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  • Protesters march in Des Moines for 'Ferguson Solidarity March'

    09/07/2014 1:12:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    KCCI-TV ^ | September 6, 2014 | Steffi Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)DES MOINES, Iowa —Protesters marched from the Iowa State Capitol to the Polk County Courthouse Saturday afternoon as part of the "Ferguson Solidarity March." “Ferguson’s problems are our problems,” one protester said. Organizers of the protest said they need to send a message about police and racial problems, especially since they believe what happened in Ferguson can also happen in Des Moines. “I think it’s that persistence is key right now because here in Des Moines, we’re not accustomed to seeing things like this happen, “organizer Kaija Carter said. Protesters even added what they call a "die-in" to illustrate what...
  • Hundreds of protesters march in Ferguson (again), demanding justice in Michael Brown killing

    08/30/2014 3:10:22 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 62 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | August 30, 2014 | Lisa Brown and Samantha Liss
    Hundreds of protesters clogged South Florrisant Road in front of the Ferguson Police Department as they demanded justice in the shooting of Michael Brown three weeks ago. The crowd grew rapidly beginning about 1 p.m. after earlier marching from the site of Brown's shooting by a police officer to a city park, where Brown's family spoke. The march was billed as a protest "against police killings, brutality, profiling and legal cover-ups." Organizers said people would be coming from around the country for the march. Many people carried signs and there were people honking horns and shouting "Justice for Michael Brown."
  • Missouri police sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests (funereally continues...)

    08/28/2014 7:33:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/28/14 | Carey Gillam
    (Reuters) - A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with "militaristic displays of force and weaponry," (and) engaged U.S. citizens "as if they were war combatants." The lawsuit seeks a total of $40 million on behalf of six...
  • National "Day of Rage" met with collective yawn

    08/21/2014 9:07:31 PM PDT · by blueplum · 37 replies
    Free Republic ^ | August 21, 2014 9:00pm PDT | Blueplum
    The National "Day of Rage," allegedly coordinated by Anonymous, and drawing the attention of DHS, failed to draw crowds at location after location across the nation. A not surprising exception was San Francisco, where a few early-birds were joined by perhaps a hundred or so others who marched alongside a generous police presence mixed among the crowd. Some of the disappointed protestors took to twitter to lament the lack of participants in their areas.
  • CNN source: Darren Wilson didn't suffer an eye socket fracture

    08/21/2014 3:21:50 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/21/2014 (1 hour ago) | Allahpundit
    I want to make sure after yesterdays post that everyone knows that it's still in dispute whether Wilson's eye socket was actually fractured in his altercation with Michael Brown. ...
  • Police release video of fatal Kajieme Powell shooting in St. Louis

    08/21/2014 8:25:04 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 160 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/21/2014 | Chris McGreal
    Authorities release recordings of death that came amid extreme tension in nearby Ferguson over Michael Brown killing Police is St. Louis Missouri have released video and audio recordings of the shooting on Tuesday of Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old man described as "behaving erratically" and carrying a knife when officers arrived on the scene. One video, taken by a witness with a phone camera, shows officers opening fire repeatedly within 15 seconds of arriving at the scene. 12 shots are fired in rapid succession. ...
  • Police Suspend Officer at Ferguson: 'I Will F****** Kill You' to Protestors

    08/21/2014 5:21:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 109 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 8/21/2014 | Sarah Fisher
    An officer who was working at the Ferguson protests was caught on camera pointing a semi-automatic weapon at a peaceful demonstrator and saying "I will f****ng kill you." Yesterday, it was announced the police officer was suspended indefinitely. The incident just before midnight on Tuesday punctuated the 11th straight night of racially charged demonstrations in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, since Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was slain by a white police officer. No one was hurt in the gun-pointing confrontation, but the incident underscored what many have criticized as heavy-handed and unprofessional police tactics that have helped stoke...
  • Dear Ferguson: I feel your pain

