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 The Egyptian governmental power structure decided to keep things weighted toward the military in the last week, wiping out any pretense that there will be a democratic Summer following the Arab Spring. Gives this photo a ‘j’accuse’ type reality. 
via The Charlotte Observer
(credit: Amr Nabil/APcaption:  Egyptian protesters point at soldiers in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court ? in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, June 14, 2012. Egypt’s highest court has ruled that Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister can stay in the presidential race.)
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The Egyptian governmental power structure decided to keep things weighted toward the military in the last week, wiping out any pretense that there will be a democratic Summer following the Arab Spring. Gives this photo a ‘j’accuse’ type reality.

via The Charlotte Observer

(credit: Amr Nabil/APcaption: Egyptian protesters point at soldiers in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court ? in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, June 14, 2012. Egypt’s highest court has ruled that Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister can stay in the presidential race.)

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 Assad as Mickey Mouse. What could be more ironic? From Oliver Hartung’s Signs of Syria (NYT). 
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(credit: Oliver Hartung caption:  Between Damascus and As Suwayda. 2009.)
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Assad as Mickey Mouse. What could be more ironic? From Oliver Hartung’s Signs of Syria (NYT).

via The New York Times

(credit: Oliver Hartung caption: Between Damascus and As Suwayda. 2009.)

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This surprisingly sweet and sad photo by Getty photographer Spencer Platt reminds us that though Chris Hondros is gone, his remarkable talent remains.
via The Charlotte Observer
(credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images caption: A female protester carries a painting that is the likeness of a photo made by Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros in Iraq in 2005 that shows an Iraqi girl moments after members of her family were shot by American troops at a check-point on May 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Sixty heads of state, 2,500 journalists and thousands of protesters have converged on Chicago for the two day NATO meeting which begins on Sunday and will look to address the situation in Afghanistan among other global defense issues. Chicago police are preparing for the worst with many officers in riot gear and with their numbers enhanced by police from outside the city.)
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This surprisingly sweet and sad photo by Getty photographer Spencer Platt reminds us that though Chris Hondros is gone, his remarkable talent remains.

via The Charlotte Observer

(credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images caption: A female protester carries a painting that is the likeness of a photo made by Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros in Iraq in 2005 that shows an Iraqi girl moments after members of her family were shot by American troops at a check-point on May 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Sixty heads of state, 2,500 journalists and thousands of protesters have converged on Chicago for the two day NATO meeting which begins on Sunday and will look to address the situation in Afghanistan among other global defense issues. Chicago police are preparing for the worst with many officers in riot gear and with their numbers enhanced by police from outside the city.)

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A walking billboard for pain and revolution: a Bahraini protester wears a t-shirt emblazoned with the image of a mortally wounded citizen journalist at the journalist’s funeral.
via  The Charlotte Observer
(credit: Hasan Jamali/AP Photo caption: Bahraini anti-government protesters prepare carries petrol bombs for clashes with riot police Monday, April 16, 2012, in Salmabad, Bahrain, after a traditional mourning procession for citizen journalist Ahmed Ismail al-Samadi, 22. Al-Samadi, seen in the image on the protester’s t-shirt at center just after he was shot, was killed about two weeks ago while filming clashes between protesters and riot police.)
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A walking billboard for pain and revolution: a Bahraini protester wears a t-shirt emblazoned with the image of a mortally wounded citizen journalist at the journalist’s funeral.

via The Charlotte Observer

(credit: Hasan Jamali/AP Photo caption: Bahraini anti-government protesters prepare carries petrol bombs for clashes with riot police Monday, April 16, 2012, in Salmabad, Bahrain, after a traditional mourning procession for citizen journalist Ahmed Ismail al-Samadi, 22. Al-Samadi, seen in the image on the protester’s t-shirt at center just after he was shot, was killed about two weeks ago while filming clashes between protesters and riot police.)

