In the first of a Channel 4 News series charting Syria’s descent in the face of civil war, German filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen’s spends several weeks in Aleppo witnessing a civilian population isolated and under siege. (Caution: contains highly distressing scenes of war including images of children who have been wounded and killed)
Unbelievably painful to watch. Whatever I think while watching such things, the urge for justice overcomes me completely…
ربّنا معكم يا سوريين …
'Cause the world hasn't given a damn for 2 years, and after over 90 thousand people killed.
Nearly two years ago, Tim Hetherington was killed by mortar shells in Libya while he was photographing the civil war there. Hetherington, who is known for his work in West Africa and with U.S. Army soldiers in Korengal Valley, in Afghanistan, worked in both still and moving images, and, as Whitney Johnson wrote in her 2010 post, explored “the boundaries… between photojournalism and conceptual work.”
This week, Yossi Milo Gallery presents “Inner Light: Portraits of the Blind,” an exhibition of the black-and-white photographs Hetherington took between 1999 and 2003 at the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where he was fondly known as Uncle Tim. About the conflict in Sierra Leone, Hetherington said, “As a result of the civil war, many people were left with serious medical conditions. As well as the more common abuses of amputation, the fighters of the Revolutionary Front (R.U.F.) also terrorized people blind by cutting their eyes out. Others lost their eyes to shrapnel or as a result of being caught up in combat. Many simply lost their eyesight because they did not have access to a doctor and therefore a simple medical condition developed went untreated.”
The Yossi Milo show opens on April 11th, and the HBO documentary “Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington,” directed by Hetherington’s friend and filmmaking partner Sebastian Junger, premières on April 10th.
As North Korea continues to escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula with the threat of nuclear war, hacktivist collective Anonymous hacked into North Korea’s official Twitter and Flickr account and revealed the user registration list of the country’s official website.
The group posted a warning on April 2, 2013, claiming to have stolen user records from the North Korean government website, and published the content two days later.
A majority of South Korean net users initially welcomed the news. But opinion quickly soured after it was reported [ko] that 2,000 among the 9,001 users in the registration list are believed to be South Koreans, including [ko] activists, labor groups, members of the media, and academics, fueling concerns over possible human right violations following this revelation.
Iraqi man speaks about the U.S. occupation in Iraq:
…who abused us and stole our wealth and even stole and destroyed our ruins. Although we’d hoped that our liberator would never stay to become our colonizer, we waited three months and saw with our own eyes how they used to crush iraqis’ heads and assault women. And I would say that they used the collaborators who came along with them. The occupies left but its traces still remain. Its traces rub the wounds. Everyday our tears still flow.