Historical Irony… or photoshop?

look carefully at the following picture and the text that reads: "Stalin and Beria are choosing a place to plant trees on the teritory of the Smolensk Airport."
The crashed airplane that took life of Polish president and the whole Polish delegation fell in the area mentioned above. official blame for the crash has fallen on the pilot, who reportedly ignored warnings from air traffic control and tried to land on Saturday morning in dense fog, snagging the tail of his plane on a tree about a mile from the airport.


Though, I have read in social media that it’s not Smolensk, but either Sochi or Abkhazia, and the text is photoshoped. .


Poem of the day

Polish tragedy left me speachless. lately only bad news keep coming from all the directions.. Apocalypse…
Following is my favourite Polish Poem:

Child of Europe – By Czeslaw Milosz

We, whose lungs fill with the sweetness of day,

Who in May admire trees flowering,
Are better than those who perished.

We, who taste of exotic dishes,
And enjoy fully the delights of love,
Are better than those who were buried.

We, from the fiery furnaces, from behind barbed wires
On which the winds of endless Autumns howled,
We, who remember battles where the wounded air roared in paroxysms of pain,
We, saved by our own cunning and knowledge.

By sending others to the more exposed positions,
Urging them loudly to fight on,
Ourselves withdrawing in certainty of the cause lost.

Having the choice of our own death and that of a friend,
We chose his, coldly thinking: let it be done quickly.

We sealed gas chamber doors, stole bread,
Knowing the next day would be harder to bear than the day before.

As befits human beings, we explored good and evil.
Our malignant wisdom has no like on this planet.

Accept it as proven that we are better than they,
The gullible, hot-blooded weaklings, careless with their lives.

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World Mourns with Poland

My deepest and sincere condolences to the Polish people!  Proszę przyjąć moje głębokie wyrazy współczucia!

story background:
President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria and Poland’s central bank governor and army chief, were on board a plane which crashed near Smolensk, Russia, on Saturday morning, killing all 96 passengers. The plane was travelling from Moscow and was about 2km (1.3 miles) from the airport in Smolensk, when it plunged into the forest.

Most of the plane’s 96 passengers, were part of a delegation en route to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, in which thousands of Poles were executed by the Soviet secret police.As well as government officials, relatives of victims of the Katyn massacre were also on board.

Some political commentators believe the tragedy could have far-reaching implications for the former eastern-block country.
In accordance with the Polish constitution, the speaker of the lower house of parliament, Bronislaw Komorowski, who was set to run against Kaczynski in this autumn’s election, has become acting president. A presidential election to find a permanent successor must now be held before June 20.

Read Interesting observations by Newsweek HERE

The Triumph of Cynicism

Few weeks ago the Russian defence ministry posted a potentially inflammatory essay on its website which claimed Poland resisted Germany’s ultimatums in 1939 only because it "wanted to obtain the status of a great power".Russia has accused Poland of provoking the outbreak of the Second World War by refusing to accede to the "very modest" demands of Nazi Germany. 
This I call the triumph of Cynicism!

Read an interesting and revealing article by Telegraph:

Some new and some old political jokes….

 Caricature from this link
Stalin’s ghost appears to Putin in a dream, and Putin asks for his help running the country. Stalin says, "Round up and shoot all the democrats, and then paint the inside of the Kremlin blue." "Why blue?" Putin asks. "Ha!" says Stalin. "I knew you wouldn’t ask me about the first part."
What was the nationality of Adam and Eve?
-Russian of course. Why else would they think they’re in Paradise when they were homeless, naked, and just had one apple for both of them?

Is it true that under communism people could order food by phone?
-Yes, but the delivery was by TV.

Alexander the Great, Caesar and Napoleon observed the army parade in Red Square, as honorable visitors.
‘If I had Soviet tanks,’ Alexander said, ‘I would have been invincible!’
‘If I had Soviet planes,’ Caesar speaks, ‘I could have conquered the whole world!’
‘And if I had had the newspaper "The Truth",’ Napoleon said, ‘the world, even now, would not have found out about Waterloo!’ 

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Increased Aid For Georgia

Associated Press writers in Europe, Turkey and the Middle East contributed to this report
Major international aid commitments to Georgia to help victims of the Russian-Georgian conflict:

_The International Committee of the Red Cross, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and the U.N.’s World Food Program have been providing aid through long-standing operations in Georgia. In addition:
_ICRC dispatched the first of five new shipments of food and other supplies for 25,000 people.
_World Food Program sent two planeloads of high-energy biscuits.
_U.N. refugee agency has sent two planeloads of supplies and plans a third flight Friday.
_U.S. sent two cargo planes carrying US$2 million (€1.3 million) worth of sleeping bags, cots, medical supplies — including syringes and surgical supplies.
_Turkish Red Crescent has sent tents, blankets, bottled water and food, and a new truck convoy is to leave Thursday. Turkish government to dispatch medical aid.

_France sent two planeloads of aid.

_ Greece sent a plane to Georgia with 14 tons of medical supplies, tents and blankets. It also contributed €100,000 ($149,000) through the UNHCR for refugees who fled across the Russian border into North Ossetia.

_Italy is sending two planes with food and equipment. Italy’s Red Cross is to send kitchens to provide 10,000 daily meals, and is contributing about €1 million (US$1.5 million) through the U.N. and Red Cross.

_Bulgaria to send relief supplies; will offer EU the use of Black Sea port of Burgas as aid coordination center.

_EU has released €1 million (US$1.5 million) in fast-track aid.

_Poland and the Roman Catholic charity Caritas sent 4 tons of first aid

_Czech Republic said it is providing aid worth 5 million koruna (€209,000; US$310,000).

_Slovakia says it is providing 5.6 million Slovak koruna (€185,000; US$276,000).

_Germany said it will give €1 million (US$1.5 million).

_Dutch donated €500,000 (US$745,150) to the international Red Cross.

_Finland pledged €1 million (US$1.5 million) in aid and the Finnish Red Cross has offered a field hospital.

_Denmark gave 3 million kroner (€402,000, US$599,100).

_Estonia sent more than 5.5 tons of humanitarian aid and pledged a field hospital with a medical team.

_Latvia sent a plane carrying medical supplies, including blood plasma.

_Austria said it will send medical supplies, tents, blankets.