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  • Baltimore Opens City Curfew Center

    06/15/2011 9:49:40 AM PDT · by StonyMan451 · 16 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | June 14, 2011 | CBS Baltimore
    ... Police spent hours trying to control a mob of teenagers at the Inner Harbor....
  • McCarthy, Emanuel outline police response and criticize media (Chicago wilding)

    06/09/2011 5:08:41 AM PDT · by abb · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 9, 2011 | Kristen Mack and Jeremy Gorner
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and newly confirmed police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Wednesday that they're adding a "marginal" number of officers to the Near North Side to combat a spate of violence, even as they questioned the media's coverage of the attacks. McCarthy cautioned reporters about characterizing crimes correctly, pointing to the differences between shoplifting, robbery and criminal mischief. And the mayor suggested journalists be more judicious in using the term "flash mob." "We have to be sensitive to what it conjures up," Emanuel said. But the administration has played a role in creating the ongoing frenzy. Authorities slapped a mob...
  • Third World America 2011: Forget "Fast Tracking to Anarchy" We've Arrived

    06/08/2011 11:49:06 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    TBI ^ | 6-8-2011 | Janet Tavakoli
    Third World America 2011: Forget "Fast Tracking to Anarchy" We've Arrived Janet Tavakoli, Tavakoli Structured Finance Jun. 8, 2011, 2:15 PM Last summer I wrote about Arianna Huffington's latest book, Third World America: How Our Politicians are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream and talked about the Great Recession, the Great Bailout, and the Great Cover-Up of financial crimes. I also wrote that municipal financial problems spelled a lower quality of life. Downtown Chicago crime escalated, along with attacks on officers in the Chicago Police Department. An officer who spoke up about the low morale of the...
  • Obama/Dept of Justice cracks down on abuses by big-city police departments (while yutes run riot)

    05/31/2011 7:21:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Patriot Action Network ^ | May 31, 2011 | Darla Dawald
    Obama cracks down on abuses by big-city police departmentsBy Justin Elliott AP/Julio Cortez Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, center, talks about a federal investigation of the Newark Police Department during a May 9 news conference with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, far left. In a marked shift from the Bush administration, President Obama's Justice Department is aggressively investigating several big urban police departments for systematic civil rights abuses such as harassment of racial minorities, false arrests, and excessive use of force.In interviews, activists and attorneys on the ground in several cities where the DOJ has dispatched...
  • Mark Steyn: Lindsey Graham and the First Amendment April 4, 2011 9:42 A.M.

    04/04/2011 10:32:31 AM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 4/4/2011 | MARK STEYN
    Andrew, ever since I ran into a spot of bother in Canada, I’ve found myself giving speeches in defense of freedom of expression in Toronto, London, Copenhagen, etc. I did not think it would be necessary quite so soon to take the same stand in the land of the First Amendment against craven squishes of the political class willing to trade core liberties for a quiet life. I have no expectations of Harry Reid or the New York Times, but I have nothing but total contempt for the wretched buffoon Graham. A mob of deranged ululating blood-lusting head-hackers slaughter Norwegian...
  • Brazil’s Anti-Obama Riots Ignored by Media

    03/21/2011 8:42:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | Mar. 20th, 2011 | Susan Swift
    A U.S. President beset by angry mobs screaming “Yankee Imperialist Go Home”, exploding Molotov cocktails, rubber bullets, tear gas, riot police. Hmmm. Could this be why the President “cancelled a public speech he was scheduled to deliver Sunday” in an “historic plaza” in the “heart of Rio de Janeiro?” Well, we may never know from most in the Make-Believe Media. Yahoo News and New York Times are too busy breathlessly praising Obama as the guru of Hoops citing his so-far superb basketball bracket noting that even women’s hoopsters have attracted Obama’s laser-like focus, promoting my new moniker for our Bookie-In-Chief:...
  • Union mobocracy drowns out democracy in Wisconsin

