The government actions came as two more people were killed in violence related to protests against the Maduro administration over crime, food shortages, a weak economy and human rights. The dead were identified as a member of the National Guard and a member of the pro-government militant groups known as colectivos.
They two died during a clash in the Los Ruices barrio when government supporters tried to remove a barricade erected by protesters. The member of the militant groups was identified as José Gregorio Amaris Castillo, 25. The National Guard member’s name was not immediately released.
The clashes followed a tense two-hour standoff between residents of apartment buildings and the armed colectivos. Residents threw bottles at the militants to keep them from clearing the debris that blocked streets. As of Thursday afternoon, disturbances were still being reported in the area.
Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly, said the two victims were killed by a rooftop sniper and that those responsible would be brought to justice.
At least 20 people have died in the recent unrest, which began Feb 12.
Opposition mayors Gerardo Blyde and David Smolansky of the Caracas boroughs Baruta and El Hatillo are facing charges of “failing to fulfill their duties” of maintaining public order, government officials said. The mayors are accused of not clearing barricades that impeded traffic in their neighborhoods, thereby violating laws that guarantee free transit."
That reappraisal has caused U.S. national security officials to take Putin more seriously as a threat. The possibility that he might also send troops into eastern Ukraine, which could spark a war, or that he might use force against other neighboring countries, including the Baltic nations, no longer seems as unlikely as the foreign policy establishment thought."
Your tone of voice in the comments above is not only absurd, it's also disrespectful and rude. Feel free to take your bile elsewhere.
Speaking from the White House, Obama said any decisions on the future of Crimea, a pro-Russian area of Ukraine, must include the country's new government.
"The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the constitution and violate international law," Obama said. "We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders."
I claim that we, Americans, are absolutely the same as the Russians.
We only portrait it differently, but in essence, we are the same - world powers.
In America, we too intervene in different countries and we use a pretext of genocide. I am of the opinion that this is just a pretext and nothing more. We actually chose where to intervene and where not.
We deliberately "skip" intervening in some countries where genocide happens, somewhere we "poke" and instigate wars and genocides so that we can come in and "save" that country, and somewhere we blatantly turn the blind eye and ignore a genuine genocide, because it is not in our interest.
You mentioned "ethnic cleansing" in the Balkans, Iraq, even in the Crimea, etc. But let's not forget that our good ol' USA committed genocide of Indians, we ethnically "cleansed" Hawaiians too... that the ol' English committed horrific genocides in Ireland and Scotland so that they could rule those lands.
Sure, it happened "a long time ago", but so did Russian (actually Soviet) genocide.
I am not trying to diminish Russian actions, but we, Americans, deliberately do not intervene is certain countries where actual genocide happens (Turkey or Sudan). Why? Because Turkey is our "friend". And Sudan is so not important for us and our interests.
We are not different than Russians in this respect. We only do things that are in our interest. So do the Russians. Period.
The researchers refer to this newly described condition as specific musical anhedonia—in other words, the specific inability to experience pleasure from music."
And it expressed shock at the mounting number of deaths.
“We are deeply disturbed by the allegations of multiple cases of arbitrary detention of protesters,” said the statement, which was issued on the experts’ behalf. “Some were reportedly beaten — and in some cases severely tortured — by security forces, taken to military facilities, kept in incommunicado detention, and denied access to legal assistance.”
"Watching a film won't make you smarter, but if there ever was one that could, it would be "Particle Fever," a movie so mind-bending you can almost feel your brain cells growing as you're watching it.
As directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, with another physicist, David Kaplan, as one of the producers, "Particle Fever" is about ideas so big — What are the origins of the universe? How did matter itself get created? — that they're hard to get your head around."
Now this is a film I really want to see.
Which are your favorite science documentary films?
I have lived in lovely parts of the South, with kind gracious people. It is blind divisive politics to lump the people and problems all together and assign them a regional cause, as though there are cultural differences to be despised by those lucky Northerners who obviously know better.
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