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March 22, 2019

Compassionate Christchurch, Youthful Sincerity of the Climate Strike: Our Social Week

Compassionate Christchurch, Youthful Sincerity of the Climate Strike: Our Social Week
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By Rian Dundon Christchurch and the resolve in mourning. Young eco activists speaking with their feet, and their posters. That was our visual focus this week.

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March 20, 2019

The Grieving Woman at the Ethiopian Airlines Crash Site, and the Western Gaze

The Grieving Woman at the Ethiopian Airlines Crash Site, and the Western Gaze
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By Michael Shaw The expression of grief is so intense, I cannot forget it. At the same, however, I feel challenged looking at the photo as a westerner.

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March 13, 2019

S/He Wore A Pearl Necklace

S/He Wore A Pearl Necklace
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By Philip Perdue — The necklace stunt reminds us that guns, masculinity, and domination hang together as part of a hard right political style.

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March 12, 2019

Kill Them with Kindness: Leading up to the Lie Maduro Burned US Aid Trucks

Kill Them with Kindness: Leading up to the Lie Maduro Burned US Aid Trucks
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By Michael Shaw The lie has been disproven. But what is missing from the bridge story is the role the US and USAID played in stoking this incident in the first place.

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March 8, 2019

Diatribe of the Accused, Silence for the Abused: Our Social Week

Diatribe of the Accused, Silence for the Abused: Our Social Week
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By Rian Dundon A viral picture of singer R. Kelly gesticulating during an interview with CBS’s Gayle King is one of those sensational internet nuggets that feels tailor made for the cultural moment. Loaded with subtexts of gender, race, and media representation, it took less than a day for the photo to be dissected from every angle imaginable.

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