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The Russian Heartland, Where Quiet Poverty And Denial Reign / LE MONDE YELETS — Their faces inscrutable, their bodies leaning forward, focused on their work, Yelets' lacemakers are survivors.

Song Du Jour #20, Steve'n'Seagulls

The Finnish band Steve'n'Seagulls did a rather ammazing cover of ACDC's "Thunderstruck".

Priestess And Slaves: A 4,000-Year History Of Love Songs / LE TEMPS GENEVA — She was known as Enheduanna. Remember that name. A Sumerian priestess living in Ur, in Mesopotamia, in 2,300 BC, she’s the first known writer of love songs.

Ambassador "Deserved" Attack, Hillary's Emails, 117 Candles

NORTH KOREA SAYS U.S. AMBASSADOR “DESERVED” ATTACK North Korea’s official state media KCNA has described Thursday’s knife attack on the U.S.

Bahia Before Bertrand

In the early 1990s, Salvador began to clean up and restore its historical center Pelourinho. My grandson and partner-in-crime for this series was there last year on his honeymoon, and found it a bit too touristy.

Beer Parties And Prostitutes In One Of Brazil's Most Violent Prisons / FOLHA DE S. PAULO SALVADOR — There’s nothing quite like a barbecue with friends and beer, lots of it, to go down cool and easy with the sizzling steaks — and of course the photos to brag about the good time.

"It Was Him" - Boston Globe Front Page As Tsarnaev Bombing Trial Begins

The Boston Globe, March 5, 2015 "IT WAS HIM" writes The Boston Globe on the front page of its Thursday edition, alongside a courtroom sketch depicting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entering the courtroom on the first day of testimony in the Boston Marathon bombing trial.  The Boston daily attributes the quote to a lawyer for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Standing in federal court Wednesday, the lawyer acknowledged that “It was him,” Tsarnaev, who planted a bomb that killed three people at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 — and it was Tsarnaev who, along with his brother Tamerlan, went on a spree that ended in bloodshed in Watertown.

March 5

Yemen, The Perfect Storm Of Middle East Peril / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG The palace has fallen. The fighters of the Houthi militia have occupied the presidential seat in Sana'a.

What Prison Jumpsuits In Court Say About Chinese Justice / ECONOMIC OBSERVER BEIJING — On Feb. 26, China's Supreme People's Court published a notification about the country's justice reform that included new rules about courtroom attire.

Song Du Jour #19, Dieter Meier

Today is Dieter Meier's 70th birthday. In addition to being the best Swiss in the world, the frontman of the band Yello, a millionaire, a performance artist and a professional poker player, Dieter also released a couple of punk records with his previous band Fresh Color.

Ukraine Mine Blast, Boston Trial, Roman Smog

AT LEAST 32 KILLED IN EASTERN UKRAINE MINE BLAST An explosion believed to be gas-related at the Zasyadko coal mine in rebel-held Donetsk, Ukraine, has killed at least 32 people, local officials said Wednesday. Reuters reported some 70 miners were working in the mine at the time of the blast, and that dozens more people are still trapped underground and unaccounted for, and a rescue operation is underway.

Lilou, The French Mother And Libertine Blogger Who Shares It All / LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR PARIS — Alone in her empty house, she opens the drawer halfway, reaches in to take her stockings.

Extra! Chilean Eruption

Diario Austral, March 4, 2015 The Villarrica volcano, one of the most active in southern Chile, erupted Tuesday, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people from the region.

Leaning That Way

Before you ask: Yes, I also have the tourist shots of my wife and daughter pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

March 4

In Syria, Casualties Of War Include Loss Of Place / SYRIA DEEPLY LATAKIA — "I hope to God we'll go back to Aleppo," 13-year-old Muhammad writes whenever he has a chance to express his longing for his hometown.

And If The Pope Called For Drug Legalization? / EL ESPECTADOR -OpEd- BOGOTA — I was convinced — twice over — that the charismatic Pope Francis might genuinely be infallible.

Song Du Jour #18, Rolling Stones

Extra! Israeli Press On Netanyahu's Hard D.C. Landing

Even as the U.S. and world media mark every step of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's U.S. visit, the Israeli press is keeping even closer eye on his reelection bid later this month.  The Israeli leader is set to address the U.S.