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Introducing: Louk, the Greek Riot Dog! Riots and uprisings and demonstrations have become so embedded in cultural/political imagery, we have anthropomorphized the event. What’s next, “Squiggles, the Flood Trout”? … because water and uprisings seem to be the 2011 themes.
(FP runs a slideshow retrospective of Louk at various riots throughout the years.)
(photo: Olivier Laban-Mattei/AFP/Getty Image)
Bag’s Take-Away:“And this is why Germany prefers to dine alone….” A new German nationalism….isolation from the fragile European Union and the desire to stay out of places like Libya as well as avoiding bailing all those southern countries out
(Reuters: XXXXXX caption: German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to U.S. President Barack Obama during a private dinner at the 1789 restaurant in Washington June 6, 2011.)
I guess there are international “boots on the ground” in Libya (top left).… But seriously, coming on the heels of alterations to the now “iconic” Situation Room photo, we have to wonder: has the internet made everything a joke?
(photo: Slideshow via Foreign Policy caption: Peacekeeper in Leptis Magna, Libya, and at the Blue Mosque in Malaysia. Summary: For the world’s second-largest expeditionary force, U.N. peacekeepers don’t get nearly the credit they’re due: Maybe an additional 50,000 multilateral troops will do the trick? As FP’s Colum Lynch reports on his Turtle Bay blog, Dutch graphic artist Pierre Derks has arranged for tens-of-thousands of blue-helmeted toy soldiers to be distributed around the world; photos of their new patrols can be seen on his website www.minibluehelmets.com.)
1. President Boehner? Scary.
2. More pandering to Karzai. (And is Petraeus making fun of the Boehner photo op, or the larger state of affairs, as HK presses Congress people for U.S. to scale back?)
(photo: U.S Embassy Kabul Afghanistan caption: John A. Boehner, the current Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and a delegation of U.S. Representatives arrived in Kabul and met with President Karzai, Boehner also attended a memorial ceremony with General Petraeus and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry for 5 fallen soldiers at Bagram Airfield and then had dinner with Constituents.) U.S. Embassy Photo Set.