"YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS ARE AS DAZZLING AS YOUR SUBJECTS"

Saturday, July 12, 2014

XI MAO: XI JINPING, MAO ZEDONG

CHINESE LEADERSHIP 
 NOW & THEN 


GENERAL SECRETARY XI JINPING (l
CHAIRMAN MAO ZEDONG (r) 

Interesting juxtaposition? 

VISUAL POLITICS? 

A photographic example here, with analysis 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

UKRAINE: ON THE EDGE I

CRISIS IN 
CRIMEA 


EVIDENCE FOR ANALYSIS 
February 24, 2014 

First photograph of CBS News transmission; 
second and third, PBS Newshour. 

To recap the closed captioning: 
1A: This is just the beginning. 
1B: Yanukovych must die. 

2A: Reporter: Want him dead? 
2B: Yeah, because a man who do 
2C: this, those horrible things, he... 

3A: ... does not live [correction for "leave"]. 
3B: He must die for him. 
3C. It is better for him. 

To be continued; a work in progress. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WANG DAN IS FORTY-FIVE

WANG DAN 
王丹 
b. February 26, 1969 


AT A 2004 FORUM ON 
TIANANMEN +15 
Harvard University 
Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Looking back fifteen years afterwards at the events of the spring of 1989 which culminated in the crackdown known as "六四" (Liu-Si, June 4) in Chinese and as "Tiananmen" to the outside world. 

Wang Dan was a student leader in 1989; imprisoned afterwards; eventually a Harvard Ph.D. 

In a little more than three months, the quarter century anniversary will be upon us. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

IN THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF BALI TRAFFIC, A GODDESS...

GODDESS 
ON A 
LOTUS FLOWER 


IN THE MIDDLE OF 
EVERYDAY LIFE 
& TRAFFIC 

RELION ON THE ROADSIDE 
BALI, INDONESIA 
III 

I here 
II here 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

WINTER USA 2014 II

SNOW DAYS 


RIVER WITH SNOW 

And yes, the picturesque can be political. 
Mayors and governors 
Can, 
So to speak, 
Put their foot in it. 

Canceling school, not canceling school, 
Letting employees off early, 
Not letting employees off early. 

Snowed under. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

A THOUGHT FOR INVADERS

FROM BONDARCHUK'S 
FILM OF TOLSTOY'S 
WAR & PEACE 


А и то сказать, кто же их к нам звал? 
But after all is said and done 
who asked them to come here? 

BORIS ZAKHAVA 
as 
Field Marshal MIKHAIL KUTUZOV 
reflecting on the misery and the common humanity of 
Napoleon's army retreating from Russia, but -- ! 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

THE RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR BEGAN ONE HUNDRED TEN YEARS AGO; TODAY PUTIN AND ABE MET TO TALK ABOUT TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE SAME OLD ISSUES

THE RUSSO-JAPANESE 
WAR BROKE OUT 
February 8, 1904 


THE SEA OF OKHOTSK 
off the Southeastern Shore 
of Sakhalin Island 

South Sakhalin ("Karafuto") was won by the Japanese as a result 
of  their victory in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 

Captured by the USSR in World War II; the entire island is part of Russia 

Still in contention

Four islands and groups of islets known as the Kurils (Kuriles) by the Russians, and as the Northern Territories by the Japanese;
under Soviet and then Russian control since World War II 

Some background, here 

Today on the sidelines of the Sochi Winter Olympics Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met and agreed to talk about the sticky island dispute, which has prevented the two countries from signing a peace treaty winding up World War II, at their next meeting, scheduled to take place again in Sochi, at the upcoming G8 summit in June of this year. 

President Putin will then visit Japan in the fall.