Tag: Protesters

Black Cop Brandon Tatum Exposes Anti-Trump Protesters As “Most Hateful, Evil People Ever” (Video)

Black Cop Exposes Anti-Trump Protesters As “Most Hateful, Evil People Ever” – Zero Hedge

Unfortunately for the establishment, the ongoing acts of sponsoreds civil disobedience are not creating the groundswell of anti-Trump terror they had hoped would bring down the anti-establishmentarian. In fact things have gone so far that even Arizona cops questioned their safety among Soros’ puppet-protesters. As African-American police officer Brandon Tatum exclaims, the profane-language-using demonstrators “were the most hateful, evil people he has ever seen.”

As EndingTheFed.com reports, Brandon Tatum, an officer in the Tucson Police Department, shared a video Saturday night giving his perspective on Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tucson, Arizona – and the disruptive protesters who hurled obscenities at the Republican candidate.
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As he explains, Tatum says that as a black man, he did not feel unsafe around Trump’s supporters but was ready to fight protesters in self-defense. He calls them the most hateful, evil people he has ever seen. The demonstrators, who he recalls chanting the phrase “Black lives matter,” used profane language and gestures, leading a mother to cover her child’s ears.

One protester, he recounts, got beat up, but Tatum says that the man instigated a fight either by spitting on or assaulting a rally attendee. He hopes that his message makes it into the news so that typical CNN coverage of just the retaliation against the agitator doesn’t become the prevailing narrative about the rally.

As for Trump himself, Tatum says he went to the rally to decide for himself what he thought of the candidate rather than trusting someone else’s word. He states that he gained respect for the businessman and didn’t hear anything bigoted from his stump speech. “His character’s a lot different than what you would perceive it to be in the media,” he says.

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Once more the tried and tested efforts of the ‘management’ to disrupt the democratic process in favor of their wealth-maintaining status quo is suffering unintended consequences are everywhere amid the blowback from these organized protests.

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University Of Missouri Losing 1,500 Students And Facing $32M Budget Shortfall After Caving To BLM Protesters

Shocker: After Caving To Protests, Mizzou Has Huge Budget Gap – Daily Caller

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The University of Missouri (MU) is losing about 1500 students and is facing a huge $32 million budget shortfall four months after it attracted national attention as the site of massive race-based campus protests.

“I am writing to you today to confirm that we project a very significant budget shortfall due to an unexpected sharp decline in first-year enrollments and student retention this coming fall. I wish I had better news,” said MU interim chancellor Hank Foley in a Wednesday letter to school staff that was obtained by Fox Sports.

According to Foley’s letter, MU will have about 1500 fewer students in fall 2016 compared to last year, an unexpected drop that is in turn causing a big dip in the school’s tuition income.

Because of the abrupt and unexpected nature of the shortfall, Foley is taking immediate and severe steps to fix the situation: The school budget is being cut 5 percent across the board, all hiring is being frozen (barring exceptional circumstances), and annual raises have been canceled. He has also announced a new, more intensive effort to recruit potential Mizzou students by phone, email, and even via Skype.

Even with all these measures, Foley anticipates MU having a deficit of about $1o million,which he said would be made up using the school’s reserve funds.

In November 2015, MU was rocked by major protests led by the Concerned Student 1950 group, which accused President Timothy Wolfe of not doing enough to address racial tensions on campus. After black players on the school football team announced a strike, Wolfe resigned and the school caved to a host of other protester demands. Meanwhile, the same day of Wolfe’s resignation, communications professor Melissa Click grabbed headlines for attacking a student journalist who tried to cover the ongoing protests.

Now, while Click and Wolfe are gone, the consequences of that turbulent November continue to reverberate, not the least because Concerned Student 1950 continues to engage in very public protests while demanding even more concessions from the school.

It was already known that MU had seen a drop in applications following the protests, but Foley’s letter drives home just how big a blow the school has been dealt.

Foley doesn’t break down the 1,500 lost student by class year, but the bulk of the decline comes from a major dip in the size of the entering freshman class. How major? In 2015, MU had 6,200 freshman undergraduates, meaning its freshman class size may have shrunk by 20 percent or more, an incredible swing for a single year.

Notably, Foley’s letter makes no mention of the protests as a potential factor in Mizzou’s declining appeal.

Foley also is unlikely to have much luck in turning to Missouri lawmakers for support. Disgusted by the university’s actions last fall, Republicans have refused to increase its budget and have even been considering making a big cut to the school’s state support.

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*VIDEOS* Protesters Confront President Asshat In Roseburg, Oregon


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The Biggest Idiots In Politics: The #Blacklivesmatter Protesters (John Hawkins)

The Biggest Idiots In Politics: The #Blacklivesmatter Protesters – John Hawkins

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Nobody is working harder to ensure that black Americans die violently than the #Blacklivesmatter protesters.

Not the KKK. Not the Aryan Nation. Not the American Nazi Party.

In fact, if those groups were smart (and being a part of one of those groups is de facto proof that they’re not), then they’d be doing everything they can to fund the #blacklivesmatter crowd.

Why?

Well, first of all, despite the name, the group doesn’t care about most #blacklives.

On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted PER DAY in the United States. Many of those innocents are slaughtered via Planned Parenthood, an organization founded by a woman who wanted to use abortion to help control the population of black Americans because she believed they were inferior.

The #blacklivesmatter protesters don’t care about those black lives.

They also don’t care about the staggering number of black Americans murdered by other black Americans.

Roughly 8,000 to 9,000 black Americans are murdered per year and per the FBI, from 1980-2008, 93% of black men who were murdered, were murdered by other black men.

Those numbers dwarf the total number of Americans killed by police in more than a decade according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Per the CDC from 1999 to 2011, “2,151 whites died by being shot by police compared to 1,130 blacks.”

So, if you’re really interested in saving black lives, the most important thing you could do would be to make abortion illegal. Failing that, if you could at least make it much less prevalent, you could save more black lives in a month than the police will kill in 10 years.

Beyond that, addressing out of wedlock births would dramatically reduce the number of murders in black communities. In fact, if the out-of-wedlock birth rate from black Americans dropped from 72% to the same 30% rate that white Americans have, the difference in murder rates between whites and blacks would largely disappear.

Assuming nothing is done about the out-of-wedlock birth rate, the only other thing that seems likely to significantly reduce the number of black men who are murdering each other would be a dramatically increased police presence in black neighborhoods.

The #blacklivesmatter protesters don’t care about abortion, they don’t care about the out-of-wedlock birth rate and they don’t care about reducing the number of black men killing each other.

In fact, if the #blacklivesmatter nutbags get their way, the number of black men dying WILL INCREASE.

That’s because when you boil it all down, the #blacklivesmatter creeps have a simple agenda: They hate cops.

Just look at some of the demands they have on their website.

We will seek justice for Brown’s family by petitioning for the immediate arrest of officer Darren Wilson and the dismissal of county prosecutor Robert McCullough. Groups that are part of the local Hands Up Don’t Shoot Coalition have already called for Wilson’s swift arrest, and some BLM riders also canvassed McCullough’s neighborhood as a way of raising the public’s awareness of the case.

It’s sad when any human being loses his life, but Mike Brown is not a sympathetic character. He robbed a convenience store, assaulted a police officer and tried to take his gun; then Brown was shot while he was charging that same cop.