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These two girls lost their father and two siblings when the Syrian Army shelled their home in Idlib, Syria. The 12 year old flashes a V sign which, I’m told, in Syria signifies “Win or Die.” 
via The Sacramento Bee Day in Pictures
(photo credit: Rodrigo Abd/AP caption:  In this Saturday, March 10, 2012 photo, Hana, 12, flashes the victory sign next to her sister Eva, 13, as they recover from severe injuries after the Syrian Army shelled their house in Idlib, north Syria. Their father and two siblings were killed after their home was shelled. .)
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These two girls lost their father and two siblings when the Syrian Army shelled their home in Idlib, Syria. The 12 year old flashes a V sign which, I’m told, in Syria signifies “Win or Die.”

via The Sacramento Bee Day in Pictures

(photo credit: Rodrigo Abd/AP caption: In this Saturday, March 10, 2012 photo, Hana, 12, flashes the victory sign next to her sister Eva, 13, as they recover from severe injuries after the Syrian Army shelled their house in Idlib, north Syria. Their father and two siblings were killed after their home was shelled. .)

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A girl (looks like a toddler) has a bullet removed from her hand in Homs, Syria. The superman shirt is poignant. 
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(photo credit: Stringer/Reuters caption:  A doctor at a makeshift hospital displays a bullet removed from the hand of a young girl wounded during what protesters said was an attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, at the Khalidiya neighbourhood in Homs March 8, 2012.)
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A girl (looks like a toddler) has a bullet removed from her hand in Homs, Syria. The superman shirt is poignant.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(photo credit: Stringer/Reuters caption: A doctor at a makeshift hospital displays a bullet removed from the hand of a young girl wounded during what protesters said was an attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, at the Khalidiya neighbourhood in Homs March 8, 2012.)

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Tags #Arab Spring    #Bashar al-Assad    #Homs    #Homs Syria    #Idlib    #Idlib Syria    #Khalidiya    #NATO    #News    #Photography    #Photojournalism    #Protest    #Syria    #Syria Uprising    #United Nations    #War    #Reuters   

Bag’s Take-Away:

We’ve seen plenty of body paint and human flags, but this takes “the wearing” of the Arab revolution to the whole next level.

via: TIME Lightbox - Pictures of the Week: February 24 – March 2

(photo: Yasser Al-Zayyat—AFP / Getty Images caption: Feb. 24, 2012. A Kuwaiti woman wears a contact lens in the colors of her national flag in Kuwait City on the eve of the Gulf state’s 51st Independence Day, and ahead of the 21st anniversary of the end of the Gulf War with the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation.



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We’ve seen plenty of body paint and human flags, but this takes “the wearing” of the Arab revolution to the whole next level.

via: TIME Lightbox - Pictures of the Week: February 24 – March 2

(photo: Yasser Al-Zayyat—AFP / Getty Images caption: Feb. 24, 2012. A Kuwaiti woman wears a contact lens in the colors of her national flag in Kuwait City on the eve of the Gulf state’s 51st Independence Day, and ahead of the 21st anniversary of the end of the Gulf War with the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation.

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Desperately searching for more democratic face? First glance, looked like our eagle. 
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(photo credit: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images Europe caption: Druze men carry a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a rally in the village of Majdel Shams, near the border between Israel and Syria on February 14, 2012 in Golan Heights. Hundreds of members of the Druze religious community gathered today to express support for Assad. The demonstration comes on the 30th anniversary of the annexation of the former Syrian territory.)
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Desperately searching for more democratic face? First glance, looked like our eagle.

via Zimbio

(photo credit: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images Europe caption: Druze men carry a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a rally in the village of Majdel Shams, near the border between Israel and Syria on February 14, 2012 in Golan Heights. Hundreds of members of the Druze religious community gathered today to express support for Assad. The demonstration comes on the 30th anniversary of the annexation of the former Syrian territory.)

