MTV VMAs 2013: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus battle to be most outrageous

They are three of the biggest female pop stars in the world, so it’s no surprise that Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus were determined to make their own individual marks in the fashion stakes at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. And the trio chose three very different ensembles at the event, with Gaga opting for a surprisingly non-eccentric PVC evening gown. However, the 27-year-old singer did show off copious amounts of cleavage as she arrived at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday before opening the show with a performance of her latest single Applause.


Bahraini human rights activist speaks

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This video is called The Importance of Standing Up For Human Rights: Maryam Alkhawaja at TEDxSOAS.

From in the USA:

Activist spreads word of Bahrain abuse

Exiled Bahraini speaks of human rights issues

By Mohammed Jamjoom CNN

POSTED: 03:03 AM MDT Aug 25, 2013 UPDATED: 06:48 AM MDT Aug 25, 2013

BEIRUT, Lebanon –

Inside a half-empty lecture hall at the American University of Beirut, Maryam Alkhawaja explains her cause.

“The thing about Bahrain is that nobody really knows what’s going on there because there’s not much media coverage,” Alkhawaja said during a recent visit. “But the protests never stopped.”

At just 26, the young woman is already one of her country’s most outspoken rights activists, and she’s on a mission: to make sure “that people across the world, not just the Arab world, across the world, are hearing about what’s going on the ground.”

To carry out…

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George Galloway Reveals: Israel Behind Chemical Attack (Video)

George Galloway, the British pro-Hamas and pro-anything that can destroy civilization, has revealed to the world that Israel supplied Al Qaeda with chemical weapons to use against Syrians in the civil war against the Assad regime.His accusations came the same week that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of being behind the military coup in Egypt that ousted Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi.It is nice to know that Israel has so much power. It can engineer the end of a regime in Egypt. It can turn Al Qaeda into a close ally and manipulate it to attack Assad’s loyalists.


BBC’s Knell amplifies Hamas propaganda, downplays its terror designation

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On August 23rd 2013 an article titled “Gaza: Hamas urges Egypt to reopen Rafah crossing” by the BBC Jerusalem Bureau’s Yolande Knell appeared on the Middle East page of the BBC News website. 

Knell Rafah crossing

Knell’s subject matter is Egypt’s latest closure of the Rafah crossing, but beyond amplifying Hamas propaganda on the issue, she makes little effort to provide her readers with the background information necessary to understand the context of the Egyptian move. She opens: 

“Officials from the Islamist group Hamas are urging Egypt to reopen the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip.

The Egyptian authorities closed the crossing point this week after more than 20 Egyptian policemen were killed near the border by suspected militants.

Thousands of Palestinians, including students and medical patients, wanting to leave or enter Gaza have been stuck.

Hamas deputy foreign minister, Ghazi Hamed [sic], told the BBC it was “a humanitarian…

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Picture of the Day: Out of Thin Air






Photograph by JOHN ‘K’
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In this perfectly timed photograph by John ‘K’, we see an F18 Hornet at the end of its high-speed pass across the San Francisco Bay for the 2010 San Francisco Flight Week air display. John took the photo from the deck of the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien that was sailing in the San Francisco Bay at the time.

In the comments on the Flickr photo page John remarks:

“This was one of those ‘right place right time with the right gear in my hands’ moments – a perfect example of ‘chance favors the prepared mind'”


If you enjoyed this shot you may be interested in a previous post on the Sifter entitled, 40 Photos of Airplanes Breaking the Sound Barrier. To see more from John ‘K’, be sure to check out his…

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