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Eastern Ukraine: Humanitarian disaster looms as food aid blocked

Source: Amnesty International

24, December 2014

Humanitarian convoy blocked on a checkpoint near Donetsk on 18 December. © Rinat
Akhmetov Foundation

Pro-Kyiv volunteer battalions are increasingly blocking humanitarian aid into eastern Ukraine in a move which will exacerbate a pending humanitarian crisis in the run up to Christmas and New Year, said Amnesty International.

“As winter sets in, the already desperate situation in eastern Ukraine is being made even worse by the volunteer battalions preventing food aid and medicine from reaching those in need. It is no secret that the region is facing a humanitarian disaster with many already at risk of starvation,” said Denis Krivosheev, acting Director of Europe and Central Asia for Amnesty International.

“These battalions often act like renegade gangs and urgently need to be brought under control. Denying food to people caught up in a conflict is against international law and the perpetrators must be held to account.”

Amnesty International has received information that the pro-Kyiv battalions, which include Dnipro-1 and Aidar, have blocked aid entering territories controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR).

Read more: http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/eastern-ukraine-humanitarian-disaster-looms-food-aid-blocked-2014-12-23

- Our new allies learn from us so quickly. Stick to 'em when they're down.......

The Daily Show - Rage Against the Rage Against the Machine

- We take it as a given and not at all ironic that America's best funnyman is also the voice of reason. One we can trust and that we turn to in times of this nation's regular perils and wars. We have to couch the TRUTH in this Jester's Way because we fear what might happen if they thought we were seriously pissed.

Pentagon confirms military buildup along Russia borders for ‘peace & stability’

- Here we go.

PR Firm Advises U.S. To Cut Ties With Alabama

- The Emir of Qatar wants to know if the state comes with slaves or does he have to provide his own, as usual....

Death Buy Lemonade

- Every businessperson should know, Death always gets comped......

RingTales - Open Season

- Hunting irony kills.....

Edward Current: Tide For Mormons

- Rubbing ''purity crystals'' on your crotch area sounds dirty......

US Residency For Sale: $500,000 - Inquire PA Turnpike Commission

Chinese investors sign up to fund I-95-Pa. Turnpike

Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last updated: Sunday, November 30, 2014, 1:09 AM

Chinese investors have begun signing up to spend $500,000 each to help pay for a long-awaited connection between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95.

In exchange, the investors hope to get permanent residency in the United States for themselves and their families.

Agents for the novel financing plan have been pitching the proposal in China since September, touting the project's financial stability and showcasing photos of Gov. Corbett and Turnpike Commission officials breaking ground for the construction in Bucks County.

"Guaranteed by U.S. Government, Class A+ Repayment Credit!" proclaimed the Chinese-language website promoting the investment last month. "A key expressway-connecting hub project in U.S.A.!"


- This is what a Republican immigration plan looks like. If the natives of this land had done this to the Pilgrims, Thanksgivings today would be a lot more frugal affair......

Is that an inter-dimensional map in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

- The plot here is about a man who pulls out a map and asks a woman to show him where he went wrong. Which classifies this film-short as ''fantasy.'' Pure fantasy.

Laura Dimon (Jamie's kid) Needs Your Help

- Apparently her dad has pirate's-block and could use the workouts. You know, like therapy....



****UPDATE**** - Apparently she got all the help she needed:

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