Monthly Archives: December 2011

Russians question Putin’s continued reign over them

Tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets in Moscow on Saturday shouting “Putin is a thief” and “Russia without Putin,” forcing the Kremlin to confront a level of public discontent that has not been seen here since Vladimir V. Putin first became president 12 years ago. The crowd overflowed from a central city square, forcing stragglers to climb trees or watch from the opposite riverbank. “We exist!” they chanted. “We exist!” The demonstration marked what opposition leaders hope will be a watershed moment, ending years of quiet acceptance of the political consolidation Mr. Putin introduced. The leaders understood that for a moment they, not the Kremlin, were dictating … Continue reading

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Former Illinois Governors gets 14 years imprisonment for corruption

By Monica Davey in Chicago Rod R. Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, was sentenced on Wednesday to 14 years in federal prison for 18 felony corruption convictions, including trying to sell or trade the Senate seat that President Obama left behind when he moved to the White House. The sentence, which fell just short of what prosecutors had asked for, came about an hour after Mr. Blagojevich apologized in court to residents of his state, to the judge in his case and to his family. “I have nobody to blame but myself for my stupidity and actions, words, things that I did, that I thought I could do,” he … Continue reading

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Letter from New York: An exchange with Joe Biden on extrajudicial executions

From Talal Al-Haj in New York Since the killing of Muammar Qaddafi, allegedly by rebels in Libya, Anwar al-Awlaki by a missile fired from an American drone in Yemen and the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy Seals in Pakistan, there has been a raging debate in the public domain about the use and legality of extrajudicial executions. We all heard the criticism levelled against the Libyan rebels that came thick and fast and from all directions; we also heard the same kind of criticism for the killing of Awlaki, who happened to be an American citizen and for bin Laden. Though there is no legal definition of … Continue reading

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Cain forced to suspend campaign for Republican nomination

An unapologetic and defiant Herman Cain suspended his presidential campaign on Saturday, pledging that he “would not go away,” even as he abandoned hope of winning the Republican nomination. Instead, Mr. Cain announced what he called a “Plan B,” continued advocacy of his tax and foreign policy plans. “As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign,” Mr. Cain said. “Because of the continued distractions, the continued hurt caused on me and my family, not because we are not fighters. Not because I’m not a fighter.” Mr. Cain, with his wife at his side, adamantly professed Saturday that the accusations of sexual … Continue reading

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