Bag’s Take-Away:

Informative close-up by Getty’s Mario Tama of the text of Netanyahu’s UN address, as the PM was giving it, showing through his written edits how he made it not just more declarative and aggressive (removal of “enabling” emphasizes action and insistence over process), and still more unilateral and emphatic (adding “THAT’S WHAT WE SHOULD AIM FOR!” in all caps — with exclamation mark, to boot.)  


(photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images caption: Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, delivers an address to the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on September 23, 2011 in New York City. This is the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly including heads of state from over 120 countries.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Informative close-up by Getty’s Mario Tama of the text of Netanyahu’s UN address, as the PM was giving it, showing through his written edits how he made it not just more declarative and aggressive (removal of “enabling” emphasizes action and insistence over process), and still more unilateral and emphatic (adding “THAT’S WHAT WE SHOULD AIM FOR!” in all caps — with exclamation mark, to boot.)

(photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images caption: Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, delivers an address to the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on September 23, 2011 in New York City. This is the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly including heads of state from over 120 countries.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

What’s mostly to see here (from NYT Pics of Day) is military censorship; the fundamental anonymity of US wounded. Not only is soldier hidden, the platoon insignias are hidden and the heads are cut off. And then, how much are we seeing of the war that isn’t inside or steps from the safety/drama of those Medevac helicopters?  


(photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP - Getty Images caption: A wounded American soldier was carried to a medevac helicopter. Two American soldiers were heavily wounded by gunfire and taken to Kandahar Hospital.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

What’s mostly to see here (from NYT Pics of Day) is military censorship; the fundamental anonymity of US wounded. Not only is soldier hidden, the platoon insignias are hidden and the heads are cut off. And then, how much are we seeing of the war that isn’t inside or steps from the safety/drama of those Medevac helicopters?

(photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP - Getty Images caption: A wounded American soldier was carried to a medevac helicopter. Two American soldiers were heavily wounded by gunfire and taken to Kandahar Hospital.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

I want to rejoice over a scene like this, as if I, too, had stumbled upon and donned the Colonel’s hat, or got to share the moment with my comrade who did. But then, how often does a photo like this simply serve as the high water mark for the hopes of the revolution?

NYT Slideshow: The Battle for Libya

(photo: Bryan Denton for The New York Times caption: A rebel fighter in Tripoli wore a military-style hat like the one often seen on the head of Colonel Qaddafi himself. The rebel was also carrying a scepter and had an enormous gold chain hanging around his neck.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

I want to rejoice over a scene like this, as if I, too, had stumbled upon and donned the Colonel’s hat, or got to share the moment with my comrade who did. But then, how often does a photo like this simply serve as the high water mark for the hopes of the revolution?

NYT Slideshow: The Battle for Libya

(photo: Bryan Denton for The New York Times caption: A rebel fighter in Tripoli wore a military-style hat like the one often seen on the head of Colonel Qaddafi himself. The rebel was also carrying a scepter and had an enormous gold chain hanging around his neck.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

The photo and caption fronting Saturday’s NYT was as strong a combination as I’ve seen in some time. Whereas so many war photos these days are either impressionistic, only loosely connected to a story, or illustrating a story that has more of a human interest angle, this pair — accompanying a report about the rebels advancing in Libya — is on the money. It’s not only documents rebel action in the main square as they take Zawiyah, the way these guys situate themselves in the pickup conveys the make-shift nature of the operation while the presence of the captured tank lends a temporal dimension to the photo giving you a sense of rebel momentum going back several weeks. Solid work. 

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Bag’s Take-Away:

The photo and caption fronting Saturday’s NYT was as strong a combination as I’ve seen in some time. Whereas so many war photos these days are either impressionistic, only loosely connected to a story, or illustrating a story that has more of a human interest angle, this pair — accompanying a report about the rebels advancing in Libya — is on the money. It’s not only documents rebel action in the main square as they take Zawiyah, the way these guys situate themselves in the pickup conveys the make-shift nature of the operation while the presence of the captured tank lends a temporal dimension to the photo giving you a sense of rebel momentum going back several weeks. Solid work.

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Juxtaposition of the Day: Biden China Trip Something of a Riot…

Certainly, the battle that broke out on the basketball court ending the “goodwill” game between Georgetown and a Chinese pro team reveals the bilateral tension underlying Biden’s well-choreographed visit to Beijing. Biden was at the game but left before all hell broke loose.

I had a hard time, by the way, choosing between the “after you” combo and this one.


(photo 1: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images AsiaPac caption: Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping accompanies U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (R) to view an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People on August 18, 2011 in Beijing, China. Biden will visit China, Mongolia and Japan from August 17-25.)screengrab: Reuters via ESPN.)
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Hoyas Bayi Brawl China

Bag’s Take-Away:

Juxtaposition of the Day: Biden China Trip Something of a Riot…

Certainly, the battle that broke out on the basketball court ending the “goodwill” game between Georgetown and a Chinese pro team reveals the bilateral tension underlying Biden’s well-choreographed visit to Beijing. Biden was at the game but left before all hell broke loose.

I had a hard time, by the way, choosing between the “after you” combo and this one.