If that’s not a justified shooting, then as a practical matter, you stack the deck against cops to such an extent that you won’t be able to get anyone to do the job.

This demand also sticks out…

We will call on the office of US attorney general Eric Holder to release the names of all officers involved in killing black people within the last five years, both while on patrol and in custody, so they can be brought to justice – if they haven’t already.

We have a justice system that already prosecutes police officers; so who exactly is going to bring them to justice? The #blacklivesmatter imbeciles? Also, officers already face the court system if they break our laws. So, what’s the crime supposed to be? If it’s “killing black people,” then again, you can’t field a police force if you make it illegal to kill black Americans who are trying to kill and injure the police.

Then there’s this demand…

And we will advocate for a decrease in law-enforcement spending at the local, state and federal levels and a reinvestment of that budgeted money into the black communities most devastated by poverty in order to create jobs, housing and schools. This money should be redirected to those federal departments charged with providing employment, housing and educational services.

What good is a job in, let’s say, a convenience store if there aren’t any police officers around to protect you from thugs like Mike Brown? What good is more housing when you’re afraid to walk outside because there aren’t any cops to protect you from the gangbangers and drug dealers on the corner? How much does more money for schools matter when you fear for your child’s life every day because his school is like the Wild, Wild West?

Look at what’s happened in Baltimore since the #blacklivesmatter morons showed up with their anti-cop lunacy.

Since the rioting and looting after the death April 19 of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered severe spinal injuries while in police custody, crime rates have spiked. In May there were 42 homicides in Baltimore, the most in a month since 1990.

…Arrests, meanwhile, have plummeted in recent weeks, from 2,677 in April to 1,531 in May.

Great job, idiots!

How about New York?

At a police community meeting in the South Bronx on June 4, residents begged the officers to arrest the crowds of teens who hang out on local street corners and fight with each other. Shootings in that precinct are up 167% through May 31 – but that isn’t serious enough to qualify for the NYPD’s high-priority list because the trouble is even worse elsewhere in the city.

Fantastic job, morons!

If the #blacklivesmatter dimwits wanted to call for more body cameras, more coordination between the police and the community and harsher penalties for cops who break the law, most people would probably be just fine with that.

However, if these ignoramuses want to scream at random people, try to take over political rallies, block traffic and live in a world where cops aren’t allowed to defend themselves from people trying to kill them, then let them create their own society without police and go live in it. Nobody will miss them. The rest of us appreciate the difficulty of the job the police are doing, like having them around and will support them to the hilt as long as they do their job and obey the law.

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BlackLivesMatter Protesters Set To Hold Rally For Dead Islamo-Nazi Who Plotted To Behead Pamela Geller

Protesters Plan Rally For Terror Suspect Who Plotted To Behead Pamela Geller – The Examiner

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that Usaamah Rahim, the terror suspect fatally shot by police after waving a knife at officers in Boston, originally plotted to behead Pamela Geller, the organizer of the Garland free-speech event targeted by two Islamic gunmen. Meanwhile, Ferguson #BlackLivesMatter protesters are set to hold a rally for Rahim this Friday at the Ferguson Police Department.

The Facebook event page appears to have been hacked, but the description remains intact as of this writing. “#BlackLivesMatter Protest police Murder and Profiling of our Black brothers. We must stand strong and resist tyrant pigs and feds who killed Usaama Rahim. Invite your Family and Friends and lets take our streets back,” the page says.

“It’s our duty to tell the evil government we won’t put up with it any longer,” the event says. “Heads will roll,” the statement ironically adds.

Court documents indicate that Rahim changed his mind and decided to attack police officers instead. “I can’t wait that long,” he reportedly said of the original plan. Officials said they believe Rahim was radicalized by ISIS and other extremists, CNN added.

Geller, the target of death threats, responded sharply on her blog. “They mean to kill everyone who doesn’t do their bidding and abide by then voluntarily,” she wrote. “This is a showdown for American freedom. Will we stand against this savagery, or bow down to them and silence ourselves? ”

Geller told CNN she’s had an “army of security” since the Garland attack. “This is what is required just to show a cartoon in America, 2015,” she added. “It’s striking. It’s devastating, and people need to understand what’s at stake. I mean, if we surrender on this point, what will we surrender next?”

Rahim’s brother, Ibrahim, claimed on social media that Usaamah was shot three times in the back. Police, however, say the incident was recorded on surveillance video. They also decided to show it to community leaders, including Muslim leaders, NBC News said, in the interest of transparency.

“Darnell Williams, head of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, said the video ‘150 percent’ corroborates the police account,” NBC added. Abdullah Faaruuq, imam of Boston’s Mosque for the Praising of Allah, called the video’s images,”vague,” but admitted that Rahim did not appear to obey officers’ commands. But, he added, “we’re not satisfied until [the case is] fully vetted.”

It’s uncertain how many people will actually appear at the protest. As of Wednesday evening, only two supporters said they would attend, but that could be a result of the event being hacked.

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Leftist Astroturf Update: Ferguson Protesters Protest Not Getting Their Checks For Protesting

Ferguson Protesters Protest Not Getting Their Checks For Protesting – Weasel Zippers

On May 14, protesters, upset with not being paid their promised checks for protesting, protested outside MORE, Missourians Organizing For Reform and Empowerment, an ACORN organization which had received funding through George Soros to fund the protests.

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They even started a hashtag, #cutthechecks, to demand their money:

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Some folks had apparently been paid like Deray McKesson, and others hadn’t, causing further discord.

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This protester indicates those who protested for more money were paid $2700 to stop making a fuss, but it would then impact the ability to protest over the summer in #Ferguson:

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Update: More Proof Of Paid Protesters: Ad Asking For Protesters To Travel To Protest, List Of Payouts To #Ferguson Protest Organizers

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Obama-Backed Islamist Mohamed Morsi Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Torturing Protesters

Egypt’s Morsi Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison – Al Arabiya News

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An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 12 other defendants to 20 years in jail for involvement in the arrests and torture of protesters during his rule.

But the court acquitted Morsi of murder charges that could have seen him sentenced to death over the killings of a journalist and two protesters during clashes outside a presidential palace in 2012.

Morsi had been facing the prospect of a death penalty, which would have been a symbolic blow against his Muslim Brotherhood movement – target of a brutal government crackdown after then army chief and now president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew him on July 3, 2013.

Ahead of the verdict, the Brotherhood slammed Sisi and called for pro-Morsi protests on Tuesday.

“The coup commander is exploiting the judiciary as a weapon in the battle against popular will and the democratic and revolutionary legitimacy represented by President Mohammad Morsi,” it said in a statement.

Morsi also faces a possible death penalty in two other trials, including one in which he is accused of spying for foreign powers.

Separate verdicts in those two cases are due on May 16.

Morsi was toppled after mass street protests against his year-long rule.

The new authorities then launched a sweeping crackdown on his supporters in which more than 1,400 people were killed and thousands jailed.

Hundreds have been sentenced to death after speedy mass trials which the United Nations called “unprecedented in recent history”.

The authorities have also targeted secular and liberal activists who spearheaded the 2011 uprising against long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak, Morsi’s predecessor.

In November, a court dropped murder charges against Mubarak in his own trial over the deaths of hundreds of protesters in 2011.

