Before he was hauled off to prison on trumped up charges of “terrorism,” Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spoke to throngs of supporters, explaining his decision to hand himself over to government forces.
Yesterday, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López met throngs of supporters at Plaza Brión de Chacaíto in Caracas, mounted a statue of Cuban liberation hero José Martí, and gave a thunderous—and extemporaneous—speech on the death of Venezuelan democracy. When Lopez finished, he delivered himself, draped in a Venezuelan flag and clutching a handful of flowers, into the hands of to the National Guard. He was quickly bundled into an armored vehicle and spirited off to prison.
The streets of Kiev burned during the second day of a vicious crackdown on anti-government protesters that has left more than 30 dead—including 18 burned alive—and hundreds wounded.
Over the past two days, as street fighting has erupted out of peaceful demonstrations in Kiev’s city center, more than 30 people have been killed and hundreds wounded in the latest bout of violence to engulf Ukraine. The authorities could have called it an anti-terrorist operation, though of course none of those killed—including students and pensioners—was a real terrorist. “I personally closed the eyes of 15 dead yesterday,” said a volunteer medic named Ludmila.
Police have arrested a French loner on suspicion of being involved in the gruesome 2012 murder of an Iraqi family vacationing near Annecy.
A former police officer and avid arms collector has been arrested in the mysterious 2012 quadruple homicide of a British-Iraqi family and a French cyclist near Annecy France. French police say they arrested a man, named in the French press as Eric Devouassox, a 48-year-old “loner” and “taciturn mountain man” who matched a suspect profile picture released last year on suspicion of “organized gang murder.”Devouassox was apparently fired last June from the Menthon-Saint-Bernard police station where he worked as a municipal cop.
The former prime minister confirms a U.K. trial's allegation he spoke to the News International executive.
Tony Blair secretly offered to become an unofficial adviser to Rupert Murdoch and his media empire at the height of the phone hacking scandal, according to an email published by a London court today.A message sent from Rebekah Brooks to James Murdoch, Rupert’s son, in July 2011 detailed what she described as an hour-long phone conversation with the former prime minister. Brooks said Blair had offered to help “but [that] needs to be between us.
With deadly protests pushing Thailand’s army and judiciary towards intervening in the country’s political crisis, analysts question how long the prime minister can hold on to office.
Deadly clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Bangkok on Tuesday—the same day that Thailand’s anti-corruption agency decided to bring charges against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra—have raised a critical question: how much longer can the beleaguered premier and her increasingly marginalized government cling to power?A police officer and four protesters were killed as riot police moved to clear demonstrators from Pan Fah Bridge, one of seven sites occupied for weeks by protesters with the self-styled People’s Democratic Reform Committee and affiliated groups in an effort to force Yingluck out.
A Taliban minister tries to negotiate with the Afghan government, and ends up dead—maybe at the hands of his fellow militants.
Taliban minister Mulvi Abdul Raqib was assassinated in Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday. And the most likely suspects are other, hardline members of the Taliban.No one has yet claimed responsibility for Raqib’s killing. But according to both Taliban and Afghan government sources, the assassination was in retaliation for Raqib’s attempts to make peace with the government of Afghan president Hamid Karzai. That’s something many Taliban factions vehemently oppose—perhaps with lethal force.
The arrest of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez exposes Venezuela’s Potemkin democracy and Hugo Chavez’s poisonous legacy.
A few days after Venezuelan caudillo Hugo Chavez expired, his body saturated with cancer he believed was implanted in him by the CIA, I sat on an MSNBC panel encircled by academics sympathetic to the dead autocrat. Vastly outnumbered by halfwits and fellow travellers, I reached for the most conciliatory point available. “Chavez was no democrat," I muttered, after viewing clips of various silly pundits denouncing him as a dictator, "but words mean things.
Your cheat sheet to the complex web of money, power, and politics behind Ukraine’s violent protests.
On Tuesday, at least 25 were killed when the three month-long standoff between Ukrainian demonstrators and police exploded into violence once again. Thousands of protesters armed with rocks, bats, and fire bombs, battled police as fires raged in the city center. The bloodiest day in the last three months of Ukrainian demonstrations comes after a truce seemed imminent. What happened? Here’s a cheat sheet to the complex web of money and power politics that got Ukraine to this volatile state.
‘The Square’ is the definitive documentary on Egypt’s revolutionary uprising, and it’s already generating deserved Oscar buzz. But director Jehane Noujaim had to endure arrests and beatings to get it made. She tells Andrew Romano about the scariest moments and her controversial decision to return to Cairo to film a new ending—after she had already won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival.
The best documentary of the year may also have been the most dangerous to make.When 50,000 young Egyptians occupied Cairo’s Tahrir Square on January 25, 2011 to protest the fascist regime of Hosni Mubarak, filmmaker Jehane Noujaim (she made 2004’s documentary Control Room, about the broadcast network Al Jazeera) was more than 2,000 miles away, in Davos, Switzerland, awaiting the arrival of Egypt’s leadership at that year’s high-flying meeting of the World Economic Forum.
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