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29 Jul 14 at 11 am

5centsapound:

Carolyn Drake: Uyghur

Artist Statement:

Xinjiang – China’s vast far western province  – has changed drastically since I began photographing Uyghurs there in 2007. Traditionally living in agricultural villages and trading towns on the edges of the Taklimakan Desert, many Uyghurs have been forced off of their land and out of their courtyard homes into grim urban housing projects. They are displaced by millions of Han workers migrating west from the Chinese interior as government policy aggressively tightens its grip on this province which occupies one fifth of China’s territory and borders several newly independent, Islamic leaning countries.  While Uyghurs continue to aspire to cultural and political autonomy, their language and way of life are transforming.

      Ive been drawn back over and over.  The attraction comes partly from a sense that these changes ought to be viewed from more perspectives, especially ones that consider Uyghur interests. Its also a personal attraction to the desert landscape, communal culture, frantic streetlife, and hospitality.

      Feeling the limits of my own viewpoint, I began to look for materials other than my own photos.  I learned about the significance of dreams in Islam and asked people to describe their own remembered dreams.  I asked people to leave messages in my journal.  I picked up objects left in the dust of demolition, photographing them out of context, later. And I made prints of my own photos, asking people to draw their own pictures on top of them and recording interviews with the few who were willing to take the risk. The project has become a collage of these disparate elements, my attempt to acknowledge the struggle of telling someone else’s story, and to give up some of my own control over it, without giving up altogether.

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tags: uyghur  china 
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29 Jul 14 at 11 am

(140/365) by (DS)

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tags: etc 

"I am better than I was.
I will be better than I am."

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27 Jul 14 at 10 pm

fotojournalismus:

Day 19: Palestinian death toll passes 1,000 | July 26, 2014

Thousands of Gaza residents who fled the violence streamed back to devastated border areas during Saturday’s 12-hour humanitarian truce to find large-scale destruction: fighting pulverized scores of homes, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. In northern Beit Hanoun, even the hospital was badly damaged by shelling. Across Gaza, more than 130 bodies were pulled from the rubble on Saturday, officials said. In southern Gaza, 20 members of an extended family were killed before the start of the lull when a tank shell hit a building where they had sought refuge. (Sources: 1, 2, 3)

Pictures from Beit Hanoun & Shejaiyah during a pause in the bombing by Israeli forces:

1. A general view of destruction in the Shejaia neighbourhood. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

2. Palestinians carry belongings they find at their destroyed houses in Beit Hanoun. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

3. A Palestinian man looks staggered after seeing his home destroyed, while visiting the area during a 12-hour cease-fire in Shejaiyah neighbourhood. (Khalil Hamra/AP)

4. Palestinians inspect the damage of their destroyed houses in Shejaiyah neighbourhood. (Khalil Hamra/AP)

5. Palestinians recover the body of a man killed when his home was hit the previous night by Israeli fire in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

6. A mare and her foal walk along the debris of destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

7. Palestinians survey the damage in Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

8. Children wait for their parents, who collect belongings from their destroyed houses in Beit Hanoun. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

9. A general view of destroyed buildings after Israeli attacks in a part of the Shuja’iyya neighbourhood. (Oliver Weiken/EPA)

10. Palestinian women react amid the destruction in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

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markusbones:

If you look at the world and say “Yes, there are enough homes for people, yes, there is enough food for people, but if we give it away for free they won’t have earned it and the economy will collapse.” Then you have chosen money (a constructed medium of exchange) over living beings who only want to continue living in peace and safety.

And I have no qualms telling you, that is the wrong choice, and you have been brainwashed by this destructive, exploitative system.

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26 Jul 14 at 10 pm

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26 Jul 14 at 10 pm

Khaled Juma, a Palestinian poet from Gaza (via redphilistine)

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tags: palestine  gaza 

"Oh rascal children of Gaza. You who constantly disturbed me with your screams under my window. You who filled every morning with rush and chaos. You who broke my vase and stole the lonely flower on my balcony. Come back, and scream as you want and break all the vases. Steal all the flowers. Come back..Just come back.."

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26 Jul 14 at 10 pm

chotai:

thisiscaucasian:

Goris, Armenia | Flickr 

Last week in Goris, while I was walking in the city outskirts with a colleague, a group of girls ran down to us with “hellooooo, hellooooooo” screams. They kept greeting us in ENGLISH, because they thought we were foreigners :) They were quite upset to find out we’re natives, so to compensate for their disappointment, they insisted on a photo-session. 

little jootik already got that gangsta armo squat down

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chotai:

thisiscaucasian:

Goris, Armenia | Flickr 

Last week in Goris, while I was walking in the city outskirts with a colleague, a group of girls ran down to us with “hellooooo, hellooooooo” screams. They kept greeting us in ENGLISH, because they thought we were foreigners :) They were quite upset to find out we’re natives, so to compensate for their disappointment, they insisted on a photo-session. 


little jootik already got that gangsta armo squat down
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26 Jul 14 at 10 pm

Gaza # Respect  (via shirazi61)

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tags: palestine  gaza 

"

"If they destroy your Mosques raise the call to prayer from our Churches."

-Bishop of Gaza, Father Manuel.

#GazaUnderAttack

"

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26 Jul 14 at 9 pm

lovenerdeen:

"We will not leave" (1987) Ismail Shammout

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lovenerdeen:

"We will not leave" (1987) | Ismail Shammout
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26 Jul 14 at 9 pm

tripleacontent:

Newspaper headlines over the past month, chronicling Israel’s blood-soaked deception.

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tripleacontent:

Newspaper headlines over the past month, chronicling Israel’s blood-soaked deception.
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24 Jul 14 at 12 pm

fruitprincess1997:

Siberia, National Geographic 1990

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23 Jul 14 at 1 pm

historicaltimes:

A member of the Serb Volunteer Guard kicks a dying Bosniak woman during the Bijeljina massacre of 1992 -

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historicaltimes:

A member of the Serb Volunteer Guard kicks a dying Bosniak woman during the Bijeljina massacre of 1992 -
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playstatixn:
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30 Jun 14 at 10 am

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