Tuesday’s verdict involved a case in which Mursi and 14 other defendants, seven of whom are on the run, are charged with the killing of three protesters and torturing several more during clashes in front of the presidential palace on December 5, 2012.

Defense lawyers say there is no proof Morsi incited the clashes. The verdict is open to appeal.

Sisi has vowed to “eradicate” the Brotherhood, an 85-year-old movement that staged major electoral gains between Mubarak’s fall and Morsi’s presidential victory in May 2012.

The movement was designated a “terrorist group” in December 2013, with the authorities blaming it for attacks on the security forces.

Jihadists have claimed these attacks in retaliation for the anti-Brotherhood crackdown.

In a country where the army has been in power for decades, Sisi’s May 2014 presidential victory crushed hopes raised since the popular anti-Mubarak revolt of a civilian democracy.

However, Sisi’s regime is widely popular among Egyptians tired of more than four years of political turmoil, but rights groups say it is more repressive than under Mubarak.

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Fearless Marine Takes On Angry Mob Of Pro-Palestine Protesters (Video)

Watch One U.S. Marine Fearlessly Take On Angry Mob Of Pro-Palestine Protesters After He Was Allegedly Assaulted: ‘Don’t Touch Me!’ – The Blaze

A former U.S. Marine was allegedly assaulted and spit on by an angry mob of pro-Palestine protesters during a Saturday rally in front of the White House. The war veteran, who was reportedly part of a pro-Israel counter-protest, quickly found himself greatly outnumbered and in potential danger – though he didn’t appear to be afraid at all.

Video taken of the incident begins immediately after one of the pro-Palestine protesters allegedly “touched” the U.S. Marine, identified as Manny Vega.

“Don’t f***ing touch me!” Vega says, pointing his finger in the man’s face. “Don’t touch me!”

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When the unidentified protester shoves the Marine, things start to spiral out of control as other demonstrators jump in to oppose Vega. They are seen throwing punches, grabbing and later spitting on the military veteran, who was completely surrounded at times.

A brief chant of “Allahu akbar” can also be heard in the video.

Fortunately, the police arrived quickly and were able to prevent any further violence.

Watch the full video here (Warning! Strong language):

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Three Leftist Protesters Will #Occupy Prison Cells For The Next 5 To 8 Years

Three #Occupy Domestic Terrorists Get Prison Terms For 5-8 Years – Gateway Pundit

Three #Occupy activists were arrested and held on terrorism conspiracy charges in Chicago in May 2012. The three leftists tried to make Molotov cocktails for attacks during the NATO Summit.

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Brian Church, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Jared Chase, 24, of Keene, N.H., and Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, of Oakland Park, Fla, are the so-called “NATO 3.” According to prosecutors, the three are self-proclaimed anarchists and members of “Black Bloc,” a band of protesters who typically mask their faces to avoid identification. They were arrested prior to the start of the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)

Calling Harry Reid –

The three #Occupy terrorists were sentenced this week to prison terms ranging from 5 to 8 years.

The Chicago Tribune reported:

Three out-of-state men were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 5 to 8 years in prison today for making crude Molotov cocktails in the days before the NATO summit in Chicago in May 2012.

Jared Chase was sentenced to 8 years, Brent Betterly to 6 years and Brian Church to 5 years.

Prosecutors had sought 14-year terms for each of the so-called NATO 3, raising the specter of the Boston Marathon bombings during their arguments at the sentencing hearing.

The three were convicted in February of possessing incendiary devices but were acquitted of more serious terrorism charges, a fact stressed by their attorneys.

Chase’s attorney, Thomas Anthony Durkin, contended that prosecutors didn’t seem to understand they lost the terrorism case and were trying to “salvage a lousy, rotten case” with stiff prison sentences.

“They still don’t get that the whole world is laughing at them,” Durkin told Judge Thaddeus Wilson.

But in handing down the sentences, Wilson said the three may not have been “the three Musketeers” but they weren’t “the three stooges” either.

A 48-page sentencing memo by Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Jack Blakey, who heads the office’s special prosecutions bureau, said the trio have displayed a “defiant refusal to take responsibility for their conduct.”

Addressing the judge before he imposed sentence, Church took offense to the prosecution comparisons to the Boston Marathon bombings.

“I do love my country,” he said. “To be compared to an atrocity hurts, your honor. It rips my heart apart.”

Betterly apologized and said that anarchism isn’t synonymous with terrorism.

“We weren’t serious about much of what was said” in conversations secretly recorded by two undercover Chicago police officers who had infiltrated their group, said Betterly, who nonetheless insisted he was not ducking responsibility.

Rebel Pundit has video of the three #Occupy terrorists in Chicago.

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Ukrainian Protesters Topple Statue Of Vladimir Lenin In Kiev (Video)

Ukraine Protesters Topple Lenin Statue In Kiev – The Guardian

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Ukrainian opposition protesters pulled down a statue of Lenin in central Kiev as hundreds of thousands took to the streets in the latest display of anger at President Viktor Yanukovich’s rejection of closer ties with Europe.

Protesters used ropes to topple the monument, and several then scrambled onto the podium to plant Ukrainian and European flags. Hundreds gathered around to sing the national anthem and chanting “Yanukovich, you’re next”.

A huge crowd formed, desperate to catch a glimpse of the fallen Bolshevik leader, while passing cars beeped their horns in support. Some took hammers to the fallen statue in an attempt to smash it to pieces and claim souvenirs.

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Not everyone approved of the sudden moment of drama, perhaps the most symbolic yet in two weeks of anti-government protest. “They should have got rid of Lenin ages ago, but I’m not sure this is the right way to do it,” said Oksana Petrenko. “I’ve been at the protest for days but we have to avoid it turning violent.”

Earlier, the opposition threatened to march on Yanukovych’s presidential palace and seal him inside if, in the next 48 hours, he did not sack his prime minister.

Hundreds of thousands crammed into Independence Square and nearby streets on Sunday, chanting “Ukraine is Europe!”. They called on Yanukovych to resign in the biggest protest yet of a two-week movement to force the president to reverse a decision to halt European integration.

The protesters carried the yellow-and-blue flags of both Ukraine and the European Union. Although some also waved flags of political parties, the majority of those on the streets were not supporters of particular parties.

One man wielded an effigy of the severed head of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi above a sign reading: “Vitya [Yanukovych], the game is over!”

“We do not want to be kept quiet by a policeman’s truncheon,” heavyweight boxer and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko told the crowd.

Since last Sunday, when protesters attempted to storm the presidential administration and riot police responded ruthlessly, there has been no violence. The government has so far taken a hands-off approach to the protests but resisted concessions. The prime minister, Mykola Azarov, survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Tuesday and branded those on the square “Nazis and criminals”, but after previous attempts to clear the square with force increased the protest mood, police withdrew from the city centre.

However, on Friday, Kiev police said that if two occupied buildings in the centre, including the main City Hall, were not vacated within five days, they would be cleared with force.

On Sunday, Eduard Leonov, an MP from the nationalist Svoboda party, was sitting at a desk marked “Committee for the self-government of Kiev” inside City Hall, and described himself as the commander of the building. He insisted that protesters would not acquiesce to the police demands. “First, it’s an illegal order, as MPs have the right to hold meetings wherever they want,” he said. “Second, it’s an immoral order, as this is a humanitarian mission providing food and warmth to the protesters.”

