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14:43 // 5 months ago
February 27, 2014

More on the situation in Ukraine

  • Asylum Russia has confirmed it will offer asylum to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the country after months of anti-government demonstrations followed his decision to accept a financial bailout from Russia instead of the European Union.
  • Arrest Ukraine is still calling for Yanukovych’s arrest, and has called for prosecution from the International Criminal Court  but far more pressing matters now face the interim government in Kiev. Gunmen stormed the regional parliament building in Crimea on Thursday, demanding a vote on secession from Ukraine. A vote on a referendum to “expand” Crimea’s autonomy has since been scheduled for May 25. source
15:14 // 5 months ago
November 19, 2012

Secession petitioners vs. Deportation petitioners

115k signatories petitioned the White House to ask that Texas be allowed to secede from the United States 

24k signatories petitioned the White House to demand deportation for Americans who sign secession petitions

(Source: forbes.com)

15:26 // 1 year ago
November 13, 2012
Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it. But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government.
Catherine Frazier, press secretary for Texas Governor Rick Perry • Pouring a bit of heavily-couched water on the burgeoning secessionist movement within the state of Texas. In fact, it isn’t even limited to the Lone Star State — since the reelection of President Obama, secession petitions have been filed by (presumably) disgruntled voters in 30 states. The Texas portion of this discontent has furnished a petition with well over 25,000 signatures, the amount at which the Obama administration must review the list and issue a reply. Our guess? No go. Perry coming out against this movement is instructive, perhaps, in how seriously he now takes the rhetoric — back in May of 2009, Perry opted to stoke such sentiments, while speaking at a Tea Party rally in Austin. source
19:32 // 1 year ago
July 13, 2011

bsig says: What is there to this rumor I hear of the southern half of California trying to become the 51st state. I'm guessing that would mean out of state fees for all So. Cal residents at Nor. Cal schools. And UCLA would become USCLA?

» SFB says: Basically, the idea would involve splitting 13 more-conservative counties from the mothership. It’s a long shot, but one that’s being explored. Also see our coverage of Baja Arizona, a similar idea floating around the Tucson area. EDIT: Seth points out to me that L.A. will not be part of South California; the biggest city in the proposed state would be San Diego. — Ernie @ SFB

11:59 // 3 years ago
May 18, 2011
Dark horse alert: Rick Perry may run for president
Late registration: The reporting is a bit muddled and inconclusive, but it looks like Texas Governor Rick Perry may be testing the waters for a presidential run. Jumping into the race this late in the game would require a lot of catch up, and Perry’s past flirtations with secession could pose a problem for him as a presidential candidate. Nevertheless, if he did enter the race, he would have a very solid chance of getting the nomination—and, in our opinion, a reasonable shot at defeating Obama in 2012. source
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Late registration: The reporting is a bit muddled and inconclusive, but it looks like Texas Governor Rick Perry may be testing the waters for a presidential run. Jumping into the race this late in the game would require a lot of catch up, and Perry’s past flirtations with secession could pose a problem for him as a presidential candidate. Nevertheless, if he did enter the race, he would have a very solid chance of getting the nomination—and, in our opinion, a reasonable shot at defeating Obama in 2012. source

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21:34 // 3 years ago
May 11, 2011
Liberal county attempts secession from Arizona
Pima County wants to become the 51st state. It’s a left-leaning county in conservative Arizona, and a group of residents have initiated the process of secession. The new state, dubbed “Baja Arizona,” would be larger than four existing states and more populous than five others. The movement gained steam after some controversial moves by Republican Governor Jan Brewer, but it has a long road ahead. First, petitioners must collect 48,000 signatures. Then, voters need to approve a measure to send the proposal to the state legislature. Then, the legislature has to pass it. Then, voters have to approve it again. “All the stars would have to align for this to happen,” a lawyer backing the Baha effort said, “but it could conceivably happen by the fall of 2013.” As residents of California, count us skeptical. source
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Pima County wants to become the 51st state. It’s a left-leaning county in conservative Arizona, and a group of residents have initiated the process of secession. The new state, dubbed “Baja Arizona,” would be larger than four existing states and more populous than five others. The movement gained steam after some controversial moves by Republican Governor Jan Brewer, but it has a long road ahead. First, petitioners must collect 48,000 signatures. Then, voters need to approve a measure to send the proposal to the state legislature. Then, the legislature has to pass it. Then, voters have to approve it again. “All the stars would have to align for this to happen,” a lawyer backing the Baha effort said, “but it could conceivably happen by the fall of 2013.” As residents of California, count us skepticalsource

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23:54 // 3 years ago
February 8, 2011

Dividing Sudan: Forgive us of our foreign debt. Please?

  • $38B the amount Sudan owes in foreign debt – $30 billion in debt arrears
  • 1993 the last time the country could get a loan from the World Bank
  • 75% the amount the country hopes to get forgiven before it splits source

» The spit has something to do with it: The size of Sudan’s debt could effectively limit the region’s ability to get a fresh start as it splits into two. Southern Sudanese official Gabriel Changson Chang is making a hard push for the changes before the countries divide. “We want both the north and south to be economically viable,” he says. Current president Omar al-Bashir has made similar claims as well, and with good reason: Half of the country’s population currently lives on less than $1 a day and need some sort of food aid.

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9:53 // 3 years ago
February 7, 2011
We will announce today in front of the world our acceptance and respect for the choice of the people of the south.
Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir • Revealing that his country would accept the results of a country-splitting referendum between the north and south. The south chose, by a wide margin, to secede, a result that cuts back Bashir’s clout but could help stabilize the entire region. source (viafollow)
10:19 // 3 years ago
January 31, 2011

Secession of South Sudan has overwhelming mandate

  • 99% of South Sudanese voted for secession source
12:23 // 3 years ago