“المدن رائحة: عكا رائحة اليود البحري والبهارات. حيفا رائحة الصنوبر والشراشف المجعلكة. موسكو رائحة الفودكا على الثلج. القاهرة رائحة المانجو والزنجبيل. بيروت رائحة الشمس والبحر والدخان والليمون. باريس رائحة الخبز الطازج والأجبان ومشتقات الفتنة. دمشق رائحة الياسمين والفواكة المجففة. تونس رائحة مسك الليل والملح. الرباط رائحة الحناء والبخور والعسل. وكل مدينة لا تُعرفُ من رائحتها لا يُعوَّل على ذكراها. وللمنافي رائحة مشتركة هي رائحة الحنين إلى ما عداها… رائحة تتذكر رائحة أخرى. رائحة متقطعة الأنفاس، عاطفيّة تقودك كخارطة سياحية كثيرة الاستعمال إلى رائحة المكان الأول. الرائحة ذاكرةٌ وغروب شمس. والغروب هنا توبيخ الجمال للغريب”
"Cities are smells: Acre is the smell of iodine and spices. Haifa is the smell of pine and wrinkled sheets. Moscow is the smell of vodka on ice. Cairo is the smell of mango and ginger. Beirut is the smell of the sun, sea, smoke, and lemons. Paris is the smell of fresh bread, cheese, and derivations of enchantment. Damascus is the smell of jasmine and dried fruit. Tunis is the smell of night musk and salt. Rabat is the smell of henna, incense and honey. A city that cannot be known by its smell is unreliable. Exiles have a shared smell: the smell of longing for something else; a smell that remembers another smell. A painting, nostalgic that guides you, like a worn tourist map, to the smell of the original place. A smell is a memory and a setting sun. Sunset, here, is beauty rebuking the stranger. But to love the sunset is not, as they say, one of the attributes of exile.” - Mahmoud Darwish, In the presence of Absence (via darksilenceinsuburbia)

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UN trucks full of food and medicine are just across the border from millions of Syrians that need them. The UN is divided over a legal technicality on whether to let the trucks in or not — but we can tip the balance.

Tell the UN to drive.

The UN is waiting for the Syrian regime’s written permission to enter — permission that could never come. But because the Syrian authorities are arbitrarily denying access, top legal minds and governments are saying that the UN doesn’t need to wait for their consent. It’s now up to five people to say go: the heads of Unicef, UNHCR, the World Food Programme, OCHA and WHO.

Let’s call on them to act — more than 3 million people could be reached by these UN aid trucks. These agency heads won’t be used to this kind of public pressure — every signature could strengthen the hand of those in the UN who want to cross the borders now. Sign the petition and let them know it’s time: send the trucks into Syria!

Click now to tell Unicef, UNHCR, WFP, OCHA and WHO chiefs that it’s time to drive.

The UN Security Council voted in February to demand that aid trucks be allowed to cross borders into Syria. Even one of the Syrian regime’s closest allies, Russia, voted for the resolution. But the Syrian authorities have yet to comply — instead, they’ve been using starvation as a weapon of war, making sure that 92% of all UN WFP aid goes only into the areas they control.

Two months since the resolution, the Syrian regime’s ‘arbitrary denial’ of access means the UN no longer has to wait for their consent to cross.

Tell UN agency chiefs that it’s time to act.

The UN isn’t divided over safety — every individual operation should always be assessed to make sure UN staff are protected. The issue being debated is whether they can cross the border at all.

Driving trucks across borders is only the beginning. Thousands are being systematically starved under government sieges in places like Yarmouk and the Old City of Homs. If the UN acts now, their moral authority will help shed light on what’s at stake and up the international pressure on the Syrian regime to stop using hunger as a weapon of war.

Leonora Carrington 1917 - 2011

She died Wednesday, aged 94, in Mexico. I took these images in 2008, my last trip to Mexico and fell in love with her art immediately. I found them completely by chance, walking Avenida Federale, on my way to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City.

Read more about her here

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exvol:

Jeremy Olsen

If photographs help build collective outrage about violence, war, colonialism and genocide, they may also be helping to dismantle international norms. The one consistent fact about the horrifying images that have come out of Syria over the past 21 / 2 years is that in many cases, we don’t know who made them and what they depict. All we see are decontextualized cruelty and misery. Cynicism creeps in, and there is a natural tendency to push the images away as a kind of insoluble puzzle.

Our own government has exacerbated this photographic and moral crisis. The Iraq war was sold to the American people in part with carefully annotated satellite photos that purported to show evidence of weapons of mass destruction. Those images were misread or misrepresented, and when their verity dissolved, perhaps some of our fear of such weapons dissolved with it, too. When torture, as morally reprehensible as the use of chemical weapons, became official U.S. policy, cloaked in euphemisms about “enhanced interrogation” and “stress positions,” another red line was crossed in our understanding of international norms. Media organizations, including The Washington Post, kept many of the worst torture images from Abu Ghraib out of wide circulation, and the few that did make it through the rigors of self-censorship, we were assured, confirmed only some surreal, Gothic anomaly. Torture looked like late-night frat games, not a deadly policy of abuse.

