Bag’s Take-Away:

More graffiti from the Cairo embassy. This is fascinating in its ambiguity. With the appended “r ur,” it’s suggesting that (in attacking the compound) the Muslim’s are masters over the West and create their own destiny. The word in black, however, is not so far from “monsters.”

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(photo: Ed Giles/Getty Images caption: An Egyptian riot policeman stands guard in front of United States Embassy, the morning after it was vandalised by protesters during a demonstration on Septmebr 12, 2012 in central Cairo, Egypt. Protests are continuing in front of the US Embassy in Cairo, one day after thousands of Egyptians demonstrated at the Embassy compound. Protesters on Tuesday gathered to demonstrate against a US-made film said to be defaming the Prophet Mohammed, whose trailer had recently been released on Youtube and translated into Arabic. Protesters breached the walls of the Embassy compound and removed the American flag from a flagpole, replacing it with a black flag associated with Jihadi Islamist groups. Christopher Stevens, a State Department officer at the consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, died in an a later attack along with three other embassy staff after violence erupted over the film. According to an unnamed official the four died after gunmen fired rockets at them.)

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More graffiti from the Cairo embassy. This is fascinating in its ambiguity. With the appended “r ur,” it’s suggesting that (in attacking the compound) the Muslim’s are masters over the West and create their own destiny. The word in black, however, is not so far from “monsters.”

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(photo: Ed Giles/Getty Images caption: An Egyptian riot policeman stands guard in front of United States Embassy, the morning after it was vandalised by protesters during a demonstration on Septmebr 12, 2012 in central Cairo, Egypt. Protests are continuing in front of the US Embassy in Cairo, one day after thousands of Egyptians demonstrated at the Embassy compound. Protesters on Tuesday gathered to demonstrate against a US-made film said to be defaming the Prophet Mohammed, whose trailer had recently been released on Youtube and translated into Arabic. Protesters breached the walls of the Embassy compound and removed the American flag from a flagpole, replacing it with a black flag associated with Jihadi Islamist groups. Christopher Stevens, a State Department officer at the consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, died in an a later attack along with three other embassy staff after violence erupted over the film. According to an unnamed official the four died after gunmen fired rockets at them.)

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 The concept of such military machismo on public display is somewhat alien to U.S. viewers. There’s an anime/cartoon quality to it – the musclemen, the weapons banners, the odd, only one-off symmetry. We should do this!
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: Sherif Abd Monam/Egyptian Presidency/Handout/Reuterscaption:  Soldiers perform during a ceremony, attended by Egypt’s new Islamist President Mohamed Mursi at the Egyptian military academy in Cairo July 17, 2012.)
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The concept of such military machismo on public display is somewhat alien to U.S. viewers. There’s an anime/cartoon quality to it – the musclemen, the weapons banners, the odd, only one-off symmetry. We should do this!

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Sherif Abd Monam/Egyptian Presidency/Handout/Reuterscaption: Soldiers perform during a ceremony, attended by Egypt’s new Islamist President Mohamed Mursi at the Egyptian military academy in Cairo July 17, 2012.)

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 I thought this photo of Aung San Suu Kyi talking to a Myanmar Muslim leader had a certain foreboding about it. Then I looked at the hands: his on his heart, hers over it and think there may be hope for stifling religious strife in Myanmar.
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters caption:  Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to Myanmar Muslims leaders at the National League for Democracy head office in Yangon, Myanmar, June 6, 2012.)
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I thought this photo of Aung San Suu Kyi talking to a Myanmar Muslim leader had a certain foreboding about it. Then I looked at the hands: his on his heart, hers over it and think there may be hope for stifling religious strife in Myanmar.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters caption: Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks to Myanmar Muslims leaders at the National League for Democracy head office in Yangon, Myanmar, June 6, 2012.)

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 Little Muslim boys love America as much as little Christian boys. 
(Regarding more images of Muslims  in Obama campaign photos, the economy isn’t getting better and Muslim-Americans are a voting bloc.)
via The New York Times Lens
(credit: Luke Sharrett/The New York Times caption:  A young supporter with a flag waits to shake hands with President Obama at St. Paul-Minneapolis International Airport.)
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Little Muslim boys love America as much as little Christian boys.

(Regarding more images of Muslims in Obama campaign photos, the economy isn’t getting better and Muslim-Americans are a voting bloc.)

via The New York Times Lens

(credit: Luke Sharrett/The New York Times caption: A young supporter with a flag waits to shake hands with President Obama at St. Paul-Minneapolis International Airport.)

