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January 22, 2014
Ukrainian authorities have confirmed that three people were killed during clashes between protesters and police forces today, including two people who died as a result of bullet wounds. They’re the first  confirmed fatalities since protests began roughly two months ago, after Ukrainian leaders shirked an opportunity to join the European Union in favor of a bailout from (and closer relations with) the Russian government. To make matters worse, another meeting between President Yanukovych and opposition leaders yielded zero results on Wednesday, leading opposition leaders to say they’d “go on the attack” if progress wasn’t made soon. (Photo courtesy of VK.com, via Gawker)

Ukrainian authorities have confirmed that three people were killed during clashes between protesters and police forces today, including two people who died as a result of bullet wounds. They’re the first  confirmed fatalities since protests began roughly two months ago, after Ukrainian leaders shirked an opportunity to join the European Union in favor of a bailout from (and closer relations with) the Russian government. To make matters worse, another meeting between President Yanukovych and opposition leaders yielded zero results on Wednesday, leading opposition leaders to say they’d “go on the attack” if progress wasn’t made soon. (Photo courtesy of VK.com, via Gawker)

17:18 // 7 months ago
We’re not the only ones excited about this, right? (Photo via @DumbTo) source

We’re not the only ones excited about this, right? (Photo via @DumbTo) source

16:44 // 7 months ago

Pentagon pushing for all or nothing on Afghan troop levels

  • 10K troops should remain in Afghanistan to help with peace keeping operations, according to a new recommendation from senior Pentagon officials. The recommendation also says that, if the United States isn’t willing to leave at least 10,000 active duty soldiers inside the country, they should bring home every single service member currently stationed in Afghanistan. To station any less would leave those who remain incapable of defending both themselves and the diplomats, military officials, etc that they’d be responsible for. source
14:20 // 7 months ago
January 21, 2014
18:27 // 7 months ago

Study: Black Airbnb hosts earn less, penalized more than non-black hosts

  • 3,500 Airbnb listings were harvested for information by two professors from Harvard Business School, who originally wanted to study the design of online marketplaces, but Benjamin Edelman and Michael Luca quickly discovered what they believe to be evidence of racial discrimination in the corresponding data. 
  • 12% the amount in higher fees non-black Airbnb hosts can successfully charge, on average, over black hosts, according to the study. Airbnb has refuted the study’s findings, saying that they were “flawed” and that partial, almost two-year-old data from a single city with Airbnb service hardly amounts to proof of regular discrimination by the service’s users. source
16:46 // 7 months ago
We will not accept less than the removal of the criminal Bashar al-Assad and changing the regime and holding the murderers accountable.
Badr Jamous, secretary-general of the Syrian National Coalition • Offering his thoughts on the next round of diplomatic talks aimed at ending the civil war that’s ravaged Syria for the last three years. Few observers actually expect the talks, dubbed “Geneva-2” to be any more successful than the “Geneva-1” talks that failed 18 months ago. But, with roughly one-third of the country’s population displaced from their homes — not to mention more than 130,000 confirmed casualties — many diplomats are hoping that they can at least get the two sides to agree on some basic guidelines that might ease civilian suffering. source
16:15 // 7 months ago

Politico: Why The Washington Post passed on Ezra Klein 

Politico has collected a few behind-the-scenes details on Ezra Klein’s surprise departure from The Washington Post, and what the well-known columnist has planned for his (and a few dozen others’) immediate future.

15:17 // 7 months ago
January 16, 2014
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15:45 // 7 months ago
The time for a decision on Keystone is now, even if it’s not the right one. We can’t continue in this state of limbo.
John Baird, Canadian Foreign Minister • Demanding an answer from the United States, on whether or not the country will approve construction of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, during a speech in Washington D.C. on Thursday morning. Approval of the pipeline has been delayed several times, and lawmakers aren’t currently expected to reexamine the issue until later this year. source
15:14 // 7 months ago