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Ukraine’s Truce Collapses, Turns Into More Violence…. And Other News

Before and After Independence Square Ukraine Truce

So much for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s “truce”…

Hours after the Ukrainian government announced a truce between police and anti-government protesters, Kiev broke out into a ball of violence. Since the truce announcement at least 20 protesters have died in gunfire that opened in Kiev’s Independence Square – in addition to one police officer. That makes almost 100 deaths since Tuesday – yikes. Meanwhile, the international community is not impressed. The European Union has agreed to impose sanctions on Ukrainian officials “responsible for violence and excessive force”. And in case asset freezes and visa bans don’t scare Ukraine into co-operating, maybe a stern message from President Obama will (but probably not). Appalled at the video of security forces firing automatic weapons at protesters, Obama called on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to immediately withdraw security forces from the streets of Kiev. So far, no response. BBC News

WhatsApp, Facebook?Facebook just bought an app worth 19 Instagrams. The social network paid $19 billion (19 times what they paid for Instagram two years ago) to acquire WhatsApp, the app you get someone you know switches to the iPhone while you’re still stuck with a disgruntled Blackberry. While not super popular in North America yet, the real-time instant messaging application has over 450 million monthly users – mainly in Brazil, South Africa, and Australia. “WhatsApp will complement our existing chat and messaging services to provide new tools for our community,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. “Since WhatsApp and (Facebook) Messenger serve such different and important users, we will continue investing in both.” AKA Facebook is desperate to boost its popularity among the younger markets, who no longer think Facebook is cool. Reuters

Obama PicDear art history majors, you will be forever unemployed but at least you got an apology from the president. After making “off-the-cuff” remarks mocking art history degrees, President Obama sent a letter of apology to University of Texas at Austin Prof. Anne Collins Johns, who was offended by his statement. The remarks were made at a speech last month at a General Electric plant in Milwaukee. Obama told the crowd that “folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art-history degree.” Then, realizing his possibly offensive statement, the president quickly added, “Now, nothing wrong with an art history degree – I love art history. So I don’t want to get a bunch of emails from everybody.” Apparently Prof. Anne Collins Johns didn’t catch that last part of the speech and wrote an angry message via the White House website. The president then sent a personal apology note to the university professor saying “Let me apologize. I was making a point about the jobs market, not the value of art history.” End of story, right? Wrong. Because Obama can’t do ANYTHING right in the Republicans’ eyes, Marco Rubio tweeted out this message: “Pathetic Obama apology to art history prof. We do need more degrees that lead to #jobs”. Telegraph

Hot Choc ExplosionHot chocolate explosion!! 30 students at Northside College Prep High School in Illinois were standing around making some sweet hot chocolate when suddenly there was a “a big explosion.” Turns out the gas from a single burner stove somehow ignited improperly, ruining the hot chocolate making experience that is essential to every high schooler’s education. “I was walking around to see what other groups were making,” said Mia Devura, 16. “I turn around and it’s this huge fire that’s up to the ceiling.” The students were evacuated and the ones with serious burns were sent to a nearby hospital. While there were no deaths, the students will never look at hot chocolate the same way again. Chicago Tribune

Pot MoneyLegalized pot (or legalized retard pills as Ann Coulter calls it) is a definite money-maker. Along with its residents, Coloardo and Washington state’s economies are getting high off of marijuana’s recent legalization. Colorado expects to take in more than $133 million from taxes on weed-related sales next fiscal year, well exceeding expectations of $70 million. But what will they spend their newfound wealth on? Colorado Governor John “Buzzkill” Hickenlooper is proposing a large chunk of the extra revenue be used for programs like preventing the underage consumption of marijuana and substance abuse treatment. Huh. Was he high when he came up with that idea? Time

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Viktor Yanukovych’s Sick Day

Current Event Cat - Sick Day Viktor Yanukovych

While his country teeters on the brink of civil war, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has decided to deal with it by calling in sick. When times get tough, stay in bed!

Yanukovych’s his deputy health chief says his sick leave is “in connection with an acute respiratory disease accompanied by high fever.” Well, I’ll need to see a thermometer before I can determine if he’s faking it to get out of school/civil unrest.

Some opposition figures are also calling bullsh*t on Yanukovych’s reported illness, arguing that he’s just trying to buy time and remove himself from the conflict.

“This smacks of a diplomatic illness,” Rostislav Pavlenko, a member of boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko‘s Udar (Punch) party said.

“It allows Yanukovych not to sign laws, not to meet the opposition, absent himself from decisions to solve the political crisis.”

The sick leave statement was issued in Ukrainian on the presidential website following weeks of violent anti-government protests in Kiev and a series of government concessions that appear to have gone nowhere.

Just a day before Yanukovych called in sick, he forced the Ukrainian parliament to pass a conditional amnesty for 100 imprisoned protesters, despite demands from the opposition that the amnesty be unconditional. And earlier in the week Yanukovych accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his cabinet and annulled a recently enacted law restricting protests, hoping this would appease the protesters and end the unrest. Nope. They’re not happy yet – not until Yanukovych himself is out of power.

All out of ideas (short of stepping down), Yanukovych decided that the best way to deal with the crisis was to just stay in bed with a cup of hot cocoa and wait for everything to resolve itself.

Via: BBC News

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Ukrainian Protesters Make Progess: One Prime Minister Down, One President to Go

Ukraine President Yet to Resign

Perhaps Pope Francis’ doves of peace did help the situation in Ukraine?  Two new developments in Ukraine: Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has offered to resign in an effort to appease the protesters and President Viktor Yanukovich has agreed to repeal some of the anti-protest laws that have fueled the latest round of unrest.

The back-to-back moves were aimed at defusing Ukraine’s political crisis, but will the concessions be enough to quell the protesters who have been fighting non-stop with the police for the last 10 days? Meh. The protesters want more.

While the departure of the unpopular Mykola Azarov (who can’t even speak Ukranian) is welcomed, the opposition is holding off on naming his replacement, hoping for further concessions. Demonstrators are calling for amnesty for detained protestors, President Yanukovich’s resignation, and new elections (not corrupt ones…) In fact, the latest government concessions may only be encouraging the protesters.

“The authorities are afraid and making concessions. We should use this moment and continue our fight to achieve a change of power in Ukraine,” said 23-year-old demonstrator Oleg Rudakov.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure they won’t be satisfied until President Yanukovich is dead or out of power. Whichever one comes first.

Via: CBC News

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