Sanctions on specific individuals responsible for undermining the sovereignty, territorial integrity and government of Ukraine Statement by the President on Ukraine by The White House

Though largely limited to mid-level Kremlin officials, at least one member of President Putin’s inner circle was targeted, Vladislav Surkov, a man called “Putin’s Rasputin” and the “chief architect of Putinism.”

Surkov blithely dismissed the sanctions' effects on his finances and offered the following response to his US visa cancellation:

The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don’t need a visa to access their work. I lose nothing.

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Guinness has withdrawn its participation Statement on Withdrawing St. Patrick's Day Sponsorship by Guinness

Guinness' withdrawal follows Boston’s Sam Adams and Heineken. Additionally, both Boston and New York City mayors refused to participate in their respective cities' parades.

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An advocate for equality for all Statement on Withdrawing St. Patrick's Day Sponsorship by Guinness

A 2013 Guinness commercial challenged the traditional beer commercial mold and interrogated an oft-overlooked form of discrimination: albeism.

The commercial was also seen to challenge traditional gender roles by presenting a form of masculinity rarely seen in typically machismo-drenched beer ads.

Guinness distinguishes itself from its competitors by aligning its product with a brand of masculinity that has long been absent from beer advertising.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwndLOKQTDs&feature=youtu.be

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Policy of exclusion Statement on Withdrawing St. Patrick's Day Sponsorship by Guinness

Parade planners denied pro-LGBT groups from marching in both Boston and New York City St. Patrick’s Day parades.

Sarah Kate Ellis, President of LGBT advocacy group GLAAD, issued a statement:

As a gay mom who has fond memories of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, it saddens me that I can’t give those same memories to my own kids because my family isn’t welcome. Hopefully, as parade organizers realize that anti-LGBT discrimination is not supported by sponsors, or many Irish New Yorkers, they’ll see that families like mine should be part of the celebration.

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Without incident Statement on Tyler, the Creator's Arrest by Austin Police Department

Tyler was arrested at a Texas airport, TMZ reports. A photo shows Tyler cooperating with police.

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Riot-Class A Misdemeanor Statement on Tyler, the Creator's Arrest by Austin Police Department

According to the police affidavit, the charge was upgraded from a Class B to Class A due to a bartender getting punched in the face, “which caused him pain.”

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Encouraged a large crowd on more than one occasion to force themselves past venue employees Statement on Tyler, the Creator's Arrest by Austin Police Department

Watch video of the bum rush below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSxtvQvQpos

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Secession referendum 5 Things to Know About Ukraine by News Genius

The two choices, in English:

  1. Are you in favor of the reunification of Crimea with Russia as a part of the Russian Federation?

  2. Are you in favor of restoring the 1992 Constitution and the status of Crimea as a part of Ukraine?

The referendum doesn’t allow for a vote for Crimea’s current status under the Constitution’s Chapter X as an autonomous republic within Ukraine.

In 1991, Crimea became an autonomous Soviet republic before Ukraine gained its post-Soviet independence (Ukraine at the time was still technically a Soviet Socialist Republic). Offered greater autonomy by post-Soviet Kiev, Crimea quickly declared itself a full-fledged republic, although Kiev didn’t recognize it as such. In 1992, the two entities came to an agreement that Crimea would have substantial political independence as an “autonomous republic.” When the referendum talks about the “1992 Constitution,” it’s talking about the Crimean Constitution before the agreement with Kiev.

In 1994-1995, Crimean President and pro-Russian politician Yuri Meshkov and the Crimean parliament voted to restore the peninsula’s status quo ex ante, returning it to fully-independent governance. Ukraine’s Kuchma accused Crimea of attempting to return to Russia, and Kiev abolished Ukraine’s independence in 1996, with Kuchma ruling it directly under an emergency decree. In 1998, Crimea was granted relatively expansive autonomy.

In March 2014, the Verkhovna Rada voted to disband the Crimean parliament, a move that stretches the meaning of “autonomy” well past its breaking point.

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Presidents Obama and Putin assert 5 Things to Know About Ukraine by News Genius

Both presidents repeat the same phrase about opposing forces: Ukrainians “should have the right to determine their own future.” The presidents repeat each other verbatim.

When it’s Obama, he presents the protesters in Kiev as righteous freedom fighters; when it’s Putin, he presents the pro-Russian protesters in the same light.

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Countries with imperial-grade militaries do 5 Things to Know About Ukraine by News Genius

Like the United States. Washington’s righteous desire for democracy during the Arab Spring did not extend to the Kingdom of Bahrain, home to the US navy’s 5th fleet, the important fleet charged with Persian Gulf duty and maintaining a steady and secure flow of oil.

Washington remained mostly quiet as (likely American-supplied) Saudi tanks rolled into Bahrain to crush the protests.

Saudi troops and tanks in Bahrain during the 2011 protests

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