10:13 AM, April 18th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, Apr 18th

  1. Burma’s Suu Kyi to Go Abroad: Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi plans to visit Norway and the U.K. this summer, her first trip out of the country in 24 years. She spent almost 20 years under house arrest in Burma, and refused to leave the country lest the military government refuse to let her back in. 
  2. Zuckerberg Made Instagram Deal: Facebook’s purchase of Instagram for $1 billion took everyone by surprise—including Facebook’s board. Mark Zuckerberg told his board the day before the deal was publicly announced that they were buying the photo-sharing app. He’d worked out the deal himself, in three days of negotiations with Instagram founder Kevin Systrom in Zuckerberg’s home. 
  3. U.S. Soldiers Posed with Taliban Bodies: A soldier from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne division has released photographs showing soldiers posing with the remains of Afghan suicide bombers. He told the Los Angeles Times he released the photos in order to bring attention to a breakdown in leadership and discipline. The photos show soldiers holding limbs and smiling after being sent to recover the remains of a suicide bomber. 
  4. Obama, Romney in Dead HeatA new CBS News/New York Times poll released Wednesday has President Obama and Mitt Romney in a dead heat, with each receiving 46 percent of registered voters. 
  5. GOP Chooses Kelly for Giffords’s SeatRepublicans chose Jesse Kelly to go against Gabrielle Giffords’s former aide Ron Barber in what will likely be a closely contested special election for the congresswoman’s vacated seat. Kelly, an Iraq War veteran and Tea Party favorite, lost to Giffords by only 4,000 votes in 2010.

Photo: Photographer Jon Lowenstein, who recently received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, has spent a decade documenting the neighborhoods and the lives of the people living on the South Side. On assignment for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, he photographed the neighborhoods of Englewood and Little Village, among others, to look at the rise in violence and the impact it is having on the people there. View more photos. (Jon Lowenstein / NOOR for the Daily Beast)

10:30 AM, March 21st, 2011

The Haunting of Abu Ghraib

Der Spiegel has published three photos of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan posing with the corpses of their alleged victims. The unit calls itself a “kill team,” and twelve of the men are being charged in relation to the murders of three Afghan civilians. Can’t really bear to re-post the photos, whose impact Nato commanders say could be worse than Abu Ghraib.

(Source: Guardian)

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