Friday marks 50 years since the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and the days leading up to this anniversary may feel a bit like diving headfirst into an icy ocean of Camelot myth. Truth, analysis and conjecture will each get their due, but it will all be filtered through a media that has been telling the same unhappy tale for 50 years.
A mood swing in the US: on Thursday a Democrat was elected as mayor of New York for the first time in two decades. In New Jersey the moderate Republican Chris Christie was re-elected as governor while a Democrat is replacing the Republican governor in Virginia. The voters have voiced their rejection of the radical Tea Party, commentators surmise and hope that the willingness to compromise will be a prominent feature of US politics in the future.
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has suspended the voting rights of the United States, two years after it stopped paying dues to this largest UN agency in protest over its granting full membership to the Palestinians, a UNESCO source told Reuters today (8 November).
The U.S. decision to cancel its funding in October 2011 was blamed on US laws that prohibit funding to any UN agency that implies recognition of Palestinian demands for their own state.