Ukraine is seething with its biggest protests since the 2004 uprising, and protesters say they aren’t going home until President Viktor Yanukovych resigns.
A strong wind blew along Kiev’s streets Monday night, as if nature, too, were joining in to support the public outrage and political chaos in Ukraine over the past few days. Even those who never went to opposition protests turned out in force after police used tear gas and stun grenades against peaceful demonstrators on Saturday. By Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people had flooded Kiev’s main arteries, according to some estimates. Crowds stormed City Hall to set up a temporary “revolutionary headquarters,” and still occupied the building Monday.
By ignoring the issue of human rights during nuclear negotiations, the U.S. is giving the regime a free hand to continue its brutal repression of dissidents.
Human rights are the biggest victim of the Iranian nuclear deal announced last week. In the name of nuclear cooperation, the West has abandoned the issue of human rights inside Iran. It is no wonder so many democracy activists have a hard time trusting America. Just as occurred with the Libyan nuclear deal, Iran’s cooperation on its nuclear program means that the free world will loosen pressure on a brutal regime. While the nuclear issue is important, it cannot be allowed to trump human rights.
In a meeting at the Vatican, Netanyahu and the pontiff talk Syria and Iran and Francis gets a book on the Spanish Inquisition.
After more than a few false starts, Benjamin Netanyahu finally got his private audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Monday. The Israeli prime minister had tried unsuccessfully to meet Francis in October when he was in Rome to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, but the Vatican said it could not arrange such an audience on short notice. The pope did hold an audience with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas the same month.
When it comes to curbing Iran’s nuclear program, hawks seem to think harsher penalties will do the trick. Here’s why they’re wrong.
If there’s one thing hawks know about Iran’s leaders, it’s that they only understand force.“When it comes to Iran,” declared Benjamin Netanyahu in October, “the greater the pressure, the greater the chance” of stopping an Iranian nuke. “As one of the architects of the sanctions regime we've had on Iran,” argued New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez this weekend, “this is exactly the process that has brought Iran to the negotiating table.” And thus, Menendez added, Congress should pass new sanctions, to go into effect in six months if Iran doesn’t agree to America’s terms in a final deal.
Pakistan has a new, pro-Western army chief, but don’t expect its military to become less controlling and paranoid.
Pakistan has a new army chief. Judging by the media coverage, one might as well think that a middle-sized kingdom has just changed its monarch. General Raheel Sharif, we are told, is a professional soldier with little interest in politics. His predecessor, General Ashfaq Kayani, commanded the world’s sixth largest army for six years and did not take power in a military coup. Kayani had broken from the tradition of General Pervez Musharraf, the commander before him, who staged a coup in 1999 and went on to rule for almost a decade.
British diving heartthrob Tom Daley shocked fans by declaring he is in a relationship with another man. Will the bisexual revelation dent his reputation as a national treasure?
One of Britain’s most popular sportsmen announced in a YouTube video on Monday that he was in a relationship with another man. Tom Daley, 19, a world diving champion, said his life had been turned upside down by a romance that began in the spring. The Olympic medalist posted the video on Twitter, where he has almost 2.5 million followers. “Got something I need to say... not been an easy decision to make, hope you can support me!” he wrote. The diver, now one of professional sport’s few openly gay athletes, became a star in Britain at the age of 13 when he won the men’s national diving championships.
Turkish authorities are investigating whether the imam of a Mediterranean mosque can continue his rock band, or whether the genre is incompatible with Islam.
ISTANBUL—Is rock music incompatible with Islam? That’s the question facing the preacher of a small village mosque in southern Turkey, who is under official investigation for singing in a band in his spare time.Religious authorities have launched an investigation into whether Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer, 42, can keep his job as imam in the mosque of Pinarkoy, a hamlet of some 80 people near the town of Kas on the Mediterranean coast. In Pinarkoy, Tuzer calls the faithful to prayer over a public address system at his mosque and leads the community in five daily prayers.
So your Plan A on Iran—a U.S. strike—isn’t going to work. Time for Plan B: Work with the U.S. on joint technology investment and deployment to safeguard against asymmetrical attacks.
Bibi, you’re off your game—Plan A didn’t work. The United States and the rest of the U.N. Security Council have lined up in favor of a deal with Iran. Within the U.S., the policy elites are squarely behind the president, and the public either is tepidly divided , or lukewarmly supportive of the interim accord on enrichment. Either way, Republicans and Democrats alike are not keen on another war. So with Plan A, an American strike against Iran, off the table, it is time to explore Plan B.
On the edge of the world’s largest asbestos pit, the city of Asbest was a flourishing mining monotown—until it became an early victim of Russia’s industrial decline.
The local rock band—called Hammer and Sickle—was rehearsing loudly in the basement of a school, which for the time being serves as the only rock club in town. Their three guitars and a drum roared in a powerful cacophony, in the fashion of early Guns N’ Roses. And their lyrics—about existing in “a world of kindness and evil”—said everything one needed to know about their feelings for their industrious, polluted, beloved hometown of Asbest, a town that exists solely to extract asbestos from Russia’s Ural Mountains, where the band’s musicians toil every day at factories, on road constructions, or in the giant asbestos mine.
On the opening day of the trial of two men accused of beheading a British soldier in the street, the court was stunned by graphic new video footage of the attack.
Lee Rigby was a young father who had recently returned from serving in Afghanistan. He was crossing the street outside his barracks in London, as he had done hundreds of times before, when a car lurched across the road and knocked him to the ground. Video of the moment was greeted by gasps as it was played publicly for the first time on Friday, but it was just the start of a shockingly violent attack that stunned Britain.Two Muslim converts stand accused of running Rigby down before hacking the 25-year-old to death “like a butcher attacking a joint of meat.
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She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.