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.
As bloody clashes between police and protesters kill 25 in Ukraine, both sides are rushing to form paramilitary forces to battle for the country’s future.
Violence between Ukraine’s authorities and the opposition erupted again on the streets of Kiev today, with at least 25 people killed in the clashes. Police forces armed with machine guns stormed Independence Square, while both sides are maneuvering to consolidate their own paramilitary forces to wage war for the country’s future.PHOTOS: The Bloody Battle for Ukraine For their part, the Euromaidan activists, who embraced non-violence in the early days of protesting, have started to organize in the face of increasing police brutality.
Moderate rebels say the Syrian president is secretly working with a rogue al-Qaeda group in the country’s brutal civil war. But are Sunni jihadists really in bed with the Assad regime?
Wars can make strange bedfellows out of erstwhile enemies but if Western-backed Syrian rebels are to be believed, the Syrian conflict has thrown up one of the strangest ever wartime alliances, featuring Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and jihadists such as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the militant Sunni leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) who wants to shape and rule over an emirate stretching across the Levant.The allegation would seem to be as fantastic as something dreamed up by the scriptwriters of Homeland.
A desperate co-pilot locked himself in the cockpit and diverted his Boeing 767 to Switzerland with 164 people aboard—the eighth such hijacking on Ethiopian Airlines by asylum-seeking aviators.
One can only imagine the level of desperation a person has to have in order to hijack his own airplane. But such, apparently, was the case of Hailemedhin Abera, an Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot who commandeered his Boeing 767-300 jet on a flight from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to Rome early Monday morning. The flight left Addis at 12:30 am and was expected to arrive in Italy at 4:40 am local time. Instead, after the first officer left the cockpit to use the restroom shortly after takeoff, Abera allegedly locked the security door—setting off the foolproof hijacking signal—and headed for Switzerland.
As Russians indulge in national pride over the success of Sochi, even opposition activists are crediting Putin with pulling off the improbable: a safe, smooth Olympics.
Tatyana Sidelnikova’s charming smile, slicked out in red lipstick, was trembling a little. The 20-year-old beauty from Sochi approached the Olympic winners with a tray in her hands, in front of the crowd of 11,000 people on Friday night. She was not cold, in her thin tights, from the breeze from the sea. It seemed as if the whole world had come to her home city of Sochi, and Sidelnikova’s heart filled up with pride.Wearing a blue skirt, vest and hat decorated with a colorful Russian-quilt pattern, specially designed for the medal ceremonies, her job was to carry a tray with medals for the Olympic champions from the United States and Australia.
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