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The First Lady’s Day: International Women of Courage Awards & More

First Lady Michelle Obama recognizes singer Ruslana Lyzhychko, a leader of Ukraine‘s Maidan movement for democratic reform, as she was awarded with the US Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award 2014 during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington DC, March 4

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See the complete ceremony here

Text of the First Lady’s remarks here

More photos from the ceremony here

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Fatimata Toure

During the terrorist occupation of northern Mali, Fatimata Touré channeled her 22 years of experience advocating for women’s health rights to fight resolutely against countless acts of gender-based violence. When extremists attacked the hospital in Gao, she assisted victims in relocating and finding much needed safety and care. As the conflict ensued, Mme. Touré provided counseling and shelter for victims of rape and forced-marriage and publicly denounced perpetrators of gender-based violence. Her actions drew threats from the extremists and, even as her own home was under assault, Mme. Touré hid beneath her bed and used her mobile phone to continue documenting acts of violence against women. Her limitless courage ensured that victims received medical care and that the abuse they suffered was not forgotten during the conflict. As the current head of the Regional Forum on Reconciliation and Peace in Gao, she continues advocating for justice and women’s rights.

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Laxmi

Laxmi was 16 when an acquaintance threw acid on her face while she waited at a bus stop, disfiguring her permanently. Her attacker, a friend’s 32-year old brother, planned to use the acid to destroy Laxmi’s face after she refused to respond to his romantic advances. Many acid attack victims never return to normal life: they often go to great lengths to hide their disfigurement, many forgo education or employment rather than appear in public, and suicide is not uncommon. But Laxmi did not hide.

She became the standard-bearer in India for the movement to end acid attacks. She made repeated appearances on national television, gathered 27,000 signatures for a petition to curb acid sales, and took her cause to the Indian Supreme Court. Laxmi’s petition led the Supreme Court to order the Indian central and state governments to regulate immediately the sale of acid, and the Parliament to make prosecutions of acid attacks easier to pursue. Much is left to be done, and Laxmi continues to advocate on behalf of acid attack victims throughout India for increased compensation, effective prosecution and prevention of acid attacks, and rehabilitation of survivors.

Read more about Laxmi’s story here

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Roshika Deo

Roshika Deo has been a vocal advocate for Fiji’s return to democracy and for the participation of women and youth in her country’s the democratization process. She was one of the very first candidates in the country to announce her intention to stand in Fiji’s 2014 elections, the first since a military coup in 2006. Despite intense criticism and threats of violence and financial difficulties, Roshika and her “Be the Change” political campaign are inspiring a new generation of Fijian women and youth to believe in democracy and the power of civic participation. Roshika has also been one of Fiji’s most outspoken critics of violence and discrimination against women and girls, and has publicly stood up for government accountability.

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Judge Iris Yassmin Barrios Aguilar

As the president of one of two of Guatemala’s High Risk Court Tribunals, Yassmin Barrios has made a career of taking on the most difficult and politically-sensitive cases. Such cases have confronted high-profile corruption, organized crime and drug trafficking, and human rights abuses occurring during Guatemala’s 36-year internal armed conflict (1960-1996). Most strikingly, in 2013, Barrios served as the presiding judge in the genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt. The trial represented the first time a former head of state was tried for genocide in his home country by the national judiciary. By initiating the judicial process against the former dictator, Barrios gave a voice to thousands of Ixil-Mayan victims, provided an important legal precedent for genocide cases worldwide, and demonstrated the importance of an independent judiciary.

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Beatrice Mtetwa

Beatrice Mtetwa is Zimbabwe’s most prominent human rights lawyer. For more than 20 years she has fought against injustice, defended press freedom, and upheld the rule of law, accepting difficult cases that other lawyers have declined for fear of political reprisal. Despite experiencing harassment, assault, violence, and arrest, she remains a steadfast advocate for human rights, women’s equality and advancement, and social justice. Mtetwa defended two previous International Women of Courage awardees, Jestina Mukoko and Jenni Williams. She has also represented politicians, civil society activists, and local and international journalists including British and American correspondents arrested while covering Zimbabwe’s 2008 election.