    03/13/2011 12:38:18 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-13-11 | Editorial
    Democracy could be found in Wisconsin this past week, but not among the screaming protesters running wild throughout the Wisconsin capitol. While Wisconsin's elected representatives -- minus 14 Democratic state senators who fled the state -- were working hard on the job the people sent them to do, thousands of screaming protesters provided America with a preview of the union mobocracy coming soon to a legislature, city council or school board near you. State, county and city governments across the country might well find themselves facing the same confrontational tactics that caused havoc in Wisconsin. The reason is that public...
  • Angry Violent Mob Attacks FOX Reporters in People’s Republic of… California (Video)

    02/21/2011 9:02:55 AM PST · by blueyon · 49 replies
    RightNetwork -Gateway ^ | 2/21/11 | Jim Hoft
    Another day… Another violent attack by unhinged leftists… This time FOX News reporters were the target. Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, February 21, 2011, 6:58 AM Another day… Another violent attack by unhinged leftists… This time FOX News reporters were the target. FOX News reporters were assaulted by a violent mob in California while they were reporting on a shooting. The NY Daily News reported: An angry mob attacked a reporter and a photojournalist Sunday, but it wasn’t in the Middle East, it was in California. The journalists were hit and pushed by family and friends of a young...
  • A VIEW FROM WISCONSIN

    02/19/2011 12:50:21 PM PST · by rhema · 154 replies
    620WTMJ.com ^ | 2/19/11 | Charlie Sykes
    A savvy insider writes: An out of state colleague asked me what it was like here. I thought maybe some of my other friends would like to know, too. It is wild. My personal feelings have been of incredulity and anger that our political process has been stopped by a mob. It is absolutely shocking. For those of you curious about other viewpoints from the regular press reports, I recommend the MacIver Institute's website, and Media Trackers. org. and WisconsinEye. Also don't miss the coverage by Wisconsin Reporter.com Their tweets have been the best coverage of the events. Eyewitness history....
  • Gerald Celente with Max Keiser On Food Riots, Tent Cities, Mob Rule

    05/24/2010 2:30:17 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies · 1,810+ views
    The Market Oracle ^ | 5-24-2010 | Videos
    Gerald Celente with Max Keiser On Food Riots, Tent Cities, Mob Rule Politics / Great Depression II May 24, 2010 - 03:32 AM By: Videos "Here we are in 2012. Food riots, tax protests, farmer rebellions, student revolts, squatter digins, homeless uprisings, tent cities, ghost malls, general strikes, bossnappings, kidnappings, industrial saboteurs, gang warfare, mob rule, terror. How could it have come to this? Across the nation and around the world, it was a variation of the same theme. In the United States it was called “Obamageddon,” in the rest of the world it was “The Greatest Depression.” Did no...
  • 'Flash Mob' Of 100 Teens Storm Center City Macy's

    02/17/2010 1:07:19 PM PST · by TigerBait · 41 replies · 1,948+ views
    CBS 3 - Philly ^ | February 17, 2010
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ― Click to enlarge 1 of 1 Photo of an apparent "flash mob" involving approximately 100 teens causing chaos inside the Center City Macy's store. CBS Related Slideshows Openly Gay Celebrities Real Or Fake? The Tattooed Ladies Of Hollywood Celebrities Turning 40 In 2010 Caught Cheating: Celebrity Scandals What's My Name? Honeymoon Lingerie: Behind-The-Scenes 2010 Celebrity Deaths Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2010 2010 Vancouver Winter Games Investigators say a massive snowball fight outside City Hall between 100 teens spilled into a popular department store and ended with 14 arrests. The entire ordeal began when approximately 100...
  • George Soros and America's Coming Election Crisis (Part 1)

    07/16/2004 5:55:38 PM PDT · by Richard Poe · 109 replies · 12,902+ views
    RichardPoe.com ^ | July 16, 2004 | Richard Poe
    <p>IF YOU ENJOYED the election crisis of 2000, you’re going to love what Democrat leaders are cooking up for November.</p> <p>"George Soros has purchased the Democratic Party," charges Republican National Committee spokeswoman Christine Iverson. (2) Some might dismiss Miss Iverson's comment as hyberbole. However, Soros' massive soft-money contributions have indisputably given him power over Democrat strategy.</p>
  • Thugs, Tea Parties And Treacle

