Night in the Ukraine (1871) by Ivan Aivazovsky. The artist was born (1817) and died (1900) in Feodosiya, Crimea.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Reuters)
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Here I present two videos featuring two women doing remarkable work toward freedom and democracy for their home country, Burma: the artist Chaw Ei Thein and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, newly elected Parliamentarian, and chair person of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi (affectionately known as "The Lady").
In the space of a week, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Maria Alyokhina have arguably become the world's most famous political prisoners following their sentencing in a Moscow courtroom last Friday.
by Natasha Yarotskaya
Russia by mind comprehended cannot be
Nor by wide arshins measured:
Its uniqueness be that—
Known on Twitter simply by the hashtag #SudanRevolts, the protests that erupted in Khartoum nearly a month ago now do not seem to be fading. In fact, the movement is gaining momentum, with those involved hoping to finally see real change in the country. Calling for the removal of current President Omar al-Bashir (among other demands), the movement’s goals are ambitious to say the least. Yet as daunting as it may seem, success is crucial both for the people of Sudan and their new neighbor South Sudan.
Sudan’s most recent spate of demonstrations that began on 16 June at the University of Khartoum and have since spread across the country have been a long time coming. Similar student demonstrations began in late January 2011 and were revived in January 2012. Both were met with strong crackdowns by police and the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).