… with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom

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Rusiana Lyzhychko

Ruslana Lyzhychko is a civil society activist, human rights advocate and a leader of Ukraine‘s Maidan movement for democratic reform. Her steadfast commitment to non-violent resistance and national unity helped channel a series of popular demonstrations into a national movement against government corruption and human rights abuses. Ms. Lyzhychko started her career as a pop music star, earning international fame for winning the 2004 Eurovision song contest. In November 2013, Ms. Lyzhychko became one of the most powerful voices and leaders of Ukraine’s EuroMaidan movement using her celebrity status and social media connections to encourage citizens to demonstrate peacefully for a change of political course. Her performance of the Ukrainian national anthem every night, even in the face of impending police attacks and death threats, fortified the movement and became a symbol of its commitment to a diverse and unified Ukraine.

When police attacked peaceful student demonstrators, Ms. Lyzhychko personally evacuated students and stood guard outside while alerting the media and calling on the international community to intervene. Then, on a freezing night in December, as security forces with truncheons and shields descended on the Maidan, Ruslana remained onstage to marshal activists to stand their ground and resist non-violently. Ms. Lyzhychko continues to work actively in Ukraine and with Ukraine’s European partners to further the Maidan’s agenda of democratic reform.

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Oinikhol Bobonazarova

Oinikhol Bobonazarova is a pioneer of the human rights movement in Tajikistan and one of the country’s most well-known female human rights activists. Since the end of the Tajik civil war in 1997, Ms. Bobonazarova has worked tirelessly to draw attention to women’s rights, torture in detention centers, and the plight of Tajik migrant laborers. In September 2013, Ms. Bobonazarova became the first ever female candidate for President of Tajikistan when the only Islamic political party in Central Asia nominated her as its standard bearer. Since her unsuccessful bid for the presidency, Ms. Bobonazarova has continued to speak out against torture and has been instrumental in working with the NGO association “Coalition Against Torture” and the Ombudsman’s Office to establish the first independent prison monitoring program since prisons were closed to outside access in 2004.

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Dr. Maha Al Muneef

Dr. Maha Al Muneef is the executive director of the National Family Safety Program (NFSP), which she founded in 2005 to combat domestic violence and child abuse in Saudi Arabia. A specialist in pediatric infectious diseases, Dr. Al Muneef has worked relentlessly to spread awareness about domestic violence and victims of child abuse. As the first organization in Saudi Arabia to address these issues, the NFSP has developed advocacy programs, reported on domestic violence and child abuse statistics in Saudi Arabia, and led efforts to provide services for victims of abuse. From 2009-2013, Dr. Al Muneef served as an advisor to Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Council, the Shura Council. In August 2013, after a multi-year effort, the Council of Ministers adopted landmark legislation to protect victims of domestic violence. As a courageous promoter of this issue, Dr. Al Muneef and the NFSP played an instrumental role in drafting and advising on the “Protection from Abuse” law, which defines and criminalizes domestic violence for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

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Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze

Despite being a minority of a minority – a woman working in a predominately male religious field, and a religious minority operating in a society dominated by one faith – Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia bravely advocates for gender equality and for the equal protection of all of Georgia’s minorities. As a woman holding a position of church leadership, Bishop Gotsiridze occupies a unique and respected role, challenging the perception of the role of women in society. She contributes frequently to gender equality, efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, and other women’s initiatives. With her church, Bishop Gotsiridze has spearheaded a number of initiatives to promote tolerance and equality in Georgia, including the establishment of interfaith dialogues that have successfully worked to protect the freedom of religious expression in Georgia, especially for the Muslim minority. Bishop Gotsiridze was one of the first members of the religious community to speak in support of the rights of Georgia’s LGBT community.

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Dr. Nasrin Oryakhil

A prominent leader in the field of maternal health, Dr. Nasrin Oryakhil is a doctor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and has been the Director of the Malalai Maternity Hospital in Kabul since 2004. In addition to providing emergency obstetric care to women, including for rural women who come to Kabul because of medical complications, Dr. Nasrin founded, at Malalai Maternity Hospital, the first center for obstetric fistula repair in Afghanistan. Dr. Nasrin is also firmly committed to strengthening the role of women in medical professions in Afghanistan. She has increased the recognition of the essential role of midwives and supported the establishment of the Afghan Midwives Association. She is the president of the non-governmental organization Afghan Family Health Association, which is currently implementing innovative reproductive health programs, providing a hotline for youth and shelters for women, and conducting outreach sessions in high schools to raise reproductive health awareness among students. She is also an active member of the Afghan Women’s Network, has spoken before the Parliament many times, has presented at professional medical conferences, and is part of the working group tasked to establish a Medical Council in Afghanistan.