Hundreds of mattresses have been laid out on the floor in the City Hall’s main colonnaded room, and different stalls hand out food, medicines and donated warm clothes to those who want them.

“It the government decides to storm the building, then of course we will resist,” said Leonov.

Yanukovych has kept a low profile since the protests started, even flying to China for a three-day trip last week as the centre of Kiev remained under siege. He returned to Ukraine on Friday, stopping over in Russia to meet with Vladimir Putin, with rumours circling in Kiev that the pair had agreed for Ukraine to join the Russian-led Customs Union. The rumour sparked fury in Kiev but was denied by spokespeople for both presidents.

Russia and the west have traded allegations over which side is putting pressure on Ukraine. On Saturday, former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili told the crowd on Independence Square that Putin had performed a “raider attack on a whole sovereign country”, attempting to steal Ukraine’s fate from its own people.

Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, struck back: “Saakashvili is kind of right. There is an attempted raid on Ukraine, not from Moscow but Brussels, grabbing it by the neck and dragging it to paradise,” he tweeted. “The word ‘paradise’ should be in inverted commas, of course. For Bulgaria, Greece and even for Serbia which is just an EU candidate country, the promised ‘paradise’ turned to hopeless gloom.”

Yanukovych has insisted he still wants integration with Europe, but could not sign the EU deal as it would have caused further damage to Ukraine’s suffering economy.

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Ukrainian President Reportedly Flees Kiev For Kharkiv – Big Peace

Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych has reportedly fled Kiev for Kharkiv amid “[the loss] of most of his power base following the bloodiest day in a 72-hour period in Ukraine.”

According to InterpreterMag.com, he announced “early elections” prior to fleeing, although he did not “[specify] when they might be held.”

Tweets coming out of Ukraine on February 21 described the protests that led up to to Yanukovych’s departure as “the biggest demo in modern history.”

While in Kharkiv, Yanukovych is expected to “take part in a Congress of the ‘Ukranian Front.'” The Congress is expected to reflect the chaos in the Ukraine, which will contribute to the idea that “it is politically necessary for the southeast to become a separate entity.”

There are “17 buses carrying activists from Right Sector toward Kharkiv,” and Yanukovych is expected to “make [a] statement about [a] split of Ukraine.”

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As Kiev Burns, The Obama Doctrine Is Going Down In Flames – The Foundry

The Obama Administration’s lack of leadership on international crises has become so apparent that even The Washington Post is launching broadsides at the White House. In a tweet highlighting a major piece on Ukraine and Syria, the Post declared: “The ‘Obama Doctrine’ flounders as Kiev and Syria crumble.”

This is, of course, what conservatives have been pointing out for years: In a 2010 paper on the pitfalls and perils of the Obama Doctrine, my Heritage colleagues Kim Holmes and James Carafano argued that the Obama stance on foreign policy was making the United States and the world “less secure, courting global instability… The Obama Doctrine is anchored in the belief that America is devoid of singularity, exceptionalism, or historic mission rather than a country with unique resources, experiences and devotion to freedom.”

This flawed approach, with a fundamental rejection of the notion of American exceptionalism, is amply on display over the Ukrainian crisis. The Russian reset has spectacularly backfired, resulting in staggering complacency in Washington over Ukraine and Moscow’s ambitions.

As early as October of last year, Heritage fellow Ariel Cohen warned the Obama Administration that failure to act would hand the initiative to the Russians: “It is in the national interest of the United States to prevent Ukraine from becoming a Russian satellite and a key member of a Moscow-dominated sphere of influence. The U.S. needs to assist Ukraine and its European partners in derailing Russia’s pressure tactics for bringing Ukraine into Moscow’s orbit.”

The leader of the free world has been largely invisible as Ukrainian demonstrators are ruthlessly picked off by government snipers and left for dead, while Russian President Vladimir Putin vows that Ukraine will remain in Russia’s orbit.

As I noted in an earlier piece assessing President Obama’s disastrous record on the world stage, the Obama Doctrine has been a monumental failure because it fails to protect and advance U.S. interests. It is the antithesis of Ronald Reagan’s bold approach, which was based on powerful American leadership on the world stage, including a willingness to firmly stand up to America’s adversaries.

The U.S. simply cannot afford to be a bystander in the face of tyranny. Although Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych has signed a pact with opposition leaders in Kiev, this will do little to ease the fears and concerns of hundreds of thousands of protestors. This should be a moment for real leadership from the U.S. President, who should stand with those fighting for freedom. The White House should place itself on the right side of history at a pivotal moment in the 21st century.

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Kiev In Chaos As Protesters Clash With Police (Pictures / Videos)

Ukraine: Protesters And Police Clash On Worst Day Of Kiev Bloodshed – The Guardian

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Three months of confrontation in Ukraine between the president and a large protest movement reached its peak on Tuesday night in the worst bloodshed since the country separated from Moscow more than two decades ago, with more than 20 people reported killed as riot police moved in to clear Kiev’s Independence Square, the crucible of the anti-government activism.

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Hopes for a settlement of the crisis went up in smoke amid scenes of rioting, burning buildings, police bombings and rubber bullets that also left up to 500 people injured.

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A large section of the protest camp in the capital, Kiev, was engulfed in flames on Tuesday night as police advanced on the demonstrators using water cannons and stun grenades.

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The security services had earlier issued a warning, ordering tens of thousands of protesters to get off the streets by Tuesday evening or face a crackdown.

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The violence, the worst since a government-opposition confrontation erupted last November, came after President Viktor Yanukovych, the main target of the protests, stalled on outlines of an agreement to appoint a new technocratic coalition government or have his powers cut back.

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The president issued a statement warning leaders of the opposition to dissociate themselves from radicals, otherwise he would “talk differently” with them. Yanukovych said some members of the anti-government opposition had crossed a line when they called on supporters to bring weapons to the demonstration in Kiev. The president called those people “criminals” and said they would face justice in court.

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By Wednesday morning the Ukraine health ministry was putting the death toll at 25, the Reuters news agency reported. This included both civilians and security forces.

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Columns of riot police sought to banish crowds of protesters from encroaching on the country’s parliament, while demonstrators ransacked offices of Yanukovych’s political party.

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“Extremists are killing innocents on the streets of the capital, burning buildings and cars,” the statement from the security services said. “Unless the disorder stops, we will have to restore order by all means envisaged by law.”

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The White House asked Yanukovych to “exercise maximum restraint”. But video footage from Kiev showed heavily armed riot police firing Kalashnikovs. Both police and opposition leaders called on women and children to leave the protest camp in Independence Square, known as the Maidan, as riot police began their assault.

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Vitali Klitschko, an opposition leader and former world heavyweight boxing champion, said: “The government has deliberately organised a provocation to clear Independence Square with blood and violence and to destroy the protests and the activists.”

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After late-night talks with Yanukovych on how to end the violence, Klitschko said there had been no resolution. “The government must immediately withdraw troops and put an end to the bloody conflict, because people are dying. I told Yanukovych this. How can we hold talks while blood is being shed?” Yanukovych is due to meet a trio of opposition leaders on Wednesday when he is expected to propose a new prime minister.

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There were reports that riot police were firing smoke and stun grenades. Opposition sources said police snipers were firing on demonstrators from rooftops. According to reports, security services began moving in at 8pm local time after announcing over loudspeakers that they were about to conduct “an anti-terror operation”.

