What started as a protest early this month following a sexual assault at the University of the Andes in San Cristóbal has blown up into a massive political crisis in Venezuela, with no clear end in sight.
The assault set off the frustration of students with the country’s endemic crime problem. Local police responded aggressively, and their arrests and blithe mistreatment of protesters catalyzed demonstrations that have swept the country.
At least 14 people have been killed in clashes so far. Still recovering from a bitter, narrow loss to Maduro in the presidential election that followed Hugo Chávez’s death a year ago, opposition members have seized on the public’s disgruntlement—with the country’s security forces, its crippled economy, and the state’s abuse of power—as an opportunity to push much-needed reforms.
Now, weeks into this nascent resistance movement, the participants have determined that it’s time to state what it is they actually want.
Lists of demands have circulated online detailing measures “to get out of the crisis,” which range from the release of all detained protesters—of which there are at least 48, according to President Nicolas Maduro—to the disarmament and disbanding of paramilitary groups.
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- Amnesty International says that international peacekeeping efforts have failed to prevent an ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Central African Republic.
- A Boko Haram attack killed 51 in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday.
- Seven Somalis were killed when a remote-controlled Al-Shabaab bomb detonated, aiming at a UN convoy just outside of Mogadishu’s international airport on Thursday.
- 30 people were killed on the Mali-Niger border in a clash between villagers and an al-Qaeda linked rebel group.
- Peace talks to end the crisis in South Sudan began in Addis Ababa.
- Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef is back on the air.
- Turkey deported an Azerbaijani journalist for his tweets critical of high-level officials.
- Israel carried out an airstrike against a Palestinian militant on Sunday, the third such strike in three weeks, marking a clear end to the cessation of targeted killings that began 14 months ago.
- In Syria, ISIS has targeted hospitals, doctors and journalists.
- Mac McClelland visits a startling well put together refugee camp for displaced Syrians in Kilis, Turkey.
- A series of prison breaks in Iraq have released militants fueling Sunni jihad both in Iraq and in neighboring Syria.
- A data visualization of violence in Iraq between 2003 and 2013.
- The UN says that 300,000 people have been displaced in the current violence in Iraq’s Anbar province.
- 15 soldiers were slaughtered by fighters from an extremist group in northern Iraq on Tuesday, showing that Sunni militants have expanded beyond Anbar.
- 21 militants were killed when a car bomb they were preparing to target Iraq’s parliament speaker went off prematurely.
- On Thursday gunmen seized part of the town of Sulaiman Bek and the surrounding area. A bombing in Baghdad’s historic Al-Shorjah market left seven dead and the market ablaze.
- Iran has promised to provide information on detonators as a confidence-building step.
- According to the UN, civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose 14% last year. [PDF report]
- Afghanistan began the release of 65 prisoners from Bagram Thursday morning, despite heavy objection by the US.
- Two US contractors were killed by a car bomb in Kabul.
- Two coalition soldiers were killed in a green-on-blue attack (or at least by men wearing ANA uniforms) in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday.
- A cargo plane that crashed in Wardak province has gone unclaimed.
- DNI James Clapper has said he believes Karzai is not likely to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement.
- The US is planning $300m in new aid programs to Afghanistan over the next five years.
- Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson took the reins of ISAF Joint Command as Afghanistan’s new number 2 commander.
- "Inbetween Worlds," a drama highlighting the work and plight of Afghan interpreters for foreign forces, debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival.
- The US is debating whether or not to go ahead with a lethal strike against an American citizen currently living in Pakistan. No other information is publicly available about the identity of or evidence against this suspect.
- Pakistani anti-drone activist Kareem Khan has, according to his lawyer, disappeared from Rawalpindi days before his scheduled testimony before German, Dutch and British parliaments.
- Nine members of an anti-Taliban militia were killed by militants in Peshawar on Wednesday. 13 people were killed in Peshawar on Tuesday in a grenade attack on a cinema.
- The two Koreas met in Panmunjom this week in the highest level government dialogue since 2007. Some remain deeply skeptical that the North is pushing for these talks with an ulterior motive.
- The AP’s investigation into military sex crimes committed by US servicemembers stationed in Japan reveals that offenders frequently were not incarcerated and the punishments were disproportionately light in comparison with the severity of the crimes.
- The National Security Staff, per presidential order, is now the National Security Council Staff.
- The US drops to #46 on Reporters Without Borders’ press freedom rankings.
- Intelligence officials say Snowden used low-tech Web crawler software to scrape data from NSA servers.
- An unidentified NSA employee has resigned after investigation revealed that he allowed Snowden to use his password to access classified information.
Photo: Upper Nile State, South Sudan. Jikany Nuer White Army fighters pose with weapons. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.
On February 14, 2014 we will be standing in solidarity with the missing and murdered Indigenous women memorial events in Canada, and we will be honoring the missing and murdered Indigenous women across the continent.
We will also be continuing to organize around violence with community accountability, restoring sovereignty, and moving away from the oppressive legal system. We will be continuing to take back the anti-violence movement from white, carceral feminism, and will be centering it around anti-Blackness and freeing Marissa Alexander. We will be demanding clemency for Dana Deegan. We will be pushing back against more laws that are designed to fill the Prison Industrial Complex, not stop violence against us. Please join us.
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