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Classic Scooter Rally

An armada of British scooter enthusiasts descended on the Isle of Wight on August 24 for an annual rally, filling the small coastal community of Ryde with the sights and sounds of their ’60s-era mini motorcycles. Here’s a look.

Classic Scooter Rally

Uploaded: Aug. 27, 2013


Movie Preview: Hercules
Jul. 25, 2014
A legendary Greek hero gets a modern makeover in the new action film Hercules.. Here’s a spoiler-free look at the film, the very physically fit cast, and some early reviews.
Former pro wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson takes on the role of the legendary Hercules.
Based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, the new film takes place after the events of classic Greek mythology. Hercules has completed his legendary labors, twelve grueling tasks he performed as penance for slaying his wife and sons after going mad.
As the film opens, Hercules is a mercenary trading off his own legend and hiring out his deadly hand to the highest bidder with the aid of a group of loyal fellow travelers. But when he takes on a task to battle a savage warlord, he finds he must embrace his own myth to prevail.
Among Hercules's band of brothers is Tydeus, played by Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie.
Another Norwegian, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, plays Atalanta.
Rufus Sewell plays Autolycus
Reese Ritchie plays Iaolus
Joseph Fiennes plays King Eurystheus, the ruler under whom Hercules performed his twelve labors.
Barbara Palvin plays Antimache, wife of Eurystheus.
Rebecca Ferguson plays Princess Ergenia, who hires Hercules and his band to help her kindly father King Cotys contend with a powerful sorcerer.
Ian McShane plays Amphiaraus.
Peter Mullan plays Sitacles, one of King Cotys’s generals.
MYTH-MAKING: Hercules gives a call to (very, very big) arms.
Hercules preps his St. Crispin’s Day address.
Herc shows his skills with the ladies, in this case Megara (model Irina Shayk).
Tydeus learns he could have had a V8.
Atalanta lets loose.
Well, at least she learned not to run with scissors.
The Rock presents the Bronze Age.
Behind the Scenes: Johnson on the set with director Brett Rattner.
SUMMARY JUDGMENT: Critics are often unkind to so-called "swords-and-sandals" action films like Hercules, but Dwayne Johnson’s relatable performance — not to mention sizable pecs — seems to won more than a few of them over. Here’s a look at some early reviews.
Scott Foundas, Variety: “The happy surprise is that Ratner’s Hercules is more than a mere improvement on its predecessor. It’s a grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has quite done before: It cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size.”
Scott Foundas, Variety: “Johnson may have been born with screen presence wired into his DNA, but he’s gradually cultivated the skills of a canny actor who knows just how to play to the camera and whose brute physical prowess is cut with a sly self-awareness. More than anything else, it’s he who gives this Hercules his human-sized soul.”
Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter: “Johnson plays his role with good humor and more conviction than Steve Reeves could ever muster. When he finally breaks free of his chains and bellows, ‘I am Hercules,’ the audience responds with just the right degree of childish glee.”
Elizabeth Weitzman, NY Daily News: “The effects are impressive, but there are none bigger than the star’s biceps. As Ratner cheerfully acknowledges, The Rock’s preposterously oversized bulk is perfectly suited to a preposterously oversized movie.”
Gary Goldstein, L.A. Times: “Without putting too fine a point on it, Hercules is Johnson's King Lear or Willy Loman; an iconic, aspirational role that's been long-simmering in his wheelhouse.”
Mark of Solidarity
Jul. 25, 2014
Christians around the world are embracing an ancient symbol of their faith as a sign of solidarity in the face of ongoing persecution of their fellow religionists in the Middle East. Here’s a look at the #WeAreN movement. (Image: Courtney Muir, @Courtneyamuir)
In recent weeks forces with the Islamist group ISIS have occupied the Iraqi city of Mosul, issuing ultimatums to the city’s Christian to evacuate, convert, or face “death by the sword.” Most of Mosul’s some 3,000 Christians have reportedly fled. (Image: Laura, @Lauramzy)
To enforce their repressive regime, ISIS insurgents marked homes and businesses owned by Christians with an Arabic character, ن — pronounced “noon” — that corresponds to the Roman letter N. The ن stands for Nasara or Nazarenes, a pejorative Arabic word for Christians.
