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Portraits of Power | Alejandro Almaraz

Throughout history, portraits have played an essential role in how different cultures depict people of high social relevance. Kings, emperors and politically powerful families were the common possessors of that privilege. This historical relationship (which spans cultures and ages) between portraits and power continues today, where it can still be clearly seen through the photographic portraits of the leaders of modern states. 

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Hong Kong Police Clash With Occupy Protesters

For weeks now, pro-democracy protest groups have occupied parts of central Hong Kong, calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Local police have been urging the demonstrators to leave for days, and have recently stepped up efforts to dismantle barricades on several major roads - only to have many of them rebuilt hours later. Tensions boiled over last night, leading to a violent clash between police and protesters. Police arrested dozens, and at least one demonstrator, politician Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, was dragged away and beaten by police, a moment caught in this video. As of today, most of the Occupy protesters remain in place, Beijing refuses to budge, and no discussions are underway.

Tags #News    #Photojournalism    #Journalism    #Portrait    #Politics    #Hong Kong   

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Full Text on Storify: How US Imperialism Created ISIS

Correction: ISIS was not a subsidiary of Al Qaeda, although there were links between the groups which contributed to its rise before Al Qaeda disavowed ISIS. “ISIS grew out of the former Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), a jihadist militant umbrella group that is believed to have helped create the al-Nusra Front in mid-2011” (x). al-Nusra is al Qaeda’s official arm in Syria.

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A short (and incomplete given the scale of US-propagated violence across the globe) account of the myriad ways in which US imperialism directly led to creation of ISIS. US imperialism is never the answer and the US-led coalition now will only destabilize the situation further and lead to even more violence and long term problems in the entire region.

I mean, it still amazes me that this isn’t “duh” to most everyone.

Senator Tom Harkin’s Last Steak Fry

This past Sunday, Senator Tom Harkin held the thirty-seventh annual Harkin Steak Fry, a Democratic fundraiser that has drawn Presidential hopefuls to Indianola, Iowa, since its inception. About ten thousand people, including the photographer Danny Wilcox Frazier, were on hand this year to listen to the headliners Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, among other guests. It was the final steak fry for Senator Harkin, who is retiring after representing Iowa in Congress for forty years, leaving many to wonder what will supplant the famous event. 

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'They're Talking To People': Tensions Ease In Ferguson As Police Change Tactics
Ferguson, Mo., saw more protests last night – but instead of meeting demonstrators with tear gas and armored vehicles, police walked with them, and posed for photos. The shift came after days of clashes sparked by the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown….
But the key difference in Ferguson Thursday was that police had changed their approach to trying to prevent a repeat of the violence and property damage that occurred Sunday. Police were heavily criticized for using tear gas, deploying heavy weapons and arresting journalists….
"When we talk about boots on the ground," [Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron] Johnson said at a news conference Thursday, "my boots are going to be on the ground. And so we are going to have a different approach and have the approach that we are in this together."
Johnson kept that promise last night, walking with demonstrators, hugging people, and representing authority in a way that’s been absent this week. The community responded with a spirited demonstration that was marked by cheers and the honking horns of passing cars.

It’s pretty amazing what happens when the police stop acting like they’re patroling a war zone. It’s incredibly sad that it took so long for politicians to come their senses and put a stop to the destructive and unconstitutional police response to protests over racism and police brutality.
Now, of course, it’s important to start dealing with the shooting that led to these protests (along with other such shootings that aren’t getting much publicity), the militarization of police around the country — oh, and the pervasive, systemic racism in American society.

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'They're Talking To People': Tensions Ease In Ferguson As Police Change Tactics

Ferguson, Mo., saw more protests last night – but instead of meeting demonstrators with tear gas and armored vehicles, police walked with them, and posed for photos. The shift came after days of clashes sparked by the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown….

But the key difference in Ferguson Thursday was that police had changed their approach to trying to prevent a repeat of the violence and property damage that occurred Sunday. Police were heavily criticized for using tear gas, deploying heavy weapons and arresting journalists….

"When we talk about boots on the ground," [Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron] Johnson said at a news conference Thursday, "my boots are going to be on the ground. And so we are going to have a different approach and have the approach that we are in this together."

Johnson kept that promise last night, walking with demonstrators, hugging people, and representing authority in a way that’s been absent this week. The community responded with a spirited demonstration that was marked by cheers and the honking horns of passing cars.

It’s pretty amazing what happens when the police stop acting like they’re patroling a war zone. It’s incredibly sad that it took so long for politicians to come their senses and put a stop to the destructive and unconstitutional police response to protests over racism and police brutality.

Now, of course, it’s important to start dealing with the shooting that led to these protests (along with other such shootings that aren’t getting much publicity), the militarization of police around the country — oh, and the pervasive, systemic racism in American society.

(Source: NPR)

Tags #Missouri    #politics    #news    #racism    #criminal justice   

Soldier’s Geotagged Instagram Selfies Lands Russia and Putin in Hot Water

While Russia continues to claim it has no involvement in the civil conflict in Ukraine, the selfie-strewn Instagram profile of Russian soldier Sanya Sotkin may tell a slightly different story. A story which is landing Russian President, Vladimir Putin in even more hot water than he’s already in.

With the unwanted help of the ‘Photomap’ feature in Instagram, the 24-year-old’s Instagram profile shows a number of self-portraits that are geotagged inside the borders of Ukraine. More particularly, inside rebel-controlled territory, some of it dangerously close to the location of where Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was tragically shot down, killing all 298 people on board.

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Tags #News    #Politics    #Tech    #Instagram    #MH17    #Russia    #Ukraine    #Selfie   

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"If you’re working full time in America, you shouldn’t be living in poverty." - Al Sharpton on Politics Nation

msnbc:

"If you’re working full time in America, you shouldn’t be living in poverty." - Al Sharpton on Politics Nation

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A Clever Parody That Somehow Makes Mao Zedong Funny

Photographer Cristina de Middel’s new book Party is meant to question the idea of political power in a playful way. In the book, de Middel has taken the original text from Chairman Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book and redacted most of the words, creating new and biting quotes that mock the statements of this once-powerful communist leader of China. Alongside the text, she’s also included her own photos of contemporary China that are another way of poking fun.

“Political speech is like advertising,” says de Middel about Mao’s over-the-top language in the Little Red Book, which was meant to galvanize popular support for his brand of communism. “There is some interesting deepness, but it is not in the message, it is in the strategy.”

Mao’s strategy was to flood China with his missive. First published in 1966, theLittle Red Book, or Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong as its officially known, is second only to the Bible as the most printed book in history. Over a billion copies have circulated. Many people in China revere Mao to this day, and he is still credited with modernizing the country by transforming it from an agrarian to an industrial economy. But others see Mao as the worst type of dictator, one whose rule caused 40-70 million people to die from starvation, forced labor, and executions.

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Norwegian Photojournalist Aids Gaza Strike Victim, Takes Breath, and Resumes Shooting

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.

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Photo Field Trip 
14-year-old Berkeley teenager Andrei Crandall gets a huge break to photograph President Obama at the White House.

Photo Field Trip 

14-year-old Berkeley teenager Andrei Crandall gets a huge break to photograph President Obama at the White House.

Tags #Politics    #Photography    #Portrait    #POTUS    #Barack Obama   

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epic. shade.

braiker:

epic. shade.

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"Only three countries in the world report that they don’t offer paid maternity leave. And the United States is one of them. It’s time to change that."

President Obama advocates for paid maternity leave (via micdotcom)

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Tags #politics    #parenting