Let us clap hands to heads with this:
The Second World War Katyn massacre was committed on the direct order of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, Russia's lower house of parliament said Friday — a statement hailed by Polish officials.
The 1940 massacre of around 20,000 Polish officers and other prominent citizens in western Russia by Soviet secret police has long soured relations between the two countries. President Dmitry Medvedev will visit Poland in early December.
Soviet propaganda for decades blamed the killings on the Nazis, but post-Soviet Russia previously acknowledged they were carried out by the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs, or NKVD — Stalin's much feared secret police.
The statement passed by the State Duma appears aimed as a step toward Russia definitively breaking with its Soviet legacy.
Yes! That is what people have been saying for decades! What? It just occurred to Russia that maybe Stalin was responsible for this atrocity? Unbelievable!
North Korea doesn't know the meaning of the word "quit":
North Korea warned Friday that U.S.-South Korean plans for military manoeuvres put the peninsula on the brink of war, and appeared to launch its own artillery drills within earshot of an island it showered with a deadly barrage this week.
The fresh artillery blasts came just after the top U.S. commander in South Korea, Gen. Walter Sharp, toured the country's Yeonpyeong Island in a show of solidarity with Seoul and to survey damage from Tuesday's hail of North Korean artillery fire that killed four people.
An official at the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said about 20 blasts were heard on Yeongpyeong coming from North Korea's mainland some 7 miles (11 kilometres) to the north, and that nothing landed on South Korean territory. The military official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing military policy.
Tensions have soared between the Koreas since the North's strike Tuesday destroyed large parts of this island, killing two civilians as well as two marines in a major escalation of their sporadic skirmishes along the sea border.
Let us assume for the moment that North Korea is serious. It would not make such a threat if China was not backing it, nor would it be making that threat if Kim Jong-Il and his fat heir didn't feel emasculated. North Korea (read: the Kim dynasty) wants its funds in the banks and rice for the military. Squeeze them a little. Who will be loyal when they are finally starving? A Chinese-backed military still marches on its stomach.
Why we shouldn't cater to people who masquerade as adults: