I love the use of the bouquet of flowers as political weapon. Very Banksy.
Speaking of bouquets, have you been seeing on the news all day how the first contingent of Syrian refugees received a royal welcome in Toronto yesterday? A special government plane was sent from Canada to Beirut to pick them up and on their arrival, they were welcomed as permanent residents of Canada by the Prime Minister, given social security cards and free-healthcare cards, winter clothes, housing accommodations and told they would become naturalized citizens. The refugees all seemed very happy, but there was something odd in the picture. Toronto's major newspaper plastered "Syrians Welcome to Canada” in English and Arabic on its front page. By the end of February, another 15,000 Syrians will be receiving the same welcome package. There is a special team of Canadian immigration officials and translators in Beirut to process 25,000 refugees. What a big difference from how Americans feel about refugees or immigrants.
More on Canadian goodies for Syrian refugees. The Canadian Arts Council will be spending $200,000 on entertainment for the refugees. Any theater or paid exposition or show of any kind willing to allow in Syrians for free will be getting a chunk of that money. Attending cultural events are said to help in the adaption of new refugees.
"MP Oleh Barna hands Yatsenyuk bunch of roses before attempting to stop his annual speech.
Another brawl in the Ukrainian parliament, days after US Vice President Joe Biden's visit. Scuffles occurred after lawmaker Oleh Barna attempted to drag Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during his yearly address.
The politician from Petro Poroshenko's bloc had been collecting signatures for a draft resolution of no confidence in the government.
Yatsenyuk had been delivering his annual cabinet ministers report. This included issues of anti-corruption, tax reform, energy and next year's budget."
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