SENATE REPUBLICANS VOTE AGAINST HELPING MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED


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Hunted: Russian homophobia is rife


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A country known mainly for its vodka, snow and the Winter Olympics, is now known for a series of vicious attacks on homosexuals.

Channel 4’s latest ‘Dispatches’ revealed the true horror behind what it is like to be a homosexual in the European country. The presenter, Liz MacKean, showed viewers the horrendous attacks that homosexuals are regularly subjected to. She began: “(Russia) a place where people are hunted like animals,”.

Under normal circumstances I would suggest that this was melodramatic, and perhaps slightly evading the truth. However, unfortunately, this was not the case. Throughout the programme we saw some serious assaults and homophobic opinions.

“This is Russia. This is hell for homosexuals…they should get used to it.”

Timur Isaev, was the first man we were introduced to, and he held the view that homosexuality was a disgusting way to live. He is part of a group of people called ‘Parents of Russia’ which…

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Syrian Regime Benefits by Missing Chemical Weapons Deadline


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Syriamissed a second deadline to hand over its stockpile of chemical weapons on Wednesday in a delay that puts the June 30 target date for the complete destruction of its deadly weapons program in jeopardy. The Syrian government attributed the delay to security concerns, but it could also be a stalling tactic. Government officials and representatives of the opposition groups aligned against President Bashar Assad are due to reconvene in Geneva on Feb. 10 for another round of negotiations over Assad’s role in a future Syria. Even if the regime has no intention of ever using its chemical weapons  again, holding onto them for a little longer could provide good leverage going into talks.

Faced with the threat of U.S. military strikes, Syria agreed in September to end its chemical weapons program. Those threats followed an attack in a Damascus suburb on August 21 that killed 1,429 people, including some…

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Live Review: Amnesty International gathers Pussy Riot, Madonna, The Flaming Lips for Brooklyn human rights concert


Toilets of Sochi


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Powerful takedown stomps US journalists and their ‘Sochi problems’


Mixed first day for U.S. in team figure skating


Russian Official To Hotel Critics: We Have Surveillance Videos Of You In The Bathroom


Why a Russian Beach Town Is Hosting the Winter Olympics


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The subtropical resort city of Sochi, Russia lies on the eastern shore of the Black Sea. Palm trees line the streets, and the concept of a polar vortex is foreign to its residents—the average February temperature is a balmy upper-40s Fahrenheit.

An hour’s drive from the city is Krasnaya Polyana, an alpine village in the Western Caucasus mountains that will host the ski events for the 2014 Winter Olympics (Feb 7–23). The district of Adler, 17 miles south of Sochi, is home to the Olympic Park and all its newly constructed venues: the Iceberg figure skating palace; the Ice Cube curling center; Adler Arena, with its oval speed-skating track, designed to look like an iceberg. It’s cute, no?

Sochi has been a Russian vacation destination since the days of Tsar Nicholas II, though its latest round of guests might be even more discerning. Much has been said about

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Rainbow flag: Hurray for Montreal!