    08/21/2014 7:03:07 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 4 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 8/21/14 | Steve Berman
    There’s an aspect of the Ferguson “unrest” that most people don’t get.  From the macro lens of cable news, Internet, and social media, you just can’t understand the stress of the average Ferguson citizen.  A town of under 25,000 people is besieged by protesters, hooligans, criminals, and media.  I wrote this open letter to you, the residents of Ferguson, to let you know that I understand, and to tell you that life will eventually return to normal, albeit a changed “new normal”.  This too shall pass. Dear Ferguson residents,  I sympathize with you.  I know what you’re going through, and...
  • St. Louis archbishop urges prayers for peace to calm chaos in streets of Ferguson

    08/20/2014 2:16:55 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/20/14 | Catholic News Service
    Residents of Ferguson “are struggling to find peace in the chaos” that has followed the shooting death of an unarmed teen by a police officer and “as people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest,” said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis. “We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing,” he said in an Aug. 18 letter to Catholics of the archdiocese. After visiting Ferguson, about 11 miles from downtown St. Louis, and offering prayers at a memorial there to 18-year-old Michael Brown, Archbishop Carlson said he has...
  • A Pattern Develops in Ferguson: Things Turn Ugly at Night

    08/20/2014 5:03:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/20/2014 | Ryan Lovelace
    Ferguson, Missouri. — The protests here were calm and orderly Monday evening, until the sun went down and things heated up. During the day, protesters walked in a line on the sidewalk along West Florissant Street, but at night they moved into the streets and marched up the road. Police formed a line and engaged in a tense standoff with protesters at the intersection of Ferguson Avenue and West Florissant Street. After a few unruly protesters began hurling water bottles and other items at police, the cops removed three protesters right away for inciting a riot. Protesters grabbed one man...
  • Policing a Riot

    08/20/2014 4:02:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | August 20, 2014 | John Stossel
    Libertarians warned for years that government is force, that government always grows and that America's police have become too much like an occupying army. We get accused of being paranoid, but we look less paranoid after heavily armed police in Ferguson, Missouri, tear gassed peaceful protesters, arrested journalists and stopped some journalists from entering the town. One week before the rioting began, Fox News aired my documentary on the militarization of law enforcement, "Policing America." That show didn't stop some left-wing commentators from making the bizarre claim that libertarians like me have been silent about Ferguson. I can't force them...
  • Ferguson protesters: The peaceful, the elders, the looters, and the "militants"

    08/19/2014 9:36:48 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 19, 2014 | Emily Wax-Thibodeaux,DeNeen L.Brown
    FERGUSON, Mo. — On one corner of a battered stretch of West Florissant Avenue, the epicenter of ongoing protests, young men pull dark scarves up over their mouths and lob molotov cocktails at police from behind makeshift barricades built of bricks and wood planks. They call the gasoline-filled bottles “poor man’s bombs.”

    08/18/2014 5:26:04 PM PDT · by blueplum · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 18, 2014 8:12pm EDT | Staff
    <p>FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Leaders of the Nation of Islam and other black activist groups working to calm tensions in Ferguson are asking protesters to clear the streets of the St. Louis suburb at sunset amid the National Guard's arrival.</p>
  • Violence erupts in Ferguson AGAIN:

    08/17/2014 9:37:53 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 57 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 17 August 2014 | David Mccormack for MailOnline
    Another night of protests and violence erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday evening as tensions remain high following the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown at the hands of the police on August 9. The violence began to flare again around 9 p.m. local time as police in riot fear fired teargas on hundreds of protestors - including children - for encroaching on their command post. Authorities also used rubber bullets and several protesters have reported getting hit. Many of the marchers retreated, but a group of about 100 stood defiantly about two blocks away until getting hit by another...
  • "AMERICA IS ON TRIAL": Al Sharpton On Ferguson Protests

    08/17/2014 6:38:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 56 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 17, 2014 | Colin Campbell
    Rev. Al Sharpton gave a passionate speech in St. Louis on Sunday morning, where he sharply criticized the release of video allegedly depicting Michael Brown, the black teen recently killed during a police encounter, robbing a convenience store before the fatal incident.
  • Holder's DOJ "Organizing" and "Coaching" Ferguson Protests