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Bios from here

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The First Lady’s Visit to Yu Ying Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.

Text of the First Lady’s remarks here

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a boy at the Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School ahead of her upcoming trip to China

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a language class with teacher Crystal Chen for pre-school students at the Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School

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So many contenders for Photo of the Day, I’m torn between this…..

this….

and this….

@petesouza: A young student uses a stethoscope on President Obama at Powell Elementary School in DC today

Gawd, I love this administration.


100 Responses to “The First Lady’s Day: International Women of Courage Awards & More”


  1. 1 COS
    March 4, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Hey Chips.

    • 2 COS
      March 4, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks for all of these beautiful photos.

      • 3 COS
        March 4, 2014 at 8:41 pm

        I especially love the one with the stethoscope. :)

      • 5 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        March 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm

        ALL OF THE FIRST LADY’S PHOTOS ARE HEARTWARMING AND BEAUTIFUL….FOR SOME REASON THOUGH…I DON’T LIKE THE IDEA OF HER TRIP TO CHINA…I DON’T HAVE A GOOD FEELING ABOUT IT AND I THINK IT’S THE WRONG TIME TO GO. I WISH SHE WOULD WAIT FOR ANOTHER TIME. THERE IS TOO MUCH CHAOS.

        • 6 jackiegrumbacher
          March 4, 2014 at 9:45 pm

          Sue, I’m sure if it’s deemed unsafe, the trip won’t take place. But I think the Chinese will do everything possible to ensure a good trip for the first lady or they will lose face and respect throughout the world.

          • 7 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            March 5, 2014 at 6:05 am

            THIS IS MY OPINION OF PUTIN’S LATEST MOVES AND I FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THIS…PUTIN WANTS THE PENINSULA FOR ‘LOADING’ SUPPLIES. HE HAS BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR A LONG TIME AND I BELIEVE HE HAS MADE SEVERAL GAS DEALS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES…THIS INCLUDES…CHINA…A DARK HORSE THAT ALSO WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD. THIS IS WHY I DON’T WANT THE FIRST LADY TO GO THERE. THIS IS ALL LINING UP FOR ONE HELL OF A WAR AND CHINA AND RUSSIA I BELIEVE ARE IN CAHOOTS. PUTIN HAS ALOT OF TOYS IN HIS BAG OF ‘HARMFUL THINGS’…THIS IS GOING TO BE SOME JOURNEY! I HAVE PREVIOUSLY SENT NOTES TO THE WH WARNING THEM ABOUT RUSSIA…HOWEVER…TO NO AVAIL….WHY IS THAT?

    • March 4, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      CooooOOOooooOOOooooOOoooooOOooosssSSsssSSSSsssSSssss!

  2. March 4, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Chips, this post is a gem……. BT’s have been on fire!

    “But first, a brief historical digression……..The year was 1980. The Iranian revolution had toppled the shah’s regime, the Soviet Union had just invaded Afghanistan and the United States’ president, Jimmy Carter, was widely perceived as a weak leader. Looking for a sharp-edged evaluation of the situation, I decided to interview Sen. Henry M. Jackson, a leading hawk. What Jackson (D-Wash.) said was surprising, even at a distance of nearly 35 years. Rather than demanding tougher statements or more saber-rattling, he said he worried about “overreaction” to events: “We appear to be going from one crisis to another,” with Washington dispensing “red-hot rhetoric at least once a week about the dire consequences of this or that or something else.”

    “We need to be prudent,” said Jackson, who was perhaps the most prominent Cold Warrior of his day. “There is a need for the U.S. to make careful decisions, stand by those decisions, and avoid sending false or conflicting signals” to U.S. allies or the Russians.

    • 10 COS
      March 4, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      I am sure PBO is shutting out all of the predictable noise from the repugs. Good comments from Gates.

    • March 4, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Key quote:

      ““It seems to me that trying to speak with one voice — one American voice — seems to have become a quaint thing of the past. I regret that enormously.””

      We all should.

