Al-Qaeda’s top leader in Syria was killed in a suicide bombing on Sunday, the latest evidence of an increasingly vicious rift between jihadist rebel forces.
Al-Qaeda’s top leader in Syria was killed on Sunday in a suicide bombing in the city of Aleppo that some rebels say was carried out by a jihadist group recently disowned by Qaeda’s top brass in Pakistan.The killing of Abu Khalid al-Suri, a veteran jihadist who fought alongside Osama bin Laden, is likely to prompt a redoubling of rebel infighting in northern Syria, which has already seen more than 2,000 insurgents killed since early January, according to opposition activists.
As President Yoweri Museveni signs a draconian new anti-homosexuality bill, Kampala’s openly gay members report an uptick in harassment and violence.
Dressed in the traditional "gomesi," a tailored, brightly patterned skirt and blouse worn by Ugandan women, Frank K. used to sing and perform at weddings in Kampala while guests clapped and cheered, oblivious that he was a gay man in drag.Now, at a bustling lunch spot downtown in the Ugandan capital, the slight man is dressed in a tight shirt and jeans. He speaks of how singing gospel was his true passion, and as a devoted born-again Christian, performing with his local church choir is where he feels truly accepted.
The Olympic Games are finally over—which means the Kremlin will soon be ramping back up its toxic anti-homosexuality campaign.
In the run-up to the Sochi Olympics, much ink was spilled regarding the persecution of LGBT people in Vladimir Putin’s Russia -- along with the occasional prophecy of chaos at the Games themselves. Those prophecies were never going to be fulfilled; as in Munich in 1936, the past two weeks have been relatively quiet, with the exception of a small kerfuffle involving Pussy Riot and whip-toting Cossacks. But all this is prologue.
In 2012, he stunned the world by beating a defending heavyweight champion at age 41. Now, he’s throwing his punches at Ukraine’s crumbling government.
The press had been saying that Vladimir Putin was expected to attend the big prize fight at Moscow’s Olympic arena back in October of 2012.But the Russian president was a no-show at the Olimpiyskiy as the 41-year-old Ukrainian boxer Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko defended his World Boxing Council heavyweight title against the challenger Manuel Charr.“I heard he was very curious to see me fight Klitschko,” Charr says of Putin. “I can only speculate why he didn’t come, but the political issues maybe weighed in too heavily.
As Ukraine declared two days of mourning for victims of Kiev’s bloodshed, life inside the Sochi Olympic bubble continued, with a few ripples of fear.
Ukraine declared two days of national mourning for the victims of bloody clashes in Kiev this week, where close to 100 people died in battles between security forces and anti-government protesters. Some 900 miles to the southeast, at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, dozens of Ukrainian athletes—half of the national team—packed up and returned home in solidarity with the revolutionaries on the Maidan fighting against the “thug president,” Viktor Yanukovych.
He’s a man of humble origins who quietly worked his way up through his state’s repressive security apparatus, securing powerful patrons whom he’d later betray. Vladimir Putin, you say? Guess again.
It isn’t hard to imagine Russia’s czar Vladimir Putin backslapping and sharing ribald jokes with the likes of Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, as the pair are rumored to have done. (“I love all Russian women…the only ones who may compete with them are Italians”, Putin quipped at one especially notable joint press conference with the then-Italian premier.) But it’s more difficult to picture the buttoned-up strongman of Egypt, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, engaging in such crude humor—or parading shirtless for a virile photo op, an activity that clearly counts among Putin’s favorite pastimes.
Behind Thailand’s bloody protests is a battle between the nation’s corrupt shadow ruler, the prime minister’s brother, and the Crown Prince over who will rule when the King dies.
The Kingdom of Thailand is hypnotized. Nobody acknowledges our looming nightmare: our King is dying. While current protests focus on government corruption, the unspeakable succession to the throne overshadows all. This week, clashes resumed in the streets. The Royal Thai Police were ordered to crush the Whistleblowers: they were met with force. Soldiers in civilian clothes protected demonstrators. The Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, is a marionette for her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister who exiled himself after being ousted by a military junta in 2006.
The Pantheon is getting two more women to add to its ranks of national greats—bringing the tally to a grand total of four heroines in the entire mausoleum.
London has its Westminster Abbey—final resting place of Britain’s greats, from Dickens to Darwin—and Florence has the Basilica di Santa Croce, where the bones of Michelangelo and Machiavelli will mingle til the end of days. France’s national heroes are more spread out—Abelard and Apollinaire are up at Père Lachaise along with Proust, Balzac and Marcel Marceau, while the Bonapartes and assorted military elite lie entombed under Les Invalides’ imposing dome.
As Ukrainian security forces use superior firepower to suppress protesters, Second Amendment groups in America see an opportunity to slam gun control as counter-revolutionary.
As the Euromaidan protests enter their fourth month, Ukraine’s embattled President Yanukovych is turning to one resource where there is no question of his government’s supremacy: firearms. Horrific images and video showing men who appear to be members of the Ukrainian security force firing on protestors with sniper rifles and AK-47s have appeared online, the latest escalation in a series of violent engagements that have left close to 100 dead on the streets of Kiev over the past week.
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