U.S. Department of State : Situation in Ukraine “Press Statement”

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John KerrySecretary of State

Washington, DC – February 20, 2014

It’s with anger and anguish that we have watched renewed violence on the streets of Kyiv today destroy more lives and rip apart more families. The people of Ukraine deserve far better than senseless death and suffering on the streets of one of Europe’s great cities.

The violence must stop. We unequivocally condemn the use of force against civilians by security forces, and urge that those forces be withdrawn immediately. The people of Ukraine and the international community will hold to account those who are responsible for what has occurred, and the United States has already begun implementing sanctions through travel bans on Ukrainians responsible for the violence.

Protestors should exercise their rights peacefully, and we urge the Ukrainian military to remain true to its non-political heritage and its professional traditions.

There is no time for brinksmanship or…

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Timing

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And now… abide in him, so that when he is revealed we may have confidence… 1 John 2:18-29  I recently read and article about President Obama’s decision to pursue some issues concerning justice and equality. These are issues he did not press hard during his first term, but now believes it to be the right time. The reality is that there are in fact some things he can do as President that he can not do serving in any other office or capacity in this land. Often we want things to happen as quickly as possible. When they don’t a variety of ill emotions rise to the occasion. Whether we like it or not there really is a time for everything. We do our best to remain focused on our goal and the change that we expect externally actually begins to happen internally. We learn to maximize every moment and…

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Kiev’s Maidan Square in surreal ‘Before & After’ images

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The blackened ruins and gaping windows of Ukraine’s landmark Independence Square have left Kiev looking like a warzone for the first time since WWII. The square has always served as a main stage for Ukrainian politics – but not a literal battleground.

Featured on every postcard, the grandiose post-war complex of monuments has been the true – if slightly touristy – heart of Kiev.

But now, the square is divided by ad hoc barricades built from paving stones, wooden debris, and tires. The iconic Trade Union building, which has served as the protesters’ headquarters, was set on fire earlier this week and is now just a shell, after its floors and walls collapsed one by one.

In contrast to the normal, everyday hustle and bustle, the square is currently filled with hastily-appointed leaders deciding who mans the entrances and who is responsible for food and barricade building. But regardless of…

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We’re Going Galt—Packing Up or Thinking Secession, Americans Have Had Enough

Socialism is not the Answer

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Americans are fed up. They feel ignored by representatives more interested in corporate connections than the Constitution. They protest unelected agencies who spy on them and run their lives at home. They complain about the speaker of the house who refuses to follow the principles of his party.

they cry foul at a president using executive orders to force his agenda. They’re angry at lawmakers who aren’t listening even when they do answer their phones, and as taxpayers are overwhelmed with a bottomless pit of debt. Even state legislators and local officials are under fire for taking the bait from federal departments who now drive local school boards, electricity flow and personal healthcare.

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