Bag’s Take-Away:
I’ll have my flour with a side of irony, please. 
In Syria, the couple who caused the carnage cram cartons of food aid for the victims of fighting in Homs. 
As we all know, when your home is bombed and your family dead, nothing picks you up better than an Assad-packed care package. 
via  Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: Reuters/SANA/Handout caption: Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (2nd L) and his wife Asma (L) prepare aid for Homs citizens at al-Fahya stadium in Damascus in this handout photograph taken April 16, 2012 and released on April 18, 2012 by Syria’s national news agency SANA. State television broadcast pictures on Wednesday of the Assads receiving a rapturous welcome at al-Fahya stadium in Damascus.They joined hundreds of volunteers boxing cartons full of flour, sugar, cooking oil and pasta for victims of fighting in Homs, where the president’s forces are crushing an uprising.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

I’ll have my flour with a side of irony, please.

In Syria, the couple who caused the carnage cram cartons of food aid for the victims of fighting in Homs.

As we all know, when your home is bombed and your family dead, nothing picks you up better than an Assad-packed care package.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Reuters/SANA/Handout caption: Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (2nd L) and his wife Asma (L) prepare aid for Homs citizens at al-Fahya stadium in Damascus in this handout photograph taken April 16, 2012 and released on April 18, 2012 by Syria’s national news agency SANA. State television broadcast pictures on Wednesday of the Assads receiving a rapturous welcome at al-Fahya stadium in Damascus.They joined hundreds of volunteers boxing cartons full of flour, sugar, cooking oil and pasta for victims of fighting in Homs, where the president’s forces are crushing an uprising.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

David Cameron takes baby hostage.

I guess desperate approval ratings call for desperate measures. … This while DC playing politics
 with the people’s children.

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Bag’s Take-Away:

David Cameron takes baby hostage.

I guess desperate approval ratings call for desperate measures. … This while DC playing politics with the people’s children.

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Bag’s Take-Away:

You couldn’t have two more complimentary and self-serving pictures: the jubilant Hamas number one One, Haniyeh, with one of his released trophy-prisoners, and Netanyahu with his. ‘It’s all about me’ — AND showing-up Abbas.

(photo 1: Israeli Government Press Office/Associated Press caption: Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit saluted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after arriving at the Tel Nof Air base in southern Israel..photo 2: Tara Todras-Whitehill/Associated Press caption: Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (left) stood with released Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Al Hasani during a welcoming ceremony in Gaza City on Oct. 18.)

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Tags #Hamas    #Israel    #Middle East    #Palestine    #prisoner exchange    #Shalit    #news    #propaganda    #photojournalism   

Bag’s Take-Away:

David Cameron MINI photo-op comparable to recent run of Obama photo-ops with iPhone or Macbook (+ Twitter) or Facebook. Embattled leaders, themselves sold as shiny brands and now badly tarnished, swerve hard to associate themselves with/channel some cred from the hottest cultural/consumer product brands. 

In this world gone “Mad (Men”), it figures.

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(photo:  WPA Pool/Getty Images Europe caption: British Prime Minister David Cameron, beside BMW group management member for production Frank-Peter Arndt, drives the two millionth MINI off the production line, after ten years of production, at the MINI Plant Oxford on August 31, 2011 in Oxford, England. The two millionth model of the car, symbolic of British popular culture, was a MINI Cooper convertible with special white silver metallic paint finish, blue denim roof and bespoke exterior and interior trim.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

David Cameron MINI photo-op comparable to recent run of Obama photo-ops with iPhone or Macbook (+ Twitter) or Facebook. Embattled leaders, themselves sold as shiny brands and now badly tarnished, swerve hard to associate themselves with/channel some cred from the hottest cultural/consumer product brands.

In this world gone “Mad (Men”), it figures.

Full slideshow.

(photo: WPA Pool/Getty Images Europe caption: British Prime Minister David Cameron, beside BMW group management member for production Frank-Peter Arndt, drives the two millionth MINI off the production line, after ten years of production, at the MINI Plant Oxford on August 31, 2011 in Oxford, England. The two millionth model of the car, symbolic of British popular culture, was a MINI Cooper convertible with special white silver metallic paint finish, blue denim roof and bespoke exterior and interior trim.)

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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:
That man has very big hands and he’s going to punch us if we don’t straighten out. 
 (From Newsweek’s photo essay on Petraeus’ final days in Afghanistan.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

That man has very big hands and he’s going to punch us if we don’t straighten out.

(From Newsweek’s photo essay on Petraeus’ final days in Afghanistan.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
And given how corrupt the government is, not much relation to the public, either?  (via Charlotte Observer)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

And given how corrupt the government is, not much relation to the public, either? (via Charlotte Observer)

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Tags #Afgan war    #Afghanistan    #propaganda    #politics    #propaganda    #war    #photojournalism   

Bag’s Take-Away:
Just like printing more currency reduces its value, this photo has the air of “desperate.”  (Of course, the snarkier mind might see toilet paper.)
(photo: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters caption: A man held a roll of pictures of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at a rally Tuesday in al-Umawiin square in Damascus. Syrians took to the streets in large demonstrations in several cities Tuesday to back Mr. Assad, who has been under fire from protesters since mid-April)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Just like printing more currency reduces its value, this photo has the air of “desperate.”  (Of course, the snarkier mind might see toilet paper.)

(photo: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters caption: A man held a roll of pictures of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at a rally Tuesday in al-Umawiin square in Damascus. Syrians took to the streets in large demonstrations in several cities Tuesday to back Mr. Assad, who has been under fire from protesters since mid-April)

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Tags #Assad    #Syria    #Middle East    #propaganda    #photojournalism