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July 27, 2011

Photo Gallery: Famine in East Africa

When politicians talk about cutting foreign aid, they mean they want these people to starve to death. Keep that in mind for some perspective. This baby is seven months old. So is mine. This baby here weighs less than a third of what mine does and does not look very healthy, does he? No he does not. We should probably send these people all the food ever because this is terrible. Global Warming has created a massive drought in the area. The worst in at least 60 years if not in ever. So if you want to help like right now, text FOOD to 864233, which is UNICEF.
With East Africa facing its worst drought in 60 years, affecting more than 11 million people, the United Nations has declared a famine in the region for the first time in a generation. Overcrowded refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia are receiving some 3,000 new refugees every day, as families flee from famine-stricken and war-torn areas. The meager food and water that used to support millions in the Horn of Africa is disappearing rapidly, and families strong enough to flee for survival must travel up to a hundred miles, often on foot, hoping to make it to a refugee center, seeking food and aid. Many do not survive the trip. Officials warn that 800,000 children could die of malnutrition across the East African nations of Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Kenya. Aid agencies are frustrated by many crippling situations: the slow response of Western governments, local governments and terrorist groups blocking access, terrorist and bandit attacks, and anti-terrorism laws that restrict who the aid groups can deal with -- not to mention the massive scale of the current crisis.
Famine in East Africa - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic

July 25, 2011

Photo Gallery: The Oslo Terror Attacks

Caution: If you click through there are photos of dead people, including dead kids. Because the terrorist went to a youth camp and shot 80 people with exploding bullets. Tragedy in Norway - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic

July 24, 2011

Photo Gallery: The German invasion of the Soviet Union in WWII

On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany and its Axis allies began a massive invasion of the Soviet Union named Operation Barbarossa -- some 4.5 million troops launched a surprise attack deployed from German-controlled Poland, Finland, and Romania. Hitler had his eyes on Soviet resources even after Germany and the USSR signed a non-aggression pact in 1939. Both sides had long been suspicious of one another and the agreement merely gave them more time to prepare for a probable war. The Soviets were unprepared for the sudden blitzkreig attacks across a border that spanned nearly 2,900 km (1,800 mi), and suffered horrible losses. Within a single week, German forces advanced 200 miles into Soviet territory, destroyed nearly 4,000 aircraft, and killed, captured, or wounded some 600,000 Red Army troops. By December of 1941, Germany had advanced to within sight of Moscow, and laid siege to the city, but the notorious Russian winter set in (nicknamed "General Winter"), and German advances came to a halt. At the end of this, one of the largest, deadliest military operations in history, Germany had suffered some 775,000 casualties, more than 800,000 Soviets had been killed, and an additional 6 million Soviet soldiers were wounded or captured. The operation was also a failure for Germany -- despite massive advances, Hitler's plan to conquer the Soviet Union before winter had failed, at great cost, which would prove to be a turning point in the war.
World War II: Operation Barbarossa - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic

July 21, 2011

Photo Gallery: Parents spending tens of thousands of dollars on playhouses for their spoiled kids

What's the unofficial unemployment rate at again, like one million percent? I am sure glad that these children of the ultra-rich have playhouses bigger than the house I grew up in complete with working appliances because that is totally normal and probably won't make them monsters at all. Playhouse Proud - Slide Show - NYTimes.com

July 20, 2011

Photo Gallery: World's Most Dangerous Countries for Women

Targeted violence against females, dismal healthcare and desperate poverty make Afghanistan the world's most dangerous country in which to be born a woman, with Congo a close second due to horrific levels of rape. Pakistan, India and Somalia ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the global survey of perceptions of threats ranging from domestic abuse and economic discrimination to female foeticide (the destruction of a fetus in the uterus), genital mutilation and acid attack. A survey compiled by the Thomson Reuters Foundation to mark the launch of TrustLaw Woman*, puts Afghanistan at the top of the list of the most dangerous places in the world for women.
World's Most Dangerous Countries for Women - The Big Picture - Boston.com

Photo Gallery: Synchronized Swimming

Synchronization - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic

July 17, 2011

Photo Gallery: WWII in Africa

World War II: Conflict Spreads Around the Globe - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic