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It helps to have experience with first aid when you’re working as a photojournalists in conflict areas, and the intense video above is one example showing why. [warning: there’s some blood]
On July 16th, Norwegian photojournalist Harald Henden was filming a report outside his hotel in Gaza City when there was an explosion at a beach just a few hundred yards from where he was standing.
14-year-old Berkeley teenager Andrei Crandall gets a huge break to photograph President Obama at the White House.
My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage. … We’re the only developed country on Earth where this happens. And it happens, now, once a week. And it’s a one-day story. There’s no place else like this.
… I have been in Washington for a while now, and most things don’t surprise me. The fact that 20 six-year-olds were gunned down (at Sandy Hook Elementary) and this town couldn’t do anything about it was stunning to me.
… The country has to do some soul-searching about this. This is becoming the norm, and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me. I am prepared to work with anybody — including responsible sportsmen and gun owners — to craft some solutions, but right now, it’s not possible to get even the mildest restrictions through Congress, and we should be ashamed of that."
PRESIDENT OBAMA, on the (perhaps willing) inability of Congress to address gun violence, at yesterday’s Tumblr town hall in Washington, DC.
There have been 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.
The NRA and its members shrug.
1964 was an eventful year — a half-century ago, humans were making strides toward space travel beyond the Earth’s orbit, and Tokyo hosted the 18th Summer Olympics. The Beatles took America by storm, as Race Riots gripped big cities — and the the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law. Boxer Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and the heavyweight champion of the world. Cyprus devolved into civil war between Turks and Greeks, and President Lyndon Johnson escalated U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
ere was the crassness of the idea: to build a kitschy shopping mall in a reconstituted Ottoman military barracks, in the middle of Istanbul’s treasured Gezi Park. There was the whiff of cronyism in it, too. There was the obstinate micromanagement from the office of the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who appeared unable to fathom that people might not want a kitschy shopping mall instead of a park. (His reaction to a national-heritage board that rejected the plan was typical: “I reject your rejection.”) Then, there were those initial days when a handful of people tried to prevent earthmoving equipment from uprooting Gezi’s sycamores. There was the courageous member of parliament who threw himself in front of the machines, and the tent city that sprang up to house protesters who refused to leave. Eventually, as might be expected, the police came, with pepper spray and fire and truncheons, beating and blasting people and burning down tents. As the protesters grew in number, to more than two million across the country, the police swarmed, shooting more than a hundred thousand cannisters of tear gas—at times directly at people, like bullets.
Amidst a barrage of privacy concerns, an Iranian court has ordered a ban of photo-sharing giant Instagram, reports the Associated Press.
According to the AP report, the ban originated from a private lawsuit, which led to a controversial court order banning the site via Iran’s Ministry of Telecommunications. But as late as today around noon, users in the Iranian capital, Tehran, were still able to access the social network.
The ban, which Instagram declined to comment on when asked by ABC News, should come as no real surprise given that Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, is also banned in the country… along with Twitter and YouTube.
Ironically, top officials in the country have standard access to such social networking sites, and some of the highest officials in Iran are using various social media outlets to make their name and campaign known in the west. Citizens, on the other hand, must resort to proxies and other bypasses to gain access.