Congratulations to the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland, which took 100 per cent of the vote in Sunday’s elections in North Korea. The Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, also won 100 per cent in his constituency of Mount Paektu. The Mount is populated by a single malnourished peasant who ekes out an existence eating pine cones and snow. “What most attracted me to Comrade Kim was his promise not to shoot me if I voted for him,” said the peasant. “That and his pledge to keep North Korea out of the Euro. They say things can’t get any worse, but I’m not prepared to risk it.”
Now Abbas is going to mislead Obama into thinking that he is coming to meet with him not only as the “rightful” leader of the Palestinians but also as a representative of the Arab world. Never mind that the Arab League, which issued the statement, is considered extremely inefficient and incompetent and that no one in the Arab world takes it seriously.
But the Obama Administration does not seem to care. Obama and Kerry seem to want a deal at any cost, even if it is with a president who lost his legitimacy many years ago and even if the deal will unravel the day after.
Abbas also believes he can say no to Obama because the U.S. Administration will not take any retaliatory measures against the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinians do not take Obama seriously, especially in light of his failure in dealing with the crises in the Arab world and Ukraine.
A beautiful look at flowers as they grow and bloom into the natural works of art that flowers are. I think the images are just spectacular and the music (Through My Eyes by West One Music) is perfect for this video. If you like this you might also enjoy watching The Life of Flowers.
“The dispute with Israel is not only over recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.The dispute is over Jerusalem, settlements, refugees and borders.” — Mohamed Shtayyeh, Member of Fatah Central Committee.
Abbas is not authorized to make concessions on any of these issues.
Today it is clear that the Palestinian Authority is preparing to hold Israel responsible for the failure of the peace talks because of its refusal to comply with all of the Palestinians’ demands.
Once again, I stand befuddled before these photos coming out of Russia. It must be such a great place to be an amateur photographer, because there are so many amusing and unique situations you can only ever really find in Russia, a very unique place indeed…
An Interactive Lesson in History
Dive into the deep waters of history with this terrific interactive map. All you have to do is click on an area in the world, and choose the time period in the horizontal ruler above. Then you can pick and read about any of the major historical events that took place there and then. It’s great fun and a great source of knowledge that let’s you attach a place to an event. Try it by clicking here or on the photo below.
The Thousand Faces of Humanity
We keep thinking of ourselves as living in the 21st century, and all that age entails. But outside the large cities, where there is no wifi, no internet, no computer or even mp3 players – live the rest of humanity.
They don’t chat online, they don’t text. They don’t worry about charging anything or about the next evaluation day at the company they work for. They don’t worry about taxes, insurence or morning traffic. They don’t read articles, they don’t play video games and they definitely don’t watch reality tv. They are the rest of humanity, the varied, colorful outskirts of our race that live their own life, unperturbed by the very different world of men surrounding them.
This beautiful photo series gives us a little look at that other part of our race, the part some have left behind, while others still embrace.
Notice boards calling on the people of North Korea to vote for Kim Jong-un in Sunday’s general election have been damaged or destroyed at a number of polling stations, according to sources within the country.
Incidents that analysts describe as “extreme” for North Korea have been reported in at least two provinces, with state security troops withdrawn from border protection duties to patrol polling stations and to make sure that the first election in the country since 2009 goes off without a hitch.
The election of deputies to the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly will also be the first time that Mr Kim has stood for the rubber-stamp North Korean parliament.
‘Noah’ banned in several Middle Eastern countries
The movie depicting a prophet who is shared in Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths has caused an uproar in Islamic countries.