US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest

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Desmond Butler, Jack Gillum, and Alberto Arce for the AP:

In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government.

McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors had come in from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Washington and Denver. Their mission: to launch a messaging network that could reach hundreds of thousands of Cubans.

Yup, we’re still doing stuff like this.

This is an AP feature report with tons of details by the way, you should definitely read this one.

Apparently we will never learn our lesson about interfering in things that are none of our business. It’s no wonder the world sees us as the real terrorists and the main threat to world peace.

BREAKING: CNN: Singer Chris Brown has been booted from court-ordered drug rehab & taken into custody by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies @vplus

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Brown violated his probation for his assault on singer Rihanna by, you probably guessed it, assaulting someone else.

He goes back to jail immediately.

Not even surprised.  Sad - but not surprised.

BREAKING: Federal Judge strikes down Arkansas' abortion ban

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has struck down Arkansas’ attempt to ban most abortions beginning 12 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy, saying viability, not a heartbeat, remains the key factor in determining whether abortions should be allowed.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright last year had stopped enforcement of the law. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed it over Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe’s objections. The judge made her decision final Friday.
Wright said the 12-week ban undermined U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have said a fetus’ ability to live outside the womb should be the controlling factor on whether abortions may occur.
She left in place a portion of the law that requires doctors to check for a fetal heartbeat and to notify the pregnant woman if one is present.

Thanks to cognitivedissonance for letting me know about this update on Facebook.

NY DAILY NEWS: J.P. Morgan to raise James Dimon's pay to $20 million

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The rich getting richer while the fucked-over continue to get, well, fucked over.

BREAKING: One student shot at South Carolina State university. Authorities have confirmed they have already identified the shooter. #9News

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Russian Suicide Bombers Threaten Sochi Attack In Video

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Two young men who took the blame for the recent string of bombing attacks in the Russian city of Volgograd also threatened to leave a “present” at next month’s Olympic Games in a video released today.

“We’ve prepared a present for you and all tourists who’ll come over,” they said in the video, which CNN reports was posted on a well-known Jihadi forum. “If you will hold the Olympics, you’ll get a present from us for the Muslim blood that’s been spilled.”

The men, who are believed to have carried out the Volgograd attacks, are dressed in black and standing in front of a black banner with a religious verse that has been associated with al Qaeda-linked extremists.

The threat was released the same day that an interview with President Vladimir Putin was broadcast, in which he promises to keep Olympic visitors safe.

“We will try to make certain that the security measures are not intrusive or too conspicuous, so they are not too noticeable for the athletes, the Olympics’ guests or journalists,” Putin said. “But at the same time, we will do our utmost to ensure that they are effective.”

More than 30 people were killed in last month’s back-to-back bombings, which took place in a train station and on a trolleybus.

Protest Against "Dictatorship" In Ukraine Turns Violent

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Hundreds of Ukrainian anti-government protesters enraged by repressive new laws fought pitched battles with riot police in sub-zero temperatures Sunday amid flaming buses and billowing clouds of tear gas.

Gleb Garanich / Reuters

Clad in helmets and gas masks, wielding sticks and shields, and chanting “Re-vo-lu-tion!,” protesters in Kiev, the capital, rushed a police bus blocking their way to parliament and set it on fire with Molotov cocktails, local media reported.

Earlier, up to 100,000 people gathered on Independence Square, the Maidan, for a weekly protest against President Viktor Yanukovych. Ukrainians have gathered at the Maidan for two months since Yanukovych backed out of a deal with the EU in November.

Earlier, up to 100,000 people gathered on Independence Square, the Maidan, for a weekly protest against President Viktor Yanukovych. Ukrainians have gathered at the Maidan for two months since Yanukovych backed out of a deal with the EU in November.

Via Twitter: @EvgenyFeldman

Protesters are furious over a rash of new laws passed Thursday that essentially ban all forms of public protest in the country. Western governments have roundly condemned the laws, which the opposition has called a “coup d’état.”

Protesters are furious over a rash of new laws passed Thursday that essentially ban all forms of public protest in the country. Western governments have roundly condemned the laws, which the opposition has called a "coup d'état."

Via chesno.org

Some protesters wore pots on their heads in defiance of one of the new laws, which makes it illegal to wear a helmet at a protest.

Some protesters wore pots on their heads in defiance of one of the new laws, which makes it illegal to wear a helmet at a protest.

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Protesters were also growing impatient with the leaders of Ukraine’s three main opposition parties, who have failed to form a coherent plan of action. Crowds chanted “Give us a leader!” during the rally.

Protesters were also growing impatient with the leaders of Ukraine's three main opposition parties, who have failed to form a coherent plan of action. Crowds chanted "Give us a leader!" during the rally.

Via Twitter: @Ukroblogger

Journalist Tatiana Chornovol, who nearly died when several men stopped her car and viciously beat her in December, made her first public appearance since leaving the hospital. Chornovol accuses Yanukovych of ordering the attack on her, which he denies.

Journalist Tatiana Chornovol, who nearly died when several men stopped her car and viciously beat her in December, made her first public appearance since leaving the hospital. Chornovol accuses Yanukovych of ordering the attack on her, which he denies.

