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Gaga And Assange Meet In London, Sparking Endless Bad Internet

Worldcrunch

LONDON - Lady Gaga, fresh from a public presentation of her new perfume Fame at London’s Harrods, paid WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a five-hour visit at the nearby Ecuadorian embassy, where the famous whisteblower has been granted asylum since June.

The meeting between the undisputed Queen of Twitter -- Lady Gaga has recently reached 30 million followers-- and the world's Most Notorious Hacker set the Internet ablaze. On Twitter alone, the sampling of reaction followed several running themes, which taken together remind us that we spend too much time on the Internet.

Bad (Meat) Puns

Lady Gaga visits Julian Assange for dinner. Poor bloke, as if he didn't have enough on his plate... telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/…

— Sanum Ghafoor (@Strange_Sanum) October 9, 2012

Seriously?

The Gaga/Assange dinner is interesting to me because Manning is reported to have listened to Gaga while allegedly DLing Cablegate files.

— Joanne Michele (@sabzbrach) October 9, 2012

Megalomania

Lady Gaga met Julian Assange and they spent an hour arguing over who needed attention more.

— Mark Campbell (@MrWordsWorth) October 9, 2012

Bad romance

Lady Gaga thought it was all cool and counter-culture-y to visit Julian Assange...until things got real rape-y real quick. #stupid

— kitsune26 (@kitsune26) October 9, 2012

More meat puns

Also Assange received Lady Gaga in his undershirt? At least put on a cold cuts dressing gown.

— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) October 9, 2012

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Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023

Before heading to South Sudan to continue his highly anticipated trip to Africa, the pontiff was in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he delivered a powerful speech, in a country where 40 million Catholics live.

Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023
Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — You may know the famous Joseph Stalin quote: “The Pope? How many divisions has he got?” Pope Francis still has no military divisions to his name, but he uses his voice, and he does so wisely — sometimes speaking up when no one else would dare.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Belgian Congo, a region plundered and martyred, before and after its independence in 1960), Francis has chosen to speak loudly. Congo is a country with 110 million inhabitants, immensely rich in minerals, but populated by poor people and victims of brutal wars.

That land is essential to the planetary ecosystem, and yet for too long, the world has not seen it for its true value.

The words of this 86-year-old pope, who now moves around in a wheelchair, deserve our attention. He undoubtedly said what a billion Africans are thinking: "Hands off the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Hands off Africa! Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered!"

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