An Italian and an Austrian were listed among the missing passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370—but both are alive, and the victims of a curious identity theft.
Thirty-seven-year-old Luigi Maraldi of Cesena, Italy, was as surprised as anyone to read that he was among the missing passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished from radar about a third of the way through a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing during the early hours of Saturday morning. His Italian passport number had been stolen in Thailand several months ago, and he had reported it to the Italian authorities, who issued him a replacement.
Once an obscure party, the Right Sector helped win the battle for the Maidan—and are now eyeing parliament in a bid to stay relevant.
KIEV—They are burly, muscular men, reminiscent of the Soviet era with their strong Slavic features and unsmiling demeanor. The Praetorian Guard protecting the top leaders of Ukraine’s far-right movement Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) wouldn’t appreciate the comparison—they have dedicated themselves to defending their sacred motherland of Ukraine from Russia and on Friday, their leaders announced they are not ruling out deploying in Crimea, if the confrontation over Ukraine’s contested peninsula escalates.
Contradicting previous statements about gays, the foremost Tibetan Buddhist’s peace-and-love message now includes same-sex couples.
It’s not every day that a 78-year-old man comes out in favor of same-sex marriage, particularly when that septuagenarian happens to be His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. In an interview on Ora.tv’s Larry King Now show, the exiled spiritual leader offered a matter-of-fact endorsement of gay marriage: “If two people—a couple—really feel that way is more practical, more sort of satisfaction, both sides fully agree, then OK.
Russia’s sketchy justifications for moving on Crimea call to mind a century’s worth of false or flimsy excuses great powers have used to justify invasions.
Vladimir Putin justifies Russia’s military presence in Crimea as the only defense against gangs of neo-Nazi hooligans who destroyed the rightful, i.e., Russia-friendly, government in Kiev and are now imperiling Ukraine’s Russian-speaking citizens. Most of what Putin and his henchmen have offered by way of evidence to defend Russian aggression is transparently propagandistic, such as supposed news footage showing Ukrainians clamoring to cross the border into Russia (in fact, they were clamoring to get into Poland).
In a gripping day of testimony that could shed light on the athlete’s relationship patterns, Pistorius’s ex-girlfriend testified about his penchant for sleeping with his gun, and his fear of strange noises at night.
It is clear at this stage that there are three definitive subsets of testimony starting to emerge as the Oscar Pistorius trial progresses. The most obvious is the testimony surrounding details of the night of the murder, given by neighbors and security personnel in close proximity to Pistorius’s house at Silverwood Estate. Soon, perhaps as early as next Monday, we’ll start to hear details regarding forensics and police records, which will either serve to substantiate or undermine those accounts (or render them completely useless, given the fact that the South African police apparently botched the crime scene so spectacularly).
That's what happens, it seems, when you ask some simple questions outside RT's Washington headquarters.
What would possess an American to work for a Russian propaganda outlet, especially now that the world is on the brink of a potential war in Eastern Europe? I asked that question of about two dozen people coming in and out of the Washington headquarters of RT, the Kremlin-funded television network that has become infamous in recent days for whitewashing Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. No one would answer me directly. Instead, RT called the local cops on me.
Moscow submitted a dossier to the UN claiming that Syrian rebels, and not Assad, were behind the Aug. 21 chemical attack on Aleppo—but this week, after reviewing the evidence, the UN disagreed.
On July 9th 2013, Russia’s UN envoy, Vitaly Churkin, presented a dossier to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, directly implicating Syrian rebels in a Sarin attack on the town of Khan al-Assal, near Aleppo. The attack reportedly resulted in over two dozen deaths, both military and civilian, and over 100 injuries, with Churkin claiming the report contained “80 pages of photographs, formulas and graphs” to substantiate Russian claims. Not only did Churkin’s report name the specific opposition group allegedly involved—the “Basha’ir al-Nasr” brigade of the Free Syrian Army—but it also stated the exact type of DIY rocket used to deliver the Sarin, that both the munitions and the Sarin were not “industrially manufactured,” that the absence of chemical stabilizers in the samples they examined indicated “their relatively recent production,” and that, as stated in Churkin’s later press statement, “there is every reason to believe that it was the armed opposition fighters who used chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal.
Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Paris and Kiev, an RT-America anchor quits on air, and what about Russia’s 90,000 Chinese in its far east?
Busy Week in Crimea…Sudden appearance of troops without insignia wearing ski masks. A brilliant disguise. Nobody on National Security Council even guessed they were Russian.On Friday February 28th…The day that Russian forces seized Crimea’s airports, blocked the Ukrainian navy inside Balaklava harbor and landed 13 troop transport planes at Russia’s airbase in Crimea, Pentagon analysts concluded there would be no Russian military action in the next 24 hours.
“Sensitive to criticism.” “Fearful of attention.” “Egocentric and narcissistic.” That’s the profile that emerges from 63 therapy sessions with the world’s most notorious drug lord.
The sessions seem to have begun as a routine psychological assessment in late 1995, when El Chapo was lodged in Module III, Section I, Level A, Room 307, Bed B at Puente Grande prison in Mexico.A little-noticed section of the resulting psychological profile can be found online. It gives a shrink’s view of the man who went on to become what former DEA Chief of Operations Michael Braun called “the most ruthless organized crime leader on the face of the earth.
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A homophobic flyer targeted a group of conservative gays at CPAC who simply bought tickets to attend the three-day conference.