NYU gave president’s aspiring actor son apartment on campus
By James Covert
April 16, 2014 | 11:15am

New York University’s controversial penchant under President John Sexton for doling out real-estate perks to top professors and executives also extended to his son.

Jed Sexton, whose sole affiliation with NYU was his status as the president’s son, for years enjoyed a spacious faculty apartment while the university experienced a “severe” housing shortage, The Post has learned.

In spring 2002, NYU ordered that a pair of one-bedroom apartments normally reserved for law school faculty be combined into a lavish, two-story spread in the heart of Greenwich Village, property records show.

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Who you gonna believe? The New York Times, or your own eyes?

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1) NATO’s Pet Nazis Savage Ukrainian Presidential Candidate, by Tony Cartalucci

2) Radical Pro-Russia Presidential Candidate Oleh Tsarev Beaten Up By Crowd In Ukraine
, by Serhiy Karazy

3) Russia Is Quick to Bend Truth About Ukraine, By David M. Herszenhorn


Ukraine on brink of civil war after blood was spilt in east – Yanukovich
Published time: April 13, 2014 18:35
Edited time: April 14, 2014 10:13

Ukraine is a foot in the door to civil war, ousted President Viktor Yanukovich said in his address from Rostov-on-Don, where he has been residing for over a month after fleeing Kiev amid protests.

“Blood was spilt today,” Yankovich told journalists referring to the events in the eastern city of Slavyansk. “Now our country finds itself in a totally new situation – with one foot in the door of a civil war. The Kiev junta has issued a criminal order to use armed forces and the army against the protesters.”

“During my time in Kiev, we never used such methods against radicals or extremists,” he added.

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Holocaust memorial vandalized in Odessa, Kiev protesters call to burn WWII hero symbols
Published time: April 08, 2014 21:25
Edited time: April 10, 2014 18:24

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The memorial to Holocaust victims has been vandalized in Odessa, southern Ukraine. The perpetrators drew Nazi symbols-swastika and wolf-hook. While protesters in Kiev are demanding the arrest of those who wear St. George’s ribbons, symbol of WWII heroes.

The memorial to Holocaust victims in Odessa, erected on the square named after a Soviet commander Fedor Tolobyhin, has been vandalized overnight on Tuesday, local media reported.

Unidentified people painted the memorial with swastikas and wolf hooks, symbols that have been connected with Nazi ideology since the beginning of the 20th century.

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For Hillary Clinton and Boeing, a beneficial relationship
By Rosalind S. Helderman, Published: April 13

On a trip to Moscow early in her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton played the role of international saleswoman, pressing Russian government officials to sign a multibillion-dollar deal to buy dozens of aircraft from Boeing.

A month later, Clinton was in China, where she jubilantly announced that the aerospace giant would be writing a generous check to help resuscitate floundering U.S. efforts to host a pavilion at the upcoming World’s Fair.

Boeing, she said, “has just agreed to double its contribution to $2 million.”

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via NYUFASP:

We’re asking everyone—at NYU, in the Village, and all throughout the city— to help us save New York City’s parks, by signing this petition to the mayor.

We’re asking him to stand with us, in favor of Judge Donna Mills’ landmark decision to protect three parks from NYU’s expansion plan. Predictably, NYU is appealing that decision, in hopes of pushing forward with the Sexton Plan, against the will of the entire community (NYU’s faculty included).

This isn’t just about protecting Greenwich Village: Judge Mills’ decision sets a vital precedent for every park in New York City—and so we want this mayor to honor it, by not appealing it.

Please sign this petition NOW, and send it far and wide:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/our-five-borough-petition-for-save-our-parks

Thank you for your time and attention.

NYUFASP


Illegitimate” Vote, Seeks “Additional Measures”
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/16/2014 12:44 -0400

“No provocations have been reported. The situation is quiet and under control,” notes Crimea’s Prime Minister Sergei Aksynov (despite plenty of chatter of pro-Ukraine buildings being attacked by pro-Russian supporters in Donetsk and Kharkiv). However, what is perhaps more important is that Interfax reports, voter turnout at Sunday’s referendum on Crimea’ future status had reached 73% by 6 p.m. (8 p.m. Moscow time), according to a posting on the referendum’s website. That is higher than every US presidential election since 1900. European leaders remain dissatisfied with this “illegal and illegitimate” vote, demand Russian forces drop back to pre-crisis levels, and are preparing new EU sanctions for Monday.

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Jailed Journalist Sends Shocking ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’
By Andrew Kreig (about the author)

Alabama commentator Roger Shuler’s condition has sharply worsened during his nearly five months of jailing, as I learned by visiting him in Birmingham March 10.

“It’s a horrible trauma to be away from your wife, your home — and have no idea when you can get out or how,” Shuler told me in a rare interview. It was just his second jailhouse interview overall and his only one this year.

Shuler, 57, nearly choked up at the end when he said that he missed his wife — who is afraid to leave their home (except on secret, emergency food runs) because of the threat she will be arrested for her husband’s reporting.

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Published on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Huffington Post
Understanding the Propaganda Campaign Against Public Education
by Diane Ravitch

A few years ago, when I was blogging at Education Week with Deborah Meier, a reader introduced the term FUD. I had never heard of it. It is a marketing technique used in business and politics to harm your competition. The term and its history can be found on Wikipedia. FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. The reader said that those who were trying to create a market-based system to replace public education were using FUD to undermine public confidence in public education. They were selling the false narrative that our public schools are obsolete and failing.

This insight inspired me to write Reign of Error to show that the “reform” narrative is a fraud. Test scores on NAEP are at their highest point in history for white students, black students, Hispanic students, and Asian students. Graduation rates are the highest in history for these groups. The dropout rate is at an historic low point.

Why the FUD campaign against one of our nation’s most treasured democratic institutions? It helps the competition. It makes people so desperate that they will seek out unproven alternatives. It makes the public gullible when they hear phony claims about miracle schools, where everyone graduates and everyone gets high test scores, and everyone goes to a four-year college. No such school exists. The “miracle school” usually has a high suspension rate, a high expulsion rate, a high attrition rate, and such schools usually do not replace the kids they somehow got rid of. Some “miracle schools” have never graduated anyone because they have only elementary schools, but that doesn’t stop the claims and boasting.

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Attempt to jam Russian satellites carried out from Western Ukraine
Published time: March 14, 2014 22:21
Edited time: March 15, 2014 19:52

An attempted radio-electronic attack on Russian television satellites from the territory of Western Ukraine has been recorded by the Ministry of Communications. It comes days after Ukraine blocked Russian TV channels, a move criticized by the OSCE.

Russian Ministry of Communications experts identified the exact location in Ukraine of the source of attempted jamming of Russian TV satellites’ broadcast, RIA Novosti news agency reports.

The ministry noted that “people who make such decisions” to attack Russian satellites that retransmit TV signals, “should think about the consequences,” Ria reports. The ministry did not share any details of the attack.

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