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What makes the TIME “Person of the Year” cover as good as it is?
1. It’s a woman! —  because the protests have also been phenomenal on gender terms … and speaking truth to testosterone.
2. …And, how often has a woman even been TIME’s “Person of the Year?” (Or, “Man of the Year,” till ‘99. More below.)
3. She’s threatening but she’s not. (Eyes vs. mask. Left eye vs. right eye.)
4. It’s truly international. If she pulls for Middle Eastern, the background skews heavily domestic. But then, we’re a melting pot, right?
5. TIME gets to do the “You” choice again, but this time — nothing like some hard times to put a dent in the narcissism — it’s all about “us.”
6. The design, especially the graphical inlay in the kerchief, riffs off TIME’s Shepard Fairey’s Obama HOPE 2008 Person of the Year cover. The take-away: Obama has lost the spark and the message to the kids and the street.
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Update: A few people have asked how I know it’s a woman. I also think part of the cleverness of the cover is that the figure might be a male. One reason is that the illustration skews so strongly female, including the two figures inset in the kerchief (forehead and bottom, center) and the figure top right just off the hat. The most definitive graphic signifier, however, are the eyelashes.
Note on TIME’s “women of the year”: If I’ve got my math right, I count only 3 identifiable “women of the year” out of the 84 selections, the last being Corazon Aquino in ‘86. Of course, this year’s cover is “generic,” similar to how women, more lately, have been included as part of a group, if in an more token way (including “Bill Gates’ wife” as 3rd wheel in ‘05, or the woman soldier in ‘03. Otherwise, “women of the year” have been given the nod as part of their own group — see “The Whistleblowers” in ‘02 or “Women of the Year” in ‘75. This link has the collection in one tidy place. (illustration credit: Shepard Fairey)
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What makes the TIME “Person of the Year” cover as good as it is?

1. It’s a woman! — because the protests have also been phenomenal on gender terms … and speaking truth to testosterone.

2. …And, how often has a woman even been TIME’s “Person of the Year?” (Or, “Man of the Year,” till ‘99. More below.)

3. She’s threatening but she’s not. (Eyes vs. mask. Left eye vs. right eye.)

4. It’s truly international. If she pulls for Middle Eastern, the background skews heavily domestic. But then, we’re a melting pot, right?

5. TIME gets to do the “You” choice again, but this time — nothing like some hard times to put a dent in the narcissism — it’s all about “us.”

6. The design, especially the graphical inlay in the kerchief, riffs off TIME’s Shepard Fairey’s Obama HOPE 2008 Person of the Year cover. The take-away: Obama has lost the spark and the message to the kids and the street.

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Update: A few people have asked how I know it’s a woman. I also think part of the cleverness of the cover is that the figure might be a male. One reason is that the illustration skews so strongly female, including the two figures inset in the kerchief (forehead and bottom, center) and the figure top right just off the hat. The most definitive graphic signifier, however, are the eyelashes.

Note on TIME’s “women of the year”: If I’ve got my math right, I count only 3 identifiable “women of the year” out of the 84 selections, the last being Corazon Aquino in ‘86. Of course, this year’s cover is “generic,” similar to how women, more lately, have been included as part of a group, if in an more token way (including “Bill Gates’ wife” as 3rd wheel in ‘05, or the woman soldier in ‘03. Otherwise, “women of the year” have been given the nod as part of their own group — see “The Whistleblowers” in ‘02 or “Women of the Year” in ‘75. This link has the collection in one tidy place. (illustration credit: Shepard Fairey)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

While Arab regimes fall and Syria’s struggles to hold on, notice in the pic how Iran — in this pro-government/pro-nuke propaganda demonstration — uses an energy twist and the bright headbands to co-opted the color green, the moral brand of the anti-government movement.


(photo: ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH / EPA caption: The initiative to form the human chain on Nov. 15, 2011, came after the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) accusing Iran of using its nuclear technology to make weapons.)

Via TIME photogallery
: Iranians Rally in Support of Nuclear Technology)
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While Arab regimes fall and Syria’s struggles to hold on, notice in the pic how Iran — in this pro-government/pro-nuke propaganda demonstration — uses an energy twist and the bright headbands to co-opted the color green, the moral brand of the anti-government movement.

(photo: ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH / EPA caption: The initiative to form the human chain on Nov. 15, 2011, came after the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) accusing Iran of using its nuclear technology to make weapons.)

Via TIME photogallery : Iranians Rally in Support of Nuclear Technology)

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