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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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March 2, 2019

Figures Larger than Life: Our Social Week

Figures Larger than Life: Our Social Week
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By Rian Dundon Trump, Kim, Cohen. It’s been a great week for pictures that bring us close to the larger than life protagonists on the political stage.

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February 23, 2019

Vietnam to South Lawn, Vatican to Award Season: Our Social Week

Vietnam to South Lawn, Vatican to Award Season: Our Social Week
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By Rian Dundon Our feeds this week dialed in to Michael Shaw’s New York Times Magazine investigative article about an iconic Vietnam War photograph.

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February 18, 2019

Just Don’t Call it Socialism

Just Don’t Call it Socialism
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By Philip Perdue — Williamson's photo of Americans outside a free health clinic brings the discussion of "socialism," and/or a more humane social policy into greater focus.

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