So it is little wonder that Americans are uninterested in engaging with images of suffering children in Syria and unconcerned about the introduction of chemical weapons into the Syrian conflict. Long after she called for an ecology of images, Sontag despaired of the idea. “There isn’t going to be an ecology of images,” she wrote in “Regarding the Pain of Others.” There is no way “to ration horror, to keep fresh its ability to shock. And the horrors themselves are not going to abate.”

That is where we are now, in an ecosystem of images and an ecosystem of international decency that have been irremediably polluted.

guernicamag:

"Lore has it that audience members panicked when the life-sized locomotive came throttling toward them on the screen of the 1896 Lumiere brothers’ film The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station. But in 2013, audiences remain placid as they watch a tank barreling through the narrow street of a ravaged Syrian city. Casual observers of a reality recorded anonymously on cell phones and iPads, they witness the war over social media.

"However disparate these images may seem, they come together in the work of Czech artist Tomáš Svoboda. In Filmu uz se nebojim, or Not Afraid of Film Anymore, sequences from both the Lumieres’ famous early work and from the contemporary, unnamed video from Syria form the basis of an installation mounted at Jeleni Gallery in Prague this past November.”

Shooting Film, by Charlotta Kotik - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

standwithpalestine:

Over 100 unarmed Palestinian civilians including women and children were systematically murdered when terrorist Zionist groups Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lehi entered the village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem on April 9, 1948. Never forget their suffering and never forget that the creation of the state of Israel was faciliated by the ethnic cleansing of Palestine (which still continues today).
GIFs: Occupation 101 (2006)
standwithpalestine:

Over 100 unarmed Palestinian civilians including women and children were systematically murdered when terrorist Zionist groups Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lehi entered the village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem on April 9, 1948. Never forget their suffering and never forget that the creation of the state of Israel was faciliated by the ethnic cleansing of Palestine (which still continues today).
GIFs: Occupation 101 (2006)
standwithpalestine:

Over 100 unarmed Palestinian civilians including women and children were systematically murdered when terrorist Zionist groups Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lehi entered the village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem on April 9, 1948. Never forget their suffering and never forget that the creation of the state of Israel was faciliated by the ethnic cleansing of Palestine (which still continues today).
GIFs: Occupation 101 (2006)
standwithpalestine:

Over 100 unarmed Palestinian civilians including women and children were systematically murdered when terrorist Zionist groups Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lehi entered the village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem on April 9, 1948. Never forget their suffering and never forget that the creation of the state of Israel was faciliated by the ethnic cleansing of Palestine (which still continues today).
GIFs: Occupation 101 (2006)
standwithpalestine:

Over 100 unarmed Palestinian civilians including women and children were systematically murdered when terrorist Zionist groups Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lehi entered the village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem on April 9, 1948. Never forget their suffering and never forget that the creation of the state of Israel was faciliated by the ethnic cleansing of Palestine (which still continues today).
GIFs: Occupation 101 (2006)
standwithpalestine:

Over 100 unarmed Palestinian civilians including women and children were systematically murdered when terrorist Zionist groups Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lehi entered the village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem on April 9, 1948. Never forget their suffering and never forget that the creation of the state of Israel was faciliated by the ethnic cleansing of Palestine (which still continues today).
GIFs: Occupation 101 (2006)
standwithpalestine:

Over 100 unarmed Palestinian civilians including women and children were systematically murdered when terrorist Zionist groups Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lehi entered the village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem on April 9, 1948. Never forget their suffering and never forget that the creation of the state of Israel was faciliated by the ethnic cleansing of Palestine (which still continues today).
GIFs: Occupation 101 (2006)
standwithpalestine:

Over 100 unarmed Palestinian civilians including women and children were systematically murdered when terrorist Zionist groups Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lehi entered the village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem on April 9, 1948. Never forget their suffering and never forget that the creation of the state of Israel was faciliated by the ethnic cleansing of Palestine (which still continues today).
GIFs: Occupation 101 (2006)
standwithpalestine:

Over 100 unarmed Palestinian civilians including women and children were systematically murdered when terrorist Zionist groups Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lehi entered the village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem on April 9, 1948. Never forget their suffering and never forget that the creation of the state of Israel was faciliated by the ethnic cleansing of Palestine (which still continues today).
GIFs: Occupation 101 (2006)
standwithpalestine:

Over 100 unarmed Palestinian civilians including women and children were systematically murdered when terrorist Zionist groups Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lehi entered the village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem on April 9, 1948. Never forget their suffering and never forget that the creation of the state of Israel was faciliated by the ethnic cleansing of Palestine (which still continues today).
GIFs: Occupation 101 (2006)

standwithpalestine:

Over 100 unarmed Palestinian civilians including women and children were systematically murdered when terrorist Zionist groups Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lehi entered the village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem on April 9, 1948. Never forget their suffering and never forget that the creation of the state of Israel was faciliated by the ethnic cleansing of Palestine (which still continues today).