Other ن markings seen around Mosul.
The hashtags #WeAreN and #IAmN have sprung for Christians to show their support for the community in Mosul and across the Middle East. Many of the messages use the ن as an iconic symbol of solidarity. (Image: Mario Borba, @borbmario)
A demonstration in Ankawa, Iraq, asks for international support in the face of ISIS oppression. (Image: AssyrianGIrlProblems, @AssyrianGrlProb)
“We stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters in Mosul, Iraq." (Open Doors USA, @OpenDoors
Formal graphics have also been produced and circulated. This graphic is from the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Ill. (Image: Springfield OP, @springfieldop)
“In solidarity with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the whole Middle East.” (Fazeela Selberg Zaib, @SelbergZaib)
“Solidarität mit von der islamischen” (Image: Das Jo, @Oberknalltuete)
“I stand in solidarity with Iraqi Christians” (Renee Namis, @Doctormn)
“#WeAreN is going global to raise awareness for the persecuted Christians” (Matt Matsen, @MJmatsen)
(Image:, @gotquestions)
“For Assyrian Christians of Iraq their homes marked with Arabic letter ’n' for Nasrani/Christian” (Nadrin, @NardyParty)
“From today’s mass in St. George Chaldean Catholic Church, @Baghdad, ‘We are all Christians’ (Ali Ajeena, @AliAjeena)
“Post a pic of your support for the persecuted overseas. Please be in prayer for them too” (Image: Kofi, @Kofimagne)
(Image: Burkey, @MattyBurke1)
(Image: Greg Burke, @GregBurkeRome)
(Image: Naked Alien Tiwago, @thenakedalien)
“#WeAreN" (Sara Gerges, @gerges_sara)
Common Nonsense
Jul. 25, 2014
For a growing number of educators, politicians, and parents, the federal government’s Common Core program is turning out to be common nonsense. Here’s a look at the complaints, and some examples of the program's odd new approach to teaching and testing.
Created in 2009, Common Core is meant to create a set of universal teaching and achievement standards for schools nationwide. The incentive of federal education funds is dangled to entice states to sign on and adopt the standards.
Common Core’s new approaches to teaching basic skills such as mathematics has created frustration and anger for parents raised on more traditional methods and now struggling to help their children with the day’s homework.
Those parents are making their displeasure known to school boards and state politicians and, in a few cases, prompting them to home-school their kids.
Besides their criticism of Common Core’s approach to teaching and testing, some also complain that it represents an improperly large role for the federal government in state-run public education, an intrusion dubbed “Fed Ed.”
The debate went viral earlier this year when comedian and single father of two Louis C.K. took to Twitter to complain about his daughter’s homework from the New York City public school system. He later continued his complaints during an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman.
C.K. tweeted: “My kids used to love math. Now it makes them cry. Thanks standardized testing and common core!” In another tweet, C.K. lamented: “It's this massive stressball that hangs over the whole school. The kids teachers trying to adapt to these badly written notions.”
Tweeting the question pictured above, C.K. noted: “This is one of my favorites. Also for third graders. Who is writing these? And why?“
After Newsweek writer Alexander Nazaryan contested C.K.’s take on Common Core, the comedian replied: “Well I'm a current public school parent. My kid's brain is where the rubber hits the road. And I'm not alone.”
Common Core has its share of critics on Capitol Hill. Florida Senator Marco Rubio told the Tampa Bay Times: “This effort to coerce states into adhering to national curriculum standards is not the best way to help our children attain the best education. Empowering parents, local communities, and the individual states is the best approach.”
Opposition to Common Core has come from state governments as well. Governor Bobby Jindal issued a series of executive orders earlier this month to remove Louisiana from Common Core. As a result, the state’s top education board is preparing to challenge him in court.