    09/25/2009 6:09:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1,145+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 25, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    IT'S A RIOT: Young members of anarchist groups hold violent demonstrations during Friday's G-20 finance meetings in Pittsburgh. Politics: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi berated town hall and tea party protesters this month, tearfully warning they'd incite violence. Well, there's been violence all right, at Pittsburgh's G-20. But it wasn't the tea partiers.It takes gall to characterize ordinary Americans, freely exercising their rights of speech and assembly in civic forums, as "mobs" while ignoring a pack of leftist thugs now smashing a U.S. city. But that's what Pelosi did, directing her righteous tocsin to the Norman Rockwell-like gatherings of Americans...
  • Obama’s Organized Community Is Falling Apart

    08/19/2009 4:26:16 AM PDT · by AJMCQ · 38 replies · 2,221+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 8/18/2009 | JB Williams
    It’s now official—the average American is not as stupid as Washington DC Democrats and their international leftist friends thought. Their mystery messiah has already gone from hero to zero after only seven months in power, and Obama has now become a noose around the neck of every American Democrat, and every international fascist who “hoped” Obama could usher in Marxist “change.” Nobody can organize a community like a good old fashioned communist thug can. It worked long enough to put a mystery man in the Oval Office, thanks to international socialists working through CPUSA - SPUSA and DSAUSA, funded by...
  • Upcoming Health Care Town Halls(MN)

    08/18/2009 3:54:19 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 311+ views
    CCHC ^ | 8-18-09 | Twila Brase
    Ask for Real Town Hall on Health Care! Remember, Republican Members need to hold town halls too. Far too many Republicans are ready to support a federal individual health insurance mandate (feds force everyone to buy health insurance). It seems innocuous, but this is all Congress needs to pass to get national health care into law...as noted so aptly by MN State Sen. Linda Berglin in Sunday's Minneapolis Star Tribune (8/16/09) - see para. 13. Sen. Amy Klobuchar - 612-727-5220 - ask for a REAL town hall, not her planned, no face-to-face tele-conference. Where's her courage? Sen. Al Franken -...
  • DHS methodology used in "Rightwing Extremism" memo revealed

    08/15/2009 3:50:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 2,626+ views
    Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned the methodology used by the Department of Homeland Security in issuing a controversial "right-wing extremism" threat assessment to law enforcement in April as "complete speculation." "Our worse fears about what went into this memo have been confirmed. The government department that was supposed to be tasked with identifying domestic terrorist threats is apparently using news stories, kooky websites, and conjecture instead of actual hard intelligence reporting and analysis," said Wilson. "This is a disgrace, and calls into question what it is that the so-called 'Extremism and Radicalizaton Branch of the Homeland...
  • Glenn Beck Contrasts "Angry Mob" Conservatives with "Peaceful" Liberal Activists - Video 8/13/09

    08/13/2009 4:52:01 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 13 replies · 693+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 13, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from today of Glenn Beck taking a humorous look at claims by the Democrat National Committee and Democrat leaders that Town Hall Events are being plagued by "angry, hateful mobs" of conservatives. Beck shows video of some of those "mobs," and then compares them to the "peaceful" and kind activists on the Left who have such a track record of maturity and calm in their protests (I jest). Beck shows scenes from the LA riots of 1992 to prove his point! This is classic Glenn Beck making a serious point with sarcasm and humor! . . ....
  • VIDEO: DINGEL COMPARES TOWN HALL MOBS TO THE KKK

    08/12/2009 8:49:42 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 14 replies · 585+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | August 10, 2009 | TheCapitalist
    Video footage showing John Dingell comparing townhall healthcare protests to the KKK
  • Town Hall Protester Responds To "Mob" Smears By DNC

    08/11/2009 4:06:47 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies · 736+ views
    youtube ^ | August 6, 2009 | PoliticsNewsPolitics
    Dana Loesch of the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition appears on Greta Van Susteren's show to react to being painted as part of a "mob". "It is absolutely insulting," she says. "If I were in this for the money, I would have gone and worked for ACORN."
  • When the Community Organizes against the Community Organizer

