The girl whose message—‘I Am A Ukrainian’—went viral makes a plea to the West to put pressure on her country’s corrupt politicians even as her parliament debates early elections.
In the viral video, I Am A Ukrainian, which hit five million views this week, the young woman stands on the EuroMaidan telling her story and imploring people to help the citizens of Ukraine in their quest for freedom. She goes by only her first name—Yulia—and she is impassioned and articulate. "I am on Maidan, the central part of my city. I want you to know why thousands of people all over my country are on the streets. There is only one reason.
Is $500,000 enough to get the ex-First Lady of France to represent a porn company?
Valerie Trierweiler is having a bit of a rough year.The former First Lady of France ended her relationship with President Francois Hollande in January after allegations surfaced that he was having an affair with French actress Julie Gayet. And in the midst of this publicly broadcast break-up, Trierweiler was offered the obvious conciliatory option of representing a porn company. YouPorn, an internationally-visited and highly trafficked free pornography site proposed paying Trierweiler $500,000 to be the site’s “French Ambassador and Spokesperson,” according to a letter penned by the site’s vice president Brad Burns.
Before a confirmation hearing for a top Pentagon official, two GOP senators are pressing the Obama administration for answers about Russia’s violations of an arms control treaty.
Two GOP senators wrote to the White House Thursday to demand more information about the administration’s knowledge Russian violations of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The letter is being sent in advance of Senate hearings on the confirmation of Brian McKeon, the current chief of staff at the National Security Council, to a top position at the Pentagon.The Daily Beast first reported last November that the Obama administration had concluded Russia violated the INF Treaty in 2012 and briefed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the violations at the time.
My street in downtown Kiev, right off the Maidan, has gone from a shabby-chic address to an apocalyptic scene of Molotov cocktails, grenades, and injured protesters.
I live on Pushkinskaya Street, one of Kiev’s smartest addresses, known for its neo-classical buildings, elegant cafes, and shabby-chic vibe. With nearby Independence Square caught up in deadly fighting since Tuesday night, the street has gone from being a slice of Paris in Ukraine to an extension of the war zone.My cozy flat was rocked by the sound of explosions for the entire night of February 18th, when Ukranian President Victor Yanukovych’s brutal Berkut militias attacked the protest camp with stun grenades laced with nails and rubber bullets.
The punk rock activists performed a new project called “Putin will teach you how to love the motherland”—and became the targets of a spectacle of violence that quickly went global.
On Thursday, shortly before running to the airport, the punk protest group Pussy Riot had farewell drinks with their friends from local civil society organizations at the Munich bar in Sochi. The discussion at the table buzzed around the “dumb” and “self-discrediting” treatment of the activists by Russian authorities in the midst of the Olympic Games. Maria Alyokhina, who was recently released from jail under an pre-Olympic amnesty, said that after spending almost two years incarcerated for a protest punk performance, she was not surprised with “typical actions by authorities in Sochi against people with different opinions.
Ukraine’s death toll neared 100 on Thursday as snipers and machine-gun-toting soldiers attacked protesters on the Maidan. Among their victims: medics, students, and the 19-year-old son of a policeman.
On Thursday, Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych announced a Mourning Day for the country. That same morning, police snipers started shooting unarmed protesters from the roofs of central Kiev. By the time night fell on the capital, they had killed 70 to 100 people in the bloodiest day of protests yet.“I am dying,” 21-year-old volunteer medic Olesya Zhukovskaya wrote on her twitter feed today. She had been at the Maidan tending to the wounded and a police submachine gunner shot her in the neck.
Corpses littered the streets of Kiev today and the man to blame for Ukraine’s crisis is none other than the king of Sochi himself.
Corpses are piling up in the capital city of a European country again, and the main beneficiary of the ongoing Grand Guignol is now the celebrated master of ceremonies at an international sporting competition.As of this writing, Ukraine is drawing to a close the bloodiest day of a 72-hour pogrom. Dozens have been killed. The government of Viktor Yanukovych, having lost all credibility weeks ago, has decided to behave as if it now has nothing to lose and no one, outside of Moscow, to impress.
Rupert Murdoch’s flame-haired deputy took the stand in London to answer charges that she conspired to hack into the phones of politicians, celebrities and crime victims during her tenure at News of the World.
Rebekah Brooks finally had the chance to respond to her accusers today as she took the stand after four months on trial for conspiracy to hack into the phones of politicians, celebrities and victims of crime during her time as one of Rupert Murdoch’s most senior newspaper executives.Murdoch’s protégé, the former CEO of News Corp’s British subsidiary, described the viciously competitive, male-dominated culture of the now shuttered News of the World, where she rose to become editor.
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If you do one thing to celebrate International Women’s Day, read this poem and call to action written by 10-year-old Vivienne Harr, who is fighting child slavery with a lemonade stand.