Miley Cyrus poses backstage showing off her brand new short bob hairdo for the 2013 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas held at The Shrine Auditorium on Saturday evening (7th December) in Los Angeles. The 21-year-old entertainer was joined backstage at the concert by August: Osage County actress Juliette Lewis.
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The latest threat to Vladimir Putin’s autocratic rule may be coming not from the Russian opposition but from the Ukrainian street.
As tens of thousands continue to protest in Kiev against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to scuttle a pact with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Moscow, and with mass rallies scheduled this weekend, many in the Russian opposition seem to get this.
“We support Ukraine’s course toward European integration,” Boris Nemtsov told Interfax recently. “By supporting Ukraine, we also support ourselves.”
Nemtsov was among the handful of protesters detained on December 1 outside the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow. They had gathered under the banner “Ukraine, We Are With You” to show solidarity with those taking to the streets in Kyiv.
A day earlier, 30 prominent Russian writers and poets penned an open letter in support of the Ukrainian protesters.
“Your struggle for the right to choose your own path is going to be difficult—but we hope you are successful,” they wrote. “This would be a sign that in Russia we too can defend our rights and freedoms. We are with you!”
Putin, who also grasps the significance of the Ukrainian uprising for Russia, was predictably less positive in his assessment. The protests, he said, resembled “a pogrom.”
And it was perhaps with the events in Ukraine on his mind that the Kremlin leader announced this week that he would not be granting amnesties to the defendants in the so-called “Bolotnaya case” against those detained during anti-Kremlin demonstrations that turned violent on May 6, 2012.
The mass protests in Kiev are taking on additional symbolic value because they are taking place almost exactly two years after Russians staged the largest anti-government protests since the fall of the Soviet Union—also on Bolotnaya Square—on December 11, 2011.
Nemtsov noted the mass nature of the Kiev protests, which dwarfed even the largest Moscow demonstrations. “What we saw in Kiev last weekend, when by various estimates between 400,000 and 800,000 people came out, speaks for itself,” Nemtsov said. “And by the way, the population of Kiev is four times less than that of Moscow.”
In a sarcastic post on Slon.ru, blogger Arkady Babchenko implored the Ukrainian opposition not to repeat the “success” of their Russian counterparts.
“The success of any human endeavor depends at least in part on the ability to imagine an outcome. The Westernizers in Russia have had so few successes in the last decade—or the last century—that they have a hard time imagining anything but failure,” Moscow-based journalist and author Masha Gessen wrote in The New York Times.
“But now the Ukrainians are showing the Russians that there might be another way. If they succeed, they may change the future of not one but two of the largest countries in Europe.”
But the significance of the events in Kiev, of the Maydan, is larger than the lessons they offer to Russia’s Bolotnaya opposition. They are larger than the precedent that a democratic revolution in culturally similar Ukraine could set for Russia.
This is about more than contagion. True systemic change in Ukraine would have practical consequences for its northern neighbor.
It would deal a significant—if not mortal—blow to the corrupt political and economic model Putin has fine-tuned in Russia and sought to export to the rest of the former Soviet space.
In a 2012 briefing paper for Chatham House, James Greene wrote that a key part of the Putin model was to use corrupt business schemes to “capture” elites and make them compliant—both in Russia and in other parts of the former USSR.
“Putin used the carrot of corruption in conjunction with the stick of ‘compromat’ to establish patron-client political relationships,” Greene wrote.
“By broadening this approach to the corrupt transnational schemes that flowed seamlessly from Russia to the rest of the former Soviet space—and oozed beyond it—Putin could extend his shadow influence beyond Russia’s borders and develop a natural ‘captured’ constituency for maintaining a common Eurasian business space.”
As growth slows and Russia faces an increasingly dire budgetary crunch, projects like Putin’s Eurasian Union will become increasingly vital for the Kremlin.
And as New York University professor and longtime Kremlin-watcher Mark Galeotti said in a recent Power Vertical Podcast, Ukraine is a key piece of that puzzle.
“Ukraine performs a vital role for the not-so-open elements of the Russian economy,” Galeotti said.
“Ukraine is an initial pre-wash venue for dirty Russian money. We’ve seen the port of Odessa being used for all kinds of dubious arms deals…. Losing that would affect not only the Kremlin but also the profitable opportunities of a large number of people whose opinions matter to the Kremlin.”
Likewise, in his column in the Financial Times, foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman noted that “events in Ukraine are profoundly threatening to the personal interests and ideology of President Putin and his circle.”
This post appears courtesy of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Techland brought a new build of Techland to the VGX stream tonight, showing off the game running at 1080p on PlayStation 4. The demo takes place at time, with the undead moving slower in order to show off combat and mobility.
The video shows off in-the-moment x-rays that demonstrate where you've broken the biters' bones. Most of the zombies were your garden variety shamblers, but along the way we saw a hazmat-suit clad walker. Hitting him in the oxygen tank caused an explosion.
Dying Light will have approximately ten times more zombies on scren than their last game, Dead Island Riptide. The demo also shows off human rivals vying for supplies.
Dying Light is coming out for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC in 2014.
This company is no stranger to attempting new designs, especially in the tablet market. Even in the mobile market, this company is a bit of a loose cannon—that’s not a criticism. This year, we’ve seen some terrific designs, though no device in particular from this company has really challenged for the mobile or tablet throne. It’s not that this company can’t make a good product; it’s just that there are too many better devices available. This company has already pressing matter to contend with anyway.
When this device hit, in 2011, there were certain expectations. It had one of the coolest designs, a great display, and some good specs. But its software wasn’t up to snuff, made even more difficult to use by Sony’s attempt to alter the experience. Consider that a device like the iPad 2 was out, and more popular than ever, and this mystery device didn’t really stand a chance. This was at a time when Android tablets were just not good enough, and this mystery tablet was a casualty of those circumstances.
If this company does decide to make more tablets next year, I wouldn’t be opposed to following a design similar to this one. In a market where tablets are getting razor thin, it’s nice to see other ideas explored every now and again. Of course, there are more good tablets on the market today than we know what to do with, so I’m not even sure something like this—even with more optimized software—would even make it off store shelves.
Last week’s Guess the Phone (device) was the Flip camera.