This AP photo, taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran shows an anti-government female protestor running away from security in a protest, on the sidelines of state-sanctioned rallies to mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover, in Tehran, Iran, yesterday Nov. 4, 2009. Iranian security forces beat anti-government protesters with batons and fired tear gas Wednesday on the sidelines of state-sanctioned rallies to mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover, witnesses and state media reported. The counter-demonstrations were the opposition’s first major show of force on the streets of Tehran since mid-September that coincided with state-sponsored protests against Israel. (AP Photo)
Why is it okay to distribute this?
Inconsistent? Is it alright to publish pictures of “others” in pain, dying, dead but not OK to publish pictures of dying American soldiers?
(The first Reuters picture is of a wounded girl at a hospital after a bomb attack in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad, September 10, 2009. The other picture is the controversial but powerful AP one of Lance-corporal Joshua Bernard shortly before he died during a grenade attack.)
A week ago yesterday, Barack Obama was sworn into office as the 44th president of the United States.
Here he is walking back to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, after a trip to Capitol Hill to meet with House and Senate Republicans. It looks warmer than it was last week.
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Yesterday one of the most horrific photographs I’ve seen appeared on a picture service we subscribe to. The Getty picture shows the bloody head of a dead girl exposed, the rest of her body is buried in the rubble of a four story house that collapsed when struck by an Israeli air strike yesterday. The picture makes a point. The war is killing children. And the killing should stop.
We decided not to print the picture – it’s just too brutal. Instead we used this horrific but less graphic AP picture. I thought briefly of posting the bloody head picture on my blog. But didn’t. Today The Daily Dish used the picture. With the picture, Andrew Sullivan quotes from an article by Jeffrey Goldberg, The World’s Pornographic Interest in Jewish Moral Failure, on Hamas, children and photographs. Here is the excerpt:
One more thing, speaking of pornography — we’ve all seen endless pictures of dead Palestinian children now. It’s a terrible, ghastly, horrible thing, the deaths of children, and for the parents it doesn’t matter if they were killed by accident or by mistake. But ask yourselves this: Why are these pictures so omnipresent? I’ll tell you why, again from firsthand, and repeated, experience: Hamas (and the Aksa Brigades, and Islamic Jihad, the whole bunch) prevents the burial, or even preparation of the bodies for burial, until the bodies are used as props in the Palestinian Passion Play. Once, in Khan Younis, I actually saw gunmen unwrap a shrouded body, carry it a hundred yards and position it atop a pile of rubble — and then wait a half-hour until photographers showed. It was one of the more horrible things I’ve seen in my life. And it’s typical of Hamas. If reporters would probe deeper, they’d learn the awful truth of Hamas. But Palestinian moral failings are not of great interest to many people.
Jett Travolta was cremated yesterday in the Bahamas. Last Friday he collapsed in the bathroom and died of a seizure. The cause of death has now been confirmed. AP reports that doctors performed an autopsy on the body yesterday, and an undertaker said the death certificate stated the cause of death to be a seizure.
Authorities didn’t release the results of the autopsy, but Campbell said the death certificate was based on its finding. “The only cause of death that was listed was ‘seizure,”‘ he said.
Jett Travolta had a history of seizures and was found unconscious in a bathroom Friday at a family home on Grand Bahama Island.
Keith McSweeney, director of the funeral home, told news conference that the body was being cremated late Monday and Jett Travolta’s parents planned to bring the ashes back to the United States on Tuesday.
Hollywood Reporter says Angelina Jolie is the highest paid actress this year, earning $15m for Wanted. Though this sounds extraordinarily high, salaries for women are dropping and still lower than the salaries of their male colleagues,
AP reports that:
Jolie, 33, earned $15 million for the action movie “Wanted” this year and she could make $20 million to star in a possible sequel, it said.
Jolie played dramatic roles in 2007’s “A Mighty Heart” and in this year’s “Changeling.” The mother of six and partner of actor Brad Pitt last month talked about eventually fading away from acting to spend more time with her family.
Oscar winner Julia Roberts, 41, claimed the No. 2 spot after a long absence from the screen, making more than $15 million for “Duplicity,” which comes out next year. Read More…
Last night heavily armed gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant, hospitals and a crowded train station in coordinated attacks across India’s financial capital Wednesday night. 101 people were killed. Hundreds of Westerners were taken hostage, police said.
In the AP picture above, pigeons fly near a flame from the Taj Hotel hotel after it was attacked.
Here is the latest AP report:
Police and gunmen were exchanging occasional gunfire at two luxury hotels and dozens of people were believed held hostage or trapped inside the besieged buildings. Pradeep Indulkar, a senior official at the Maharashtra state Home Ministry said 101 people were killed and 314 injured. Read More…
Before Obama took unprecedented compassionate leave, just 12 days before the election, to visit his sick grandmother, he gave a speech in red-state Virginia at an ear-splitting rally and promised to deliver the state to Democrats for the first time since 1964.
But Obama’s main focus on Thursday was his family, and “Toot” — his grandmother. Asked if there could be political risk in taking time away from the campaign trail, AP reported him saying: “I think most people understand that if you’re not caring for your family, then you’re probably not the kind of person who’s going to be caring for other people.” Read More…