    08/15/2014 10:21:56 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 34 replies
    The Right Side News ^ | 8/14/2014 | Michael Snyder
    Is the Obama administration looking to stir up more trouble in Ferguson? “Protest marshals” from the same Department of Justice division that organized protests against George Zimmerman in the aftermath of the shooting of Trayvon Martin have been deployed to the troubled city. It is being reported that these DOJ agents will be “conducting training” for Ferguson protesters that will focus on “best practices for participating in protests”. Local officials in Missouri hope that this will help defuse the situation, but if history is any guide it may end up doing just the opposite...
  • A city ripped apart: Heavily-armed SWAT teams fire tear gas on demonstrators and arrest (SHORT)

    08/14/2014 11:57:17 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 3 replies
    Mail Online via Drudge ^ | Published: 20:38 EST, 13 August 2014 | Updated: 16:36 EST, 14 August 2014 | By James Nye For Mailonline and Associated Press Reporter
    FULL TITLE: A city ripped apart: Heavily-armed SWAT teams fire tear gas on demonstrators and arrest two journalists in FOURTH night of clashes over the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown Heavily armed SWAT police trained their guns on the public and fired tear gas in Ferguson, Missouri, last night as racial unrest over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen rocked the St. Louis suburb for the fourth night running. An estimated 500 people, who had been protesting 18-year-old Michael Brown's death on Saturday, ignored the night curfew imposed by police and instead faced-off against officers chanting 'Hands...
  • Spontaneous Pro-Israel Rally Erupts in Response to Protestors

    08/06/2014 9:40:25 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug. 3, 2014 | Danielle Avel
    On July 25th a group of anti Israel protestors targeted Jewish owned businesses in what they called a direct action .
  • Glenn Grothman slams Leibham over accepting money from a trade union (WI6)

    08/02/2014 9:25:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin Electon Watchdog ^ | 8-1-14 | Kyle Maichle
    CAMPBELLSPORT – On Friday, 6th District Congressional candidate Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport) slammed Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) for accepting a maximum limit contribution from a progressive trade union. More: Stroebel, Leibham Trade Barbs Over Voter ID According to records from the Federal Elections Commission, Leibham accepted $5,000 from the Laborers Union International North America (LIUNA) PAC on July 15, 2014. The LIUNA was very evident during the 2011 protests against Governor Scott Walker over Act 10 which was upheld by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court and the federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The LIUNA has 500,000 members that are represented in...
  • Reports from the “Immigration Surge” Protests

    07/20/2014 8:39:53 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7/20/2014 | Leslie Eastman
    Reports are beginning to surface from the 300-plus citizen-organized protests on July 18-19 focused on deep concerns about the immigration surge of supposed “refugees” swamping our border control resources, under the banner of the “National Days of Protest against Immigration Reform Amnesty & the Illegal Immigration Surge”. With a coalition of more than 50 groups and organizations of various sizes, protests against illegal immigration and the Obama inspired surge of illegals at America’s borders took place in more than 300 locations. The protests were highly visible and some were small with a handful of people on overpasses with others being...
  • Violent Protests Against Israel in London, Paris, Chile, Belgium

    07/19/2014 8:49:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 7/19/2014, 10:22 PM | AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    Parts of central London were brought to a standstill on Saturday as thousands of pro-Palestinians marched in protest against Israel’s offensive in Gaza, while in Paris a banned demonstration descended into violence. Organizers of the London rally claimed that “tens of thousands” of people joined the march from Prime Minister David Cameron’s office to the Israeli embassy, many of them chanting “Israel is a terror state”. Police refused to give an estimate for the number present but several roads through the centre of the capital were closed during the three-mile (4.8-kilometer) march, which passed off peacefully. …
  • Clashes in Paris as thousands march against Israel offensive

    07/13/2014 7:01:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Paris - Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 168 Palestinians dead. Several thousand demonstrators walked calmly through the streets of Paris behind a large banner that read "Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People". But clashes erupted at the end of the march on Bastille Square, with people throwing projectiles onto a cordon of police who responded with tear gas. The unrest continued early Sunday evening as police announced six arrests had been made. A small...
  • Murrieta Immigration Scare Tactics

