Vladimir Putin isn’t sending troops into Ukraine merely to protect Russian interests abroad. He’s also trying to protect his regime at home.
As Russian forces seize key objects in Crimea, their objective is not just to create chaos in Ukraine but also to protect kleptocratic rule in Russia itself.Russia and Ukraine under Yanukovych shared a single form of government – rule by a criminal oligarchy. This is why the anti-criminal revolution that overthrew Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych is a precedent that is perfectly applicable to Putin’s Russia. It is also the reason why, from the Russian regime’s point of view, the Ukrainian revolution must be stopped at all costs.
When the time came, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s own allies were the ones pushing him into the abyss.
You wouldn’t expect the parliament building for a country of 46 million to be so small, but that’s the case with the main Ukrainian legislative body. And when its session floor is packed with all 450 deputies, their staff, and hoards of journalists, it gets stifling and sometimes claustrophobic to be there. That turbulent Saturday of February 22nd was exactly like this, with Lesya Orobets, an opposition deputy, standing right in the middle of the chamber and waiting for historic voting results to show up.
Ahead of Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial on Monday, his supporters have released beaming pictures of the athlete and Reeva Steenkamp. Unfortunately, happy couples and abusive couples happen to look a lot alike.
The trial for Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic sprinter who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, begins on Monday. Pistorius shot Steenkamp through the door while she was in the bathroom. Prosecutors say that he did it on purpose, suggesting that Steenkamp was hiding in the bathroom during a lovers’ tiff. Pistorius claims that he thought an intruder had broken into the house and he shot in haste rather than determining if it was a robber or just his girlfriend who had gotten up in the middle of the night from their shared bed.
In an exclusive interview, Senator John McCain identifies several ways the U.S. could respond to Vladimir Putin’s decision to move Russian troops into Ukraine.
President Obama promised Friday there would be “costs” if Russia moved troops into Ukraine, but he didn’t specify what those costs might be. Sen. John McCain has several suggestions for Obama, including the sanctioning of high-level Russian officials; restarting missile defense plans in Eastern Europe; and bringing Georgia, a former Soviet republic, into NATO. McCain plans to push from the Congressional side, he told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview Saturday evening.
Georgia 2.0 has begun—overnight, Russian troops were dispatched to seize control of Crimea's airspace, ports and regional government. Why Kiev could be next.
So Russia invaded Crimea.Despite promising that it would not do so (well, except when saying that it might), Moscow just dispatched both conventional military and paramilitary forces to seize control of Crimea’s airspace, its ports, its highways, its television stations, and its regional government. The last fortnight of hysterical Kremlin propaganda about a “coup” being waged in Kiev by homosexual neo-Nazi terrorists suborned by the U.
Little Irving Milchberg sold cigarettes to Nazi officers, while secretly smuggling arms to Jewish resistance fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto
Irving Milchberg, who has died aged 86, was the wartime leader of the “cigarette sellers of Three Crosses Square,” a gaggle of Jewish youths who sold smokes to German officers in wartime Warsaw while covertly spiriting food into the city’s ghetto and smuggling arms to the resistance.For four years Milchberg’s survival, along with approximately 20 other youngsters, relied on a balancing act of “extreme fear and extreme hubris.” By hiding in plain sight they went unnoticed even to the hawkish SS garrisoned at the heart of their trading patch.
They say the French are the world’s greatest lovers—all the more reason to be concerned over a new study showing a declining quality in the country’s swimmers.
It’s long been a stereotype that French men are naturally gifted lovers, but the cliché—like the country’s male population—may be losing its potency.The same researchers behind an alarming 2012 study on the decline of the average Frenchman’s sperm have now focused their attention on the geographic regions where swimmer concentration is particularly low—and found pesticides may be at the root of the problem.Published in the journal Human Reproduction, the landmark 2012 study showed an alarming 30 percent decrease in sperm counts across the country between 1989 and 2005.
It’s not between Muslim terrorists and the rest: it’s happening inside the West, and the end of the Cold War was just the beginning.
Admit it: you were scared there might be a terror attack in Sochi.No? What happened? Did Russian security put you at ease?No?Though it’s years overdue, we’re beginning to realize that terrorism is not the all-consuming threat to the West that it once seemed to be. That’s not to say terrorists won’t continue to hurt us, sometimes gravely so. They lack, however, the one thing that seems essential to mount a serious challenge to the supremacy of our bloated but powerful cultural system: an ideology that can capture our imaginations.
Recent Gallic gall over young-adult literature proves that even Paris can get pissy over progressive pulp fiction.
France’s main center-right party, the UMP, has recently waged a cultural war over several picture books suggested on a government website as a way for teachers to counter gender stereotypes among their students. Offending titles include, but aren’t limited to, Daddy Wears a Dress, Jean Has Two Mummies, and Everybody Naked!—the last of which expresses both disdain for clothing AND the word “is.” While it’s great to see that Kermit isn’t the only frog concerned about family values, The Daily Beast has uncovered several other questionable tomes that have escaped the eyes of our croissant consuming allies.
A 21-year-old American student died after a night of partying at Sloppy Sam’s—the latest in a string of deaths related to the capital’s raucous bar culture.
It is just after midnight on a rainy February weeknight and Sloppy Sam’s in Campo de Fiori in central Rome, the epicenter of the Roman “movida” for the international college-age set, is packed. A sign hangs over the outdoor seating area boasting “classy in the front, sloppy in the back”—the bar’s motto. A tray of free shots is passed around to new arrivals. “ALCOHOL! Because no great story started with someone eating a salad,” is scribbled on a chalkboard above the bar.
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Contradicting previous statements about gays, the foremost Tibetan Buddhist’s peace-and-love message now includes same-sex couples.