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It doesn’t look too good for the rule of law when Iraqi police are ducking to avoid shrubbery. 
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(credit:Kamal Akrayi/AFP/Getty Images caption:  Kurdish Protesters clash with ant-riot police in front of Kurdistan Parliament building in Erbil, north of Baghdad, Iraq on 08 May 2012. Hundred rallied in front of the Kurdistan parliament against the article by Norwegian Kurdish expatriate writer Halmat Goran published on 02 May in a local magazine Chrpa. The article is said to be offensive to Islam and to Muslims.)
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It doesn’t look too good for the rule of law when Iraqi police are ducking to avoid shrubbery.

via MSNBC PhotoBlog

(credit:Kamal Akrayi/AFP/Getty Images caption: Kurdish Protesters clash with ant-riot police in front of Kurdistan Parliament building in Erbil, north of Baghdad, Iraq on 08 May 2012. Hundred rallied in front of the Kurdistan parliament against the article by Norwegian Kurdish expatriate writer Halmat Goran published on 02 May in a local magazine Chrpa. The article is said to be offensive to Islam and to Muslims.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
A photograph of the deceased is sadly incorporated into the grieving of his family. Since the start of the Arab Spring, funerals are depicted in every news gallery nearly every day. I can’t think of many photographs that bring a country’s culture of mourning so close to the viewer as this one does. The hand of the woman with the blue sleeve seems as if it is holding up the visor of the young man who passed. 
via The Sacramento Bee
(photo: Mohammed Asad/AP Photo caption: Egyptian women mourn over the death of victims of clashes outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday. Suspected supporters of Egypt’s military rulers attacked predominantly Islamist anti-government protesters outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo Wednesday, setting off clashes that left more than ten people dead as political tensions rise three weeks before crucial presidential elections.)
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A photograph of the deceased is sadly incorporated into the grieving of his family. Since the start of the Arab Spring, funerals are depicted in every news gallery nearly every day. I can’t think of many photographs that bring a country’s culture of mourning so close to the viewer as this one does. The hand of the woman with the blue sleeve seems as if it is holding up the visor of the young man who passed.

via The Sacramento Bee

(photo: Mohammed Asad/AP Photo caption: Egyptian women mourn over the death of victims of clashes outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday. Suspected supporters of Egypt’s military rulers attacked predominantly Islamist anti-government protesters outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo Wednesday, setting off clashes that left more than ten people dead as political tensions rise three weeks before crucial presidential elections.)

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Infectiously toe-tapping song sung by Johnny Cash’s daughter Roseanne, beautiful scenery from national parks and New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, a “Find Your Land of Dreams” message (take that, pre-buttaling Mitt Romney)….what’s not to like about this USA tourism video produced by a “public-private partnership between the travel industry and the U.S. government”?

Maybe the fact that gays canoodle and Muslims shop? Not in my America!

via The Daily What

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Tags #Discover America    #Tourism    #Culture    #Gays    #Gay Rights    #Muslims    #Islam    #Muslims in America   

Bag’s Take-Away:
I guess you have to go fairly far away to find folks who don’t believe Obama is a Muslim.
via DayLife
(photo credit: Rahmat Gul/AP caption:  Afghans chant anti U.S. slogans as they carry an effigy depicting U.S. President Barack Obama following Sunday’s killing of civilians in Panjwai, Kandahar by a U.S. soldier during a protest in Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Hundreds of students in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday shouted angry slogans against the United States and the American soldier accused of carrying out the killings, the first significant protest in response to the tragedy.)
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I guess you have to go fairly far away to find folks who don’t believe Obama is a Muslim.

via DayLife

(photo credit: Rahmat Gul/AP caption: Afghans chant anti U.S. slogans as they carry an effigy depicting U.S. President Barack Obama following Sunday’s killing of civilians in Panjwai, Kandahar by a U.S. soldier during a protest in Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Hundreds of students in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday shouted angry slogans against the United States and the American soldier accused of carrying out the killings, the first significant protest in response to the tragedy.)

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Many photos of rioting Afghanis in the Koran burning incident, not many of the copies of the Koran at issue. That’s what makes this photo helpful. We can see what’s bothering them. But frankly, an American audience is more interested in the loss of a U.S. building and the violence.

via Wall Street Journal Photos of the Day and via Los Angeles Times Framework

(photo credit: Top Photo Shah Marai/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images caption: QURAN UPROAR: Charred copies of Qurans were on display as Afghans protested at Bagram Airfield near Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday. The U.S. commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan issued a televised apology after soldiers mistakenly brought religious items to an incinerator. Bottom Photo S. Sabawoon/EPA caption: Bagram, Afghanistan — Afghans throw stones toward a U.S. airbase during a protest against the alleged ‘Koran burning’ by U.S. troops, in Bagram, about 40 miles north of Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday. Thousands of Afghans took to the streets in Bagram to protest the ‘burning of the Koran’ by NATO-led troops, officials said.)

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Tags #Koran    #Quran    #Afghanistan    #Afghanistan War    #Protest    #Islam    #Politics    #News    #Photojournalism    #Religion   

Bag’s Take-Away:

A Face of the Day of sorts.  I’ve seen pictures of imams, some satirical drawings of Mohammed, but I’ve never seen this sort of idolatry (it’s Mohammed’s son-in-law). Judging from the wear on the banner, this has been used many times.  Lighten him up and de-arch the eyebrows and you have a figure on the order of the Catholic jesus. It’s almost as if all the energy that would have gone into depicting Allah (if they could), seems to have gone into his son-in-law.


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A Face of the Day of sorts. I’ve seen pictures of imams, some satirical drawings of Mohammed, but I’ve never seen this sort of idolatry (it’s Mohammed’s son-in-law). Judging from the wear on the banner, this has been used many times. Lighten him up and de-arch the eyebrows and you have a figure on the order of the Catholic jesus. It’s almost as if all the energy that would have gone into depicting Allah (if they could), seems to have gone into his son-in-law.

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