    07/09/2014 4:01:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/09/14 | Douglas Gibbs
    As the July 7 protest in Murrieta regarding immigration, and the potential of more busloads of diseased people being shipped to the Border Patrol Station for processing on Madison Avenue loomed, so did the potential of the federal government forcing its will upon the City of Murrieta with riot personnel.
  • Bloomberg's puppet Moms 'Stroller Jam' Target into requesting customers disarm

    07/03/2014 6:47:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/03/14 | Neil McCabe
    Less than one month after it was targeted by the most recent front group in former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s employ, Target has executed an artful cave with its July 2 plea for its customers to disarm.
  • Protesters target McDonald's headquarters in pay fight

    05/22/2014 6:12:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 51 replies ^ | May 22, 2014 | Jessica Wohl
    Hundreds of McDonald's workers and community activists staged a protest Wednesday near the fast-food chain's headquarters in Oak Brook, seeking a wage increase to at least $15 per hour for employees.
  • Scores of Venezuelans march against government

    04/26/2014 2:35:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2014 4:45 PM EDT
    Scores of opponents of President Nicolás Maduro are marching in Caracas, vowing to remain on the streets in defiance of a high court ruling limiting protests. […] Opponents say the ruling is the latest attempt by the socialist government to muzzle dissent amid widespread discontent with runaway inflation and record shortages. …
  • Venezuelan opposition leader interviewed in English by Al Jazeera

    03/22/2014 12:08:30 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 22, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Maria Corina Machado, a not-yet-arrested Venezuelan opposition leader, is well spoken, understands how to respond effectively to question and knows what she, the people -- and the opposition in general -- want.[youtube] Video linkPlease watch the entire twenty-five minute video -- her English is as excellent. Is it too much to hope for that some of our own opposition "leaders" will watch and learn from her? Many of them could profit from doing so; if they do, the rest of us would too. I have often written about the worsening mess in Venezuela here, here, here, here and elsewhere over the...
  • Kerry 'Protests' to Prime Minister Over Criticism from Ya'alon

    03/19/2014 1:12:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    inn ^ | 3/19/14 | AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    In a rare move, Secretary of State John Kerry protested to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday over Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's strong criticism of US foreign policy, according to AFP. Ya'alon slammed the US and the West on Tuesday for its "soft" approach toward the possibility of a nuclear Iran. "Everyone knows Iran is lying," Ya'alon stated. "But the pampered West is satisfied with postponing conflict [with Iran over the nuclear program]." Ya'alon's comments made headlines in Israeli media Tuesday evening over his perceived change of heart regarding the Iran issue - and apparently have also drawn the...
  • Real news from inside the Ukraine protests (Warning= graphic and real)

    03/06/2014 2:16:58 PM PST · by Baynative · 57 replies ^ | march 2014 | Filatova Elena Vladimirovna
    Uprising began at the end of November 2013 when president failed to sign European Union Association Agreement. There were few hundred pro-EU protesters on the streets and police moved on them. In a next few days many students and journalists were beaten up and all country learned about police beating peaceful protesters. Thanks God we have freedom of speech in Ukraine which we won 9 years ago at Orange Revolution
  • Vanity: Why are there no protests in Europe and elsewhere against the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

    03/02/2014 4:53:51 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 52 replies
    3/2/2014 | Me
    Seems quiet out there. Russia invades a country one door down from the EU and crickets from the left. No cries of killing Putin and his family, no signs, No human shields....nothing.
  • Swiss government says to block funds linked to Ukraine's Yanukovich

    02/27/2014 1:02:56 PM PST · by Ivan Mazepa · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 27 2014
    ZURICH, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The Swiss government said it will order banks to freeze any funds in Swiss banks found to be linked to ousted President Viktor Yanukovich. "The federal council decided yesterday to freeze any Yanukovich funds found in Switzerland," government spokesman Andre Simonazzi said in an emailed statement.
  • Why do the left generally support the Chavistas in Venezuela?

