Most beautiful cities by continent

Europe

1. Venice

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With its dense archipelago of pastel palazzos and piazzas, all connected by winding canals busy with gondolas, Venice is something of an indisputable choice for romance. It’s also extremely crowded during the day, when cruise ship passengers spend a manic five hours flitting around the top attractions.

2. Paris

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The modern metropolis is home to countless activities for lovers. Spend the day exploring the Louvre, meandering the cobblestone streets of Montmartre, and taking in the views from the Sacre Coeur, popping into boulangerie after boulangerie for buttery pastries, or walking hand-in-hand through the manicured Tuileries Gardens. It’s all romantic.

3. Florence

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From its serene setting straddling the banks of the Arno River, Florence pulled Europe out of Medieval times and into the Renaissance, and its wealthy art patrons left behind a city filled to the brim with architectural masterpieces. Lovebirds congregate for a sunset kiss at Piazzale Michelangelo, which overlooks the terracotta-roofed cityscape and has a postcard-perfect view of the multicolored Duomo cathedral across the river.

4. Prague

 

5. Budapest

 

Asia

Kyoto

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Dubai

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Tokyo

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Singapore

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Hong Kong

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Africa

  1. Cape Town

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2. Marrakesh and chefchaoun

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3. CasaBlanca

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4. Algiers

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5. Durban

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6. Johannesburg Area

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7. Maputo

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8. Saint Denis

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9. Windhoek

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10. Accra

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North America

1. San Francisco

2. Miami

3. Washington,D.C

4. New York

5. Los Angeles

6. Chicago

7. Charleston

8. Savannah

9. New Orleans

10. Atlanta

5 Reasons why the African Union is a joke, and not a funny one

  1. No Standards

Unlike EU countries that had to meet certain political and economic benchmarks for membership, any rogue or deadbeat African country has always been allowed to join the AU. In fact, 18 countries should have been disqualified for not paying membership dues to the OAU, but Qaddafi paid off their debts so they could join.

2. Policy of Non Interferance

The AU also embraced a policy of noninterference in the affairs of member states, so as not to scare off those governments accused of war crimes or with abysmal human rights records.  So you can have all sorts of monstrosities going on, and the African Union is not there to protect, you.

3. Sometimes the chair people are bloody, corrupt dictators

In 2011, as Libya descended into civil war, the AU sent its chairman, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea — Africa’s longest serving dictator — to resolve the crisis and smooth the transition to democracy.

4. 0% Progress and Acheivement 

Not surprisingly, the AU has achieved spectacularly little in its decade and a half of existence. Never solved a problem. The body has yet to solve a single conflict diplomatically, and where it has sent peacekeepers — to Darfur, Somalia, and Mali, for instance — peace has yet to emerge.  No facilitating of deeper economic integration and building much-needed infrastructure, including roads, railways, and telecommunications systems. It has failed spectacularly on both fronts.

5. Can’t even fund the building of its own headquarters

Even though the African Union is surrounded by dictators and corrupt politicians worth billions. The body couldn’t even afford to build its own headquarters so China built and paid for the $200 million building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

What could work for Africa

  1. Regional blocs with Standards and benefits

All of the ancient African empires — Mali, Ghana, Great Zimbabwe, and Songhai in what is now the western Sahel — were confederacies characterized by great devolution of authority and decentralization of power. Markets were likewise ubiquitous in precolonial Africa, and prices were typically determined by bargaining, not dictated by authorities.

Such a confederacy should also have strict membership requirements, to ensure there is sufficient common ground for political and economic coordination and a common vision of the future. At a minimum, each member state should be democratic and respect Africa’s heritage of free markets, free enterprise, and free trade.

 

The Countries most dependent on Africa

  1. France

Political motives for colonization differed from the search for markets, investments, raw materials and cheap workforce to the drive for victory and strategic advantage. There were also religious and cultural motives such as the desire to spread Catholicism, French culture and ‘educate’ indigenous people.

Natural Resources  – France Gets most of its Uranium from Niger

Linguistic Prestige and culture

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Military

2. Portugal

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3. Belgium

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4. Switzerland

5. China

Largest African Immigrant groups in France

Paris is the capital largest city in France with 12.5 million people. There are 2.1 million Blacks in the Paris area. There are more African immigrants in Paris than any other city. Here are the largest groups

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1. Malians (born) 120,000

Montreuil is home to the most Malians outside of Mali

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2. Ivorian 100,000

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3. Senegalese (born) 100,000

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4. Comoran 100,000

Most Comorans in France live in Marseille 70,000

30,000 in Paris

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5. Guinean 100,000

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6. Congolese 82,000

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7. Cameroonian 82,000

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8. Beninois 30,000

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9. Nigeriens 30,000

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10. Reunion 28,000

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11. Burkinabe 25,000

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12. Chadian 20,000

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Other Blacks

Antillian 160,000

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Haitian 83,000

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North Africans

1. Algerian 2,000,000

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2. Moroccan 1,500,000

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3. Tunisian 1,000,000

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African countries hate people taking pictures

Mauritania

As with most of the eastern Africa countries, taking photos of National buildings or Mosque are seen as disrespectful. You can be harassed by police and even by citizens when taking pictures of these building and of children. Also most people of Mauritania do not like their picture being taken. Even if you are not taking pictures of them personally, they will shout and become angry if they are close to the item being photoed. Always apologize and put camera away. Do not get into an argument or keep taking photos- this may cause locals to gang-up on the person taking the photos. Only serious trouble can result.

Equatorial guinea

Don’t photograph airports, government buildings, or anything of military or strategic value. Local folks including children are generally averse to foreigners taking their picture. As a general rule, it is not advisable to bring a camera while walking around town as this can cause real trouble with the police.

Guinea

When taking photographs, avoid military bases and political buildings, as it can be considered espionage in Guinea and can land you in jail.

My favorite 48 laws of power

Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends; learn how to use enemies.

Be wary of friends – they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy.  They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend because he has more to prove.  In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.

Law 3: Conceal your intentions.

Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions.  If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense. Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelope them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too lat

Law 5: So much depends on reputation – guard it with your life.

Reputation is the cornerstone of power.  Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once you slip, however, you are vulnerable and will be attacked on all sides.  Make your reputation unassailable. Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen. Meanwhile, learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputations.  Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them.

Law 6: Court attention at all cost.

Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing.  Never let yourself get lost in the crowd, then, or buried in oblivion. Stand out.  Be conspicuous, at all cost. Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious, than the bland and timid masses.

Law 7: Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit.

Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of other people to further your own cause.  Not only will such assistance save you valuable time and energy, it will give you a godlike aura of efficiency and speed.  In the end, your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered. Never do yourself what others can do for you.

Law 9: Win through your actions, never through argument.

Any momentary triumph you think gained through argument is really a Pyrrhic victory:  The resentment and ill will you stir up is stronger and lasts longer than any momentary change of opinion.  It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word. Demonstrate, do not explicate.

Law 10: Infection: avoid the unhappy and unlucky.

You can die from someone else’s misery – emotional states are as infectious as disease.  You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster.  The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead

Law 15: Crush your enemy totally.

​All great leaders since Moses have known that a feared enemy must be crushed completely.  (Sometimes they have learned this the hard way.) If one ember is left alight, no matter how dimly it smolders, a fire will eventually break out.  More is lost through stopping halfway than through total annihilation: The enemy will recover and will seek revenge. Crush him, not only in body but in spirit.

Law 18: Do not build fortresses to protect yourself – isolation is dangerous.

The world is dangerous and enemies are everywhere – everyone has to protect themselves.  A fortress seems the safest. But isolation exposes you to more dangers than it protects you from – it cuts you off from valuable information, it makes you conspicuous and an easy target.  Better to circulate among people, find allies, mingle. You are shielded from your enemies by the crowd

Law 19: Know who you’re dealing with – do not offend the wrong person.

There are many different kinds of people in the world, and you can never assume that everyone will react to your strategies in the same way.  Deceive or outmaneuver some people and they will spend the rest of their lives seeking revenge. They are wolves in lambs’ clothing. Choose your victims and opponents carefully, then – never offend or deceive the wrong person.

Law 25: Re-create yourself.

Do not accept the roles that society foists on you.  Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience.  Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define it for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions – your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life.

Law 26: Keep your hands clean.

You must seem a paragon of civility and efficiency: Your hands are never soiled by mistakes and nasty deeds.  Maintain such a spotless appearance by using others as scapegoats and cat’s-paws to disguise your involvement.

Law 27: Play on people’s need to create a cultlike following.

People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something.  Become the focal point of such desire by offering them a cause, a new faith to follow.  Keep your words vague but full of promise; emphasize enthusiasm over rationality and clear thinking. Give your new disciples rituals to perform, ask them to make sacrifices on your behalf.  In the absence of organized religion and grand causes, your new belief system will bring you untold power.

Law 28: Enter action with boldness.

If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it.  Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous:  Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.

Law 29: Plan all the way to the end.

The ending is everything.  Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the glory to others.  By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop. Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead.

Law 30: Make your accomplishments seem effortless.

Your actions must seem natural and executed with ease.  All the toil and practice that go into them, and also all the clever tricks, must be concealed.  When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more. Avoid the temptation of revealing how hard you work – it only raises questions.  Teach no one your tricks or they will be used against you.

Law 32: Play to people’s fantasies.

The truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant.  Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes for disenchantment.  Life is so harsh and distressing that people who can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy are like oases in the desert:  Everyone flocks to them. There is great power in tapping into the fantasies of the masses.

Law 33: Discover each man’s thumbscrew.

Everyone has a weakness, a gap in the castle wall.  That weakness is usually an insecurity, an uncontrollable emotion or need; it can also be a small secret pleasure.  Either way, once found it is a thumbscrew you can turn to your advantage.

Law 34: Be royal in your own fashion: act like a king to be treated like one.

The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated; In the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you.  For a king respects himself and inspires the same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown.

Law 35: Master the art of timing.

Never seem to be in a hurry – hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself, and over time.  Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually. Become a detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends that will carry you to power.  Learn to stand back when the time is not yet ripe, and to strike fiercely when it has reached fruition.

Law 36: Disdain things you cannot have: ignoring them is the best revenge.

By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility.  The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him; and a small mistake is often made worse and more visible when you try to fix it.  It is sometimes best to leave things alone. If there is something you want but cannot have, show contempt for it. The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem.

Law 37: Create compelling spectacles.

Striking imagery and grand symbolic gestures create the aura of power – everyone responds to them.  Stage spectacles for those around you, then full of arresting visuals and radiant symbols that heighten your presence.  Dazzled by appearances, no one will notice what you are really doing.

Law 38: Think as you like but behave like others.

If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them.  They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior. It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness

Law 40: Despise the free lunch.

What is offered for free is dangerous – it usually involves either a trick or a hidden obligation.  What has worth is worth paying for. By paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt, and deceit.  It is also often wise to pay the full price – there are no cutting corners with excellence. Be lavish with your money and keep it circulating, for generosity is a sign and a magnet for power.

Law 41: Avoid stepping into a great man’s shoes.

What happens first always appears better and more original than what comes after.  If you succeed a great man or have a famous parent, you will have to accomplish double their achievements to outshine them.  Do not get lost in their shadow, or stuck in a past, not of your own making: Establish your own name and identity by changing course.  Slay the overbearing father, disparage his legacy, and gain power by shining in your own way.

Law 42: Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.

Trouble can often be traced to a single strong individual – the stirrer, the arrogant underling, the poisoned of goodwill.  If you allow such people room to operate, others will succumb to their influence. Do not wait for the troubles they cause to multiply, do not try to negotiate with them – they are irredeemable.  Neutralize their influence by isolating or banishing them. Strike at the source of the trouble and the sheep will scatter.

Law 43: Work on the hearts and minds of others.

​Coercion creates a reaction that will eventually work against you.  You must seduce others into wanting to move in your direction. A person you have seduced becomes your loyal pawn.  And the way to seduce others is to operate on their individual psychologies and weaknesses. Soften up the resistant by working on their emotions, playing on what they hold dear and what they fear.  Ignore the hearts and minds of others and they will grow to hate you.

Law 44: Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect.

​The mirror reflects reality, but it is also the perfect tool for deception: When you mirror your enemies, doing exactly as they do, they cannot figure out your strategy.  The Mirror Effect mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact. By holding up a mirror to their psyches, you seduce them with the illusion that you share their values; by holding up a mirror to their actions, you teach them a lesson.  Few can resist the power of the Mirror Effect.

Law 45: Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once.

​Everyone understands the need for change in the abstract, but on the day-to-day level, people are creatures of habit.  Too much innovation is traumatic and will lead to revolt. If you are new to a position of power, or an outsider trying to build a power base, make a show of respecting the old way of doing things.  If change is necessary, make it feel like a gentle improvement on the past.

Law 46: Never appear perfect
​Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses.  Envy creates silent enemies. It is smart to occasionally display defects, and admit to harmless vices, in order to deflect envy and appear more human and approachable.  Only gods and the dead can seem perfect with impunity.