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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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 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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I love these detached photographs of bombings: no headless bodies, dead children, destroyed buildings, just the stunning and gorgeous effects of what happens to the physical landscape when it gets its butt kicked by F-22 fighter jets on maneuvers. 
 No grains of sand were harmed in this test. 
via Los Angeles Times Framework
(photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images caption: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — Smoke, dust and sand rise as missiles fired from fighter jets roil the desert during joint maneuvers with the French army.)
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I love these detached photographs of bombings: no headless bodies, dead children, destroyed buildings, just the stunning and gorgeous effects of what happens to the physical landscape when it gets its butt kicked by F-22 fighter jets on maneuvers.

No grains of sand were harmed in this test.

via Los Angeles Times Framework

(photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images caption: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — Smoke, dust and sand rise as missiles fired from fighter jets roil the desert during joint maneuvers with the French army.)

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André Liohn of Prospekt won the  2011 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for a set of twelve photos taken during the Libyan Civil War. 
We’ve seen endless and excellent photographs from that conflict — after all, some of the world’s best photographers were there. But these shots really stand out as Liohn catches people and government in their death throes.
One thing that particularly caught my eye: in most of the twelve photos hands play a prominent role, whether it’s a rebel’s hand in latex gloves (as in this photo), hands raised in dying, a severed finger (is that what it is? Resolution isn’t good enough), hands shushing others before an ambush, hands praying in farewell, or hands flashing the V for victory sign over a pro-Ghadafi soldier’s corpse. Can’t be a coincidence, can’t truly be planned, it stands out as a glimpse into the photographer as well as his subjects. 
As for this photo, the hands do the talking….mouths in the photo are shut, pro-government hands bandaged. In the midst of the gore and fear, it’s a disembodied hand doing the talking. People seem to be listening. 
See the full gallery of winnersat the Overseas Press Club
via  Time Magazine Lightbox
(credit:  André Liohn/Prospekt  caption: April 24, 2011. Wounded pro-Gaddafi soldiers being arrested in Misrata, Libya.)
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André Liohn of Prospekt won the 2011 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for a set of twelve photos taken during the Libyan Civil War.

We’ve seen endless and excellent photographs from that conflict — after all, some of the world’s best photographers were there. But these shots really stand out as Liohn catches people and government in their death throes.

One thing that particularly caught my eye: in most of the twelve photos hands play a prominent role, whether it’s a rebel’s hand in latex gloves (as in this photo), hands raised in dying, a severed finger (is that what it is? Resolution isn’t good enough), hands shushing others before an ambush, hands praying in farewell, or hands flashing the V for victory sign over a pro-Ghadafi soldier’s corpse. Can’t be a coincidence, can’t truly be planned, it stands out as a glimpse into the photographer as well as his subjects.

As for this photo, the hands do the talking….mouths in the photo are shut, pro-government hands bandaged. In the midst of the gore and fear, it’s a disembodied hand doing the talking. People seem to be listening.

See the full gallery of winnersat the Overseas Press Club

via Time Magazine Lightbox

(credit: André Liohn/Prospekt caption: April 24, 2011. Wounded pro-Gaddafi soldiers being arrested in Misrata, Libya.)

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Goran Tomasevic almost always produces striking conflict photos and these two are no exception. They are photos of South Sudanese running from Sudanese bombs targeted at South Sudan even after the country withdrew from disputed oil fields.

Tomasevic manages to capture the vulnerability of this small, new country by avoiding a scene of mass destruction and death. It’s merely two people running and ducking bombs in open areas. You can’t really better express the power differential as the larger, richer country resorts to bombing individuals in open fields.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters Top photo caption: A woman runs along a road during an air strike by the Sudanese air force in Rubkona near Bentiu April 23, 2012. Sudanese warplanes carried out air strikes on South Sudan on Monday, killing three people near the southern oil town of Bentiu, residents and military officials said, three days after South Sudan pulled out of a disputed oil field. Bottom photo caption: A SPLA soldier looks at warplanes as he lies on the ground to take cover beside a road during an air strike by the Sudanese air force in Rubkona near Bentiu April 23, 2012.)

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Insurgent capture photos are rising to an art form. 
via  The New York Times Lens
Credit:  Jangir/Agence-France Presse—Getty Images caption: Afghan security forces presented seven men they said were Taliban insurgents who were captured in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Security officials said two suicide vests were recovered. 
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Insurgent capture photos are rising to an art form.

via The New York Times Lens

Credit: Jangir/Agence-France Presse—Getty Images caption: Afghan security forces presented seven men they said were Taliban insurgents who were captured in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Security officials said two suicide vests were recovered.

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The first ones off a sinking ship?
via The New York Times
(credit: Bryan Denton/The New York Times caption:  An Afghan money changer exchanged currency for a client. Each week tens of millions of dollars are packed into suitcases or boxes and loaded onto planes leaving Kabul International Airport for destinations like Dubai. The rate of capital flight is increasing steadily before the 2014 troop withdrawal deadline, officials say, and new restrictions were recently imposed limiting the amount a passenger can take out of the country to $20,000 a trip.) 
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The first ones off a sinking ship?

via The New York Times

(credit: Bryan Denton/The New York Times caption: An Afghan money changer exchanged currency for a client. Each week tens of millions of dollars are packed into suitcases or boxes and loaded onto planes leaving Kabul International Airport for destinations like Dubai. The rate of capital flight is increasing steadily before the 2014 troop withdrawal deadline, officials say, and new restrictions were recently imposed limiting the amount a passenger can take out of the country to $20,000 a trip.)

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Glad to see The New York Times is manning the Yearbook Desk!

Oddly, The Times ran three separate articles today, each with high school photos. The trip down memory lane included: Michael Bloomberg, alleged Afghan civilian killer Sgt. Robert Bales, and rouge retiring Goldman Sachs exec Greg Smith.

Top Photo:via The New York Times, New York Region, Middle Photo:via The New York Times, Bottom Photo: via The New York Times Weekly Business Photos

(photo credits: Top PhotoEvan McGlinn/The New York Times caption: A 1960 graduate of Medford High School, Michael R. Bloomberg was described as “argumentative” in his yearbook’s class dictionary. He captained the debate team and slide rule club, and briefly worked as a “home room dues agent.” A bright, intense young man, Mr. Bloomberg was a middling but ambitious student, bored by his high school classes and dreaming of a career in New York City. Middle Photo Ty William Wright/The New York Times caption: Staff Sgt. Robert Bales graduated from Norwood High School in Ohio in 1991. He was described as a busy, popular student and played on the school’s football team. Bottom Photo King David Schools Foundation, via Reuters caption: A former Goldman Sachs banker, Greg Smith, left, in a picture from a 1996 school magazine. Mr. Smith resigned from Goldman Sachs on Wednesday in a public letter that harshly criticized the company’s culture.)

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How rare to see pic of someone setting an IED, especially sympathetic to the West.

via: Sac Bee Syria slideshow

(photo:  Rodrigo Abd/AP caption: In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 photo, Syrian rebels plant a makeshift explosive device to destroy a Syrian Army tank during a day of heavy fighting with Syrian Army forces in Idlib, north Syria.

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How rare to see pic of someone setting an IED, especially sympathetic to the West.

via: Sac Bee Syria slideshow

(photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP caption: In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 photo, Syrian rebels plant a makeshift explosive device to destroy a Syrian Army tank during a day of heavy fighting with Syrian Army forces in Idlib, north Syria.

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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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