(photo 1: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images AsiaPac caption: Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping accompanies U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (R) to view an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People on August 18, 2011 in Beijing, China. Biden will visit China, Mongolia and Japan from August 17-25.)screengrab: Reuters via ESPN.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Looks like fears about London’s Orwellian CCTV system are coming home to roost. If the riots were an expression of collective frustration over a boiling soup of complex problems, the disturbances are being framed by the surveillance state as a gang-action. Here, on a board, are their poster boys. Then, I’m wondering how they made their edit. Badass with a hoodie, you’re in? Also wondering (given how much 10 Downing denies race was a factor in the riots) about that ratio on the board of blacks/immigrants-to-whites (as either blame game or demographics of the underclass).

For a second pic on London’s riot politics (David Cameron doesn’t know graffiti), see this shot at The Bag.


(photo: AP caption: London Mayor Boris Johnson visits a Police CCTV Investigation Unit in London, that is gathering evidence of the London riots Monday Aug. 15, 2011. Britain must confront a culture of laziness, irresponsibility and selfishness which fueled four days of riots that left five dead, thousands facing criminal charges and hundreds of millions of pounds (dollars) of damage, Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged Monday.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Looks like fears about London’s Orwellian CCTV system are coming home to roost. If the riots were an expression of collective frustration over a boiling soup of complex problems, the disturbances are being framed by the surveillance state as a gang-action. Here, on a board, are their poster boys. Then, I’m wondering how they made their edit. Badass with a hoodie, you’re in? Also wondering (given how much 10 Downing denies race was a factor in the riots) about that ratio on the board of blacks/immigrants-to-whites (as either blame game or demographics of the underclass).

For a second pic on London’s riot politics (David Cameron doesn’t know graffiti), see this shot at The Bag.

(photo: AP caption: London Mayor Boris Johnson visits a Police CCTV Investigation Unit in London, that is gathering evidence of the London riots Monday Aug. 15, 2011. Britain must confront a culture of laziness, irresponsibility and selfishness which fueled four days of riots that left five dead, thousands facing criminal charges and hundreds of millions of pounds (dollars) of damage, Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged Monday.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Remember this? Sure felt good (for those waging the “war-on-terror” and art-directing the newsstand edition) when TIME X’d Zarqawi in June of ‘06. Only thing is, Monday’s country-wide attacks in Iraq reduces that military spend to one mammoth case of whack-a-mole.
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Remember this? Sure felt good (for those waging the “war-on-terror” and art-directing the newsstand edition) when TIME X’d Zarqawi in June of ‘06. Only thing is, Monday’s country-wide attacks in Iraq reduces that military spend to one mammoth case of whack-a-mole.

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Police take Breivik through Utoya re-enactment of grisly shooting. I’m interested in rationale for the video/photos, Breivik led around on chain like an animal, or monster. Is it about putting a face to the crime? or, police saving face, demonstrating (after the fact) it has things thoroughly under control? Feels all-too cold, clinical.

Video here.


(screengrabs: BBC, Gawker via VGTV, CNN )
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Breivik recreates shooting shore

Bag’s Take-Away:

Police take Breivik through Utoya re-enactment of grisly shooting. I’m interested in rationale for the video/photos, Breivik led around on chain like an animal, or monster. Is it about putting a face to the crime? or, police saving face, demonstrating (after the fact) it has things thoroughly under control? Feels all-too cold, clinical.

Video here.

(screengrabs: BBC, Gawker via VGTV, CNN )

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Brilliant photo as companion to pics of Mubarak testifying in the cage. What it shows is riot police in Cairo outside the criminal court watching the Mubarak trial (stunningly, also prosecuting former Interior/Security head al-Adly) on a public screen outside the building.

The deeper implication of the bars, though (enhanced by those wary faces), is that the current military government and the security apparatus is just as much “on trial” in the court of public opinion, which is the major reason why Mubarak’s combination show trial/public flogging is actually happening in the first place.

In light of the picture, being “thrown to the wolves” might not be far off.

(photo: Getty Images caption: Egyptian riot police follow the trial of former interior minister Habib al-Adly on a screen erected outside the Cairo Criminal Court at the Police Academy on August 4, 2011 during his trial along with six senior police officers over deaths in the uprising that unseated Hosni Mubarak.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Brilliant photo as companion to pics of Mubarak testifying in the cage. What it shows is riot police in Cairo outside the criminal court watching the Mubarak trial (stunningly, also prosecuting former Interior/Security head al-Adly) on a public screen outside the building.

The deeper implication of the bars, though (enhanced by those wary faces), is that the current military government and the security apparatus is just as much “on trial” in the court of public opinion, which is the major reason why Mubarak’s combination show trial/public flogging is actually happening in the first place.

In light of the picture, being “thrown to the wolves” might not be far off.

(photo: Getty Images caption: Egyptian riot police follow the trial of former interior minister Habib al-Adly on a screen erected outside the Cairo Criminal Court at the Police Academy on August 4, 2011 during his trial along with six senior police officers over deaths in the uprising that unseated Hosni Mubarak.)

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Tags #Mubarak    #Egypt    #Cairo    #al-Adley    #inter    #international affairs    #news    #photoj    #photojournalism