Bag’s Take-Away:
Backstory: British boxer Dereck Chisora had a bad time in Munich recently. Not only was he fined $50,000 by the World Boxing Council for slapping his opponent in a pre-fight weigh-in, he lost the bout to WBC boxing champion Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko. German police later arrested Chisora and boxer David Haye for brawling during a post-fight press conference.
Why we like it:
It has overtones of the Cold War, echoing the slap the West delivered to the Russian Bear.
Picking up on the recent riots in Britain, the Union Jack-as-mask has something of a gangster vibe.
That’s a powerful amount of contrast packed into one photo, charged between stillness and motion, intent and surprise.
(photo: Michael Dalder/Reuters caption: British fighter Dereck Chisora, his face partially concealed by a Union Jack handkerchief, hit Vitali Klitschko across the face with his open right hand and launched a series of insults. )
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Backstory: British boxer Dereck Chisora had a bad time in Munich recently. Not only was he fined $50,000 by the World Boxing Council for slapping his opponent in a pre-fight weigh-in, he lost the bout to WBC boxing champion Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko. German police later arrested Chisora and boxer David Haye for brawling during a post-fight press conference.

Why we like it:

It has overtones of the Cold War, echoing the slap the West delivered to the Russian Bear.

Picking up on the recent riots in Britain, the Union Jack-as-mask has something of a gangster vibe.

That’s a powerful amount of contrast packed into one photo, charged between stillness and motion, intent and surprise.

(photo: Michael Dalder/Reuters caption: British fighter Dereck Chisora, his face partially concealed by a Union Jack handkerchief, hit Vitali Klitschko across the face with his open right hand and launched a series of insults. )

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Holy water? If the idolatry of the Catholic church is pervasive, from icons, crucifixes, relics, and the minor deities of the saints, it’s interesting how this continually plays out in real time — and, with such mundanity. 

(photo: Karl-Josef Hildebrand/EPA caption: Water bottles with the picture of Pope Benedict XVI are seen prior to a mass with the pope at a former airfield in Freiburg, Germany, 25 September 2011.)


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Holy water? If the idolatry of the Catholic church is pervasive, from icons, crucifixes, relics, and the minor deities of the saints, it’s interesting how this continually plays out in real time — and, with such mundanity.

(photo: Karl-Josef Hildebrand/EPA caption: Water bottles with the picture of Pope Benedict XVI are seen prior to a mass with the pope at a former airfield in Freiburg, Germany, 25 September 2011.) (TIME Pope in Germany slideshow)

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One of the interesting things about the “Nazi Euro” in this Greek protest photo is the lack of crudeness in the sign. It’s at once believable and “a tell” to what this is really about: Greek resentment toward the rest of the EU, but especially the slick, prosperous Germans perceived to be dictating to the humbled, hairy, have-nots of Greece. 

The unspoken communication: ‘We may be all too fallible, but YOU used to be a Nazi and you’re trying to make us a puppet state again.’

(photo: AP caption: Protestors in Athens demonstrating against austerity measures. From: Greece Back on the Brink - Spiegel)
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Greek protestors demonstrating in Athens.  Speaks to Germany’s role in the bail-out and Greek resentment of Germany’s inflicted austerity.  It seems to come down to national resentment on both sides.

Bag’s Take-Away:

One of the interesting things about the “Nazi Euro” in this Greek protest photo is the lack of crudeness in the sign. It’s at once believable and “a tell” to what this is really about: Greek resentment toward the rest of the EU, but especially the slick, prosperous Germans perceived to be dictating to the humbled, hairy, have-nots of Greece.

The unspoken communication: ‘We may be all too fallible, but YOU used to be a Nazi and you’re trying to make us a puppet state again.’

(photo: AP caption: Protestors in Athens demonstrating against austerity measures. From: Greece Back on the Brink - Spiegel)

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Greek protestors demonstrating in Athens. Speaks to Germany’s role in the bail-out and Greek resentment of Germany’s inflicted austerity. It seems to come down to national resentment on both sides.

Tags #Germany    #Greece    #EU    #Greek demonstrations   

Bag’s Take-Away:

“And this is why Germany prefers to dine alone….” A new German nationalism….isolation from the fragile European Union and the desire to stay out of places like Libya as well as avoiding bailing all those southern countries out


(Reuters: XXXXXX caption: German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to U.S. President Barack Obama during a private dinner at the 1789 restaurant in Washington June 6, 2011.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

“And this is why Germany prefers to dine alone….” A new German nationalism….isolation from the fragile European Union and the desire to stay out of places like Libya as well as avoiding bailing all those southern countries out

(Reuters: XXXXXX caption: German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to U.S. President Barack Obama during a private dinner at the 1789 restaurant in Washington June 6, 2011.)

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