Via Kyiv Post

Chornovol later claimed to have discovered that Yanukovych is building a new luxury residence for himself. Protesters are furious over what they say is staggering, wholesale corruption involving Yanukovych and his family.

Chornovol later claimed to have discovered that Yanukovych is building a new luxury residence for himself. Protesters are furious over what they say is staggering, wholesale corruption involving Yanukovych and his family.

Via Twitter: @MaximEristavi

Tens of thousands of people then moved towards parliament after the rally and attacked police blocking their way down Grushevskogo Street.

Tens of thousands of people then moved towards parliament after the rally and attacked police blocking their way down Grushevskogo Street.

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Some of them threw flares and Molotov cocktails.

Some of them threw flares and Molotov cocktails.

Via Twitter: @EvgenyFeldman

Others chanted “Ukraine over all!” and wielded equipment with white supremacist slogans. “14/88” is a popular neo-Nazi term.

Others chanted "Ukraine over all!" and wielded equipment with white supremacist slogans. "14/88" is a popular neo-Nazi term .

Gleb Garanich / Reuters

Vitaly Klitschko, a former heavyweight boxing champion and the most popular opposition leader, tried to calm down protesters, but one of them attacked him with a fire extinguisher.

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Rioting soon ensued.

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Protesters set several police buses on fire.

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One of them burned to a crisp.

One of them burned to a crisp.

Gleb Garanich / Reuters

Several riot policemen were driven away from their phalanxes and beaten by protesters. At least one of them was taken captive, police said.

Several riot policemen were driven away from their phalanxes and beaten by protesters. At least one of them was taken captive, police said.

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Police responded with a shower of sound and gas grenades.

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They also deployed a water cannon in temperatures as cold as -8 Celsius. Using a water cannon in temperatures below freezing is illegal in Ukraine.

They also deployed a water cannon in temperatures as cold as -8 Celsius. Using a water cannon in temperatures below freezing is illegal in Ukraine.

Via Valery Kalnysh / Facebook

Later in the evening, they fired rubber bullets, according to a reporter for the Kyiv Post, the local English-language newspaper.

Confirmed by medical staff at scene: Rubber bullets used on protesters. Number of resulting injuries unknown at this point. #ukraine

At times the riot looked more like a medieval battle.

At times the riot looked more like a medieval battle.

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“You’re fighting a war against your own people,” Klitschko said in a video appeal to Yanukovych. Klitschko later went to Yanukovych’s palatial country residence to negotiate an end to the conflict.

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This man threw rocks at police.

This man threw rocks at police.

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It didn’t end well.

It didn't end well.

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Some police walled themselves in like Roman soldiers to stay safe. At least 70 riot police were injured, according to the interior ministry.

Some police walled themselves in like Roman soldiers to stay safe. At least 70 riot police were injured, according to the interior ministry.

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Western officials called for an end to the violence. Ukrainians, however, are furious with foreign governments for professing moral support but doing little to back it up.

Following with concern reports of violent clashes in #Ukraine. Violence is not the answer

The European Union said earlier this week that it was not considering Ukrainian officials involved in earlier outbreaks of violence.

Open democracy and reconciliation only way forward for Ukraine. Repression and violence will sink the country.

The State Department said earlier this week that “all options are on the table” if the situation deteriorates, including sanctions.

Opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk said Yanukovych called him late Sunday and offered to begin negotiations to end the crisis starting the next day.

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But that didn’t seem to have any effect on the rioters. As midnight approached, nearly everything in the square by the Dynamo stadium was ablaze.

But that didn't seem to have any effect on the rioters. As midnight approached, nearly everything in the square by the Dynamo stadium was ablaze.

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Police opened a criminal investigation under a new law against “mass rioting,” which carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. That didn’t seem to deter protesters either.

Police opened a criminal investigation under a new law against "mass rioting," which carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. That didn't seem to deter protesters either.

Via Twitter: @ukrpravda_news

“War’s finally started,” opposition lawmaker Olesya Orobets wrote on Facebook. “Laws don’t apply anymore.”

"War's finally started," opposition lawmaker Olesya Orobets wrote on Facebook. "Laws don't apply anymore."

Gleb Garanich / Reuters

How long before we start seeing this in America? How many millions will need to starve to death, become homeless, lose their jobs and everything else before this happens here?

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Second woman charged after 2 children killed during attempted exorcism

A second Maryland woman has been charged with murder in connection with the Friday stabbing deaths of two children during an exorcism attempt, authorities said.

Two children died of multiple stab wounds and two others are hospitalized with undisclosed injuries, police said.

Monifa Denise Sanford, 21, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder, Montgomery County Police said.

Earlier, authorities announced that the children’s mother, Zakieya L. Avery, 28, also faces the same charges. Police said Saturday that Avery stabbed two of her children to death and wounded two others while attempting an exorcism.

Sanford was briefly hospitalized after the incident and was charged after she was released. Police believe she is not related to the family, but lived at the same residence in Germantown.

Norell Harris, 1, and his sister, Zyana Harris, 2, suffered fatal stab wounds while their siblings, who are 5 and 8, were hospitalized, authorities said.

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