The request came from a government that has proved powerless to rein in pro-Russia separatists in its eastern and southern regions, where insurgents have seized or barricaded government buildings in at least nine cities, demanding more autonomy from the new government in Kiev.
Obama to Putin: Get separatists to give up guns ~ link ~ Also see ~ link ~ Like that will really happen! This is theater, propagandist theater!!! Stirling
Barack Obama has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to convince pro-Moscow activists to leave the buildings they have seized in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian Crisis: Pro-Russian forces lay siege to official buildings in the east ~ link
Ukrainian coup government presidential candidate Tsarev brutally beaten ~ link ~ The rats are turning on one another!!! Stirling
Meanwhile, Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, has noted a “shy silence” from Western countries towards the attack on Tsarev.
“The Maidan tank democracy is in full swing, the extremists remained unpunished,” Dolgov tweeted. “Typical double standards.”
Blowback: Protesters in Kiev demand resignation of Ukraine's Acting President ~ link ~ Simply stated, the people are tired of a figurehead government that already folded when it handed over Crimea to Russia on a silver platter and are demanding at least a token resistance before the rest of the cities in the east flip over to Russia effectively splitting the country in two.
All This and World War, Too? ~ link ~ Hence my plea: will parties in the USA (including Obama camp “progressives”) stop cheerleading for a showdown over this hapless doormat of a faraway nation whose destiny is not entwined with the people of Ohio, Nebraska, Rhode Island, or any of the other fifty states? We have enough to do in our own country to adjust to the new realities of the unraveling turbo-industrial global economy — and, by the way, we are not doing a damn thing to address any of it. Our domestic political conversation at all levels is juvenile and idiotic. I’d rather see US troops shut down WalMart, which has been way more destructive to the US economy (and the livelihoods of our people) than the bandits in any central Asian rat-hole. I’d rather see the US spend its dwindling capital restoring our passenger railroads than paying off the debts of strangers half a world away.
This is turning into a Vietnam moment for the US political scene. Where are the Fullbrights and Bobby Kennedys of today who have the guts to rally US citizens against insane government behavior? What elected officials among all the bought-off Koch Brother catamites and Wall Street errand boys will stand up for reality-based principle? When will the young people of this country pull their eyeballs away from their iPhones and their heads out of their cloacal vents? When will the United States begin the long-overdue task of getting its own act together?
Blood Moons, Quakes, Volcanoes, 20 Fukushimas and Tesla ~ link ~ Do take the time to read this one at the link! Stirling
Fire in Chile is weather driven - Thousands homeless - Could go on for weeks ~ link ~ Chile’s forestry agency said it could take up to three weeks before the fire is completely put out.
Valparaiso, located about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of the capital city of Santiago, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003.
The blaze sparked the second mass evacuation in the city. The first major evacuation occurred after the city was at the center of a tsunami alert following an 8.2 magnitude earthquake in the country’s north on April 1, which left six people dead.