For Peter Hessler’s report from the Egyptian revolution in this week’s magazine, the photographer Kim Badawi focussed his attention on the Omar Makram mosque in Tahrir Square. Badawi, who is of Egyptian, French, and Slovenian ancestry, moved to Cairo earlier this year. Living in his grandparents’ apartment with a direct view of the square, Badawi has witnessed not only the tanks and tear gas but also quieter moments that speak just as clearly about the protesters’ perseverance.
Badawi shares his thoughts and more photos on our Photo Booth blog:http://nyr.kr/w2ZhSR
In 2008, the photographer Scott Sternbach travelled to the world’s southern extreme to create “Antarctic Souls,” a project that focussed on the thirty-odd researchers, biologists, cooks, pilots, and boat captains who are involved in a federal project to study the effects of global warming on the region. Sternbach, who currently serves as the director of photography at LaGuardia Community College, has long dreamed of visiting the far north as well. He recently got his chance thanks to a grant from CUNY, which sent him to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in Alaska, where he spent eight weeks photographing one of the state’s last living tribes, the Neetsaii Gwich’in.
On this day in 1865, the 13th amendment is ratified — this officially ended slavery.
The Civil War was a fight about competing freedoms: the freedom to choose one’s own government, the freedom of states to leave a federation, the freedom of people to decide their own laws. But in the end, the freedom that prevailed was the one that declared that all men are to be considered human beings, not property.
Integral to the fight for that principle — on the front lines, building military infrastructure, and carrying vital information — were African Americans, many of them escaped slaves who risked their lives as the fate of future generations hung in the balance.
(see more — African Americans in the Civil War)
The SlutWalk is an idea — and a movement — that started in Canada, as a protest against the notion that victims of sexual assault somehow invite or deserve abuse because of what they are wearing or the way they are behaving when they’re attacked. Since the first SlutWalk in Canada in April 2011, similar marches have been held in cities around the globe, with women and men protesting the incredibly offensive idea that victims of rape and other crimes are somehow asking for it …
Here, more photos from SlutWalks Around the World.