"YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS ARE AS DAZZLING AS YOUR SUBJECTS"

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MERKEL & MULTIKULTI


MULTICULTURALISM 
HAS 
"UTTERLY FAILED" 

-- THUS SPAKE THE OSSIE -- 


GERMAN CHANCELLOR 
HOLDS HANDS WITH 
GEORGE W. BUSH 
AT THE 2006 G-8 SUMMIT 
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA 

A reporter for the Christian Science Monitor wrote of "multikulti" -- the German term for multiculturalism --as a concept in which "people of different backgrounds would live together happily." After more than two decades of German re-unification, is it a given that Wessies (West Germans) and Ossies (East Germans) "live together happily"? But this Ossie, this first Chancellor from East Germany, has something different in mind. 

Monday, October 18, 2010

XI JINPING GETS HIS PROMOTION

XI
GETS
HIS PROMOTION

XI JINPING INTRODUCED
AS HU JINTAO'S SUCCESSOR
17TH CONGRESS OF THE
CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY
BEIJING 2007

Today Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping was named vice-chair of the Central Military Commission, solidifying his slotting to become the next General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and President of the People's Republic of China.

This is succession planning with Chinese characteristics: Xi Jinping was unveiled as potential top leader-to-be of China in 2007; the changes are not due to take place until late 2012 (on the party side) and early 2013 (on the government side).

If he had not been given this new post, it would have been seen as a sign of weakness, and of uncertainty at the top with signs of ferment in the air.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

JIMMY BRESLIN TURNS EIGHTY

JIMMY BRESLIN
b. October 17, 1930


JIMMY BRESLIN

HARVARD COMMENCEMENT
CLASS DAY SPEAKER, 1971

A columnist and author, in 1986, Jimmy Breslin was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, for "columns which consistently champion ordinary citizens."

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

SERGEI SOBYANIN NOMINATED MOSCOW MAYOR

NEW MOSCOW MAYOR
NAMED


A LOOK BACK AT ONE OF THE
HIGHLIGHTS OF FORMER MAYOR
YURY LUZHKOV'S
ADMINISTRATION,
THE CELEBRATION OF THE
850TH ANNIVERSARY OF MOSCOW

Here Mayor Luzhkov is seated on President Boris Yeltsin's right (the Patriarch is on Yeltsin's left). Today his successor was formally nominated by President Dmitry Medvedev: Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Sobyanin, "top aide" to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

AS THE POLITICAL ELITE IN CHINA GATHERS...

AS THE
POLITICAL ELITE
IN CHINA
GATHERS


INTERIOR OF
THE GREAT HALL OF THE PEOPLE
BEIJING, CHINA,
WITH BASKETBALL COURT

A quiet photograph of the big venue as the Central Committee meets in Beijing in unquiet times.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

TWENTY-THREE MOSTLY "FORMERS" SPEAK UP FOR MEDIA FREEDOM IN CHINA


TWENTY-THREE 
MOSTLY "FORMERS" 
("PARTY ELDERS") 
DEMAND 
FREEDOM OF SPEECH 
IN CHINA; 
CRITICIZE PROPAGANDA ORGANS 


LI CHANGCHUN 
POLITBURO STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBER 
responsible for the media, and overseer of the Propaganda Department, described by the letter of the twenty-three as "invisible black hands," censoring even Premier Wen Jiabao

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

THEY LEFT OUT THE COLD WAR


THEY LEFT OUT 
THE COLD WAR 


WARS LISTED ON A GRAVESTONE IN 
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY 

The Washington Post has an article reporting on family members' protests of the inscribing of "propaganda" names for America's recent wars on the headstones at Arlington National Cemetery: "Operation Enduring Freedom"; "Operation Iraqi Freedom"; "Operation New Dawn." Previous names looked like those above: "World War II"; "Korea"; "Vietnam." (No "Cold War," however much it molded and warped so many lives, and deaths.) 

Monday, October 11, 2010

THE CATHEDRALS IN THE KREMLIN, PART II

THE CATHEDRALS
IN THE KREMLIN


REFLECTIONS IN
THE PALACE OF CONGRESSES
THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW, 1990

For more, read this


Sunday, October 10, 2010

ARCHANGEL CATHEDRAL, THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW

IT IS SUNDAY

One of a series
of photographs
of cathedrals and churches


ARCHANGEL CATHEDRAL
Cathedral Square, The Kremlin
Moscow, 1984

Saturday, October 9, 2010

JESSE JACKSON 1988 TAKE II

JESSE JACKSON 1988


JESSE JACKSON DELEGATE TO
THE 1988 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL
CONVENTION, ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Friday, October 8, 2010

JESSE JACKSON b. October 8, 1941

JESSE JACKSON
b. October 8, 1941


THE REV. JESSE JACKSON
at the Democratic National Convention
in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1988,
at arguably the height of his
political influence

Thursday, October 7, 2010

LOITERING WITH INTENT: OUTSIDE THE GREAT HALL OF THE PEOPLE, BEIJING

LOITERING WITH INTENT


OUTSIDE THE GREAT HALL OF THE PEOPLE
LOOKING TOWARDS TIANANMEN SQUARE
BEIJING, CHINA, OCTOBER 2007
AT THE TIME OF THE 17TH CONGRESS
OF THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

CHINA THEN & NOW: A TRAFFIC JAM, 1981-STYLE

CHINA THEN & NOW
One in a Series


TRAFFIC JAM ON THE RIVER YAN
YAN'AN, CHINA, 1981

Monday, October 4, 2010

JANIS JOPLIN d. October 4, 1970


JANIS JOPLIN 
January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970 



AT HER LAST CONCERT 
AUGUST 12, 1970 
HARVARD STADIUM 
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

WINDOW GAZING IN SIBERIA: CHILDREN OF IRKUTSK


WINDOW GAZING  
IN SIBERIA 


KIDS GAZING OUT A WINDOW 
IRKUTSK, RUSSIA, 1984 
BACK IN THE USSR 


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

ZHU RONGJI b. October 1928; PRC b. October 1, 1949

ZHU RONGJI
b. October 1928

CHINESE PRIME MINISTER ZHU RONGJI MEETING IN
THE GREAT HALL OF THE PEOPLE, BEIJING,
WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, 2002

Some sources have former premier's birthdate as October 1, 1928; others give it as October 23, 1928.

One date is certain: October 1, 1949, is the official birthday (National Day) of the People's Republic of China. Last year saw a big sixtieth anniversary celebration.

ARTIST CONCEPTION OF MAO ZEDONG ANNOUNCING THE FORMATION OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, OCTOBER 1, 1949; PAINTING PHOTOGRAPHED BY GWENDOLYN STEWART.