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April 16, 2014
guardian:

North Koreans complain to London hairdresser about Kim Jong-un poster
Seeking an arresting image to promote a special offer, a hairdressers in west London attracted more than just extra customers when it used a large poster of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in its window.
When M&M Hair Academy in south Ealing put up the 1-metre-by-1.2-metre poster featuring Kim’s distinctive short back and sides with longer centre parting and the words “Bad hair day?”, they received a visit from disgruntled North Korean officials. Full story
Photograph: M&M Hair Academy/PA

… From the embassy down the street. It’s not like they visited from Pyongyang.

That said, fun little encounter.

guardian:

North Koreans complain to London hairdresser about Kim Jong-un poster

Seeking an arresting image to promote a special offer, a hairdressers in west London attracted more than just extra customers when it used a large poster of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in its window.

When M&M Hair Academy in south Ealing put up the 1-metre-by-1.2-metre poster featuring Kim’s distinctive short back and sides with longer centre parting and the words “Bad hair day?”, they received a visit from disgruntled North Korean officials. Full story

Photograph: M&M Hair Academy/PA

… From the embassy down the street. It’s not like they visited from Pyongyang.

That said, fun little encounter.

6:54 // 3 months ago
January 11, 2014
The relations-damaging saga over India diplomat Devyani Khobragade appears to be at an endpoint, as Khobragade returned to India—immune from prosecution over her alleged treatment of a servant in the U.S.—this week. The U.S., in a tit-for-tat move, will remove an official from its New Delhi embassy.

The relations-damaging saga over India diplomat Devyani Khobragade appears to be at an endpoint, as Khobragade returned to India—immune from prosecution over her alleged treatment of a servant in the U.S.—this week. The U.S., in a tit-for-tat move, will remove an official from its New Delhi embassy.

19:52 // 6 months ago
December 17, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 17, 2013

Thanks to the arrest of a top consulate official over visa fraud involving a nanny—an arrest reportedly involving a strip search—the U.S. and India are totally on the outs right now. How bad is it? Well, India removed a bunch of security barriers from the U.S. embassy in New Delhi.

In a move that sounds utterly fitting, the U.S. government has hired a former Microsoft executive to fix the mess with Healthcare.Gov. Oy.

Google Glass can now take photos when you wink. In other news, nobody wants to see Robert Scoble wink.

To answer your question, neanderthals did in fact bury their dead. Side note: They also sold car insurance.

Edward Snowden isn’t going to Brazil. Sorry guys.

20:14 // 7 months ago
September 9, 2013

Did John Kerry just “Pull a Homer” on Syria?

It was an off-the-cuff argument, sure. But when the Secretary of State suggested theoretically that Syria could hand over its chemical weapons stockpile to the rest of the world if it wanted to avoid a conflict, it wasn’t considered a workable solution, even by Kerryuntil Russia bit. Now, while there’s still work to be done to make a deal happen, and it’s not a sure thing, it certainly seems like Kerry did something (though he’s playing it off) which has the potential to live up to the standard suggested in this Simpsons clip above.

23:47 // 10 months ago
July 2, 2013
18:37 // 1 year ago
May 31, 2013

American woman killed in Syrian civil war; regime reported to have upper hand

163 people killed in Syria today, according to a local activist committee. The fact that one of them was a Michigan woman has turned heads at the State Department; according to both AP and John McCain, the regime has recently gained the upper hand in the two-year-old conflict, which has claimed roughly 80,000 lives so far. source

16:31 // 1 year ago
April 13, 2013

Russia to U.S.: You ban our people for corruption? We’ll ban yours.

  • tit On Friday, the U.S. government announced that they would enforce visa bans on 18 Russian officials who were tied to the arrest and death of corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in prison after reportedly being denied medical coverage. The U.S., in making the announcement, claimed it was merely “complying with its legislative requirements.”
  • tat On Saturday, the Russian government did almost exactly the same thing to the U.S., placing visa bans 18 officials, some of whom were tied to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, the Bush administration, or with harsh interrogation techniques, including Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, David Addington. source
14:07 // 1 year ago
March 8, 2013
It remains one of the few places where drinking in the style of a cast member of “Mad Men” is not only accepted but expected.
Diplomat Calls for End to Drunkenness at U.N. - NYTimes.com (via rubenfeld)

We need someone to page through the UN’s Flickr page and create a Tumblr titled “Drunk Diplomats of the UN.” Now.

(via rubenfeld)

9:08 // 1 year ago
September 4, 2012
The United States should stop its role as a sneaky troublemaker sitting behind some nations in the region and pulling strings.
Xinhua’s Liu Chang • In an editorial for the Chinese state-run publication, demanding that the United States respect China’s regional sovereignty if the country truly wants a positive relationship between Washington D.C. and Beijing. Many were shocked that such a statement would appear in a state-run publication just before the arrival of a diplomat, in this case Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, particularly when Secretary Clinton received such a warm reception from foreign minister Yang Jiechi. source
15:07 // 1 year ago
July 31, 2012
It’s not that Romney struck out against a major league pitcher. I mean, here, he struck out playing t-ball. This should have been easy and it wasn’t for him apparently.
Obama campaign aide Colin Kahl • Pulling out the dagger against Mitt Romney, who spent a week overseas, stretching out his foreign policy legs in other countries. Problem — he kept making headlines for doing stupid things. First, he criticized Britain for being unable to handle the Olympics. Then he made a negative comment about Palestinian culture. Finally, he bashed Obama for scrapping a missile defense system — a criticism which the Slovakian foreign minister didn’t like. So yeah, kinda rough — though he did score points with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, for what it’s worth.
18:35 // 1 year ago