I’m gonna smash that mug and it’s gonna feel great.
I gotta get outta here.
Protests and talks widen rifts in Venezuela opposition
As violent protests in Venezuela alienate moderates in the opposition and show no signs of toppling President Nicolas Maduro, the socialist leader’s call for talks is deepening divisions between his rivals.
The country’s worst civil unrest in a decade has killed at least 20 people, including supporters of both sides and members of the security forces, since early last month.
Day after day, thousands of opposition supporters march peacefully in cities around the nation, demanding political change and an end to high inflation, shortages of basic foods in stores, and one of the highest murder rates in the world.
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Reports: Armed men take over Ukrainian air base
Armed men reportedly entered the base and took control, but no shots were fired.
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The new sentence is three times as long as the one she received in 2012.
Florida State Attorney Angela Corey deserves to be driven out of office. This is the same woman who failed to convict George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn.
Protesters have repeatedly painted a WWII Soviet monument in Bulgaria to voice anti-Russian sentiments.
A woman poses for a picture with figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of a Soviet Army monument, parts of which have been painted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag by an unknown person, in Sofia, Bulgaria, February 23, 2014. The Ukrainian flag and the statement “Glory to Ukraine!” was painted on the monument overnight in what appears to be a gesture of support for Ukrainian protesters. REUTERS/Pierre Marsaut
President Hamid Karzai’s government has let down Afghan women, according to the new EU ambassador to Kabul, who singled out the failure to end prosecution of rape victims and other abused women for “moral crimes” as a particular “disgrace”.
Franz-Michael Mellbin said that despite huge practical improvements in areas from maternal mortality to the number of girls in schools, Afghanistan was still one of the worst places to be a woman and a frontline in the global battle for women’s rights. Read more
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The Senate shot down legislation to remove the prosecution of rape from the military chain of command, delivering a stinging defeat for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who has built significant support for the idea in recent months.
The Democratic-led chamber narrowly voted down the proposal, which received 55 votes in favor and 45 against, falling short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster on Thursday.
The Military Justice Improvement Act has been a flashpoint in the super-charged debate about how to stem the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. It would have set up an independent prosecutor’s office to deal with rape and other serious crimes that aren’t unique to the military.
Congress has already voted to revamp the military’s legal system by ending the statute of limitations on assault and rape cases, making it a crime to retaliate against victims who report assaults and requiring the dishonorable discharge or dismissal of anyone convicted of sexual assault or rape.
The is incredibly important considering that 62 percent of victims who reported sexual assault experienced retaliation.
A separate, more modest proposal by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), cleared a procedural vote and is expected to be approved Monday night. Her plan would eliminate the “good soldier” defense from military evidence rules unless a defendant’s character is directly tied to the alleged crime.
- In 2012, there were 26,000 instances of rape, sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact.
- 62 percent of victims who reported sexual assault experienced retaliation.
- During the reported period, only 302 service members faced punishment or dismissal as the result of being charged: Less than 2.5 percent of the total suspected number of acts of sexual assaults and rape.
- 90 percent of survivors of sexual assault in the military are involuntarily discharged. 80 percent of perpetrators and those accused are discharged with honor.
- In one study, 37 percent of female veterans report being raped at least twice.
- Additionally, 14 percent of female veterans report experiences of gang rape.
- Women make up 15 percent of active-duty forces, but 47 percent of sexual assault victims.
- The Pentagon estimates that 85 percent of sexual assault crimes go unreported.
- In the past 25 years, more than 500,000 people have been sexually assaulted in the military.
- 48,100 women and 43,700 men who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, responding to a survey, acknowledged suffering from military sexual trauma.
- “…throw roses into the abyss and say: ‘here is my thanks to the monster who didn’t succeed in swallowing me alive.’”— Friedrich Nietzsche
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