German teachers union shows support for Kurdish hunger strikers

While Western governments continue their silence in the face of the hunger strikes launched by DTK Co-chair and HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Guven to demand an end to the isolation imposed upon More »

Egypt stages referendum to institutionalize General Sisi’s dictatorship

by Bill Van Auken Egypt’s military-dominated dictatorship is rushing ahead with a referendum this weekend on constitutional amendments that would effectively make Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi dictator for life, while institutionalizing the More »

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia dies after shooting himself

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia died on Wednesday in a hospital in Lima, Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra confirmed on Twitter. Vizcarra said that he was “consternated” by Garcia’s death, and sent his More »

Fierce clashes erupt in northern Aleppo between Turkish-backed rebels and Kurdish forces

A series of intense clashes broke out in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on April 11, after the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) attacked the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) More »

Julian Assange has been arrested for US extradition; the time to act is now

by Caitlin Johnstone WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested and taken into custody by the London’s Metropolitan police, just as WikiLeaks warned days ago was about to happen. Assange’s lawyer Jen More »

 

Ukraine | Rate of measles in Ukraine is rising again: 35K cases reported year-to-date

After several weeks of falling, the rate of measles in Ukraine is rising again, the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine said on April 1.

During the 13th week of 2019, 2,254 people – 1,133 adults and 1,141 children – contracted measles. During March 22-28, areas with the most registered cases include Kyiv (260 patients: 139 adults and 121 children), Kiev (200: 123 adults and 77 children), Khmelnytsky (177: 93 adults and 84 children), Lviv (165: 48 adults and 117 children) and Kharkiv (160: 91 adults and 69 children) areas.

Ukraine | Allegations of vote fraud emerge in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine

Allegations of vote rigging in Donetsk Oblast in favor of President Petro Poroshenko during the March 31 presidential election have emerged in recent days, according to police and election watchdogs.

Donetsk Oblast police reported on April 2 that they have opened criminal cases into alleged voting fraud in the city of Bakhmut, the town of Pokrovske, and in Mangush District. The Opora election watchdog also said it was looking into the alleged violations.

Ukraine | A comedian could be Ukraine’s next president. How did that happen?

by Volodymyr Ishchenko

A politically inexperienced comedian, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, is in the lead after the first round of presidential elections in Ukraine – and by a huge margin. He is almost 15 percentage points ahead of the incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko. Zelenskiy’s unconventional campaign, relying primarily on Instagram and a TV show in which he plays a fictional Ukrainian president, proved to be far more successful than Poroshenko’s attempt to impose a choice of “me or Putin”.

Ukraine | No joke: Comedian to win first round in Ukraine’s presidential election

Comedian Vladimir Zelenskiy thrashed incumbent Petro Poroshenko in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election Sunday, setting the stage for a decisive run-off between the two in three weeks.

Zelenskiy, a political upstart who had never run for public office before, finished first with about 30 percent of the vote, followed by Poroshenko with 18 percent, according to exit polls. Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko finished third with 14 percent. The rest of the vote was split among some three dozen other candidates.

Ukraine | The court acquitted the Ukrainian journalist suspected of state crimes

On March 27, the Shevchenko Court of Zaporozhye fully acquitted journalist Pavel Volkov, who spent more than a year in jail on charges of infringing on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The prosecutor asked for a journalist 15 years in prison. After a lengthy discussion, the panel of judges issued a final verdict in the Volkov case. The judges decided to fully acquit the journalist, thereby dropping the charges against him under Part 2 of Art. 110 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine by a group of persons) and Art. 258-3 (another aiding terrorists).

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