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The foreign ministries of Ukraine and Russia earlier issued what appeared to be co-ordinated statements blaming Europe for fomenting the unrest. It appeared that the Kremlin had a hand in the political machinations behind the eruption and the crackdown. As well as blaming Europe for the rioting, it offered $2bn (£1.2m) to Yanukovych and sought to influence the appointment of the new prime minister.

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“The violent clashes today have to date resulted in deaths by bullets and hundreds of injuries, including seven people in a critical position,” said protesters in a statement.

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“Snipers posted on roofs are targeting the heads and chests of protesters. Ambulances blocked by security forces are not able to provide first aid to the injured,” it continued.

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Protesters, some of them armed with air pistols and petrol bombs, hurled bricks and paving stones at ranks of riot police, who used rubber bullets, smoke and stun grenades. Many of the injuries were said to have been head wounds from being struck by grenades.

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The EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said she was “deeply worried about the grave new escalation”. UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, called for restraint and dialogue, while Washington said it was appalled by the violence and demanded that Yanukovych must “de-escalate the situation”. Nato’s secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, urged “all parties to refrain from violence and to urgently resume dialogue, including through the parliamentary process”.

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While chaos and bloodshed reigned on the streets of central Kiev, there were also scenes of mayhem inside parliament, where opposition leaders sought to inaugurate moves curbing the powers of the president and making Ukraine more of a parliamentary than a presidential system.

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The opposition tried to table a resolution returning the country to its 2004 constitution, which would have given parliament the authority to appoint a new prime minister and cabinet and strip Yanukovych of many of his powers.

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The president’s allies in parliament simply blocked the move, refusing to have the resolution registered. Yanukovych orchestrated changes to the 2004 constitution after taking power in 2010 and vesting most powers in his own office.

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Earlier, several thousand nationalists led by the Svoboda [freedom] party converged on a park near the parliament and tried to move on the legislature, only to be blocked by riot police who also closed down the city centre metro system.

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The flare-up and apparent readiness for a draconian crackdown followed several days of signs that the crisis was ebbing and compromises were being reached.

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Protesters evacuated several buildings they had been occupying for months, including Kiev city hall, which was set ablaze.

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In recent days authorities have released more than 240 people detained during the unrest under an amnesty.

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Last November confrontation was sparked when Yanukovych abruptly ditched years of negotiations with the EU on a political and free trade pact, turning instead to Moscow for $15bn-worth of cheap loans and discounted gas supplies.

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Moscow promptly responded by buying $3bn-worth of Ukrainian bonds, but then stopped lending last month when Yanukovych sacrificed his pro-Kremlin prime minister, Mykola Azarov.

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The offer on Tuesday of a new $2bn loan was seen as tied to Yanukovych making the “right” choice for new prime minister.

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The swiftness of the Russian moves in seeking to outwit the EU in what rapidly snowballed into a contest for influence in Ukraine has exposed the lumbering nature of European diplomacy and policy-making in a crisis in a neighbouring state.

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The opposition leaders and protesters are seeking to unseat Yanukovych and force early presidential elections.

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Vitali Klitschko told parliament Yanukovych should “call snap presidential and parliamentary elections. Do it. It’s the only way to solve the issue.”

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Millions Of Protesters Take To The Streets Of Cairo In Largest Political Event Ever (Video)

Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Protests In Egypt: Largest Political Event In World History – Big Peace

The demonstrations that began Sunday in Cairo, Egypt against the Muslim Brotherhood government of President Mohamed Morsi have attracted “millions” of supporters and many counter-demonstrators as well, making the protest the largest political event in the history of the world, according to the BBC.

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The protests in Tahrir Square and throughout Egypt exceed those that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 in the key event of the Arab Spring. Two years later, after constitutional reforms and elections that saw Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood move to aggrandize their power, the public backlash is immense.

The demonstrations pose a puzzle for President Barack Obama, who was touring South Africa at the other end of the continent when the demonstrations began. In 2011, Obama initially supported Mubarak, then threw his weight behind the protests and reached out to the Muslim Brotherhood on its way to power.

The Obama administration, through Ambassador Anne Patterson, actively discouraged Sunday’s protests, as Breitbart News’ Kerry Picket reported last week. “Egypt needs stability to get its economic house in order, and more violence on the streets will do little more than add new names to the lists of martyrs,” she said.

Delivering an address at the University of Cape Town on Sunday night that was billed as the highlight of his three-nation tour, Obama touted Africa’s movement towards democracy but did not mention the Cairo protests, and downplayed the U.S. intervention in Libya and the chaos that followed in its wake.

The Tahrir Square protests in Cairo bear echoes of recent protests in Turkey, as well as the “Cedar Revolution” that took place in Lebanon in 2005, and the “Green Revolution” of Iran in 2009, when citizens took to the streets to protest economic stagnation, religious oppression, and costly foreign entanglements.

Yet if the Cedar Revolution was partly inspired by the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and the Green Revolution was partly inspired both by Iraq and the end of the Taliban regime in neighboring Afghanistan, the new protests in Cairo and Istanbul seem endogenous, fueled by popular discontent at Islamist rule.

There are counter-demonstrations in Egypt, too, as Muslim Brotherhood activists have been able to mobilize thousands of their own followers in protests of support for Morsi. The Egyptian army, which may hold the balance of power, has yet to intervene–but could do so in an attempt to restore stability.

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Protesters Firebomb And Ransack Muslim Brotherhood HQ In Egypt – The Blaze

Protesters stormed and ransacked the Cairo headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group early Monday, in an attack that could spark more violence as demonstrators gear up for a second day of mass rallies aimed at forcing the Islamist leader from power.

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Organizers of the protests, meanwhile, gave Morsi until 5 p.m. on Tuesday to step down and called on the police and the military to clearly state their support for what the protest movement called the popular will.

Sunday saw millions of Egyptians flood the streets nationwide in a massive outpouring of anger and frustration with the president and the Brotherhood, the Islamist group that propelled Morsi to power. The protests were largely peaceful, although in a sign of the volatility of the country’s divisions, clashes erupted in the evening around the Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters between armed Morsi supporters barricaded inside the building and young protesters pelting it with firebombs and rocks.

After clashes raged overnight, protesters managed to breach the compound’s defenses and storm the six-story building early Monday, carting off furniture, files, rugs, blankets, air conditioning units and portraits of Morsi, according to an Associated Press journalist at the scene. One protester emerged with a pistol and handed it over to a policeman outside.

Footage on local TV networks showed smashed windows, blackened walls and smoke billowing out of the fortified villa in the Muqatam district in eastern Cairo. A fire was still raging on one floor hours after the building was stormed. One protester tore down the Muslim Brotherhood sign from the building’s front wall, while another hoisted Egypt’s red, black and white flag out an upper-story window and waved it in the air in triumph.

Health Ministry spokesman Yehya Moussa told state television that at least 16 people nationwide have been killed in violence related to the protests since Sunday, eight of them at the Brotherhood’s headquarters. A total of 781 people have been injured, he added.

It was not immediately clear whether the Brotherhood supporters holed up inside who had been battling the protesters late Sunday fled the building overnight.

Morsi’s critics view the Brotherhood headquarters as the seat of real power in Egypt, consistently claiming that the Islamist group’s spiritual leader, Mohammed Badie and his powerful deputy, Khairat el-Shater, were the ones actually calling the shots in the country, not the president.

