The parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has adopted a declaration of independence from Ukraine on Tuesday. The move paves the way for March 16 referendum in Crimea, which will decide if the region (and the city of Sevastopol) will remain with Ukraine or join the Russian Federation. According to a poll conducted by Crimea Republican Institute of Political and Sociological Research, 77 percent of people in Crimea and Sevastopol will vote to join Russia in the referendum. RT’s Paula Slier reports on the independence declaration from Simferopol, the capital of the autonomous republic
People across Japan today are praying for victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, on the 3rd anniversary of the disaster.
The current global food system needs to be “radically” and “democratically” changed in order to alleviate global hunger and serve human rights over the profits of major agribusiness corporations, according to a report released today by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food.
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that are masquerading as peace keepers and human rights organizations are running the scams that start wars. NGOs are responsible for the hoaxes that pushed Ukraine into war. An insider warns all human rights groups have been infiltrated. CNN buys the latest State Department hoax.
Playback of radar recording from flightradar24.com of Malaysia Flight 270 during the moments before it completely vanished. Also shown are other nearby planes in the air at the time – including one that appears somewhat suspicious.
A 12-mile long oil slick spotted between Malaysia and Vietnam Saturday afternoon is thought to be the first sign that a missing Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people aboard went down in the waters between southernmost Vietnam and northern Malaysia, according to Vietnam’s director of civil aviation.
Leaked phone call suggests anti-government protesters hired snipers to shoot at both sides. Phone call is believed to be between EU’s foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonia’s foreign affairs minister Urmas Paet. Paet appears to claim opposition leaders hired the snipers that killed 94. Read more: Was ‘massacre’ which started Ukraine revolution ordered by the new leaders?
Reuters reports that Russia has vowed its own reprisals if western nations, including the U.S. and EU members, follow through with threats of sanctions against it
Extraterrestrial toucan birds, neon green spacemen waving Brazilian flags and legions of scantily clad women and men dancing a furious samba opened the final round of Rio de Janeiro’s extravagant Carnival parade on Monday night. The annual spectacle pits the city’s 12 best samba schools against one another in ornate parades that include over 2,500 participants each and cost more than 3 (m) million US dollars to produce. The efforts are judged in 10 categories, with a winner laying claim to nothing more than a year’s worth of bragging rights. The enormous effort is largely made by Rio’s poorest citizens.
Prof Michel Chossudovsky: he forbidden truth is that the West has engineered –through a carefully staged covert operation– the formation of a proxy regime integrated by Neo-Nazis. Confirmed by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, key organizations in the Ukraine including the Neo-Nazi party Svoboda were generously supported by Washington: “We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals. … We will continue to promote Ukraine to the future it deserves.”
In Venezuela, opposition protesters have taken to the streets and have been met with violence from police and from pro-government groups. This is by the far the biggest opposition to President Nicolas Maduro, who became president last year. Does the opposition have a chance? Ben Swann takes a look in this video.
The northern lights shone brightly over Norway’s third city of Trondheim on Saturday (February 22). Nature photographer Oyvind Schei captured the spectacle in a timelapse movie he named ‘The Dazzling Beauty’,
Spain has become the first country to draw more electricity from wind power than any other source. Wind met 20.9% of demand in the country in 2013, putting it just ahead of nuclear (20.8%), according to the country’s grid operator Red Eléctrica de España (REE).
The Ukrainian parliament has voted for the resignation of the Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovich, citing “not fulfilling duties.” The parliament also voted for a resolution according to which early presidential elections will be held May 25. Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was freed after two-and-a-half years in prison, returned to Kiev Saturday, and addressed a huge crowd. Ukrainians get first look at presidential lavish palace as president attempts to flee country.
Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich has announced early presidential elections. He also said that the constitution of 2004, which limits presidential powers, will be returned. This was one of the main demands by the opposition. Yanukovich also said he will start the process of creating a national unity government.