RUSSIA HAS DECLARED THAT THEY’RE INVADING UKRAINE OFFICIALLY. NOT EVEN HIDING BEHIND OLD AGREEMENTS. Britain has to aid the Ukrainians against the Russians now, America warned Russia not to, with consequences if they did, so now they’re involved, Canada was looking into what Russia was doing to see how bad it was and they to have to get involved even more.
WHAT PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND IS THAT IT COULD ACTUALLY DRASTICALLY ESCALTED INTO SOMETHING RESEMBLING A WORLD WAR.
you have to wonder how much of this post is legit when one of the tags is “#as much as i love hetalia i dont want another world war though that is an extreme”
but i digress.
yes, russia, the uk, and the us signed the 1994 budapest memorandum, which you can read here. yes, this talks about them respecting the independence of ukraine, and also talks about seeking help from the united nations should ukraine become the victim of aggressors.
however, it also discusses ”economic coercion designed to subordinate their own interest”. this is particularly important if you take into account the fact that russia violated the spirit and letter of this agreement through economic pressure applied to ukraine in the run-up to the vilnius summit. you can read more about that here.
what you have to understand about the 1994 budapest memorandum is that when it states that the four signaturies must ”seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine”, this is extremely important. absolutely no action can be taken without the consent of the united nations, especially not an act of aggression. to go against this would be a war crime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! do you understand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the uk and the us CANNOT ACT until the united nations security council meets and discusses ukraine. the ukraine has also petitioned for the budapest memorandum to be looked at, BUT YOU ARE LITERALLY TALKING ABOUT THINGS THAT HAVE NOT HAPPENED YET. even if the unsc meets and talks about ukraine, the uk and us cannot provide military assistance UNLESS THE SECURITY COUNCIL SANCTIONS THIS.
also, regarding america, YOU ARE TALKING OUT OF YOUR ARSE. ANY TIME america talks about “consequences” and “sanctions”, these are economic and political. economic and political isolation are not the same as war.
President Obama made clear that Russia’s continued violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russia’s standing in the international community. […] Going forward, Russia’s continued violation of international law will lead to greater political and economic isolation.
there are ALWAYS steps in place to avoid any crisis developing into a war. the united nations security council and the organisation for security and co-operation in europe are both there to stop things like world wars one and two ever developing again.
the organisation for security and co-operation in europe is hosting a meeting on the ukraine crisis on monday, for instance. and the security council is already having a meeting about ukraine.
for you to make this post and write it as though the ukraine crisis will lead to world war 3 is fucking nonsense. why don’t you attempt to educate tumblr rather than fucking… “THIS COULD DRASTICALLY ESCALATE TO WORLD WAR THREE”.
there are organisations SPECIFICALLY IN PLACE TO ENSURE THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN. THEY ARE ACTIVELY MEETING AND DISCUSSING PLANS OF ACTIONS TO ENSURE THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN. THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAS ALREADY SAID THERE IS "NO EXCUSE FOR OUTSIDE INTERVENTION IN UKRAINE."
CAN THIS POST SIT DOWN AND GO TO BED NOW.
Oh my god. As I said before, it’s pretty amazing when sheltered folks stop fangirling and suddenly talk about politics. It always ends in bullshit.
Here’s a cheat-sheet guide to the protests in Ukraine, Venezuela and Thailand:
What are the protesters’ demands?
Who’s a better economic ally, Europe or Russia? That’s the key issue at the heart of Ukraine’s protests. Demonstrators want the government to forge closer ties with Europe and turn away from Russia.
But the dispute is also about power. Many in the opposition have called for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych and the ordering of new elections. And both on the streets and in parliament, they’ve also pushed to alter the government’s overall power structure, feeling that too much of it rests with Yanukovych and not enough with parliament.
An opposition coalition has been leading the charge against Yanukovych and his allies.
On CNN iReport, protesters and onlookers have shared more than 100 photos and videos of clashes between demonstrators and police. The nighttime images are especially striking — figures are silhouetted against large bonfires set alight in the streets.
When did the demonstrations start?
In November, thousands spilled onto the streets after Yanukovych did a U-turn over a trade pact with the European Union that had been years in the making — with Yanukovych favoring closer relations with Russia instead.