      #TrustBarack

      Yes We Can

    • 14 jackiegrumbacher
      March 4, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      LP, I’m sure they believe they’re “egging” the president to do something rash because, as usual, they underestimate this president’s strength and overestimate their own importance. If the president were to “over react” and do something reckless, they would be merciless in their attacks and use it as a tools against ALL Democrats in November. There is NO loyalty to their country among these Republicans. It’s all politics all the time. Fortunately, as we all know from experience, our president does not over react.

  3. March 4, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    “The Obama administration suspended military ties to Russia, including exercises, port visits and planning meetings, just a day after calling off trade talks. If Moscow does not reverse course, officials said they would ban visas and freeze assets of select Russian officials in the chain of command as well as target state-run financial institutions. Congressional leaders signaled that they would follow with sanctions of their own, and quickly approve economic aid for the fragile, new pro-Western government in Ukraine.

    In response to the Russian moves, European leaders indicated Monday that they would go along with limited action like suspending unrelated talks with Moscow and halting arms sales, but they resisted more sweeping efforts to curb commercial activity and investment in Russia. German officials emphasized the need for diplomacy, while Dutch diplomats ruled out sanctions for now. A British document photographed by a journalist said the government of Prime Minister David Cameron would not support trade sanctions or block Russian money from the British market.

    Without European backing, American officials worry that economic sanctions may not carry enough bite to persuade President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to reverse course in Ukraine. By itself, the United States is not even among Russia’s top 10 trading partners, with no more than $40 billion in exports and imports exchanged between the two each year. By contrast, Europe does about $460 billion in business with Russia, giving it far more potential clout, but also exposing it to far more potential risk……..”

  4. 17 Nerdy Wonka
    March 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm

  5. 21 anniebella
    March 4, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    We are blessed with a wonderful President and First Lady.

    • 22 Judith Fardig
      March 4, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Couldn’t agree more, Anniebella. Maybe that photo will hang on a wall in a medical office someday when that little boy achieves his dream of becoming a doctor!

      • 23 HZ
        March 5, 2014 at 12:04 am

        Hello Judith. I was just thinking a thought of sameness about this photo. The gentle spirit of President Obama kneeling down to meet the little precious one(I love it when adults stand with the little ones at the eye level of respect also showing that they are recognized as little sweet human beings on their level, but yet knowing that they are in the company of men and women of greatness as well.) A mutual respect that I love about POB and FLOTUS.

        I was just thinking that just one day this young precious one will possibly have this photo on his office wall showing his wonderful achievements as a great cardiologist, neurologist , chief of staff of a great research institution in this great world. May beautiful blessings follow this precious one into his blessed space. “Dream Big Dream, young man.”HZ

  6. 25 vcprezofan2
    March 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Sigh! Do you guys think maybe I’ll ALSO be ‘left behind’ on that great day when the faithful are ‘gathered up’?

    Anyhoo (yes Cookem, I think of you whenever that word pops into my mind), I like this particular #TimeToEnroll ad.

  7. 27 vcprezofan2
    March 4, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Okay, Chipsey-Daisey, I’m off to enjoy your FLOTUS pics, AND to imagine myself into the space of anyone standing next to her or getting a flotus-hug – I need that tonight!

      • 29 vcprezofan2
        March 4, 2014 at 9:01 pm

        Thanks! I really needed that. :lol: :lol: You are my favourite dote.

        • March 4, 2014 at 9:04 pm

          Are you sure you mean ‘dote’ and not ‘dolt’? H/T Dotster :lol:

          • 31 vcprezofan2
            March 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm

            Tell Dotster I’m sure……….tonight! ;) ;)

          • 32 dotster3
            March 4, 2014 at 11:34 pm

            I noticed you called my new grandbabe a dote the other night—–my first reaction was to be insulted again—-because I only hear/read dolt——I have to say for some reason the word dote was never a part of my life :)—–I don’t think I ever read it, said it, heard anyone else say it……foreign to me. Anyhoo, happy on 2nd take that you weren’t calling that sweet baby a numskull. :)

    • 33 vcprezofan2
      March 4, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Started to actually read the captions and look at the pictures, and do not wish to intrude in any way on any of these ladies’ moment of love, not even in imagination. Such stark reminders that we have a long, long way to go to equality, peace, and love of our fellowwoman/man.