The Brotherhood has in recent weeks fortified the building’s walls in anticipation of the massive opposition protests in which millions took part on Sunday in a display of anger and frustration with the Islamist leader on the anniversary of his inauguration.

On Monday, anti-Morsi protesters were gearing up for a second day of demonstrations.

Some protesters spent the night in dozens of tents pitched in the capital’s central Tahrir Square and in front of the president’s Ittihadiya Palace. They have vowed to stay there until Morsi resigns. The president’s supporters, meanwhile, continued their sit-in in front of a major mosque in another part of Cairo.

The anti-Morsi demonstrators are calling for widespread labor strikes in an attempt to ratchet up the pressure on the president, but it was not immediately clear whether unions would respond to the call. Organizers are also calling for sit-ins at the Cabinet building, interim parliament, and another presidential place where Morsi has been working since late last week.

Sunday’s protests were the largest seen in Egypt in the 2 1/2 years of turmoil since the ouster of autocrat Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

Fears were widespread that the collisions between the two sides could grow more violent in coming days. Morsi made clear through a spokesman that he would not step down and his Islamist supporters vowed not to allow protesters to remove one of their own, brought to office in a vote deemed free and fair.

During the day Sunday, thousands of Islamists massed not far from the presidential palace in support of Morsi, some of them prepared for a fight with makeshift armor, sticks and shields.

The anti-Morsi protesters aimed to show by sheer numbers that the country has irrevocably turned against him, a year to the day after he was inaugurated as Egypt’s first freely elected president. But throughout the day and even up to midnight at the main rallying sites, fears of rampant violence did not materialize.

Instead the mood was largely festive as protesters at giant anti-Morsi rallies in Tahrir and outside the Ittihadiya palace spilled into side streets and across boulevards, waving flags, blowing whistles and chanting.

Fireworks went off overhead. Men and women, some with small children on their shoulders, beat drums, danced and sang, “By hook or by crook, we will bring Morsi down.” Residents in nearby homes showered water on marchers below – some carrying tents in preparation to camp outside the palace – to cool them in the summer heat, and blew whistles and waved flags in support.

“Mubarak took only 18 days although he had behind him the security, intelligence and a large sector of Egyptians,” said Amr Tawfeeq, an oil company employee marching toward Ittihadiya with a Christian friend. Morsi “won’t take long. We want him out and we are ready to pay the price.”

The massive outpouring against Morsi raises the question of what comes next. Protesters have vowed to stay on the streets until he steps down. The president, in turn, appears to be hoping protests wane.

For weeks, Morsi’s supporters have depicted the planned protest as a plot by Mubarak loyalists. But their claims were undermined by the extent of Sunday’s rallies. In Cairo and a string of cities in the Nile Delta and on the Mediterranean coast, the protests topped even the biggest protests of the 2011′s 18-day uprising, including the day Mubarak quit, Feb. 11, when giant crowds marched on Ittihadiya.

It is unclear now whether the opposition, which for months has demanded Morsi form a national unity government, would now accept any concessions short of his removal. The anticipated deadlock raises the question of whether the army, already deployed on the outskirts of cities, will intervene. Protesters believe the military would throw its weight behind them, tipping the balance against Morsi.

The country’s police, meanwhile, were hardly to be seen Sunday. In the lead-up to Sunday, some officers angrily told their commanders they would not protect the Brotherhood from protesters, complaining that police are always caught in the middle, according to video of the meeting released online.

“If the Brothers think that we will give up and leave, they are mistaken,” said lawyer Hossam Muhareb as he sat with a friend on a sidewalk near the presidential palace. “They will give up and leave after seeing our numbers.”

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Armed Forces Gives 48-Hour Ultimatum Until Take-Over – Egypt Independent

The Egyptian army threatened Monday to take over power if political forces failed to reach consensus over the future of the country.

A spokesperson for the General Command of the Armed Forces, speaking in an audio statement broadcast by state television, gave all political groups in Egypt a 48-hour grace period to respond to the demands of the people.

The army reiterated its “call that the demands of the people be met and gives [all parties] 48 hours, as a last chance, to take responsibility for the historic circumstances the country is going through,” the statement, read out on television, said.

“If the demands of the people are not met in this period…[the army] will announce a future roadmap and measures to oversee its implementation.”

The statement praised Sunday’s protests against the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsy.

On June 23, Defence Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that the moral responsibility of the army towards the people compels it to intervene and prevent the country from sliding into a dark tunnel of conflict, internal strife, criminality and treason.

This responsibility demanded the army save Egypt from the possibility of becoming a failed state.

He has also called on all political forces to reach a formula of understanding and genuine reconciliation to protect Egypt and its people.

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Government Forces Open Fire On Protesters In Syria’s Third-Largest City, Homs

Government Forces Open Fire On Protesters In Syria’s Third-Largest City, Homs – Christian Science Monitor

Syrian security forces fired tear gas and live bullets on a crowd of thousands of protesters in the central square of Homs late Monday night, just hours after the Syrian Interior Ministry said the protests of the last few weeks are the equivalent of an “armed insurrection,” Al Jazeera reported.

Homs, Syria’s third-largest city, was shut down by the Army and surrounded by three rings of checkpoints before security forces opened fire on the demonstration at about 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday. A Syrian rights activist told Al Jazeera that there were 10,000 people in the city square at the time. In recent days, Homs has been the site of some of the country’s largest protests.

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The New York Times reports that the “renewed protests amounted to a rejection of concessions outlined by President Bashar al-Assad in a televised address Saturday, notably lifting the country’s 48-year-old state of emergency by the end of this week.”

The number of casualties from the overnight attack is so far unclear, and may remain uncertain because many of the protesters are afraid to go to local hospitals, where they worry Syrian security forces could be waiting, according to Al Jazeera.

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Designating the protests as an “armed insurrection” is a step up from last week, when the Syrian government placed the blame for the protests on “foreign saboteurs” and said its use of force against demonstrations was justified because “there is no more room for leniency or tolerance in enforcing law, preserving security of country and citizens, and protecting general order,” The Christian Science Monitor reported.

That was the government’s first public acknowledgment that it was intentionally using force against the protesters. SANA, reporting on the Interior Ministry statement, wrote that “the Ministry said it will not be lenient with such terrorist acts and it will work strictly to enhance security and stability all over Syria and pursue terrorists everywhere to bring them to justice.”

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“Some of these groups have called for armed insurrection under the motto of jihad to set up a Salafist state,” the ministry statement read, referring to the Salafi movement of ultraconservative Sunni Islam, according to Al Jazeera’s translation. “What they did is an ugly crime severely punished by law. Their objective is to spread terror across Syria.”

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According to the Associated Press, the Homs protesters said they would not leave the protest camp they set up in the city square until President Assad stepped down. Their demand, which may be the first for Assad’s removal, is a “brazen escalation” – previously the protesters’ demands were limited to political reforms, such as the lifting of the country’s state of emergency.

Assad has been in power for a decade. He followed his father Hafez al-Assad, who ruled the country for almost 30 years. While his policies have been sometimes unpopular, the younger Assad has been able to maintain popular support by portraying his strong-armed policies and rule as essential to holding together the country, which has significant sectarian divides.