GIFs: Occupation 101 (2006)

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newyorker:

Richard Renaldi’s early-morning photographs capture the way the city feels after staying out all night. Take a look: http://nyr.kr/1gY7Rsq

Above: Marcos, 2012.

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Intimate Portraits of Bees
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by Sam Droege
It’s rare to see mainstream news media reports on Xinjiang, China’s western borderland region, that do not invoke “turbulent,” “restive,” “unstable” or some variation. The area has long been the site of ethnic tensions between the majority Han Chinese and the Uighurs, China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim minority. But tight government controls on information and access make reporting on such clashes and protests, as well as everyday life, exceedingly difficult.
This contrast is what makes Wang Qing’s series “Rituals in Life” all the more remarkable. Photographed over a span of seven years, the series shows the daily experiences and rituals of several ancient Uighur villages near Turpan, the desert oasis that was once a flourishing trade center on the historic Silk Road.

It’s rare to see mainstream news media reports on Xinjiang, China’s western borderland region, that do not invoke “turbulent,” “restive,” “unstable” or some variation. The area has long been the site of ethnic tensions between the majority Han Chinese and the Uighurs, China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim minority. But tight government controls on information and access make reporting on such clashes and protests, as well as everyday life, exceedingly difficult.
This contrast is what makes Wang Qing’s series “Rituals in Life” all the more remarkable. Photographed over a span of seven years, the series shows the daily experiences and rituals of several ancient Uighur villages near Turpan, the desert oasis that was once a flourishing trade center on the historic Silk Road.

It’s rare to see mainstream news media reports on Xinjiang, China’s western borderland region, that do not invoke “turbulent,” “restive,” “unstable” or some variation. The area has long been the site of ethnic tensions between the majority Han Chinese and the Uighurs, China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim minority. But tight government controls on information and access make reporting on such clashes and protests, as well as everyday life, exceedingly difficult.
This contrast is what makes Wang Qing’s series “Rituals in Life” all the more remarkable. Photographed over a span of seven years, the series shows the daily experiences and rituals of several ancient Uighur villages near Turpan, the desert oasis that was once a flourishing trade center on the historic Silk Road.

It’s rare to see mainstream news media reports on Xinjiang, China’s western borderland region, that do not invoke “turbulent,” “restive,” “unstable” or some variation. The area has long been the site of ethnic tensions between the majority Han Chinese and the Uighurs, China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim minority. But tight government controls on information and access make reporting on such clashes and protests, as well as everyday life, exceedingly difficult.
This contrast is what makes Wang Qing’s series “Rituals in Life” all the more remarkable. Photographed over a span of seven years, the series shows the daily experiences and rituals of several ancient Uighur villages near Turpan, the desert oasis that was once a flourishing trade center on the historic Silk Road.

It’s rare to see mainstream news media reports on Xinjiang, China’s western borderland region, that do not invoke “turbulent,” “restive,” “unstable” or some variation. The area has long been the site of ethnic tensions between the majority Han Chinese and the Uighurs, China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim minority. But tight government controls on information and access make reporting on such clashes and protests, as well as everyday life, exceedingly difficult.
This contrast is what makes Wang Qing’s series “Rituals in Life” all the more remarkable. Photographed over a span of seven years, the series shows the daily experiences and rituals of several ancient Uighur villages near Turpan, the desert oasis that was once a flourishing trade center on the historic Silk Road.

It’s rare to see mainstream news media reports on Xinjiang, China’s western borderland region, that do not invoke “turbulent,” “restive,” “unstable” or some variation. The area has long been the site of ethnic tensions between the majority Han Chinese and the Uighurs, China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim minority. But tight government controls on information and access make reporting on such clashes and protests, as well as everyday life, exceedingly difficult.
This contrast is what makes Wang Qing’s series “Rituals in Life” all the more remarkable. Photographed over a span of seven years, the series shows the daily experiences and rituals of several ancient Uighur villages near Turpan, the desert oasis that was once a flourishing trade center on the historic Silk Road.

It’s rare to see mainstream news media reports on Xinjiang, China’s western borderland region, that do not invoke “turbulent,” “restive,” “unstable” or some variation. The area has long been the site of ethnic tensions between the majority Han Chinese and the Uighurs, China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim minority. But tight government controls on information and access make reporting on such clashes and protests, as well as everyday life, exceedingly difficult.

This contrast is what makes Wang Qing’s series “Rituals in Life” all the more remarkable. Photographed over a span of seven years, the series shows the daily experiences and rituals of several ancient Uighur villages near Turpan, the desert oasis that was once a flourishing trade center on the historic Silk Road.