Behind Thailand’s bloody protests is a battle between the nation’s corrupt shadow ruler, the prime minister’s brother, and the Crown Prince over who will rule when the King dies.
The Kingdom of Thailand is hypnotized. Nobody acknowledges our looming nightmare: our King is dying. While current protests focus on government corruption, the unspeakable succession to the throne overshadows all. This week, clashes resumed in the streets. The Royal Thai Police were ordered to crush the Whistleblowers: they were met with force. Soldiers in civilian clothes protected demonstrators. The Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, is a marionette for her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister who exiled himself after being ousted by a military junta in 2006.
The Pantheon is getting two more women to add to its ranks of national greats—bringing the tally to a grand total of four heroines in the entire mausoleum.
London has its Westminster Abbey—final resting place of Britain’s greats, from Dickens to Darwin—and Florence has the Basilica di Santa Croce, where the bones of Michelangelo and Machiavelli will mingle til the end of days. France’s national heroes are more spread out—Abelard and Apollinaire are up at Père Lachaise along with Proust, Balzac and Marcel Marceau, while the Bonapartes and assorted military elite lie entombed under Les Invalides’ imposing dome.
As Ukrainian security forces use superior firepower to suppress protesters, Second Amendment groups in America see an opportunity to slam gun control as counter-revolutionary.
As the Euromaidan protests enter their fourth month, Ukraine’s embattled President Yanukovych is turning to one resource where there is no question of his government’s supremacy: firearms. Horrific images and video showing men who appear to be members of the Ukrainian security force firing on protestors with sniper rifles and AK-47s have appeared online, the latest escalation in a series of violent engagements that have left close to 100 dead on the streets of Kiev over the past week.
The girl whose message—‘I Am A Ukrainian’—went viral makes a plea to the West to put pressure on her country’s corrupt politicians even as her parliament debates early elections.
In the viral video, I Am A Ukrainian, which hit five million views this week, the young woman stands on the EuroMaidan telling her story and imploring people to help the citizens of Ukraine in their quest for freedom. She goes by only her first name—Yulia—and she is impassioned and articulate. "I am on Maidan, the central part of my city. I want you to know why thousands of people all over my country are on the streets. There is only one reason.
Is $500,000 enough to get the ex-First Lady of France to represent a porn company?
Valerie Trierweiler is having a bit of a rough year.The former First Lady of France ended her relationship with President Francois Hollande in January after allegations surfaced that he was having an affair with French actress Julie Gayet. And in the midst of this publicly broadcast break-up, Trierweiler was offered the obvious conciliatory option of representing a porn company. YouPorn, an internationally-visited and highly trafficked free pornography site proposed paying Trierweiler $500,000 to be the site’s “French Ambassador and Spokesperson,” according to a letter penned by the site’s vice president Brad Burns.
Before a confirmation hearing for a top Pentagon official, two GOP senators are pressing the Obama administration for answers about Russia’s violations of an arms control treaty.
Two GOP senators wrote to the White House Thursday to demand more information about the administration’s knowledge Russian violations of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The letter is being sent in advance of Senate hearings on the confirmation of Brian McKeon, the current chief of staff at the National Security Council, to a top position at the Pentagon.The Daily Beast first reported last November that the Obama administration had concluded Russia violated the INF Treaty in 2012 and briefed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the violations at the time.
My street in downtown Kiev, right off the Maidan, has gone from a shabby-chic address to an apocalyptic scene of Molotov cocktails, grenades, and injured protesters.
I live on Pushkinskaya Street, one of Kiev’s smartest addresses, known for its neo-classical buildings, elegant cafes, and shabby-chic vibe. With nearby Independence Square caught up in deadly fighting since Tuesday night, the street has gone from being a slice of Paris in Ukraine to an extension of the war zone.My cozy flat was rocked by the sound of explosions for the entire night of February 18th, when Ukranian President Victor Yanukovych’s brutal Berkut militias attacked the protest camp with stun grenades laced with nails and rubber bullets.
The punk rock activists performed a new project called “Putin will teach you how to love the motherland”—and became the targets of a spectacle of violence that quickly went global.
On Thursday, shortly before running to the airport, the punk protest group Pussy Riot had farewell drinks with their friends from local civil society organizations at the Munich bar in Sochi. The discussion at the table buzzed around the “dumb” and “self-discrediting” treatment of the activists by Russian authorities in the midst of the Olympic Games. Maria Alyokhina, who was recently released from jail under an pre-Olympic amnesty, said that after spending almost two years incarcerated for a protest punk performance, she was not surprised with “typical actions by authorities in Sochi against people with different opinions.
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