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First Brazil, Now Chile. So Much For Obama ‘The Uniter’

Anti-U.S. Protests In Chile Ahead Of Obama Visit – Emirates 24/7

Two demonstrations were held in Chile Sunday protesting the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama and rejecting a recently signed U.S.-Chilean nuclear agreement.

Some 2,000 people marched in downtown Santiago against Obama’s visit on Monday in an event organized by the environmental group Greenpeace. The protesters were angry that Chile signed a nuclear energy agreement on Friday with the United States despite Japan’s huge atomic crisis.

Like Japan, Chile lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped region that is prone to severe earthquakes. Just last year Chile suffered its own monster 8.8 quake and accompanying tsunami which killed more than 500 people.

Opposition lawmakers and environmentalists say the atomic agreement is too risky for a country with such dramatic seismic activity.

“Nuclear energy is energy of death,” read one sign. “Neither invasion of Libya nor nuclear energy” read another.

Chile, a net energy importer, has two small experimental nuclear reactors, used for medicinal and technological applications. It has a formal commitment not to make any decision in the next 10 years about building a nuclear plant.

Some 300 people, including influential union leaders and members of Chile’s Communist Party, earlier marched in the downtown Plaza de Armas carrying banners that read “Obama Persona No Grata” and “Gringos Go Home.”

“This demonstration is to reject Barack Obama’s militaristic policies,” protest organizer Ricardo Sole told AFP.

Obama is scheduled to arrive Monday from Brazil, meet with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and deliver a speech to the region.

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Caught On Video: Police In Bahrain Open Fire On Protesters, 800 Wounded

Caught On Video: Police In Bahrain Open Fire On Protesters, 800 Wounded – The Blaze

Hundreds of people were injured in violent clashes Sunday between protesters and armed civilians backed by police in this small island nation.

The latest violence came after a month of protests led by the Shiite majority to demand sweeping political reforms and possibly the ouster of the nation’s Western-allied Sunni monarchy.

The government’s Ministry of Interior said in a statement that protest camp tents from near the harbor were “removed.”

The statement said attempts by uniformed police officers to persuade the protesters to re-open a road reached an impasse and that a group of protesters attacked unarmed police officers.

Police then sought to disperse approximately 350 protesters by using tear gas in order to clear the road, the statement said.

Sayed Hadi Almoosawi, a leader of the Alwefaq opposition group, said police and anti-riot squads stationed near the harbor also fired rubber bullets.

Clashes also were reported at the University of Bahrain in Sakheer South Bahrain. The school then announced it will stop lectures in the campus until further notice.

In all, more than 800 people were injured, four of them critically, said Ahmad Alumran of Salmaniya hospital.

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Daily Benefactor News – Pro And Anti-Mubarak Protesters Clash In Cairo

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Pro And Anti-Mubarak Protesters Clash In Cairo – The Blaze

Several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, including some riding horses and camels and wielding whips, attacked anti-government protesters Wednesday as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn. In chaotic scenes, the two sides pelted each other with stones, and protesters dragged attackers off their horses.

The turmoil was the first significant violence between supporters of the two camps in more than a week of anti-government protests. It erupted after Mubarak went on national television the night before and rejected demands he step down immediately and said he would serve out the remaining seven months of his term.

Wednesday morning, a military spokesman appeared on state TV Wednesday and asked the protesters to disperse so life in Egypt could get back to normal. The announcement could mark a major turn in the attitude of the army, which for the past two days has allowed protests to swell, reaching their largest size yet on Tuesday when a quarter-million peace packed into Cairo’s central Tahrir Square.

Nearly 10,000 protesters massed again in Tahrir on Wednesday morning, rejecting Mubarak’s speech as too little too late and renewed their demands he leave immediately.

In the early afternoon Wednesday, an Associated Press reporter saw around 3,000 Mubarak supporters break through a human chain of anti-government protesters trying to defend thousands gathered in Tahrir.

Chaos erupted as they tore down banners denouncing the president. Fistfights broke out as they advanced across the massive square in the heart of the capital. The anti-government protesters grabbed Mubarak posters from the hands of the supporters and ripped them.

The two sides began hurling stones and bottles and sticks at each other, chasing each other as the protesters’ human chains moved back to try to shield the larger mass of demonstrators at the plaza’s center.

At one point, a small contingent of pro-Mubarak forces on horseback and camels rushed into the anti-Mubarak crowds, swinging whips and sticks to beat people. Protesters retaliated, dragging some from their mounts, throwing them to the ground and beating their faces bloody.

Protesters were seen running with their shirts or faces bloodied, some men and women in the crowd were weeping. A scent of tear gas wafted over the area, but it was not clear who had fired it.

The army troops who have been guarding the square had been keeping the two sides apart earlier in the day, but when the clashes erupted they did not intervene. Most took shelter behind or inside the armored vehicles and tanks stationed at the entrances to Tahrir.

Fox News has reporters on the ground, as well as analysts, who believe it’s a strong possibility Mubarak and his underlings are the ones arranging the pro-government, pro-Mubarak protests.

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Judge Disses Dems’ ‘Alice In Wonderland’ Health Defense – Politico

A federal judge in Florida on Thursday said he will allow some of the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care law to proceed – and criticized Democrats for making an “Alice in Wonderland” argument to defend the law.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson allowed two major counts to proceed: the states’ challenge to the controversial requirement that nearly all Americans buy insurance and a required expansion of the Medicaid program.

In his ruling, Vinson criticized Democrats for seeking to have it both ways when it comes to defending the mandate to buy insurance. During the legislative debate, Republicans chastised the proposal as a new tax on the middle class. Obama defended the payment as a penalty and not a tax, but the Justice Department has argued that legally, it’s a tax.

“Congress should not be permitted to secure and cast politically difficult votes on controversial legislation by deliberately calling something one thing, after which the defenders of that legislation take an “Alice-in-Wonderland” tack and argue in court that Congress really meant something else entirely, thereby circumventing the safeguard that exists to keep their broad power in check,” he wrote.

Vinson ruled that it’s a penalty, not a tax, and must be defended under the Commerce Clause and not Congress’s taxing authority.

A Dec. 16 trial date is planned in the lawsuit, brought by 20 state attorneys general and governors. Many legal experts expect it to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Just last week, a Michigan judge struck down a similar challenge to the reform law, arguing that Congress was well within its constitutional authority when it crafted the law. There are several lawsuits against the health law that are working their way through the court system, but the attorney general suit is the highest-profile challenge.

Vinson dismissed three of the states’ challenges, including complaints that the law interferes with state sovereignty as to whether employers must offer insurance; that the law coerces states into setting up insurance exchanges; that the individual mandate violates the states’ due process rights.

The states argued in September that the law violates the Constitution by requiring an expansion of the Medicaid program that’s funded in part by the states and for penalizing people for not purchasing health insurance.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, a Republican who lost the state’s gubernatorial primary this summer, filed the suit minutes after President Barack Obama signed the health care bill into law in March.

The Obama administration argued that the states and the National Federation of Independent Business, the small business lobby that joined the suit, don’t have standing to bring the lawsuit. They said that only individual taxpayers do.

The White House downplayed the ruling Thursday.

