alexandral: (Art - Alexander Rodchenko - mother)
I have some questions:

a. Was it really Osama Bin Laden? I mean, you would imagine the USA military have made the necessary tests and such but, still. I wonder.

b. Is USA military going to get out of Afghanistan now and stop invading any other countries? As I gather, 50,000 of USA forces are still in Iraq, four years after Saddam Hussein was executed.

c. Ok, I am all "eye for an eye", but I don't understand the celebratory mood. Please prove me wrong.
alexandral: (Art - melissa graf - fly away)
I am not awfully politically conscious, but although I voted for Labour, the majority of the new agreed policies of the new Conservatives/Liberal Democrats suit me (Coalition policies at a glance can be found here) :

- abolition of ID cards - as a person who grew up in the USSR, I am very very much against any compulsory form of ID, especially anything to do with biometric ID. Big Brother watching my every step = no thank you very much. We had compulsory passport system in the USSR and I can assure you that it doesn't help anything, it only helps the state to control you. If compulsory ID ever surfaces in the UK (I doubt this very much), I will resist it in a big and serious way.

- UK not to join euro in lifetime of Parliament. Seeing the economic problems that Greece and Spain are encountering at the moment and noticing that the fact that both countries use euro as currency is not helping the situation – I am against joining euro. On purely non-politically conscious note, I love pound sterling – the currency looks and feels much better than euro.

On the other hand, the most worrying thing remains that the Budget Cuts are Coming and I worry that this can throw the country out of balance. And there are some other worrying things too.
alexandral: (Posters - Anything you say)
There are many many things I love about this country, and one of many is the way no-one seem to take elections too seriously. I am going to take part in these elections tomorrow, so woo-hoo!

Take me right, I think Gordon Brown is an idiot. If Labour party is going to lose, it all will be down to Gordon Brown. Not only he looks strange and has some quite disturbing mannerisms, he is also silly enough to be caught on microphone describing his own voter as bigoted woman.

There are some very angry Conservative party posters around on which Gordon Brown looks very unpleasant, but I must say, you don't have to be looking too long to find an unattractive picture of Gordon Brown:


If you would like, another poster. )

But what's better, Conservative party's own posters backfired on them. David Cameron's picture was airbrushed to death which prompted many quite hilarious parodies (thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] lage_nom_ai for sending them to me!!!):
The original:



The parody:


Some more parodies: )

And to finish it all, I discovered that there are some very unusual parties with some very unusual proposals, for example, Cure (Citizens for Undead Rights and Equality) Party, with the message "Zombies, like students, are people too. Let's fight for their rights to politically party." Some of their aims:

-Give the undead equal rights to the living
-Make cemeteries more comfortable for their inhabitants
-Increase the minimum statutory retirement age to beyond death

Read more on Howling Loud hope and the rest. Shall I vote for him?
alexandral: (Art - Alexander Rodchenko - mother)
"* President Theodore Roosevelt—the 26th President of the United States—received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905 for helping negotiate an end to the Russo-Japanese War. However, he played a role in the suppression of a revolt in the Philippines.

* Cordell Hull was awarded the Nobel Prize in Peace in 1945 in recognition of his efforts for peace and understanding in the Western Hemisphere, his trade agreements, and his work to establish the United Nations. Hull was Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Secretary of State during the SS St. Louis Crisis. The St. Louis sailed out of Hamburg into the Atlantic Ocean in the summer of 1939 carrying over 950 Jewish refugees, mostly wealthy, seeking asylum from Nazi persecution just before World War II. The ship's voyage caused great controversy in the United States: Initially President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt showed modest willingness to take in some of those on board, but vehement opposition by Hull and from Southern Democrats—some of whom went so far as to threaten to withhold their support of Roosevelt in the 1940 Presidential election if this occurred. On 4 June 1939 Roosevelt issued an order to deny entry to the ship, which was waiting in the Caribbean Sea between Florida and Cuba. The passengers began negotiations with the Cuban government, but those broke down at the last minute. Forced to return to Europe, over a quarter of its passengers subsequently died in the Holocaust.

* The United States Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for his work on the Vietnam Peace Accords, despite having instituted the secret 1969–1975 campaign of bombing against infiltraiting NVA in Cambodia, the alleged U.S. involvement in Operation Condor—a mid-1970s campaign of kidnapping and murder coordinated among the intelligence and security services of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay—as well as the death of French nationals under the Chilean junta. He also supported the Turkish intervention in Cyprus resulting in the de facto partition of the island.

* Anwar Sadat, president of Egypt during a war against Israel in 1973, the Yom Kippur War, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Menachem Begin, in 1978 for their contributions to the successful closure to the Camp David Accords in the same year.

* Rigoberta Menchú won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, in part for her autobiography I, Rigoberta Menchu. In 1999 she was accused by David Stoll of having fabricated events in her family history in the book to further the guerilla cause.

* Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin were winners of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize. Arafat was regarded by critics as a terrorist leader for many years. His critics often described him as an unrepentant terrorist with a long legacy of promoting violence.[citation needed] Kåre Kristiansen, a Norwegian member of the Nobel Committee, resigned in 1994 in protest at the awarding of a Nobel Peace Prize to Yasser Arafat, whom he labelled a "terrorist". Supporters of Arafat have pointed out that Nelson Mandela similarly had never formally renounced terrorism despite being a founder member of Umkhonto we Sizwe, but his nobel prize did not receive similar criticism. On the other side, critics of Israel such as Edward Said have been equally critical of Peres and Rabin and the entire Oslo accords.