    08/10/2009 5:19:00 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 3 replies · 426+ views
    Pat Dollard ^ | August 8, 2009 | Erik Wong
    DISSENT IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF PATRIOTI- . . . No, wait, that bumper sticker expired January 20. Under the stimulus bill, there’s a new $1.3 trillion bills-for-bumpers program whereby, if you peel off old slogans now recognized as environmentally harmful (“QUESTION AUTHORITY”), you can trade them in for a new “CELEBRATE CONFORMITY” sticker, complete with a holographic image of President Obama that never takes his eyes off you. “The right-wing extremist Republican base is back!” warns the Democratic National Committee. These right-wing extremists have been given their marching orders by their masters: They’ve been directed to show up at...
  • Rahm Emanuel is “Al Capone,” says Mark Levin

    08/10/2009 1:14:44 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 29 replies · 754+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | August 10, 2009 | Kathy Shaidle
    Leave it to Democratic Party operatives to describe citizen protesters as acting like “organized mobs.” Such an unimaginative contradiction in terms surely indicates a new level of desperation in the liberal camp. Then again, the same smirking liberal pointmen introduced the phrase “tea-bagging” to a general population heretofore blessedly ignorant of that particular sexual fetish. (Shamefully, even Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin has used the expression in public. It’s another indication of the degree to which civil discourse has degenerated — no small thanks to Durbin’s own comparison of U.S. soldiers to “Nazis” on the Senate floor. But back to...
  • If ya can't shut em up, shut em out!

    08/07/2009 8:47:25 PM PDT · by It hits the fan · 12 replies · 577+ views
    Shhh... it hits the fan ^ | 08/07/09 | It hits the fan
    If ya can't shut em up, shut em out!I guess Obama and his thug base weren't kidding when they said they were going to punch back twice as hard. In a clear effort to put down dissent from what they claim are coordinated angry mobs, Team O did a little community organizing of their own. What better way to show America that the opposition is a coordinated mass of mobs than send in one of your own. Chicago style. Protests, passions roiling town hall meeting on health care Several hundred people, mostly opponents, wound up outside or packing a hallway...
  • People laughing at guy beat by union thugs?

    08/07/2009 7:13:43 AM PDT · by soccermom · 26 replies · 1,888+ views
    8/7/09 | soccermom
    Sorry for the Vanity, but I figured someone here would have the answer: A caller to my local radio show said there was footage on Morning Joe (Scarborough) of union thugs beating a guy protesting Obamacare and they were laughing about it. Anyone see that or know what he's talking about?
  • ORGANIZING THE 'WRONG' COMMUNITY

    08/07/2009 3:22:20 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies · 988+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 7, 2009 | Editorial
    Get this: The party of "community orga nizers" is now whining that President Obama's critics are organizing com munities -- against his health-care scheme. The nerve of 'em, huh? Faced with mushrooming opposition to ObamaCare, Democrats have launched a multi-media campaign that attacks foes as "extremists" who've "called out the mob" to "destroy President Obama" and "intimidate and silence regular people." They cite "the playbook of high-level Republican political operatives." Actually, that sounds more like the tactics of the Chicago street, where Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel cut their political teeth. Indeed, you can almost hear Richard Nixon grousing about...
  • Speaker Pelosi violates our 1rst ammendmant Rights!

    08/05/2009 10:05:25 PM PDT · by Lurkina.n.Learnin · 22 replies · 525+ views
    Aug 5 09 | Lurkina.n.Learnin
    The first ammendment gives each of us the right to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The townhall meetings are a perfect place for such redress. In a concerted effort the Democrats, lead by Speaker Pelosi, are trying to intimidate any dissenters by painting them as mobs, paid schills and her latest as Nazis. I'm not a Lawyer so I don't know if this a technical violation but it certainly violates the spirit of the first ammendment.
  • Obama and the Angry Mob

    04/24/2009 6:50:52 AM PDT · by Jbny · 21 replies · 959+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | April 24, 2009 | Abe Greenwald
    Unlike candidate Barack Obama, President Barack Obama has been unable to use mob anger to his advantage. The White House position on a comprehensive release of terrorist interrogation materials and on potential prosecution of Bush administration officials is incoherent and stultifying. Casting himself as restorer of national decency, Obama first denounced tough interrogations as a betrayal of American ideals. Yet he recommended “reflection, not retribution,” vowing to “move forward” and not prosecute interrogators because “nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.” However, days later, he decided that laying blame for the past...
  • Wal-Mart worker dies after shoppers knock him down