“Having failed in the legislative arena, opponents of reform are now turning to the courts in an attempt to overturn the work of the democratically elected branches of government,” Stephanie Cutter, an assistant to the president for special projects, wrote on the White House blog. “This is nothing new. We saw this with the Social Security Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act – constitutional challenges were brought to all three of these monumental pieces of legislation, and all of those challenges failed. So too will the challenge to health reform.”

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First Lady Breaks Law By Campaigning In Polling Place – Drudge Report

First lady Michelle Obama appears to have violated Illinois law – when she engaged in political discussion at a polling place.

The drama began after Mrs. Obama stopped off at the Martin Luther King Center on the south side of Chicago to cast an early vote. After finishing at the machine, Obama went back to the desk and handed in her voting key. She let voters take some photos.

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Baby Snatched For Dad’s Politics Back With Parents – WorldNetDaily

A tiny baby girl snatched from her parents’ custody a week ago when her father was accused of being an “Oath Keeper” was returned to her parents on Thursday.

According to WorldNetDaily sources close to the case, the accusations against the father, Johnathon Irish, whose fiancée, Stephanie Taylor, is the mother of Cheyenne, have been dropped.

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Soldier Says He Was Ordered To Delete Fort Hood Videos – Kansas City Star

A soldier who recorded the terror of last year’s deadly shooting rampage in Fort Hood using his cell phone was ordered by an officer to delete both videos, a military court heard Friday.

Pfc. Lance Aviles told an Article 32 hearing that his noncommissioned officer ordered him to destroy the two videos on Nov. 5, the same day that a gunman unleashed a volley of bullets at the Texas Army post.

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Breakthrough For World’s Longest Rail Tunnel – Financial Times

The world’s longest tunnel made a decisive breakthrough on Friday when a boring machine crushed the remaining short distance between the north and south ends of the easterly shaft of the Gotthard rail tunnel under the Swiss Alps.

At 57km, the tunnel eclipses other links, such as the Channel tunnel between Britain and France, opened two years ago.

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GM Recalls 300,000 Impalas Over Seat Belt Problem – NewsMeat

General Motors said Friday it was recalling more than 300,000 Chevrolet Impala sedans because the seat belts may fail to restrain people in the front seats during a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website that the front-seat belt webbing may not be secured properly to a lap belt anchor on the side of the seat near the doors.

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Obamacare Mandates Result In 47 Percent Hikes In Insurance Costs In Connecticut – Washington Examiner

The state’s largest insurer has been approved to raise health premium rates by 41 percent to 47 percent for some of its policies sold to individual buyers, in the largest price hikes yet seen in Connecticut since the adoption of national health care reform.

For all of its individual market plans, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has received approval to raise rates by at least 19 percent.

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China Shuts Down 1,600 Illegal Coal Mines – ABC News

China has shut down more than 1,600 small, illegal coal mines this year as part of an effort to improve safety standards in a mining industry that is the most dangerous in the world.

The state-backed People’s Daily newspaper reported Thursday that 1,611 small mines across China with outdated facilities were closed this year, citing the National Energy Bureau.

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Military Ballots May Not Count In Illinois – WLS

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether the state of Illinois missed the deadline for mailing absentee ballots to members of the military and other overseas American voters.

Cris Cray, Director of Legislation at the Illinois State Board of Elections, says not all of Illinois’ 110 jurisdictions were compliant with the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act.

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Authorities Uncover $163 Million Medicare Scam – New American

U.S. authorities have announced the biggest fraudulent enterprise in Medicare history. A group of Armenian gangsters set up “phantom” healthcare clinics, as well as a variety of other measures, with the intent to cheat Medicare out of $163 million.

Thus far, 73 associates have been indicted, 53 have been arrested, and seven suspects remain on the run.

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Jobless Claims, Inflation, Trade Deficit Each Surge Higher – CNBC

Unemployment claims rose last week, hardening the view the central bank will pump more money into the economy, and keeping pressure on Democrats poised to lose congressional seats in November.

At the same time, record0-high imports from China helped push the U.S. trade deficit wider in August, while rising food and energy prices pushed inflation at the wholesale level up.

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Riot Police, Protesters Clash At Acropolis – Yahoo News

Riot police clashed with protesting Culture Ministry workers barricading the ancient Acropolis on Thursday, using tear gas to clear the entrance to Greece’s most famous landmark.

But the monument remained closed for the rest of the day as guards there launched a strike in solidarity with the evicted protesters. Protest organizers said they would gather again at the Acropolis early Friday.

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Republicans Plan January Takedowns Of Obama’s Czars – Daily Caller

Republicans will have President Barack Obama’s czars and his use of regulatory powers to circumvent congressional inaction in GOP crosshairs if the party takes control in January.

Obama has named more than 30 czars without Senate confirmation and congressional oversight, and together they hold power over everything from the environment and bank bailouts to the auto industry.

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French Students Up Protests Over Retirement Reform – Associated Press

French students blockaded more high schools and universities Thursday, as the third straight day of nationwide strikes over the government’s retirement reforms snarled train travel and sent a renewed challenge to President Nicolas Sarkozy.

France’s BFM TV showed groups of students toppling trash cans in southeast France and erecting barricades in the middle of a Paris avenue.

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Jerry Brown Flashback: ‘We Need More Welfare And Fewer Jobs’ – Fox News

For a guy known to hold some pretty strange views, this might be the most bizarre perspective on welfare policy I have ever seen. Here is Jerry Brown from his Pacifica Radio show in 1995:

“The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program and we need to cut welfare. Just the opposite! We need more welfare and fewer jobs. Jobs for every American is doomed to failure.”

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Ethics Complaint To Be Filed On Harry Reid – Red White Blue News

The 527 Harry Reid Votes will file an ethics complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada as early as this Friday.

The complaint alleges that Reid violated “the Senate rules of conduct by accepting certain contributions from the top executives of a federal government contractor,” according to a draft of the letter to be sent to the Select Committee on Ethics.

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Teen Crashes Into License Center After Passing Driving Test – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A teenager who just passed his driving test crashed into a state driver license center in western Pennsylvania.

The accident happened Wednesday afternoon as the teen was trying to leave the parking lot of a driver license center in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bridgeville. Officials said at least three people were injured, but their injuries were not considered serious.

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Oregon Company Rents Landscape Goats To Weed Lot – CBS News

About 50 goats were hired for an unusual job in Oregon, but one they obviously were born to do: lawn mowing. The animals were brought in to clear weeds from a two-acre lot in southeast Portland, drawing hundreds of onlookers.

The idea came from Brett Milligan, whose Portland landscape company was hired to tend the lot. Milligan liked the idea of avoiding gas-powered mowers.

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Man Builds 70MPH Mobility Scooter – Orange News

A Lincolsnire plumber has built the fastest mobility scooter in the world – which whizzes along at an incredible 69mph. Colin Furze, 31, spent nearly three months converting the machine which has a 125cc motorbike engine under the seat, five gears and twin exhausts.

The petrol-powered super scooter can almost reach the national speed limit and keep up with cars on the motorway.

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Prostitutes Jailed For Calling Police On John Who Refused To Pay – Weekly Vice

Megan C. Taylor, 20, and Donna Toure, 34, two Cincinnati area prostitutes were jailed Monday after a customer refused to pay one of the women, and she reported him to the police.

According to Cincinnati police, officers were called to a Camp Washington hotel on a report that hostages were being held at gunpoint, and they needed help fast. When officers arrived, they found no hostages.

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