World South Korea Park Geun-hye A South Korean court condemned disgraced former president Park Geun-hye to 24 years in prison on Friday, confirming her position as the latest South Korean leader whose downfall is marked by corruption scandals. In the verdict broadcasted live on television, which Park chose not to attend, South Korea's first female president was found guilty of charges involving bribery, abuse of power and coercion and fined 18 billion won ($16.9 million), Reuters reported. Park apologized for seeking policy advice from her friend Choi Soon-sil—the influential confidante at the center of the scandal—but denied any wrongdoing. Her lawyer is planning on appealing the verdict, and a group of about 1,000 supporters held a rally against it as well, displaying signs reading "The rule of law is dead." The daughter of military dictator Park Chung-hee—who formally became president in 1963 following a coup and was assassinated … [Read more...] about South Korean Presidents All Seem to Suffer Turbulent Downfalls—Park Geun-hye Is No Exception
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THE World Cup final between France and Croatia was suspended after protesters stormed on to the pitch. Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for the World Cup invasion, but who are they and what were they protesting about? Here's the lowdown. Who are Pussy Riot? Pussy Riot is a Russian political punk group who has a rotating cast of musicians and artists. Staunch activists, members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, served 21-month jail terms following an anti-Putin performance at the altar of Moscow's largest cathedral in 2012. Alyokhina was also detained in August 2017 in the Siberian city of Yakutsk after protesting with another Pussy Riot member against the imprisonment of Ukranian film-maker Oleg Sentsov. The band staged another demonstration against Sentsov’s imprisonment by storming Trump Tower in New York in October 2018. They have also slammed the US president in their songs Make America Great Again and Police State. The family of Pussy Riot member Pyotr … [Read more...] about Who are Pussy Riot, were they responsible for the World Cup final 2018 pitch invasion and what were they protesting?
Hate-filled messages were scrawled inside a Brooklyn synagogue, the latest incident in a string of alarming attacks on New York City's Jewish population in the borough, police say. The anti-Semitic messages written in black marker at Union Temple in Prospect Heights come less than a week after a gunman stormed into a synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people. Man Charged With Hate Crime in Brooklyn Beating: Police The NYPD said the messages, which include “Die Jew Rats We Are Here,” “Jews Better Be Ready,” "Rose" and “Hitler,” were discovered by a woman congregant around 8 p.m. Thursday on the second and fourth floors of the house of worship. View this post on Instagram My friends surprised me for my birthday tonight with tickets to see @ilanusglazer speak at @generatorcollective - a series of talks with activists and politicians about the importance of voting and humanizing politics. Unfortunately, after waiting for over an hour … [Read more...] about Hate Messages Found in NYC Synagogue; Event Hosted by ‘Broad City’s’ Ilana Glazer Canceled
The United States women's soccer team was as good as American players promised — maybe even better. Especially Megan Rapinoe, the pink-haired captain who emerged with the Golden Ball as top player, the Golden Boot as top scorer and a world-wide stature as a champion for gender equity. The U.S. won its record fourth Women's World Cup title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday night when Rapinoe converted a tiebreaking penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal. Rapinoe scored in the 61st minute after a video review determined Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan with a kick to the shoulder in the penalty area. Christen Press and Alex Morgan both scored as the United States beat England on Tuesday to advance to the championship match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. (Published Tuesday, July 2, 2019) Two days past her 34th birthday, Rapinoe slotted the ball past goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal for her sixth goal of the … [Read more...] about US Wins 4th World Cup Title, 2nd in a Row, Beats Dutch 2-0
World Donald Trump Vladimir Putin Last November, Igor Rudnikov was at home in his apartment in the tiny Russian region of Kaliningrad when he received some unexpected visitors: masked officers of Russia’s security service (FSB). They accused Rudnikov, an outspoken opposition lawmaker and newspaper editor, of trying to blackmail a senior law enforcement official and arrested him. Rudnikov’s paper, Novye Kolyosa, built its reputation on exposing government corruption. Recently, it had published a story questioning how the public official, Viktor Ledenyov, a general on the Investigative Committee, which answers only to President Vladimir Putin, had come into possession of a lakeside luxury home. But the editor denied allegations that he had demanded $50,000 from Ledenyov to stop publishing stories about him. Investigators drove Rudnikov to his office and questioned him for hours, he says, beating him so badly on the journey that he later lost consciousness. He says he … [Read more...] about Did the Trump Administration Help Russia Silence a Putin Critic?