    11/29/2008 12:59:09 AM PST · by Chet 99 · 98 replies · 2,873+ views
    NEW YORK – A Wal-Mart worker was killed Friday when "out-of-control" shoppers desperate for bargains broke down the doors at a 5 a.m. sale. Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers shouted angrily and kept shopping when store officials said they were closing because of the death, police and witnesses said. At least four other people, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or minor injuries, and the store in Valley Stream on Long Island closed for several hours before reopening. Shoppers stepped over the man on...
  • Mugabe's Mobs Force 40,000 To Flee Homes

    05/08/2008 2:14:45 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 75+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-8-2008 | Sebastien Berger
    Mugabe's mobs force 40,000 to flee homes By Sebastien Berger, Southern Africa Correspondent Last Updated: 8:31PM BST 08/05/2008 Around 40,000 Zimbabwean farm workers have had to flee as a result of the violence inflicted by Robert Mugabe’s mobs since the country’s general election in March, a union leader said today. The Movement for Democratic Change also said that the violence is getting worse, with three of its supporters shot dead earlier this week. Farm workers, whose livelihoods have been destroyed since Mr Mugabe launched his assault on white-owned land in 2000, are often supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic...
  • Hindu mobs ransack churches in India

    12/27/2007 7:50:59 AM PST · by BGHater · 343 replies · 458+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 27 Dec 2007 | Peter Foster
    Twelve village churches were burned and ransacked in eastern India over Christmas as Hindu extremists clashed with members of the Christian minority. One person died and more than 25 were injured in the violence in Orissa state. It was sparked after Hindu hard-liners objected to the scale of a Christmas Eve prayer vigil, according to the Catholic Bishops Conference in New Delhi. More than 450 police had to be deployed to quell the violence, which saw groups of Hindus rampaging through villages in the Kandhamal district, burning the mud and thatch village churches. By yesterday afternoon police said the worst...
  • Denmark Exports Soaring ( ROP and old Media sad )

    09/30/2006 9:21:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies · 1,567+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | September 30, 2006 | lgf
    " While Danish milk products were dumped in the Middle East, fervent rightwing Americans started buying Bang & Olufsen stereos and Lego. In the first quarter of this year Denmark’s exports to the US soared 17%. The British writer Christopher Hitchens organised a buy-Danish campaign. Among the thousands of emails sent to Rose was one from an American soldier serving in Iraq. “He told me he was sitting in Iraq, watching a game of football and drinking a can of Carlsberg,” Rose said. Rose is not the only person to have prospered from the crisis. Re-elected last year, Mr Rasmussen...
  • Ethnic games blighted by cross-dressing cheats

    09/29/2006 8:09:41 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies · 460+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 29, 2006
    TOUTED as a celebration of sport, culture and national unity, the Ethnic Minority Games in southwestern China descended into a farce of cross-dressing cheating and mob violence, state media reported. Athletes representing China's 55 ethnic minorities assembled in Yunnan province last week to compete in blow-pipe darts, horse-riding events and other traditional sports. But blind pursuit of victory lead to some unorthodox tactics, Xinhua news agency reported. Results of the women's dragon-boat racing were reviewed after athletes complained of "big women with Adam's apples", Xinhua said. Referees subsequently found that several of the competitors were men wearing wigs.
  • Mobs Cheer British Deaths As Basra Slips Out Of Control

    05/07/2006 6:14:11 PM PDT · by blam · 62 replies · 1,860+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-8-2006 | Oliver Poole
    Mobs cheer British deaths as Basra slips out of control By Oliver Poole, Iraq Correspondent (Filed: 08/05/2006) It took the soldiers from 1 Bn Light Infantry all the night and most of yesterday to remove the wreckage of the Lynx helicopter that came down in Basra at the weekend, killing five British servicemen on board. As they used heavy lifting equipment to separate twisted metal from the debris of a house that the aircraft had crashed into, military experts were trying to establish whether the crash was caused by mechanical failure or hostile fire. British officers believe the most likely...
  • Mob surrounds motorist who struck 6-year-old boy in Miami

