Following the truly bizarre news Thursday that Donald Trump has become fixated on the prospect of buying Greenland, the autonomous Danish territory, home to some 56,000 residents, has been forced to state the obvious. "We are open for business," Greenland foreign minister Ane Lone Bagger told Reuters on Friday, "but we're not for sale." The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Trump has been asking aides about the possibility of the U.S. government purchasing the world's largest island, a puzzling fantasy that some in the White House have apparently thrown their support behind. The logic here"to the extent there is any"is that purchasing Greenland could give America a stronger presence in the strategically-important Arctic, but there's no way that matters to Trump, who surely heard the word "largest" and was immediately gripped by visions of the territory emblazoned with his name in gold.
Wearing a protective vest, a young woman sat in front of Russia's riot police. On her lap was a copy of the Russian constitution, which she began reading to the heavily armoured police around her. Behind them was a demonstration calling for transparent Moscow elections, in which several people were injured. read more
Wealthy financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein continued to have visits from young women that allegedly resulted in sexual liaisons while he was in 'jail' in Florida, a lawyer for one of his accusers said Tuesday. read more
My father -- a combat veteran of WWII. Korea and Nam -- was NOT a paradigm of progressive values. He had that racist bone. We could rarely talk politics. But I gotta admit that I was never prouder than when he had had quite enough of some in-law going on a white supremacist Nazi apologist rant.
Brazilian musician and composer Joao Gilberto died at the age of 88 at his home in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, his relatives have confirmed. The family did not disclose the cause of death, but on Facebook his son Marcelo Gilberto said "his fight was noble and he tried to maintain dignity". His daughter-in-law wrote: "Deep sadness. All he wanted was to be with us and to play with his granddaughter." Born in Bahia, a north-eastern Brazilian state, Gilberto began singing at 18. After moving to Rio, he released the record Chega de Saudade in 1959, which marked the beginning of the world-famous bossa nova music style.