    • 34 MightyPamela
      March 4, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      {{{{{VC}}}}}. A few extras coming your way ~ like a savings account!! ♥

  8. 38 carolynn
    March 4, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I do not have the vocabulary to fully express the level of my admiration for those Women of Courage! Each one is remarkable. Not one life has been comfortable or easy. They have accomplished so much in their lives. Makes me proud to be a woman!

  9. 40 GGAIL
    March 4, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Awww, what a beautiful post to come home to. Thanks!

  10. 41 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2014 at 9:16 pm

  11. March 4, 2014 at 9:18 pm

  12. 44 sherijr
    March 4, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I love this administration too, Chips.. and all of you, for making sure that we know all this administration is doing to better all our lives. thank you, POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS & Dr. Biden.. and Ms. Chips… and all the brilliant caring folks who make up the Obama Admin.

  13. 47 forus50
    March 4, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    LOVE, love those pictures Chipsticks. Oh my gosh, the doctor checkup is too sweet. Here’s a fun piece from our local WGN station here.

    http://morningnews.wgntv.com/2014/03/03/dans-hilarious-frozen-inspired-parody-let-it-go-chicago/

  14. 48 anniebella
    March 4, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you for posting FLOTUS speech at the International Women of Courage, as usually she was wonderful So was the women honor..

  15. 49 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Great stories. Great pics.

  16. March 4, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Enjoyed how painted #TzarVlado as the hypocrite that he is …

  17. 51 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Mark my word, the media is going to very, very quiet on the Governor’s races in TX and FL this year.

  18. March 4, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Those women of courage are truly remarkable! And the photos of POTUS at the elementary school in the previous thread are unbearably cute! OMG. I better get away from the computer now while I’m still smiling! :-)

  19. March 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Hey, LL …

    :)

  20. 55 sherijr
    March 4, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    The courage of all these amazing women.. I don’t even have the words, just complete respect for them, their strength. Grateful just to read about them.

  21. March 4, 2014 at 9:40 pm

  22. March 4, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Totally overwhelmed by all the achievement and love and respect in each of these photos.
    WOW, another incredible day with POTUS & FLOTUS. And CHIPS.

  23. March 4, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Congrats to Wendy Davis! Now the hard work begins. GO WENDY!

  24. March 4, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Obamacare town hall for Latinos coming up on Thursday:

    • 63 COS
      March 4, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks for posting this Meta. I probably would have missed it like I did with PBO’s speech this morning.

  25. 64 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 9:56 pm

  26. March 4, 2014 at 9:58 pm

  27. March 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I expect little Ms. Vladey Mae Pout-in will get severely Barack-ed again. Of course refuggs, emomaggots and CORPMEDIA will have seizures to push their alternate reality.

  28. 69 anniebella
    March 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Don’t forget Rachel Maddow show Thursday night as she tell us why the G.W. Bush, Cheney, and the Republicans lied us into the Iraq war. Title “Why We Did It”.

  29. 70 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm

  30. 71 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm

  31. 72 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    The lil’ ones perform for FLOTUS :)

  32. 73 globalcitizenlinda
    March 4, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    if putin was a member of my cultural tribe, definitely today, his paternal auntie would have fed him special strong herbs and guided him through a long ceremonial bath to cleanse his body and soul of the personal “demons” that have gripped/engulfed/possed him

    • 74 MightyPamela
      March 4, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      GCL, he should be so blessed! As things are, it seems apparent his soul, what’s left of it, will have a long and alienated walk in utter darkness, for what will seem eternity.

  33. 75 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 10:11 pm

  34. March 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Yes, I will be relentless in stressing this fact. It will be among the hardest to repair aspects of GWB’s completely illegitimate war on Iraq.

    • 78 99ts
      March 4, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      It is a major big issue. Colin Powell’s speech to the UN was based on a lie. It is difficult now for anyone in the US to attack Putin’s lies or to be on the “moral high ground” of Putin’s aggression. When I watched Samantha Power speaking to the security council – all I could hear was Colin Powell. It was not a nice experience.

      This is something McCain and his troops should have rammed down their throats. It has nothing to do with the current administration – and everything to do with Bush and the GOP.

      Europe is now looking inwards – at how their countries are impacted. Not individually or through NATO do they intend to go down the GOP’s path to war.

      Thankyou for all the updates Bob. I’ve been out most of today – head back here for the news.