    12/15/2005 8:40:44 AM PST · by debg · 87 replies · 2,173+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/15/05 | Theresa Bradley
    An angry mob surrounded a motorist near Little River Thursday evening, shouting and pounding on her Chevrolet Blazer just moments after she hit a 6-year-old boy, Miami police said. When Miami paramedics arrived on the scene, the crowd turned its rage on them, pounding and kicking their rescue truck, and impeding their work to help save the boy, police said.
  • Saving France With Peace Moonbeam

    11/12/2005 1:24:25 PM PST · by Digital Disaster · 11 replies · 855+ views
    The Peace Moonbeam Chronicles ^ | November 12, 2005 | Peace Moonbeam
    November 12, 2005 Paris, France After watching the awful French riots on TV, I knew I had to help. Early this week several fellow activists and myself flew to Paris with the hope of successfully ending this conflict like we almost did the war in Iraq. After landing at Charles de Gaulle International Airport we rented a cute little green Renault and drove to our hotel. I don’t know what it is with the rental cars over here, but the inside of this one smelled like a flatulent chain-smoking Cocker Spaniel soaked in sweat. We drove fast with the windows...
  • The Tail Of The Snake - Ecuador's Instability May Spread

    04/25/2005 11:02:19 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 3 replies · 631+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 26, 2005 | Staff
    Latin America: The past week's high political turmoil in Ecuador is about more than oil or bananas. It's about a terrifying descent into instability that could hit every country in the hemisphere. The turmoil in the tiny South American country shows no sign of ending. Another president was thrown out — the third in a decade. His successor is widely regarded as an ignorant weakling. And no one thinks he's going to last. After all, Ecuador has had seven presidents since 1995. Maybe that's why Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice turned her attention from a milestone NATO treaty signing in...
  • Parliaments Vie for Power in Kyrgyzstan

    03/27/2005 5:42:14 PM PST · by jb6 · 99+ views
    ABC News ^ | Mar 27, 2005
    By KADYR TOKTOGULOV Associated Press Writer The Associated Press BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan Mar 27, 2005 — Two rival parliaments vied for power in Kyrgyzstan on Sunday, and the head of Europe's leading security organization tried to resolve the turmoil in the Central Asia country three days after its longtime leader fled to Russia in the face of massive protests. Kyrgyzstan has both Russian and U.S. bases on its soil and like neighboring Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan had been ruled by authoritarian chiefs until President Askar Akayev left Thursday after 15 years in power. Akayev's departure made Kyrgyzstan the third former Soviet...
  • US caught flatfooted by Kyrgyzstan turmoil (Looted Store Revolution)

    03/27/2005 5:25:10 PM PST · by jb6 · 4 replies · 357+ views
    Politics - AFP ^ | Sun Mar 27, 5:17 PM ET
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - After basking in the democratic glow of people power movements in Georgia and Ukraine, the United States appears to have been caught flatfooted by the turmoil in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan. AFP Photo If critics accuse Washington of orchestrating the wave of protests that swept the country, US officials say they have been scrambling to keep up with developments since the hasty departure of President Askar Akayev. "That is certainly not something we would have encouraged or necessarily foreseen, or upon which we based our planning," said a senior State Department official who asked not...
  • Is It Different When France Does It?

    11/06/2004 4:22:07 PM PST · by forty_years · 22 replies · 1,278+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | 11/6/04 | Andrew L. Jaffee
    9 French troops and a U.S. citizen were killed when Ivory Coast fighter planes bombed a rebel position in the north of that country. The French have hit back, destroying 5 Ivorian helicopters and 2 bombers near the capital city of Yamoussoukro. Ivorians aren’t happy with France’s reprisals. Angry mobs are rioting, looting French properties, and yelling “Everybody get your Frenchman!” and “French go home!” Well, well, well, isn’t France’s criticism of the U.S. Coalition presence in Iraq a bit like the pot calling the kettle black? Listen to the French government’s words, as reported by the BBC: President Jacques...
  • Protests Barely Make a Ripple

