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I think it is a neat picture

and

None of our business

And if you disagree, ask if western troops rape …

02/04/2009
Afghan women are transported on a horse-drawn cart in the city of Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Ningarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan women are transported on a horse-drawn cart in the city of Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Ningarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Picture from: http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,605577,00.html

Although western influence can be felt again in the streets of big Afghan cities like Kabul, the women of smaller towns still cover themselves completely. The war against the Taliban will be one of President Barack Obama’s major priorities, but the Afghan defense minister said Wednesday that some foreign Islamic militants were now flowing in from Iraq.

The message of this picture is the fires burned a long time, and the building is still standing – unlike 9/11

02/11/2009

Landmark Interrupted

buildingfire

Picture from: http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,607006,00.html

A massive fire on Monday ravaged a structure owned by Beijing’s China Central Television that had been designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Although relatively new — even by Chinese standards — the structure had already become an architectural icon in a city that radically re-edited its skyline in the run-up to the 2008 Summer Olympics. Unauthorized fireworks, shot off in celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year, set a blaze that continued to burn in the building until Tuesday morning. Pictured here are the charred remains of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which was set to open this summer. In addition to the 241-room hotel, the building was also set to house a 1,500-seat TV studio, a ballroom, cinemas, galleries. Luckily, much of the building was empty at the time of the fire. Still, one fire fighter was killed and six more were injured in the inferno. In China, the disaster is being widely interpreted as a bad omen for the coming year.

Written by morris

February 27, 2009 at 12:32 am

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