In June, the Oklahoma state legislature repealed Common Core standards. Like Louisiana, Oklahoma’s state education boards are preparing to file suit against the legislature and governor Mary Fallin (pictured), who supported and signed the repeal.
In April, Indiana governor Mike Pence made a public show of parting with Common Core but then embraced a new set of state standards that many saw as nearly identical to the federal program. Pence’s move is part of what some see as a rebranding effort by supporters eager for federal funds but wary of Common Core’s increasingly toxic reputation.
Other Republican politicians remain supporters of Common Core, notably New Jersey governor Chris Christie (pictured) — who has tangled frequently with the state’s teacher’s union — and former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Both are considered possible presidential contenders in 2016.
THE PROBLEM PROBLEMS: One look at some of the questions in a Common Core exam reveals the frustration many parents are feeling. Here’s a look.
Common Core tests describe math problems as “sentences," and turn a straightforward arithmetic process with a series of steps.
This subtraction question went viral in March and utilizes the Common Core concept of a “Number Line” to visualize math problems, in this case seeing subtraction as a physical distance between two numbers.
Unfortunately, all the visualization results in a complicated illustration that seems to belong in an art class.
One parent used the Common Core answer sheet to vent their frustration on this “Number Line” approach.
More Common Core math “sentences.”
More examples of excessive visualization to solve a basic math problem.
So-called “number bonds” make a simple 7+7 arithmetic problem needlessly more complex.
More problematic math problems.
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Jul. 25, 2014
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Meme Watch: Obama's Really Bad Summer
Jul. 24, 2014
JULY 24: While President Obama seems to be operating in some kind of second-term funk, his critics in social media are in no such low-energy state. Here’s a look at some of the latest Photoshop missives, still flying after six years. (Image: Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
Promises, promises...
Lucky for the president Eric Holder is too busy to appoint any special prosecutors. (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
Bonus if you can hold the fundraiser on a golf course! (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
International crises are just too much drama. (Image: Facebook/TheRealCommonSenseConservative)
Oddly enough, he's probably just phone in the excuse, too. (Image: Facebook/BreitbartOneSilencedMillionsAwakened)
The bear is loose. (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
No smoking gun, just an isolated problem, right? (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
At what point does a pattern become a purpose? (Image: Facebook/EnemiesofLiberalism2)
He has a hashtag, hear him roar. (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
Didn't your mother warn you not to scowl, your face could freeze like that. (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
Like a Constitution, a Bill of Rights... (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
How does he have time to watch TV news while getting in so many fundraisers and rounds of golf? (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
Is that any way to speak about the Valerie Jarrett administration? (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
Think different. (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
#We'reAllRacistsNow (Image: Facebook/ThePariotFederation)
Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've created. (Image: Facebook/BreitbartOneSilencedMillionsAwakened)
So if something doesn't work you can recall it? Hmmm, food for thought, food for thought... (Image: Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
Cars for a clunker of a domestic economic policy. (Image: Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
I'll have a large "Mainstream Media" shaken not stirred. (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
Here's your sign. (Image: Facebook/KRLA870am)
Two more years. (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
The purpose is clear, the text is not ambiguous. (Image: Facebook/ThePariotFederation)
And by then he's be safely ensconed in retirement — and we'll still be paying his bills. (Image: Facebook/NOLAPDOGMEDIA)
Twilight of the idols. (Image: Facebook/LiberalLunacy)
It came to Hollywood ... for another fundraiser at Jeffrey Katzenberg's house. (Image: Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
The bear is loose! (Image: Facebook/OccupyThis2012)
The Chicago Way. (Image: Facebook/OneNationUnderGodUSofA)
Joe Biden: Still one step away from being leader of the free world. (Image: Facebook/
Global warming: It's a floor wax AND a dessert topping! (Image via Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
THE REST OF THE LEFT: Hillary Rodham Clinton: Ready and waiting in the limousine idling outside. (Image: Facebook/LiberalLunacy)
Hillary's book tour is starting to look like that skier from "Wide World of Sports" (Image: Facebook/PatriotPost)
Yes, the nanny state is run by actual nannies. (Image: Facebook/NOLAPDOGMEDIA)
If liberals don't like it, it isn't a right. (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
They always preach tolerance ... until they're in charge. (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
The fuel that drives the Democratic coalition. (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
The "little platoons" that enforce the Democratic coalition. (Image: Facebook/RightWingRantsRaves)
That's what Bubba called "triangulation." (And no, it's not a position in the Kama Sutra.) (Image: Facebook/NOLAPDOGMEDIA)
That's even scarier than her school-lunch menu. (Image: Facebook/NOLAPDOGMEDIA)
FLOTUS HAS SPOKEN! (Image: Facebook/ThePariotFederation)
The Bear Is Loose
Jul. 23, 2014
President Obama has warned us that “The Bear Is Loose” several times in recent months during unscheduled jaunts among the common folk, which leaves us with one key question: What kind of bear is POTUS? NRO researched some famous furry faces to find a possible match.
