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.
Bloody clashes between police and protesters have left almost 100 dead on the streets of Kiev. See photos, tweets, and videos from the city's Independence Square.
Ukraine’s months-long protest against the government of Viktor Yanukovych—set off by the president’s refusal to enter into a trade agreement that would have put the post-Soviet country on the road to EU membership—reached a terrifying zenith this week, as the streets of Kiev became engulfed in a violent struggle between activists and authorities. Police armed with machine guns and pro-government gangs flooded into the Euromaidan square, where protesters met them with rocks, bats and fire bombs.
Experts and former officials from both parties sent a letter to the White House Thursday, asking the administration to speak out on Turkey's poor record democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
More than 80 top foreign policy figures from across the political spectrum wrote President Obama Thursday and asked him to end the U.S. government’s tacit approval of what they describe as the anti-democratic actions of Turkish Prime Minister Racep Tayyip Erdogan and his government.“Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is increasingly undermining a central pillar of the decades-long, strategic U.S.-Turkish partnership: Turkey’s growing democracy,” reads the letter, organized by the right-leaning Foreign Policy Initiative, the left-leaning Center for American Progress, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Freedom House.
The interim agreement on Iran’s nukes was fuzzy, but now the real talks have begun on what sort of capacities—from centrifuges to missiles—the Islamic Republic will retain in a new deal.
VIENNA--The real talks on Iran have now begun. This is the significance of the first meeting, in Vienna this week, between Iran and six world powers led by the United States.What went before, an interim framework agreement that caused a great deal of controversy, is no longer the bogeyman. That was a false bogeyman since it was merely a way of freezing Iran’s nuclear work in place so talks could be held, and yes, it left Iran with almost all of its nuclear capacity.
The Assad government may have used chemical weapons again as recently as last month, according to activists pressing the U.S. to investigate the attack.
On Jan. 13 in the Syrian city of Daraya, five people were killed and more than 20 injured after being exposed to a mysterious gas. Syrian activists, including some witnesses on the ground, believe that the attack is evidence the Syrian government is still using chemical weapons against its own people—months after that regime pledged to destroy its nerve gas arsenal.A group of survivors of Syrian government atrocities, including chemical weapons attacks verified by U.
America has Gaga, and Iran has Googoosh, a Persian pop phenomenon whose latest music video makes a statement about homosexuality, still considered a crime in the Middle Eastern country.
Iran’s reigning queen of pop is more likely to walk the red carpet in a kaftan than a flank-steak dress, but when it comes to promoting equal rights in a country ruled by religious law, Googoosh is right up there with Gaga. On Valentine’s Day, the 63-year-old Persian icon released the music video for her latest ballad, “Behesht (Heaven).”In between glamour shots of Googoosh crooning in a dark nightclub, the video follows the love story of a beautiful young Iranian woman and her lover, unseen behind the camera.
A new Facebook project and art installation aim to bring attention to Iran’s jailed dissidents by letting users experience life behind bars through social media.
What if you signed onto Facebook, but instead of seeing your profile, your Timeline and News Feed reflect what life would be like as a jailed Iranian political protester?You’ll be able to experience your social media from behind virtual bars early this March, with the launch of an upcoming multi-platform campaign called Unlock Iran. The project hopes to bring attention to the more than 800 “prisoners of rights” in Iran’s jails, and put Iran’s dismal human-rights record front and center during Tehran’s nuclear negotiations and ahead of next month’s UN Human Rights Council.
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