    02/24/2014 10:44:05 AM PST · by DanMiller · 13 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 24, 2014 | Dan Miller
    With three principal exceptions -- Panamá, Colombia and Chile -- Latin American governments are oriented toward the far left. An article at Huff & Puff by a self-proclaimed leftist, Carlos González, argues than leftists should not automatically support dictators, even those "democratically elected" (whatever that may mean), when their actions traumatize their slaves citizens massively and unnecessarily. His article, published on February 24th, is titled Venezuela and the hypocrisy of the international left. As students and the middle class protest for almost two weeks in the streets of Venezuela, the international left remain silent. Why is this wide swath of Venezuelan...
  • Nasty things are being said about government of, for and by Chavistas.

    02/21/2014 10:43:45 AM PST · by DanMiller · 8 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 21, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Most are true, but what difference does that make? The left prefer spin.An article posted on February 20th at Puffington Host, titled In Defense of Venezuela, praises governmental actions against the violent, rich, elitist brats who protest against the benign and wonderful Venezuelan government under el Presidente Maduro. They protest because they hate little people and selfishly want everything for themselves. The U.S. media, echoing the sentiments of the U.S. government, is openly encouraging violent regime change in Venezuela. An emblematic story from yesterday was aired in what is considered a "liberal" media source, National Public Radio (NPR). In short, this piece featured...
  • Venezuela threatens to expel CNN over protest coverage

    02/21/2014 3:52:31 AM PST · by EBH · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/20/2014
    A spokeswoman for the US network, only available on cable in Venezuela, told the BBC it did not have any immediate comments about Mr Maduro's comments. Last week, the government removed Colombian TV news channel NTN24 from channels offered by Venezuelan cable operators. The government has been highly critical of international media coverage, while protesters say they are concerned with a lack of media freedom, says the BBC's correspondent in Caracas, Irene Caselli. Mr Maduro also ordered the expulsion of three US diplomats this week. US President Barack Obama said the Venezuelan government should address "legitimate grievances" of the country...
  • Cuban-Americans: Castros Can't Survive Without Venezuelan Oil

    02/21/2014 3:48:04 AM PST · by EBH · 8 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 2/20/2014 | David Patten
    They tell Newsmax that Cuban dictators Raul and Fidel Castro are desperate to avert a disruption in the massive shipments of oil that their destitute nation receives daily as a gift from their socialist comrades in Venezuela. The value of the more than 100,000 barrels a day Havana receives has been estimated at over $5 billion annually. On Thursday, former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela Otto Reich told "America’s Forum" host John Bachman in an exclusive Newsmax TV interview that the unrest in Venezuela "absolutely" can spread to Cuba, if those vital oil subsidies are interrupted. "The person who agrees with...
  • Venezuelan beauty queen Genesis Carmona, 22, fatally shot in head during protest

    02/21/2014 3:44:47 AM PST · by EBH · 22 replies
    New York Daily ^ | 2/19/2014 | Nina Golgowski
    Genesis Carmona, who served as her state's 2013 Miss Turismo, was shot in the head in the city of Valencia Tuesday. The 22-year-old died Wednesday afternoon, marking the fifth fatality during the country's ongoing political turmoil. Read more:
  • Pro-Russian Separatism Rises In Crimea As Ukraine's Crisis Unfolds

    02/20/2014 12:17:43 PM PST · by Blackyce · 17 replies
    RFERL ^ | February 18, 2014 | Robert Coalson
    Pro-Russian Separatism Rises In Crimea As Ukraine's Crisis Unfolds SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine -- From the dingy basement of a decaying apartment block on the outskirts of Simferopol, Crimean parliament deputy Sergei Shuvainikov is leading the fight to defend the ethnic Russians of this strategic Black Sea peninsula. In an office festooned with banners showing a map of Crimea overlaid with a World War II medal featuring the communist hammer and sickle and the slogan "In union with Russia," the voluble Shuvainikov spills out a litany of alleged assaults on the Russian language and Russian culture in Ukraine. "This is the result...
  • Ukraine Facing Civil War: Lviv Declares Independence from Yanukovich Rule

