12:34 PM, July 2nd, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, July 2nd

  1. Mexico’s Presidential Win Raises Concerns: Mexico’s presidential elections resulted in the apparent return to power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled the country for more than 70 years before being ousted by the conservative National Action Party in 2000. 
  2. Power Outages Could Last a Week: The eastern U.S. has been hit with fatal storms, power outages, and blistering heat for three straight days, with several cities hitting record highs and others declaring a state of emergency. After thunderstorms killed at least 15 people, more than 3 million lost power, adding to the excruciating heat. Charlotte, N.C.—one of the hardest-hit areas—reached 104 degrees on Sunday. 
  3. Kidnapped Air Workers Released: Four European aid workers were released Monday after being kidnapped from Kenya’s Dadaab refugee complex near the Somali border last week. Two of them were injured and their Kenyan driver was killed. It’s unclear whether their kidnappers were members of Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda–affiliated group that’s been blamed for other recent kidnappings of tourists and aid workers from Kenya. 
  4. Apple Pays $60M in iPad Case: Apple settled its trademark lawsuit in Chinese provincial court Monday, paying $60 million for the legal rights to the iPad trademark in China. 
  5. 'God Particle' Footprint FoundIt’s been a long, difficult—and, for most of us, incomprehensible—search, but scientists at the largest particle accelerator in the world have finally found evidence of the Higgs boson, the so-called God particle that gives the building blocks of matter mass. 

Photo: Anderson Cooper tells Andrew Sullivan that he’s gay. (via Buzzfeed)

10:30 AM, June 14th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, June 14th

1. Obama, Romney in Ohio: The Buckeye State sure is popular. President Obama and Mitt Romney will both travel to Ohio, one of the election’s key battleground states, on Thursday to give speeches touting their economic plans—although the fighting had already started on Wednesday night

2. Report: U.S. Increasing Spies in Africa: The U.S. has expanded its secret intelligence forces in Africa, with Special Operations forces establishing a network of small air bases to spy on terrorist hideouts, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

3. Nokia Slashes 10,000 Jobs: After a worse-than-expected quarter, Nokia announced on Thursday that it would be cutting 10,000 jobs—about one in every five positions. Hit hard by rivals Apple and Samsung, Nokia also cut its earnings outlook for the third quarter.

4. Air Force Osprey Crashes, 5 Injured: Five people were injured on Wednesday when an Air Force CV-22 Osprey crashed at a Florida base during a routine training exercise, a military official said.

5. Hillary and Ben Affleck Team Up: These days it takes some star power to get some good causes noticed, and both Hillary Clinton and Ben Affleck are lending some of theirs to help prevent childhood deaths.

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Photo by Brent Stirton, via picturedept:

Human Rights Watch will present a photography exhibition, “Unreported Stories,” with the award-winning photographer Brent Stirton of Reportage by Getty Images, Human Rights Watch said today. The exhibition will be from June 14 to 28, 2012 at Lincoln Center during the annual Human Rights Watch film festival. Stirton joined forces with Human Rights Watch to uncover two hidden human rights stories.

5:35 PM, May 30th, 2012


The Cataracts by Andrew McConnell

Here in The Cataracts, Irish photographer Andrew McConnell braves the rapids of the Congo River to document the amazing Wagenia fishermen going about their daily catch—a livelihood that goes back centuries. Andrew takes the viewer into the midst of this drama: he is literally in the churning water, and in some pictures captures the perspective of the fish being caught.

For some of the shots I used a waterproof housing so that I could get low in the water and get a different perspective. I didn’t use the housing when I was on the tolimos because it made shooting very difficult. And after a while I didn’t use it in the pirogues (wooden canoes) either because, even though we were navigating some heavy white water, I found that the fishermen were so skillful at steering through the rapids that I never felt worried about capsizing—in fact, I barely got wet. Much to my astonishment a fisherman would sometimes dive into a raging torrent and just as I’d be thinking, my God we’ll never see that guy again, he would pop up beside a pirogue 30 yards away.

Andrew has traveled extensively, and his work covers a range of subjects. His enigmatic portraits, called “The Last Colony,” document Sahrawi refugees and won the World Press Photo award for Portraits in 2011. Surf’s Up in Gaza ran in Newsweek International and won the Society of Publication Designers award in the category for Feature: News/Reportage.

For Andrew’s full account of shooting “The Cataracts,” read an interview here. And visit our Tumblr’s page to watch a wonderful short film he made about this project.

Reminds me a little of the ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ trailer, in the best way. You can watch a short film about the above photo project here

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11:34 AM, September 12th, 2011
Witches and sorcery have been a way for men to get rid of intelligent, clever women. Call them a witch and have them executed.
A Facebook commenter about a story in this week’s Newsweek, which looks into women being driven from their homes in parts of Africa after accusations of sorcery.
3:25 PM, May 9th, 2011
Women’s Campaign International has helped dozens of African women win seats in office. In 2004, more than two dozen of their trainees won their elections, doubling the number of women serving in Malawi’s parliament. Read about the changes they’ve brought about.

Women’s Campaign International has helped dozens of African women win seats in office. In 2004, more than two dozen of their trainees won their elections, doubling the number of women serving in Malawi’s parliament. Read about the changes they’ve brought about.

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