    09/01/2004 6:37:33 AM PDT · by Osage Orange · 10 replies · 785+ views
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 09-01-2004 | Kathleen Parker
    Protests barely make a ripple By Kathleen Parker Tribune Media Services Republican National Convention NEW YORK - It is hard to ignore Shakespeare most any day, especially here in the theater nexus of civilization. All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players, indeed. But the Bard's words are particularly wounding -- cutting deeply into one's pride and sense of human purpose -- during Republican convention week as thousands play their assigned roles to an audience composed mostly of one another. Act I: The Mammoth Protest in which either 100,000 or 500,000 people, depending on whose...
  • MIKE: SMOKE OUT CIG-TAX DODGERS

    01/20/2004 10:58:49 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 67 replies · 447+ views
    NY Post ^ | 1/20/04 | Ken Lovett
    <p>New Yorkers can earn cash rewards for ratting out bodegas, groceries and individuals selling bootlegged cigarettes if a bill supported by Mayor Bloomberg wins approval.</p> <p>Under the bill, the city would give a "suitable" reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the detection of violations of the cigarette tax.</p>
  • French Troops Under Attack From Mobs (Ivory Coast)

    12/01/2003 3:53:20 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 153+ views
    Ananova ^ | 12-1-2003
    French troops under attack from mobs Pro-government mobs are laying siege to the main French military base in the Ivory Coast. The mobs in the country's commerical capital of Abidjan are demanding that peacekeepers withdraw from the country and allow fighting to resume in its civil war. The soldiers, in Ivory Coast to enforce ceasefire lines in the former French colony, fired tear gas and blanks to force back a rock-throwing crowd believed to be 250-strong. French forces in riot gear held the gates as the protesters set fire to barricades outside the base's entrance. Government-allied militias and youth groups...
  • When Protesters Attack

    10/16/2003 10:07:04 PM PDT · by JURB · 36 replies · 736+ views
    brain-terminal.com ^ | 16 October 2003 | Evan Coyne Maloney
    For weeks, the Palestinian solidarity conference planned for Rutgers University caused controversy. The conference, the goal of which was to force the university to sell holdings in companies that do business in Israel, was originally to be held on the Rutgers campus itself. But after someone spray-painted swastikas on the buildings of some Jewish organizations on the state-run campus, the conference became a political hot-potato that eventually involved the governor of New Jersey. Some in the campus community feared that the conference would be a hate-fest that would only inspire more anti-Semitic acts. In a series of developments that aren't...
  • 'FLASH MOBS' BEWILDER US

    08/05/2003 7:04:59 AM PDT · by bedolido · 25 replies · 346+ views
    SkyNews ^ | 08/05/03 | Staff Writer
    Americans are being left baffled by a bizarre phenomenon that is sweeping the US. Called "flash mob", dozens and sometimes hundreds of people are turning up in public places and carrying out wacky, pointless stunts. The mass mobilisation is organised by email - those taking part agree to turn up at a certain place at a certain time to carry out the act. They then disappear a few minutes later, leaving bystanders scratching their heads and wondering what was going on. 'Love Rug' In the latest incident, 200 people turned up at a bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and pretended to...
  • The mobs of Boston Martin Scorsese is right: America was born in the streets - but not of New York

    01/27/2003 7:43:33 AM PST · by Prolixus · 6 replies · 329+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 1/26/2003 | Drake Bennett
    <p>AS ITS MANY CRITICS have pointed out, Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" is a big-budget historical epic about as concerned with history as, well, the average big-budget historical epic. Since the movie's release, historians have been telling anyone who will listen about just how fast and loose the movie plays with its facts, how capriciously it distorts chronology, conflates characters, and ignores inconvenient events. How, most inexcusably, it glosses over the virulent anti-black animus of the 1863 Draft Riots so as to fit them into an immigrant-versus-nativist ur-narrative.</p>
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    03/14/2002 10:23:16 AM PST · by rdavis84 · 4 replies · 223+ views
    AP ^ | 13 Mar. '02 | AP
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