Image: Demonstrators in the port city of Aden carry the flag of South Yemen. Those who support breaking away from northern Yemen marched in Aden’s Tawahi district on February 23, 2015. (Nabih Bulos/ The Times)
Yemen port city of Aden seethes with separatist fervor

A replica Big Ben still looks down on the harbor. Queen Victoria casts a dour gaze from her bronzed throne in a patch of green fronting the port.

But this one-time jewel of the British empire has fallen onto hard times – and now seethes with sedition as Yemen lurches toward civil war and possible disintegration.

The return this weekend of ousted President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, a southerner, after weeks of house arrest in the capital, Sana, has done little to quell separatist furor here in the south.

Blue-tinged flags of an erstwhile new independent nation are ubiquitous. Gaggles of pro-independence protesters march on the streets. Separatist slogans line the walls. Talk of rebellion is rampant.

“If there is no secession, then this area will become the biggest conflict in the Middle East – bigger than Iraq or Syria,”
warned Mohammad Nasser Hattab, who heads a “popular committee” militia that has commandeered a police station across from the tattered park where a stolid and plump Victoria still observes the horizon.

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Today I kept myself going through the asperusualhideous day by amusing myself with thoughts of Asajj and Space!Marks and Spencer Ahsoka knickers.

I can think of only one reason for there to be such a painful absence of girl-friendly Star Wars merchandise: it’s a Separatist conspiracy. Obviously. They will wear us down through disappointed and righteous annoyance. Slowly. It’s working.

Asajj supports Master Dooku in this entirely until one day the lack of fun underwears sends her over the edge, and she goes rogue.

Years later in those early days of the Rebellion and as they grow into their awkward alliance, Ahsoka spots Asajj’s laundry: a line of Ahsoka themed knickers, one for every day of the week. Some of them so overwashed and worn that they’re practically sheer. The elastic fraying on others.

(They discontinued that particular line after the embarrassing incident where Ahsoka was booted out of the order.)

(It’s ok, Asajj bought up stock and has like four unopened packs in storage.)

(They’re in the crate with a dozen packs of Obi-Wan socks.)

(Some of them are seasonally themed)

Ahsoka tries to back out of the utility room before she’s spotted. But it’s too late.

Asajj. Says. Nothing.

Asajj in sensible wednesday Ahsoka knickers under renegade-Sith bounty hunter outfit.


Una grande dignità. Una grande donna e mamma. Un grande popolo. Dio benedica questa gente.


An Interview with the Leader of the DPR: Russian Roulette

‘Names and addresses’

Searing agony and the horrifying sound of crushed bone.

'Names and addresses’

He’s sobbing out a no and reminding himself to breath through the pain.

'Names and addresses’

His nerve endings are on fire and he can’t feel anything past the pain, but they find a way. There’s the taste of metal in his mouth and then pain, and his own screams are drowning out the never ending litany.

'Names and addresses’

'Names and addresses’

'Names and addresses’

He wakes up not from his own thrashing, but from his head colliding with the nightstand, and he finds himself truly tangled in his sheets, halfway off his bed. He’s heaving for air and still he’s drowning - grasping the sheets and forgetting why they feel wrong to his fingers. He focuses his gaze on the empty wine bottle on the floor nearby, and just tries to remember how to breath.


Not all quiet on the eastern Ukrainian front | Channel 4 News

U.S. Accuses Russia of Continuing to Build Up Forces Near Ukraine Border

U.S. Accuses Russia of Continuing to Build Up Forces Near Ukraine Border

In a sign that the tense crisis in Ukraine could soon escalate, Russia has continued to deploy air defense systems in eastern Ukraine and has built up its forces near the border, American officials said on Wednesday.


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US Forces Launch Ukraine Military Training

हिरासत में यासिन मलिक व स्वामी अग्निवेश-Yasin Malik And Swami Agnivesh Detained By JK Police

हिरासत में यासिन मलिक व स्वामी अग्निवेश-Yasin Malik And Swami Agnivesh Detained By JK Police

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