  35. March 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    “We want the world to know the truth about our lives and experiences. Russia claims that it is protecting the right to speak Russian. We would like to clearly declare that the Russian excuse for intervening with such violence in our lives is an utter invention and falsehood. The Russian language is freely used in the Ukrainian media, schools and universities, and everyday life. During more than two decades of independence, Ukraine has learned to handle its ethnic and linguistic problems in a responsible way. Unlike many other post-Soviet states, it has never had conflicts on ethnic grounds. In case of need, we solve all our problems by means of open discussion resulting in a viable compromise. No intervention from outside is necessary. And what happened in Kharkiv on the 1st of March was a criminal intervention.”

  36. March 4, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    “These myths were most apparent during the Orange Revolution of 2004, and they have been used by both sides to gain power. In the east, people are terrified of the “Orange Plague”; in the west, people are terrified of “Donetsk criminals.” As long as these myths were believed, the political forces in question have been able to use power for their own gain, sustaining the people on political speculations and intimidation instead of enacting meaningful economic reforms.

    But those myths are collapsing; that is what the 2014 protests were all about. Both eastern and western camps had a chance at ruling, and both failed. In doing so, they showed Ukrainians that the challenge was not between one region or another, but between the corrupt at the top and the people, whatever region they are from. Politicians today are finally being asked for plans of action that will actually achieve things, rather than populist slogans or ideological myths.

    In recent days, in cities across the region, people have gathered to protest Russian aggression. Thanks to Mr. Putin, Ukraine has seen a rise not only in Russian-speaking Ukrainian patriots, but also “Russian-speaking Russophobes,” who identify as Russian but want nothing to do with him.

    Russia’s ideological war with Ukraine is doomed to fail within Ukrainian society. Its victims exist only in the willful isolation of the pro-Russian media. Now we must avert the danger of real war — or else win it.”

  37. 85 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 10:23 pm

  38. 86 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    • 87 99ts
      March 4, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Any enemy of PBO is a friend of the GOP. They show how much they hate their country. The GOP stood with Putin will be the word as the 1914 elections draw closer.

    • 89 anniebella
      March 4, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      John McCain has become a disgrace. How dare the one who was willing to put quack Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from the Presidency talk about someone else being naive. Get over it McCain Senator Barack Obama beat you in 2008.

  39. 90 MightyPamela
    March 4, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    The look on PBO’s face as he is watching the littlest doctor in the world examine his heart, is just melting my Heart! He is so relaxed, so involved in the moment, and so trying not to laugh out loud!!! What I see, is how he draws energy by being in the moment, and attending with his full consciousness to the presence of the little boy. That, I believe, is how our president stays sane, but also shows us all what a wonderful world we may create if we can follow this example. Think of all the photos going into frames on mantelpieces and bedside tables, in homes all over the city tonight. Photos which will be a proud part of many families history now!

    • March 4, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Has anyone else had an experience with a person asking you a question then not listening to what you say nor even caring what you did say? A person that asks you a question and listens to your answer replying in a way that shows he is engaged and interested in what you have to say defines authenticity. (The Obamas) The uncaring person is disrespectful to the person the question was asked. I personally do not feel like talking to a person that seems to be only asking questions to hear them self speak.

    • 92 HZ
      March 5, 2014 at 12:15 am

      {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Love you MightyPamela and your thoughts}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

  40. 93 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 10:35 pm

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  42. 95 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 10:39 pm

  43. March 4, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Pattern recognition is really easy when the patterns match identically ….

    • 98 HZ
      March 5, 2014 at 12:19 am

      TY, Bobfr for all of your dedication and efforts to make this a wonderful place to learn so much for all of the brilliant minds like yours. You all are such a joy to be with in this great family that Chips has created for all of us and the world to enjoy.HZ

  44. 99 HZ
    March 5, 2014 at 12:23 am

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ To our beautiful, hardworking, brilliant, and compassionate visionary First Lady, Michelle Obama}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

  45. 100 LDS
    March 5, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Okay. I woke up for a glass of water. And now I am crying like a baby. These pics of all of these brave women humbles me, makes me proud and so grateful for their lives and what they are doing. Thank you to all of them and FLOTUS is the ideal person to warm their hearts and encourage them in what destiny has chosen them to do.
    May God bless them and keep them real good. May His countenance continue to shine upon them and give them peace.


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