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International Focus Photo October 31, 2007

But He's Our Sonofabitch

In the way of visual analysis, I offer you the comment of one Zafar Sadik in response to last week's Newsweek Pakistan cover.

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Media Focus Photo October 29, 2007

Sarkozy Vs. 60 Minutes: Not Exactly The French Revolution

On the surface, what looks to have happened in this incident is that President Sarkozy walked out on Leslie Stahl and a 60 Minutes film crew simply for being pressed about his personal life.

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Campaign '08 Photo

Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll

I'm amused by the latest way John McCain chose to frame Hillary Clinton in relation to what he was doing during Woodstock.

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International Focus Photo October 27, 2007

Portable Justice

Five years since the first detainee was admitted, with only one out of  330 having been tried to date (on a plea bargain, no less), it appears a respectable sphere of legality is finally being ushered in to the controversial detention center in Cuba. I mean it looks just...

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Bush Focus Photo October 26, 2007


How about, a timely reminder about who is really running the show -- what with Cheney spearheading the "Bomb Iran" campaign.  Reuters telegraphs the point in the second line of the photo caption. President Bush left the Oval Office early this morning on his way to Southern California to view...

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Iraq and Afghanistan War Photo October 25, 2007

Somebody Please, Put A Brain In My Bullet

From the graphic and the main headline, the point seems to be that bullets are not the answer.  The intimation I get (reading top-to-bottom) is that negotiation, clear expression, negotiation and consensus are more intelligent tools in future conflict....  Reading the intro and the main article, however, I think...

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Soldier In The Dark

This is a photo of Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Diaz, former military lawyer and Deputy Legal Advisor for the Army at Guantanamo.  The image, along with his story, was featured this past Sunday in in the NYT Magazine.  What is most tragic about this image -- besides the fact...

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Bush Focus Photo October 22, 2007

Getting Pinked

This shot -- documenting Laura Bush's (drum roll please!) Breast Cancer Tour of the Middle East -- was featured in yesterday's NYT main slide show.  The image -- featuring Mrs. Bush's sit down at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical Center in Dubai -- is a classic piece of Rovian cotton...

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Media Focus Photo October 21, 2007

He Might Not Be Serious, But Colbert's Not Kidding

If Russert wasn't, well, Russert, and TV News wasn't bootlicking, a real interviewer (still willing to be played a bit) might have taken Colbert at face value and made a not-fake interview out of it, vigorously challenging why SC felt the need to making a joke out of the...

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Originals Photo October 20, 2007

Not Just Our Wounded

The image above is from Iraq's Brutally Wounded, based on the images of photographer Farah Nosh.  It is the latest in a series of photo essays at Alternet produced by Nina Berman and co-sponsored by BAGnewsNotes.  Nothing makes these images more accessible than their familial impact.

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International Focus Photo October 19, 2007

Hole In The Roadmap

Taking a break from her shuttling around, cajoling unwilling and increasingly resentful Israeli and Palestinian leaders toward a fantasy peace conference, Condi made a symbolic visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

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Originals Photo October 17, 2007

More WTF: Point And Shoot

Vietnam bumper sticker -- “Join the army: Travel to exotic distant lands; meet exciting, unusual people and kill them."  bumper sticker: curiosity?...  Illusion, propagated by politicians, conservatives and our own denial that the troops are all good, pristine, godly....  By taking their image, appropriates a piece of their...

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Iraq and Afghanistan War Photo October 16, 2007

Seeing The Enemy

It is easy to imagine the head of Blackwater as the Prince of Darkness, and the media have done a pretty good job of that.  But what if Prince is a scapegoat for our collective sins and the all too easy willingness of the American public to allow their...

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International Focus Photo October 15, 2007

Outsmarting Versus Plain Smarting

Painful as is it, it's time for a Condi update, and also a caption tune-up.

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Campaign '08 Photo

Hillary: On The Face Of It

When the "Hillary laugh" business came up about two weeks ago, I didn't pay much attention.  It seemed mindlessly superficial.  I'm taking notice now, however, for the way its wormed into recent campaign imagery, and especially, the newswire stock.

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Originals Photo October 13, 2007

The Amnestic States Of America

Certainly, watch the Chris Morris slide show at Alternet that Nina Berman produced (and The BAG helped sponsor), and look at Morris' photo gallery at the Hasted Hunt gallery.

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Media Focus Photo October 11, 2007

Your Turn: '08 Uncoverage

(In light of this cover, isn't it funny how Hillary just told Olbermann: "It's kind of nice to have all these men obsessed with you.")

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Campaign '08 Photo October 9, 2007

And Veep Makes Three (or: Who's Whispering Behind My Back?)

This image accompanying Vanity Fair's dish on the Clinton-Gore-Clinton WH triangle, appearing as it does now, conveys relevance beyond mere historical (or gossip page) fascination.

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