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#1: © Anwar Amro, Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, 705 A.D.
#2: © dpa,
Citadel of Aleppo, Unesco World Heritage since 1986
#3: © dpa, Qal’at Salah El-Din, Latakia / Syria, Unesco World Heritage since 2006

“Turkish artillery has fired on targets in Syria after shells from across the border killed five Turkish nationals.” (BBC News, 1 hour ago)

A few days ago I first saw these photos of cultural places and treasures in Syria. With all the fighting going on in the world, I wondered what the world may look like if there were no war. Deserted I guess.

(Source: burnedshoes)


EU agrees to beef up sanctions on Syria

Ryan Gosling, lit agent. 

Bir Dufan, Libya | July 15, 2012
Members of the Libyan Shield military unit from Zlitan patrol the volatile desert region bordering the pro-Gaddafi enclave of Bani Walid and revolutionary Misrata.
For the next week, conflict photographer Ben Lowy, on a grant from the Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund, will be shooting from Libya on the first-ever photojournalism inspired Hipstamatic lens — and posting exclusively to Tumblr. Check out Lowy’s Tumblr and Storyboard for more. Also see our interview with the photographer.
(All photos by Benjamin Lowy/Getty Reportage)
J C Spin by Philip Ward on Flickr.


Peter Goodspeed: Dying as a political act: Centuries-old Buddhist tradition of self-immolation continues in China

“This was not the random act of a disturbed individual, but rather a single manifestation of a deeply rooted set of ideas and ideals in Chinese Buddhism that blossomed again and again in the history of pre-modern China.”

Photo: Tibetan exile Janphel Yeshi, 27, runs as he is engulfed in flames after he set himself on fire to protest an upcoming visit to India by Chinese President Hu Jintao, March 26, 2012, in New Delhi. Yeshi suffered life-threatening burns. (AFP/Getty Images)


Camera Therapy: How to Help Kids Heal with Photography

Brian McCarty traveled to Jerusalem (the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) to teach kids how to express themselves with art and play therapy. 

The kids draw pictures, and then recreate their scenes with toys, which they then photograph.

Check out the Kickstarter for War Toys!


Secret Government Experiments Come to Light
As a compendium to their latest show, “Dark  Matters,” which explores the darker side of science, the Science Channel  has  published introductions and full transcripts from government  hearings  on some of the most unbelievable — yet true — conspiracies,  including  the highly-controversial MKULTRA project.
According  to the 1977 transcript of  the hearing before Congress, MKULTRA projects  on behavioral  modification, drug acquisition and testing took place  over the better  part of a decade, from 1953 through 1964.
Perhaps  best known for administering the psychedelic drug LSD to  unwitting  participants, MKULTRA actually was composed of 149 (known)  projects,  across 86 universities and institutions, that dabbled in  everything  from harmless hypnosis to horrific human testing.
More here

This photo of Barb Tarbox didn’t make the cut for the FDA’s new cigarette warning labels, but she wanted people to see the truth.
Photo: Tarbox on May 13, 2003. View more photos at the gallery. Credit: Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal
Congrats to Daniel Frazier!


Transit’s drummer, Daniel Frazier graduated high school today! Hell yeah!

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