The “Russian Bear”: Of course there’s plenty of prior art for Russia’s claim to ursine imagery, with the country described as the bear on the world political scene going back hundreds of years.
Vladimir Putin’s man’s-outdoorsman reputation doubles down on the meme, sometimes to Obama’s detriment in comparison.
Yogi Bear: Like the president, Yogi believed himself to be “smarter than the av-er-age bear,” and his theme song assures us that, just like “No Drama Obama,” Yogi keeps cool when things are hot — even as he continually falls for fantastic schemes.
Yogi and Obama also have a hobby in common.
Winnie the Pooh: While Pooh has a heart of gold and a poet’s touch, his lack of a Constitutional-scholar level intellect and reliance on common sense to solve problems makes him a poor match for the current chief executive. And Michelle would not approve of his high honey consumption.
Fozzie Bear: Ever-unable to sell a joke to his critics in the peanut gallery — your guess as to which NRO contributor is Statler and which is Waldorf — Fozzie’s lack of retail skills reminds us of President Obama’s hard luck selling Obamacare to a dubious public — and increasingly dubious judiciary.
Smokey the Bear: One of the nation’s most famous federal employees reminds us to mind our manners in the great outdoors. But President Obama would seem to prefer heading off future conflagrations by locking the gates to national parks and keep those pesky fossil-fuel clinging taxpayers out.
Care Bears: Being a denizen of the Kingdom of Caring, a resident of Care-a-Lot, and playing all day in the Forest of Feelings does sound an awful lot like being a member of the Democratic Party, and these conveniently color-coded guardian angels will surely smother you in the warm embrace of the nanny state.
Sonya (Madagascar 3): This bear’s bright pink tutu could signal an affinity with Obama’s LGBT voter base, and her tiny tricycle is certainly a winner with environmentalists. But her muteness doesn’t jibe with Obama’s chattering-class act and feels a bit “war-on-women”-ish, and PETA would surely complain about her work in the circus.
Honey Bears: More pesky honey. Still, it doesn’t take a Hyde Park faculty-lounge intellect to see the powerful symbolism of sweet-tasting treats delivered in a package that pays homage not to the hard-working producers but to the takers.
Gummi Bears: Is there a better metaphor for Obama’s unique brand of political platitudes than this rubbery, saccharine-sweet, non-nutritious snack item? But this one wouldn’t pass nutritional muster with Michelle, either.
The Bad News Bears: Certainly the name of the 70s’ kid-cinema icons would be a solid fit for President Obama’s second term. Cheers for a Title IX-friendly co-gendered roster rich with infield fairness and equality, but jeers for Walter Matthau’s hetero-normative white-male authority figure.
Ted: Like some others on this list, Ted is probably more like an Obama stand-in as the opposition might envision him, and his wild party-boy antics are probably closer to former President Bill Clinton or perhaps Joe Biden in his Senate days.
