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March 1, 2014

What the heck is happening with Crimea right now?

  • cause In the wake of the deteriorating Ukrainian political situation, a number of military units invaded the autonomous region of Crimea on Friday—something Ukraine’s newly installed government blamed on Russia. Airports were closed, and borders were blocked off. The takeover wouldn’t be a complete surprise, considering that Russia ordered military exercises just a few days before.
  • reaction President Obama, in the kind of hard-line diplomatic stance we haven’t heard from him in a while, told Russia to knock it off—or else. “The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine,” the president said.
  • rebuttal Hours after Obama’s statements, the Russian government approved the use of military force in Ukraine and recommended that Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. return home in protest of what the president said.
11:27 // 1 month ago
February 4, 2014

Thousands of non-Syrians are believed to be fighting in the country’s ongoing civil war

  • 7.5K foreign fighters are believed to be in Syria at this very moment, from more than fifty countries, fighting for the various factions taking part in the civil war that continues to ravage most of Syria. 
  • 1.8K of those fighters are believed to be of European origin, according to a recent report from Israel’s Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center.
  • 50+ fighters from the United States are also believed to be in Syria and, given the fact that al Qaeda is believed to be training fighters inside the country’s borders, many nations fear the influx of foreign fighters could lead to new acts of terrorism when the fighters return home. source
18:23 // 2 months ago
January 9, 2014
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December 9, 2013
12:50 // 4 months ago
December 8, 2013

Ukraine’s opposition called for a million man rally in Kiev and this is what they got so far today. The masses are gathering against the government and their decision to break away from the European Union to have stronger Russian relations. 

10:45 // 4 months ago
December 2, 2013
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December 1, 2013
12:49 // 4 months ago
November 25, 2013
globalvoices:

Interactive Map of #Euromaidan Protests in Support Ukraine’s EU Integration

The protest has also taken on in meme-form. Is that what’s next for revolutions across the world? Protesting in memes? 

globalvoices:

Interactive Map of #Euromaidan Protests in Support Ukraine’s EU Integration

The protest has also taken on in meme-form. Is that what’s next for revolutions across the world? Protesting in memes? 

12:22 // 4 months ago
October 14, 2013
The attacks against the Guardian by both the government and representatives of the British press are unacceptable. What the Guardian is doing is both brave and important for our democracies. We fully support the paper.
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden) editor-in-chief Peter Wolodarski says on The Guardian’s work in recent events, along with other journalists and editors of international papers. 
11:30 // 6 months ago
June 30, 2013
The Guardian’s latest NSA scoop, which suggested that European countries played roles in the U.S.’ surveillance efforts, raised such big eyebrows, due to the controversial views of main source Wayne Madsen, that the paper ended up taking it down. Read the full thing this way, in Pastebin form. (screenshot via Business Insider)

The Guardian’s latest NSA scoop, which suggested that European countries played roles in the U.S.’ surveillance efforts, raised such big eyebrows, due to the controversial views of main source Wayne Madsen, that the paper ended up taking it down. Read the full thing this way, in Pastebin form. (screenshot via Business Insider)

12:55 // 9 months ago