What’s the latest?
Long-simmering tensions exploded anew in Ukraine on Tuesday as clashes between police and anti-government protesters left more than 25 people dead and the capital’s central square on fire.
A shaky truce agreed to late Wednesday disintegrated by the next morning, as gunfire erupted again in the square. At least 100 people have died and 500 have been injured since Thursday morning, the head of the protesters’ medical service told CNN.
The Ukrainian government has not released an updated figure, but the Interior Ministry said earlier that one police officer was among the dead.
Foreign ministers from Germany, France and Poland met with Yanukovych on Thursday and are to meet with opposition leaders too. European foreign ministers convened an emergency meeting in Brussels, Belgium, where they are considering sanctions against Ukraine.
What are the protesters’ demands?
Demonstrators are demanding better security, an end to goods shortages and protected freedom of speech.
They blame Venezuela’s government, led by President Nicolas Maduro, for those problems. Maduro and other officials blame the opposition for the country’s security and economic problems.
Many demonstrators across the country are students. Prominent opposition politicians have also led protests and joined marches.
Since February 13, more than 1,100 images have been uploaded to iReport, CNN’s user-generated platform. Many of the videos and photos are gruesome and depict violent scenes between demonstrators and police.
When did the demonstrations start?
Nationwide student protests started this month. On February 12, the demonstrations drew global attention after three people were killed.
What’s the latest?
As throngs of supporters chanted their support, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez turned himself in to authorities Tuesday.
Lopez remained in a military prison Thursday as the government pressed terrorism and murder charges against him, his wife said. Lopez has denied the charges, which are connected with violence during the protests.
Maduro, meanwhile, has called members of the opposition fascists and compared them to an infection that needs to be cured. Officials have also accused the United States of plotting to destabilize the government.
What are the protesters’ demands?
Protesters in Bangkok have been calling for months for the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who they allege is a puppet of her billionaire brother, the deposed, exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Opposition to Thaksin and Yingluck is strongest among the urban elites and middle class. That’s why the demonstrations have been concentrated in Bangkok. The protesters want to replace Yingluck’s government with an unelected “people’s council” to see through electoral and political changes.
Thailand residents and visitors have shared dozens of stories of unrest on CNN iReport over the past month. The latest approved photos show demonstrators sleeping in the streets in Bangkok as a form of peaceful protest.
When did the demonstrations start?
Protests began in November after Yingluck’s government tried to pass an amnesty bill that would have paved the way for her brother’s return to the political fray.
What’s the latest?
Deadly violence erupted in the heart of Bangkok on Tuesday as anti-government protesters clashed with police, and the country’s anti-corruption commission filed charges against the Prime Minister.
I’m going to sleep
One last time, please, I place my trust in you one more time:
Venezuela is sinking. Tomorrow, cities will wake up fully militarized, and goodness only knows what will happen to anyone who dares to go out. Please, go through all the material in the #Venezuela tag or blogs such as mine — take a look at what’s been going on!
People are dying. Please stop and help us. Get the word out, make sure that the evidence is where it cannot be destroyed. Talk to people about this. Make it part of your day.
Don’t let us vanish into the night, forgotten. Too many have already died. One was more than enough, too many.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNYhQ936MCg — “How do you sleep when your neighbors are dying outside?” (TW: graphic death, death.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0HF9WxQYCQ — Attack in Altamira
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYO9pE3A1ss — National Guard vandalizes and attacks houses
http://socialredemption.tumblr.com/post/77179818479/urb-el-bosque-en-valencia-algunas-personas — Wounded by collectives. TW Blood
PLEASE STOP AND REBLOG. Please help us!!
I have the time to write now, sadly, because I am combat ineffective. I am wounded. My sister is wounded. Many of my friends are wounded. One of my squadmates is reportedly dead. Without any euphemisms it’s war here. Kyiv is blocked from all sides, airports, highways and railroads are blocked. The internet is one of the few ways of communication right now, and even here we are experiencing troubles, so I try to reach out at least somehow.