Hamm’s Beer Bear: Obama might have embraced the land of pines and lofty balsams’s favorite son for his photo opp “beer summit” in 2009, but it was clear he desperately needed Joe Biden at his side for the genuine everyman touch. Besides, we’re guessing the president is more of a Zima man.
Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear (Toy Story 3): A smooth-talking administrator eager to promote the benefits of a managed-care facility where the quality of service falls far short of his earnest promises, and who then rules over everyone with an iron regulatory fist? Ladies and gentlemen, we think we have a winner.
Anti-Israel Protests
Jul. 23, 2014
As Israeli’s campaign against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip continues, protests against Israel and in support of the Palestinians have broken out in cities around the world in recent days. Here’s a look. Pictured, flames on the streets of Paris in July 19.
While some demonstrations expressed a humanitarian wish to end the fighting, others descended into vituperative denunciations of Israel. Though few of the protests were large, some were marked by violence and demonstrations of anti-Semitism.
FRANCE: A pro-Palestinian demonstration near Paris turned violent as thousands of youths set fire to cars and garbage cans and looted shops in confrontations with police. Other protests were held in more than dozen French cities.
The protest in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles — known as “Little Jerusalem” because of its large Sephardic community — came amid a ban on rallies instituted after a tense clash at two synagogues there earlier in the week.
A rioter flashes a Nazi gesture at police during clashes in Sarcelles.
Some 38 protesters were arrested in the most recent round of clashes.
A more peaceful pro-Palestinian demonstration in Paris.
Rallying for Palestine in Lyon, France.
Lyon, France
ENGLAND: An estimated 15,000 anti-Israel demonstrators marched through London holding signs saying things such as, "Stop the Bombing; Free Palestine."
Police control a pro-Palestinian demonstation in London.
GERMANY: Authorities in Berlin ordered pro-Palestinian marchers to cease anti-Semitic chants such as “Gas the Jews.” According to IBT Times, some of the demonstrations were organized by Muslim immigrants and neo-Nazi groups.
Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told IBT Times: "Jews are once again openly threatened in Germany and sometimes attacked, synagogues are being defaced and declared as targets." Pictured, a call to arms in Frankfurt.
The visage of Yassir Arafat in a Berlin crowd.
A young protester holds a sign in Frankfurt
ITALY: Reuters reports a crowd of around 11,000 marched in Vienna through the city streets and to the official presidential residence.
More views of Venice
NETHERLANDS: Approximately 3,000 people staged a peaceful protest calling for an end to the Gaza operation, according to NBC News. Retuers reports signs reading “Israel War Criminals” were seen among the crowds. This banner reads: "Sound the Alarm. Stop the War."
More protesters march in Amsterdam.
UNITED STATES: A line of protesters in Los Angeles, Calif.
Protest signs in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
CHILE: A sign labels Israel a terrorist state in Santiago.
CANADA: Hundreds of Palestinian-Canadians and their supporters demonstrated in front of the Israeli embassy in Ottawa. Elsewhere in Calgary, a rally of nearly 1,000 demonstrators broke down into violent clashes.
GREECE: Burning an Israeli flag in Athens.
SPAIN: Pro-Palestinian marchers display banners in Malaga.
ROMANIA: Showing support for Palestine in Sofia.
AUSTRALIA: A mock funeral in Sydney.
Waving Palestinian flags at town hall in Sydney.
SOUTH AFRICA: In Johannesburg, protesters demanded the explusion of the Israeli ambassador.
INDIA: Protesters in Srinagar, the capital of Indian Kashmir near Pakistan.
Ahmanababad, India
Mumbai, India
Pattani, Thailand
MUSLIM WORLD: No surprisingly, pro-Palestinian demonstrations were seen across the Muslim world, in the Middle East and elsewhere. Pictured, a young protester in Beirut, Lebanon.
Rabat, Morocco
Rabat, Morocco
Protesters burn an effigy of the Israeli flag in Amman, Jordan.
A protester mocks U.S. support for Israel outside the U.S. embassy near Beirut.
Jakarta, Indonesia
Tunis, Tunisia
Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
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