North Korea carried out a ballistic missile test Saturday night, launching the weapon in Japan’s general direction while Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The launch is being described as a “show of force” by North Korea, according to NBC News.
The missile test occurred as Trump and Abe dined in the members’ dining area at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago golf resort.
Rather than retreat to a secure and private location to discuss these sensitive national security issues, Trump, Abe, Steve Bannon and Mike Flynn tended to the crisis right there in the public dining area, where people not permitted to hear classified information could have overheard the conversations, according to CNN. Read more (2/13/17 8:56 AM)
If someone posted this image in your Facebook feed, you’d probably glance at it for half a second and assume that it’s a completely normal photo of two guys running in the park (even though they have some perfectly good bikes right in front of them that they could use instead). However, once you look at the background, two odd little details stand out. The first one, of course, is that there are tanks coming from the upper right corner.
So, despite the first guy’s amused expression, these guys aren’t just jogging: They’re escaping from tanks. The second, even more significant detail is the lone man who can be seen between the trees behind Chuckles here – a lone man standing in the middle of the street, carrying two grocery bags, in front of some tanks.
The photo was taken by Reuters correspondent Terril Jones, who figured that no one would care about it once he noticed that someone else had photographed the same situation from a far better angle. Jones didn’t publish the photo until 2009, after reading a New York Times retrospective on Tank Man, but the most mind-blowing part is that it shows how deliberate the unknown man’s actions were. He didn’t just cross the street one day and run into some tanks – he saw them coming a mile away and intentionally stayed there to block their passage.
Kim Il-sung, founder of North Korea, had a baseball-sized growth on his neck. Official photos of the “Eternal President” were therefore taken from a leftward angle to hide the growth. In the picture: Kim Il-sung in a meeting with the Hungarian communist leader János Kádár. 1984
In what was likely one of the most unexpected surprises in the life of architecture critic Oliver Wainwright, his trip to North Korea revealed a variety of spaces with an eerie resemblance to Wes Anderson’s carefully curated movie sets. The use of primary colours and muted pastels, as well as a heavy emphasis on symmetry and proportion, evoke the trademark aura of the director’s acclaimed interiors.
Read the full story by Oliver Wainwright over at The Guardian.