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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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Israel’s latest offer on land for peace? Dug in so deep they can’t get themselves out? Gravely funny. 
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(credit: Oded Balilty  caption:  At the beach in Tel Aviv, an Israeli man dug a hole.)
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Israel’s latest offer on land for peace? Dug in so deep they can’t get themselves out? Gravely funny.

via The New York Times Lens

(credit: Oded Balilty caption: At the beach in Tel Aviv, an Israeli man dug a hole.)

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 It’s kind of a cool photo, but has a vein of tired dishonesty in it.
via The Wall Street Journal
(credit: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters  caption:  COMING TOGETHER: U.S. Army Capt. Michael Kelvington, right, of the Fourth Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne, and Haji Lala, left, a local elder in the town of Senjaray in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar, lounged on a carpet as they shared dinner Friday evening.)
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It’s kind of a cool photo, but has a vein of tired dishonesty in it.

via The Wall Street Journal

(credit: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters caption: COMING TOGETHER: U.S. Army Capt. Michael Kelvington, right, of the Fourth Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne, and Haji Lala, left, a local elder in the town of Senjaray in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar, lounged on a carpet as they shared dinner Friday evening.)

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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).

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

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 The only context we know is what is given in the caption. We don’t know if this member of the Afghan National Police was taking a break from a hard day’s work or if reclining and watching others work is a typical stance for this or any Afghan police, but it sure looks like the man is biding time until we leave.
via The Wall Street Journal
(credit: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters caption:  ON A MISSION: A member of the Afghan National Police watched from a roof as U.S. Army soldiers conducted a mission to set up checkpoint in Zahri district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Thursday.)
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The only context we know is what is given in the caption. We don’t know if this member of the Afghan National Police was taking a break from a hard day’s work or if reclining and watching others work is a typical stance for this or any Afghan police, but it sure looks like the man is biding time until we leave.

via The Wall Street Journal

(credit: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters caption: ON A MISSION: A member of the Afghan National Police watched from a roof as U.S. Army soldiers conducted a mission to set up checkpoint in Zahri district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Thursday.)

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 What it looks like: Unfazed and totally used to the idea that attacking soldiers are part of the landscape. Seriously, when you look at this photo is it any surprise that civilians get killed on a regular basis. Makes you question the distinction the word “civilian” implies. Time to get out. 
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: Shamil Zhumatov /Reuters caption:  An Afghan boy pushes a wheelbarrow next to U.S. Army soldiers of the Battle company, 1-508 Parachute Infantry battalion, 4th Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division who are securing an area during a joint patrol with the Afghan Army in the town of Senjaray, Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan May 23, 2012.)
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What it looks like: Unfazed and totally used to the idea that attacking soldiers are part of the landscape. Seriously, when you look at this photo is it any surprise that civilians get killed on a regular basis. Makes you question the distinction the word “civilian” implies. Time to get out.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Shamil Zhumatov /Reuters caption: An Afghan boy pushes a wheelbarrow next to U.S. Army soldiers of the Battle company, 1-508 Parachute Infantry battalion, 4th Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division who are securing an area during a joint patrol with the Afghan Army in the town of Senjaray, Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan May 23, 2012.)

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War in Afghanistan swinging both ways….out and still in. If you have time for golf, everything must be okay.
via The New York Times Lens Blog
(credit: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters caption:  American soldiers hit golf ball from the roof of a building in Combat Outpost Boston in eastern Afghanistan’s Logar Province.)
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War in Afghanistan swinging both ways….out and still in. If you have time for golf, everything must be okay.

via The New York Times Lens Blog

(credit: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters caption: American soldiers hit golf ball from the roof of a building in Combat Outpost Boston in eastern Afghanistan’s Logar Province.)

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What?? Two breastfeeding covers in a row? 


(photo: Marco Grob for TIME 

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What?? Two breastfeeding covers in a row?

(photo: Marco Grob for TIME

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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.

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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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Bag’s Take-Away:
After two days of passing this photo by in a few galleries, I decided to give in, post it, and think about why it makes me uncomfortable. It could be because the majority of the photo is a weighty airplane hatch that reduces the action to a fourth of the photo, or the look on the one visible soldier’s face. Maybe the word “foot” on the coffin: I know it’s there to designate the end of the coffin, not its content, but you can’t help making the association and remembering how many people have been maimed in Afghanistan. 
But really, I think it’s because no one is paying attention to this war or to the lives lost; that their deaths and injuries occupy much less than one-fourth of our consciousness.
via The Charlotte Observer
(credit: Steve Ruark/AP Photo caption: An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Master Sgt. Gregory L. Childs Monday, May 7, 2012 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Childs, of Warren, Ark., died in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.)
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After two days of passing this photo by in a few galleries, I decided to give in, post it, and think about why it makes me uncomfortable. It could be because the majority of the photo is a weighty airplane hatch that reduces the action to a fourth of the photo, or the look on the one visible soldier’s face. Maybe the word “foot” on the coffin: I know it’s there to designate the end of the coffin, not its content, but you can’t help making the association and remembering how many people have been maimed in Afghanistan.

But really, I think it’s because no one is paying attention to this war or to the lives lost; that their deaths and injuries occupy much less than one-fourth of our consciousness.

via The Charlotte Observer

(credit: Steve Ruark/AP Photo caption: An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Master Sgt. Gregory L. Childs Monday, May 7, 2012 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Childs, of Warren, Ark., died in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.)

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