, images and videos on the clipboard.

      “TikTok is not just an app for sharing funny videos and memes. This is a wolf in sheep's clothing, ”the American official said. He also stated that a recent study showed that TikTok employees in China had access to the personal data of American users.

      Stores were given until July 8 to remove the app or justify their refusal to do so.

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    War: China is bad ally due to capitalists
    • Exports of Chinese goods to Russia have plummeted since the launch of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, despite Beijing refusing to join Western sanctions against Moscow. This is stated in a study published on Monday by the Washington Institute of World Economics. Peterson. At the same time, according to American experts, imports from Russia to China, primarily oil and gas, on the contrary, rose to record levels.

      “Exports of goods to Russia have declined significantly, and not only from countries that are in the coalition of those who have imposed sanctions, but, surprisingly, also from countries that have refused to impose sanctions - primarily from China,” the institute said. "After the European Union, China has made the second largest contribution to the decline in exports to Russia since the beginning of the invasion [of Ukraine]," the experts said.

      According to the authors of the study, the decline in exports from China to the Russian Federation is explained by the reluctance of Chinese companies to fall under the secondary sanctions of the West, which would deprive them of access to Western markets and technologies. "Chinese exporters seem to have taken into account the risks of violating export controls and sanctions," the report said. "China's behavior reflects this risk. Its exports to Russia since the beginning of the invasion have fallen by 38% compared to the second half of 2021. This is in line with the average for countries that have not imposed sanctions," the experts explained.

      At the same time, in their opinion, the decline is also explained by the fact that exports from China to the Russian Federation were reduced by foreign transnational corporations operating there. “The factor forcing China to abide by sanctions imposed by the West is that foreign multinational corporations account for half of China’s exports. These corporations must be included in the global economy and, presumably, they receive instructions not from Beijing, but from their own headquarters. apartments located in countries that have imposed sanctions," American economists also believe. At the same time, they emphasize that in their calculations they could not single out from the total amount the part that falls precisely on foreign companies in the PRC. "However, it is clear that foreign multinational corporations are not the only factor influencing [China's] compliance with the sanctions," they said.

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    Hunger: Issues with food prices and consumption
    • Ismail Moradian, the vice-president of the Fruit and Vegetable Sellers Association, told the ILNA news agency on June 22 that consumption has decreased by between 25 and 30 percent because of price rises and the implementation of the economic policies of President Ebrahim Raisi's government.

      "Many people are confused and do not know which basic products to spend their money on," Moradian said.

      Moradian's comments come days after a member of the board of the Beef Production and Distribution Union said that beef sales had dropped 20 percent in recent weeks, while the head of the Food Industry Federation said sales of overall food industry products in the country had fallen by half and the chairman of the Dairy Products Industry Association, noting an 80 percent increase in dairy prices last month, said household consumption in his sector had decreased by 20 percent in recent months.

      Extreme inflation in Iran has sparked street protests and rattled public institutions such as hospitals, prisons, and child-care centers, which are facing possible food shortages. The Statistics Center of Iran said the inflation rate in June hit 52.5 percent.

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