The morning was promising, as changes to the constitution were on hearing in the parliament. Tens of thousands of people marched peacefully to support the opposition, but police opened fire first. Then fighting broke up on the streets, we were holding the line and launched efficient counter-attacks, but eventually we, scarcely armed, were badly outgunned. They started to use live ammunition. Unfortunately , we couldn’t sustain the panic and were forced to flee. It was a massacre. No euphemisms, again. The outer barricades only lasted so much, before we lost our ground and were pushed back to the Maidan, the central square. It’s our last stand.
Casualties are mounting every ten minutes or so. Currently there are 20 dead who are reported, in reality there are many more. The number of wounded is well over a thousand, and I’d say a third of them are injured badly. The government uses not only Berkut riot police, but also hired thugs, convicted or pending criminals, armed with traumatic and combat weapons. On the other hand, the official report states 7 policemen dead and 139 wounded, 5 in coma.
The atrocities they committed are hard to describe, really. I thought I saw enough shit in my life, especially for the last three months, but this… Live ammunition fired in the backs of fleeing civilians - women, children, the elderly. We kinda got used to them taping nails and rocks to grenades and firing those in the crowd, but those were against prepared people, with shields, body armor etc. You can imagine what this kind of shrapnel does to people, who were unprepared, who gathered there simply because it was their constitutional right.
The reason I am writing this is because, let’s be honest, I am grasping straws. We all kinda do right now. Spread the word, please. If you have the time, write a blog or something, or just say it on the chat, just let them know. Let the world remember that Ukraine chose to die standing, rather than living on her knees.
I know I rarely post anything of actual importance and I know none of you give a crap about what I say, but please read this.
I am from the very very very Republican state of Kansas, where our politicians have just passed a bill called the Kansas House Bill 2453 where it allows businesses and government employees to deny service to same sex couples. [x] [x] [x]
I, personally will not just stand here and take this unlawful discrimination from this God awful House of Reps, nor anyone else. There are so many things wrong with this bill that I can’t even type them out at this point. I am just so sickened by my home state and these representatives.
So, I am begging each and everyone of you to please sign this petition which opposes the bill. If you do not want to sign the bill, please at least reblog this post so others can see it. We only need 1,702 votes left, so PLEASE reblog this!
What would have once sounded like a far-fetched feminist fantasy – women forming the majority of a parliament – is a reality in one country in the world, Rwanda.
In fact, women are making gains throughout all of Africa, but these achievements have been met with a loud silence from the western feminist movement.
House votes to avert government shutdown, delay Obamacare
AP: The U.S. House voted to delay the Affordable Care Act and repeal a tax on medical devices as part of a government funding bill.
The White House issued a veto threat on the measure and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Senate would reject the health care language.
To avoid a government shutdown, Congress must agree to a spending bill before the end of Monday.
Undeterred, House Republicans pressed ahead with their latest attempt to squeeze a concession from the White House in exchange for letting the government open for business normally on Tuesday. “Obamacare is based on a limitless government, bureaucratic arrogance and a disregard of a will of the people,” said Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind.
The bill now goes back to the Senate, which isn’t schedule to meet until Monday afternoon.
Photo: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, walks to the House Floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (Molly Riley / AP Photo)
Passed in a time crunch after midnight Eastern time in the U.S. this morning. What’s next? They essentially ignored a not-at-all consideration call by Senate leader Reid and a veto threat by President Obama at the White House. Also, the Senate doesn’t meet until 2PM Monday, 10 hours before the deadline. Dun dun dun… duuuun.
Whatever your thoughts on the weekend’s election, I think the peaceful and polite transfer of power is one of our greatest achievements.
I would like to meet Quentin Bryce some day. She seems like an amazing person.
It’s a strange (and rather uncomfortable) reminder that while electing a new government may be a big deal to us, we’re still very much the subjects of the Queen.
I’m not sure how many people are awake or reading this, but just as clarification: you vote on two different papers in Australia, one for the senate (white paper) and one for the house of representatives (green paper). For the house of reps there’s usually a dozen or so candidates, which you number by preference from 1 to whatever. For the Senate, you have two options. Voting ABOVE the line means you put a single mark in the box of your preferred party and you’re done. Voting BELOW the line means you spread out the paper, which this year was almost four feet long, and number every candidate (82 in QLD) in every party in order of preference, from start to finish.
