President Obama met with South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye at the White House this past Tuesday, and as major world leaders are wont to do in each others’ presence, handshakes abounded. This three-handed, two-roomed, Photoshop monstrosity, however, was not one of them.
A Bahraini anti-government protester watches riot police, unseen, during clashes in Diraz, Bahrain on May 6, 2013. Large numbers of riot police stormed the area just ahead of a planned demonstration in support of jailed activists, chasing away demonstrators as they arrived for the march.
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George Orwell could have been killed twice in the Spanish Civil War. Once when he was shot in the throat by General Franco’s fascist forces; then when he was hunted by official Communist agents who, with the backing of Stalin’s Soviet Union, stabbed the revolution in the back and imprisoned, tortured and killed leading leftists and anarchists who were ostensibly on the same Republican side. Orwell learned the hardest way that the war against fascism in Spain was also a civil war against Stalinism.
An online debate between Malcolm Turnbull and Stephen Conroy on broadband policy has descended into sledging and personal attacks.
And I really believe good journalism is good business.
Coco Chanel and Salvador Dali
At Helga Weiss’s first concentration camp, a boy of her age, 14, wrote a poem she has never forgotten. It ends:
Butterflies don’t live here,
In the ghetto.
Pope Benedict XVI’s leaked documents show fractured Vatican full of rivalries.
Guests at the going-away party for Carlo Maria Viganò couldn’t understand why the archbishop looked so forlorn.
Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Viganò ambassador to the United States, a plum post where he would settle into a stately mansion on Massachusetts Avenue, across the street from the vice president’s residence.
Was Raphael a chaste saint who sublimated his passion into his work? Or was he a womanizer who died in the arms of his mistress?.