* Jimmy Carter was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, for the "decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development." The announcement of the award came shortly after the U.S. House and Senate gave President George W. Bush authorization to use military force against Iraq in order to enforce U.N. Security Council resolutions requiring that Baghdad give up weapons of mass destruction. Asked if the selection of the former president was a criticism of Bush, Gunnar Berge, head of the Nobel committee, said: "With the position Carter has taken on this, it can and must also be seen as criticism of the line the current U.S. administration has taken on Iraq." Carter declined to comment on the remark in interviews, saying that he preferred to focus on the work of the Carter Center.

* Wangari Maathai, 2004 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, was reported by the Kenyan newspaper Standard and Radio Free Europe to have stated that AIDS was originally developed by Western scientists in order to depopulate. She later denied these claims, though the Standard stands by its reporting. Additionally, in a Time magazine interview, she hinted at its non-natural origin, saying that someone knows where it came from and that it "...did not come from monkeys."

* Al Gore and the IPCC, 2007 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, have had the validity of their winning of the prize disputed as well.

* The award of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to United States president Barack Obama drew criticism that the award was undeserved or premature due to him doing nothing."

I like that at least 2 American presidents in the last 7 years received the Prize simply for not being Bush. This is so amusing. But at least, this doesn't really compare with Cordell Hull and Henry A. Kissinger stories

But!

"Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace Prize, though he was nominated for it five times between 1937 and 1948. Decades later, though, the Nobel Committee publicly declared its regret for the omission."
alexandral: (Mei-chan no Shitsuji - do not panic)
A shiny new video iPod with "Oklahoma!, Some Enchanted Evening, Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend, I Could Have Danced All Night, Maria, The Sound of Music, Hello, Dolly!, Cabaret, Send in the Clowns, If I were a Rich Man and Don't Cry for Me Argentina." was presented by President Obama to the Queen. Apparently she already had an iPod, since 2005. Read more here

Also, Michelle Obama broke the protocol by giving the Queen a hug - AND NO-ONE FAINTED!!! Yet.



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alexandral: (Daywatch - Achive: don't climb it will k)
US President Barack Obama, Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and China's President Hu Jintao.
The picture is so giggle-worhty. President Medvedev is so tiny!!!!!! And President Hu Jintao's smile is fun too.

alexandral: (The Painted Veil - Walter - Alone)
I was reading about USA elections and found this piece of Biden's statement he apparently made during the Democratic convention:

"Bush foreign policy has dug us into a very deep hole, with very few friends to help us climb out. And for the last seven years, the administration has failed to face the biggest the biggest forces shaping this century. The emergence of Russia, China and India's great powers, the spread of lethal weapons, the shortage of secure supplies of energy, food and water.

Ladies and gentlemen, in recent years and in recent days we once again see the consequences of the neglect, of this neglect, of Russia challenging the very freedom of a new democratic country of Georgia. Barack and I will end that neglect. We will hold Russia accountable for its action and we will help Georgia rebuild. I have been on the ground in Georgia, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and I can tell you in no uncertain terms, this administration's policy has been an abysmal failure. America cannot afford four more years of this failure.And now, now, despite being complacent in the catastrophic foreign policy, John McCain says Barack Obama, Barrack Obama is not ready to protect our national security. Now let me ask you this. Whose judgment do you trust? Should you trust the judgment of John McCain when he said only 3 years ago, "Afghanistan - we don't read about it anymore in the papers, because it succeeded"? Or do you believe Barack Obama, who said a year ago, "We need to send two more combat battalions to Afghanistan"?

The fact of the matter is, al-Qaida and the Taliban - the people who have actually attacked us on 9/11 - they've regrouped in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan and are plotting new attacks. And the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has echoed Barack's call for more troops and John McCain was wrong and Barack Obama was right."

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Leaving the Georgia issue aside as a difficult and controversial one it still seems:

1. Even though Biden seems to be a supporter of the troops withdrawal from Iraq his view doesn't imply that USA should stop it's wars. No, he means that instead of Iraq war it will be the war with Afganistan and (sort of implied) attacks on Pakistan borders. Or even a war with Pakistan?

2. Russia, China and India's "great powers" are bulked with lethal weapons.

3. The "war on terror" (and international paranoia) will continue, just in a different place.

4. Even though I promised to leave the Georgia issue aside, "We will hold Russia accountable for its action" sounds kind of ominous. BRRRRRRRRRRR.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I need to dig a hole and hide. It does seem that whoever wins the elections there is not going to be any changes. McCain/Palin support the war in Iraq. Obama/Biden support the "war on terrorism".
alexandral: (Equilibrium - Preston badass)
I have spent this weekend worried. It all started on Friday when I came across the BBC news article on Palin and the Bush doctrine (BBC). It seems from the interview that Palin wholeheartedly supports the preemptive strike doctrine. The course of my worry lies this way: what if McCain/Palin are elected? What if they find "sufficient intelligence" (present situation considered) that Russia intends to attack USA (as I have seen the president of Georgia to suggest in one of his interviews). ** shudder **

I wonder what is Obama's thinking on pre-emptive strike ?

I am still very ignorant in political matters - when will the new president start his service? Will this be before of after the New Year (we intend to visit Russia over Christmas holidays)? I am over-eggagerating things , right?

Some more cheery news (BBC) on USA troops crossing the borders of Pakistan and killing some women and children in the process

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