    02/20/2014 9:33:24 AM PST · by Blackyce · 192 replies
    International Business Times ^ | February 19, 2014 12:49 PM GMT | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    Ukraine's western region of Lviv has reportedly declared independence from the central government.Hours after protesters seized the prosecutor's office in central Lviv and forced a surrender by interior ministry police, the executive committee of the region council - also called the People's Rada – claimed control over the region. Reuters A portrait of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich burns near the destroyed building of the security service in Lviv "The regime has begun active military action against people. Dozens of people have been killed in Kiev and hundreds have been wounded. Fulfilling the will of society, the executive committee of the...
  • Why is Ukraine in turmoil? (Simple explanation of why some are protesting)

    02/20/2014 1:50:22 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/19/2014 | BBC
    Those on the streets say they are struggling over the future development of the country - will it be a country based on the rule of law, or Russian-style oligarchy and closed interests? The protests broke out after President Viktor Yanukovych's government rejected a far-reaching accord with the European Union in November 2013 in favour of stronger ties with Russia. Thousands of people, outraged that a long-standing aspiration for integration with Europe had been ditched overnight, poured into central Kiev for peaceful protests. They have occupied Independence Square, known as Maidan, ever since. Several developments - including violent police attacks...
  • Further reflections on the situation in Venezuela

    02/19/2014 12:10:50 PM PST · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 19, 2014 | Dan Miller
    There are fewer things there to like now than a decade or more before, but even now there are some. The past several days in Venezuela, marginally covered by the "legitimate" media in the United States, were highly disturbing. My wife, Jeanie, and I retain pleasant memories from when we were there off and on between 1996 and 2001, frequently for months at a time.ThenIn general Venezuela was prosperous, food (most of it locally grown or raised) and other necessities were plentiful as well as inexpensive and, with rare exceptions, the people we met seemed happy. Caracas, for a large city, was...
  • Winter at the barricades [Primer on what is happening in Ukraine]

    02/19/2014 6:10:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 2/7/14 | Jill Nelson
    When Ukraine’s largely peaceful anti-government protests turned violent last November, President Viktor Yanukovych attempted to explain away the extreme response of riot police: He could not have protestors in the city center delaying setup for the Christmas tree and ice skating rink. Those comments became the focal point of jokes, but a new joke is going around: How long does it take a Ukrainian to change a light bulb? Two weeks. How long does it take him to build a barricade? Fifteen minutes. Kiev’s protests have escalated into a movement with military-style camps, barricades massive enough to keep out tanks,...
  • This is how the Ukrainian government appears to be isolating protesters in Kyiv

    02/18/2014 3:55:17 PM PST · by Ivan Mazepa · 9 replies
    Global Post ^ | Feb 18 2014
    As the protests in Ukraine turned violent on Tuesday, journalists and researchers following the events reported various incidents that appeared designed to isolate the demonstrators. TV providers apparently blocked Ukraine's opposition friendly Channel 5, one of the most popular news sources in the country, for much of the day. The Foreign Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt took to Twitter to condemn the regime for the shut down. The regime's "repression and violence" is unacceptable, he wrote. Ukrainian journalist Maxim Eristravi tweeted that blocking Channel 5 signaled that, "Authorities are insanely hysterical." Roland Oliphant, Moscow correspondent for The Telegraph, tweeted that...
  • The crisis in Venezuela broadens and deepens

    02/18/2014 5:50:31 AM PST · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 18, 2014 | Dan Miller
    As the day progresses, I expect there to be substantial activity in Venezuela. As I learn of it, updates will be provided here or through new posts. Few seem to know what to do. Perhaps Leopoldo Lopez does.According to Daniel, as far as I knew until recently the only English language blogger still hanging on in Venezuela, the country is adrift. The question here is who is most adrift in Venezuela today, the regime or the opposition?  The crisis that started late January in Tachira has spread as no other crisis has spread in Venezuela since "el caracazo" when looting happened in...
  • Lithuania confirms torture of Ukrainian activist, urges probe