It’s more nuanced, especially with Australia’s voting system, but it takes a bloody long time given that there are a whole bunch of single-issue parties at the moment.
Virtual Tally Room - The Official Election Results
half an hour til the polls close in QLD; excuse me while I spend the rest of the night throwing up out of anxiety.
I love that this is the best the Libs could come up with for our local member.
"Bernie Ripoll… is… he’s, um… he… er… WELL HE’S STILL PART OF LABOR SO NEENER."
10/08: In describing his “vision” for Indigenous Australians, Tony Abbott claims that “there is no longer institutional racism in Australia”, and that Indigenous people are “adornments." Not that we really needed to be told that any Indigenous-oriented policy by the LNP would be dripping with ignorance and paternalism, but shameful and deeply offensive comments regardless.
12/08: The “suppository” incident - no explanation necessary.
13/08: Abbott is caught once again exposing his sexism and inappropriate, out of date attitudes towards women when he comments on Liberal candidate Fiona Scott’s “sex appeal” as one of the reasons why she should be elected.
14/08: Tony Abbott dismisses marriage equality as merely “the fashion of the moment”, demonstrating his archaic attitudes and disregard for equality.
16/08: Tony Abbott reveals the Coalition’s new brutal, degrading asylum seeker policy. He announces that:
- "almost 32,000 asylum seekers who have already arrived in Australia by boat will never get permanent settlement as well as stripping them of the right to appeal to the courts”
- The LNP will also be introducing “work-for-the-dole obligations for those found to be refugees.”
He also recycled Howard’s xenophobic mantra by saying: “The essential point is, this is our country and we determine who comes here.” So there you go folks, a confirmation that Australia under the LNP will be ruled with rampant white-supremacist attitudes, where it is White Man’s Land, Indigenous people are just adornments, and ‘Boat People’ are invading us.
18/08: Abbott launches his Paid Parental Leave Scheme, an expensive, reckless scheme designed to funnel money to the richest women in the country by making lower-income earners subsidise their childbirth. Abbott claims the scheme is fully-funded by the proposed company tax increase, however it has been revealed that $1.7billion will be funded by retirees.
19/08: TonyAbbott once again thinks it is appropriate to define a female colleague by her looks by commenting that Fiona Scott “ain’t just a pretty face.”
20/08: Abbott gets a pat on the back from his paymaster Rupert Murdoch.
21/08: In a televised debate with Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott cracks under pressure when asked what he will be cutting to fill his $70 billion black hole and responds instead with; “does this guy ever shut up?”
22/08: Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison announce a plan to buy Indonesian fishing boats to prevent them being sold to people-smugglers. The $420 million plan includes putting a bounty on people smugglers. The plan, which completely ignores the core market forces of demand and supply, was described as a “common-sense measure” by Mr Abbott.
23/08: Tony Abbott continues to hide his party’s costings.
25/08: After spending over three years haranguing Labor for failing to achieve a surplus, Abbott announces at his campaign launch that the Coalition’s surplus will arrive after Labor’s.
26/08: Tony Abbott singles out a female fire-fighter and asks her a sexist, inappropriate question.
Abbott once again angers Indonesian parliamentarians with his latest concoction to deal with asylum seekers. Indonesia’s head of foreign affairs describes Abbott’s boat buy-back plan as “unfriendly" and “a crazy idea, unfriendly, derogatory and it shows lack of understanding in this matter.”
27/08: Abbott engages in victim-blaming whilst speaking about assault, in saying thatpeople“walking down the street at 2am in Kings Cross in Sydney” who are assaulted “maybe shouldn’t be there.” The father of a man who was killed there last year described Mr Abbott’s comments as “offensive” and “irresponsible.”
And that’s a wrap of the horror-story so far, folks.
notice how the anti-feminist rhetoric hasn’t changed? “Oh, you’re a feminist? you must never get laid, haha! that’s why you want equal rights for women!”
ah yes the threats to kill women or beat women for demanding equality is nothing new i see
neither is dismissing them as “ugly” or “just in need of a good lay”
and of course, concerning civil rights as a whole, I think we’ve all heard “what would [insert Founding Father here] say if he could see THIS?”