November 8, 2012

In Focus: Syria in Ruins

While much recent media attention has been focused on Hurricane Sandy and America’s presidential election, Syria’s horrific civil war continues. In some places, it has worsened. Aerial bombardment of civilian neighborhoods, deadly sniper fire, brutal street fighting, assassinations, and summary executions have become the norm in Syria. Cease-fire agreements have collapsed, rebel forces remain disorganized, foreign intervention is still hamstrung, and no path to peace appears to be forming yet. Britain is now reportedly looking for options to circumvent an arms embargo in order to supply rebels with weaponry. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains defiant, stating in an interview with Russia Today that he planned “live and die in Syria,” adding, “I am tougher than Gaddafi.” Collected here are images of this bloody conflict from just the past few weeks.

See more. [Images: AP, Reuters, Getty]

July 18, 2012

British Coastline Gets Set to Glow

Designed by director Deborah Warner in collaboration with actor Fiona Shaw, the massive installation and soundscape, entitled “Peace Camp,” will encircle the UK from coast to coast to commemorate the Olympic Truce, the ancient Greek tradition of instituting a ceasefire for the duration of the Games to ensure safe travel and passage of the athletes.

Read more. [Images: Matthew Andrews]

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