    02/04/2014 4:02:03 PM PST · by Ivan Mazepa · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | Feb 4, 2014
    Lithuania on Tuesday confirmed signs of torture on a prominent Ukrainian anti-government activist and urged an independent probe into the crime which could breach a related United Nations convention. "Dmytro Bulatov...has clear signs of long term torture and cruel treatment on his body," a Lithuanian foreign ministry said in a statement. Bulatov, who alleges he was "crucified" and tortured for days by unknown assailants in his homeland, is one of three injured Ukrainian protesters receiving free medical care in Lithuania. (...) The leader of the "Automaidan" movement, he organised motorcade protests outside President Viktor Yanukovych's sprawling country estate near Kiev...
  • Ukraine unrest: Protesters storm regional offices

    01/24/2014 10:36:28 AM PST · by Ivan Mazepa · 30 replies
    Anti-government demonstrators in Ukraine are expanding their protests after talks between the opposition and President Viktor Yanukovych stalled. In western Ukraine, the activists seized the regional government office in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk and are storming another one in Chernivtsi. Protests were reported in Lutsk, in the north-west, and Sumy, in the east. Meanwhile, Mr Yanukovych vowed to use "all legal means" if a solution to the crisis is not found. At a meeting with religious leaders, he also promised to amend anti-protests laws rushed through parliament last week and reshuffle the government at an urgent session of parliament due...
  • Ukraine: You Better Pay Attention - It’s Eventually Going to Play Out in North America.

    01/24/2014 9:58:46 AM PST · by Repent and Believe · 35 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | January 23, 2014 | Ann Barnhardt
    Now, let me post a quote from a piece published today about Ukraine titled “Bloodlands”, and I will put in red brackets substitutions in the U.S. context -snip-: …It is far more a criminal syndicate than a classic totalitarian regime. The tactics Yanukovych {the Obama regime} has employed as president — forging alliances with oligarchs (who have funded the president’s political party and also made him vastly wealthy personally); hiring gangs of brutes to cow potential opponents; assassinating opponents who didn’t get the message from the thugs or who refused to kowtow; aggregating power in the hands of a single...
  • Ukraine criminalizes pro-EU protests

    01/19/2014 1:23:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.01.14 @ 09:14 | Andrew Rettman
    EU and US diplomats have voiced dismay after Ukraine on Thursday (16 January) criminalized almost every aspect of the pro-EU protest movement. President Viktor Yanukovych’s ruling Party of the Regions rushed through the legislation via show of hands in parliament. Reports say that electronic tellers in the Verkhovna Rada kept flashing up a figure of 235 votes in favor just a few seconds after each round of voting, before the hands could be counted. The laws impose fines of up to $1,275 a head or 15 days’ detention on people who install or supply equipment, such as tents or loudspeakers,...
  • Chaos in Spanish city as protesters rally against costly boulevard plan (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

    01/14/2014 2:58:56 AM PST · by J Aguilar · 5 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 13 January 2014 |
    Violent protests in the Spanish city of Burgos went into a third day Sunday, with street demonstrators venting frustration at the council's decision to reduce the size of a road by half, and remove a significant number of parking spaces.
  • Thai protesters target ministries, threaten bourse

    01/13/2014 8:00:38 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan. 15 , 2014 | Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat
    Protesters trying to topple Thailand's government said they would tighten the blockade around ministries on Tuesday and a hardline faction threatened to storm the stock exchange, while many major intersections in the capital Bangkok remained blocked. The turmoil is the latest chapter in an eight-year conflict pitting the Bangkok-based middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly poorer, rural supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a former premier who was ousted by the military in 2006. Many ministries and the central bank were forced to work from back-up offices on Monday after protesters led by...
  • Bay Area protests of tech-worker buses highlights pay, rent inequities

    12/30/2013 7:29:08 AM PST · by Go_Raiders · 40 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 29, 2013 | Dan Nakaso
    While small in scale, scattered protests targeting buses filled with tech workers have highlighted a larger issue: the growing gap between those benefiting from the Bay Area's tech boom and those who have been left behind. The protesters insist their anger is not aimed at the tech workers themselves, but rather at the inequities highlighted by the tech industry, which generates enormous wealth that provides big paychecks and attractive perks -- including free transportation and free gourmet food -- to workers whose ability to pay has helped push up rents. Many of those outside the tech industry, meanwhile, have seen...