"YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS ARE AS DAZZLING AS YOUR SUBJECTS"

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. 


Friday, February 7, 2014

WATER FOR A THIRSTY CITY

TOOLING DOWN 
THE ROAD 


BRINGING THE 
WATER BOTTLES 
Beijing, China 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

POST #1000: BACK TO THE BEGINNING

THE THOUSANDTH POST 


SASEBO, JAPAN 

JUVENILIA 

very juvenil-ia 

KODAK BROWNIE 

picturing politics very early on 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

SOCHI THEN AND NOW: HOME OF THE 2014 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES

SOCHI 
IN THE 
SPOTLIGHT 


SOCHI BACK IN THE USSR 
Summer of 1984 


"In the nineteen-seventies and eighties, when everything was government sponsored, it used to be packed here. You couldn't move on the beach without someone taking your place." -- Aleksandr Zakharov, General Director, Radisson Lazurnaya Hotel, Sochi, Russia, quoted in "The Road to Sochi," audio report by Robin Lustig, BBC, February 4, 2014. 

Robin Lustig also has an article in the Financial Times, "Observations from Sochi," which overlaps the radio "Documentary." The radio version has material not covered in print; well worth listening to. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Sochi today; addressed the International Olympic Committee; and cuddled with a Persian leopard

More Sochi here; more Putin here

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

BORIS YELTSIN WOULD HAVE BEEN EIGHTY-THREE TODAY

BORIS YELTSIN 
February 1, 1931-April 23, 2007 


RUSSIAN PRESIDENT 
BORIS NIKOLAYEVICH YELTSIN 
In Harbin, China 
November 11, 1997