Bag’s Take-Away:
This “rebel” probably doesn’t know about Nixon’s iconic photo, but what the hell.
 Full FP slideshow: Qaddafi’s Mile-High Club 
(photo: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images caption: A rebel flashes victory signs at the door of Qaddafi’s plane in Tripoli on Aug. 29.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

This “rebel” probably doesn’t know about Nixon’s iconic photo, but what the hell.

Full FP slideshow: Qaddafi’s Mile-High Club

(photo: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images caption: A rebel flashes victory signs at the door of Qaddafi’s plane in Tripoli on Aug. 29.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Is the temptation to wear the Middle East democracy movement on one’s body getting out of hand? (I say that tongue-in-cheek, of course, although this example, following hundreds on the newswire, seems to up the ante. Anyway, isn’t it Flag Day?) 


(photo: Anees Mahyoub/AP caption: Female anti-government protestors, display their hands during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Taiz, Yemen, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. A senior Yemeni official in the Saudi capital says President Ali Abdullah Saleh has developed a problem with his throat but that his overall condition is stable. Markings in Arabic read on the demonstrators hands, ” The revolution youths”. (AP Photo/Anees Mahyoub)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Is the temptation to wear the Middle East democracy movement on one’s body getting out of hand? (I say that tongue-in-cheek, of course, although this example, following hundreds on the newswire, seems to up the ante. Anyway, isn’t it Flag Day?)

(photo: Anees Mahyoub/AP caption: Female anti-government protestors, display their hands during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Taiz, Yemen, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. A senior Yemeni official in the Saudi capital says President Ali Abdullah Saleh has developed a problem with his throat but that his overall condition is stable. Markings in Arabic read on the demonstrators hands, ” The revolution youths”. (AP Photo/Anees Mahyoub)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
The Libyan resistance is as much a romantic notion as it is a grinding, flesh-and-blood uprising. This rebel swapping out a government flagin a town recently abandoned by Gaddafi forces (if you don’t look too closely) has the feel of a flying Superman.

(photo: Youssef Boudlal / Reuters caption: A rebel fighter removes a Libyan flag from a house previously held by government forces in Yafran on June 6.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

The Libyan resistance is as much a romantic notion as it is a grinding, flesh-and-blood uprising. This rebel swapping out a government flagin a town recently abandoned by Gaddafi forces (if you don’t look too closely) has the feel of a flying Superman.

(photo: Youssef Boudlal / Reuters caption: A rebel fighter removes a Libyan flag from a house previously held by government forces in Yafran on June 6.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

I’ve maybe not been looking closely, but this is first time I’ve seen Libyan rebels wearing standard-issue uniforms. 

Thank you, NATO? 

Who you callin’ “rag tag?” 


(photo: Altaf Qadri/AP caption: In this photo taken Saturday, April 9, 2011, Libyan rebel fighters prepare to fire rockets in the desert half way between Ajdabiya and Brega, in Libya. Libyan rebels said NATO airstrikes on Sunday helped them drive Moammar Gadhafi’s forces out of the hard-fought eastern city of Ajdabiya that is the gateway to the opposition’s stronghold.

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Bag’s Take-Away:

I’ve maybe not been looking closely, but this is first time I’ve seen Libyan rebels wearing standard-issue uniforms.

Thank you, NATO?

Who you callin’ “rag tag?”

(photo: Altaf Qadri/AP caption: In this photo taken Saturday, April 9, 2011, Libyan rebel fighters prepare to fire rockets in the desert half way between Ajdabiya and Brega, in Libya. Libyan rebels said NATO airstrikes on Sunday helped them drive Moammar Gadhafi’s forces out of the hard-fought eastern city of Ajdabiya that is the gateway to the opposition’s stronghold.

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Last month’s Vogue spread glorifying the Assad’s — particularly Asma, the former investment banker and so-called “modern face on the regime” — looks even more ludicrous today as the democracy virus infects Syria, government forces crack heads and the first couple remains conspicuously out of sight.


(photo: James Nachtwey )
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Last month’s Vogue spread glorifying the Assad’s — particularly Asma, the former investment banker and so-called “modern face on the regime” — looks even more ludicrous today as the democracy virus infects Syria, government forces crack heads and the first couple remains conspicuously out of sight.

(photo: James Nachtwey )

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Bag’s Take-Away:
The Fighting Opthamologist? Gimme a break.
(photo: AP caption: A Syrian supporter of President Bashar Assad carries his picture during a rally after Friday prayers outside the Omayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands of Syrians took to the streets Friday demanding reforms and mourning dozens of protesters who were killed during a violent, week long crackdown that has brought extraordinary pressure on the country’s autocratic regime, activists and witnesses said.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

The Fighting Opthamologist? Gimme a break.

(photo: AP caption: A Syrian supporter of President Bashar Assad carries his picture during a rally after Friday prayers outside the Omayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands of Syrians took to the streets Friday demanding reforms and mourning dozens of protesters who were killed during a violent, week long crackdown that has brought extraordinary pressure on the country’s autocratic regime, activists and witnesses said.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Beyond “a down payment,” this piece of shrapnel collected from Gaddafi’s compound last night (courtesy of a Western sortie), might as well be a cruel companion to the sculpture out front crushing the U.S. fighter jet.
(photo: Christopher Morris—VII for TIME. caption: The cruise missile struck a building in the center of Gaddafi’s compound. A Libyan soldier displays what appears to be shrapnel for television cameras, March 21, 2011. ) 
See the whole Christopher Morris Tripoli slide show here.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Beyond “a down payment,” this piece of shrapnel collected from Gaddafi’s compound last night (courtesy of a Western sortie), might as well be a cruel companion to the sculpture out front crushing the U.S. fighter jet.

(photoChristopher Morris—VII for TIME. captionThe cruise missile struck a building in the center of Gaddafi’s compound. A Libyan soldier displays what appears to be shrapnel for television cameras, March 21, 2011. ) 

See the whole Christopher Morris Tripoli slide show here.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Let it be known that Saudi Arabia actually did experience protests in the Great Middle East uprising of 2011 — and here’s visual proof — before the powers-that-be snuffed them out.

(photo: Reuters / March 11, 2011 caption: Protesters shout slogans asking for the release of prisoners they say are held without trial, in Saudi Arabia’s eastern Gulf coast town of Qatif Friday. via: Saudi Arabia: ‘Day of rage’ protest fizzles in Saudi Arabia - latimes.com


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Bag’s Take-Away:

Let it be known that Saudi Arabia actually did experience protests in the Great Middle East uprising of 2011 — and here’s visual proof — before the powers-that-be snuffed them out.

(photo: Reuters / March 11, 2011 captionProtesters shout slogans asking for the release of prisoners they say are held without trial, in Saudi Arabia’s eastern Gulf coast town of Qatif Friday. viaSaudi Arabia: ‘Day of rage’ protest fizzles in Saudi Arabia - latimes.com

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