After his recent trip to the DPRK, Michael Bassett presents "Everyday Life in North Korea" — a series of photo essays depicting the lives of the average North Korean. This is the fourth of a ten-part series.
After his recent trip to the DPRK, Michael Bassett presents "Everyday Life in North Korea" — a series of photo essays depicting the lives of the average North Korean. This is the third of a ten-part series.
Varanasi, Kashi or Benares — call it by any name — is the oldest living city of the world with a continuous history dating back to approximately 3,000 years. This city touts an unrivalled diversity and a unique sense that can be experienced nowhere.
After his recent trip to the DPRK, Michael Bassett presents "Everyday Life in North Korea" — a series of photo essays depicting the lives of the average North Korean. This is the second of a ten-part series.
After his recent trip to the DPRK, Michael Bassett presents "Everyday Life in North Korea" — a series of photo essays depicting the lives of the average North Korean. This is the first of a ten-part series.
This photo feature takes a glimpse at the STROKE in Munich 2013.
Since its initiation in 2009, the German STROKE Urban Art Fairhas developed into a key event for everyone interested in young, modern art. It is held twice each year with artists from all over the world showcasing their work in Munich in the spring, and in Berlin in autumn. Overall, 30 galleries and artists from all over the world will be exhibiting their work until May 5 on Munich’s Praterinsel.
Since January 2012, Mali has been embroiled in political conflict which has resulted in a humanitarian crisis in the region; one that poses a threat to international security. (Image Source: Creative Commons - Amin2511)
The Syrian Civil War continues to rage on as 2013 approaches. Here, an opposition fighter takes aim at regime forces al-Qsair, Syria. (Image Source: Creative Commons - Freedom House)
Joseph Kony, the leader of a Ugandan guerilla group, became famous overnight thanks to a campaign aimed at bringing him to justice before the end of the year. Fair Observer's Africa desk analyzed the Kony 2012 campaign with a 360 on the issue. (Image Source: Creative Commons - roberttraines)
As Europe continues to grapple with a financial crisis, May 2012 saw the election of a new French president: Francois Hollande. (Image Source: Creative Commons - jmayrault)
Egypt has seen a year of political instability shaped by protests, elections and a power struggle. Mohammed Morsi was elected in June as the country's new president following Hosni Mubarak's ouster in 2011. (Source: Creative Commons - Moe Adel)
Julian Assange will most likely begin the New Year as he ends 2012: inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The Wikileaks founder has been at the embassy for over 6 months as he battles a pending extradition. (Source: Creative Commons - Abode of Chaos)
Prakash Chand Katoch, in an article for Fair Observer, argued that the Indian government acted against the interests of the country by agreeing to a deal with Pakistan according to which it would withdraw troops from the Siachen Glacier. (Source: Creative Commons - Muhammad Ali Mir)
In an article for Fair Observer, Gunnar Beck argued that Germany has suffered immensely because of the euro and supporting failing European economies like Greece is against its self-interest. (Source: Creative Commons - World Economic Forum)
Tension increased in 2012 between China and its neighbours over territorial disputes. Fair Observer covered the affair with various analyses, helping you to make sense of the world. (Source: Creative Commons - Al Jazeera English)
A Russian appeal court upheld the jail sentence for two members of the punk band Pussy Riot, who were convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred". (Source: Creative Commons - CEA)
Venezuela saw the re-election of Hugo Chavez for his third term in office, as the president battles cancer. (Source: Creative Commons - Globovision)
In November, Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term in office after beating Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Fair Observer was at the forefront with various analyses covering the US presidential election. (Source: Creative Commons - Cain and Todd Benson)
Gaza was once again at the forefront of Middle East issues with a new round of conflict between Israel and Hamas. Mediation efforts by Egypt and the US culminated in an uneasy ceasefire. (Source: Creative Commons - Israel Defense Forces)
November 2012 marked an historical moment at the United Nations with the General Assembly's recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state. (Source: Creative Commons - Norway UN-New York)
December 21, 2012, was said to be the end of the world according to some interpretations of the Maya "Long Calendar Count". Fair Observer's Arts & Culture desk ran an extensive 360 Analysis covering "The 2012 Phenomenon". (Source: Creative Commons - Coreforce)
Faith 47 is a self taught street artist from South Africa. She is best known for her street art not only in South African cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg, but also all over the world. A lot of her urban art is done in abandoned, broken down places where it contrasts with its environment very well and where the fragility and impermanence of art in public spaces is highlighted. Apart from her street art she is also doing studio work which has been exhibited in galleries all across the globe.
Why is the road trip such an appealing American tradition?
It was 1933, Hoover was out, Roosevelt was in, and Harry L. Hopkins had sent the irascible Lorena Hickok on the road to report the state of affairs in a ragged and stricken America.“What I want you to do,” instructed Hopkins, “is to go out around the country and look this thing over.” That “thing” was the Great Depression.
‘Service boats’ like this one connect the chars to the mainland and call at one or several chars on their rounds. Besides people they transport all sorts of goods that are sold in the weekly or permanent bazaars on the islands. // Source: Bram Ferket
The boat landing place of Chauhali char, at once its main connection to the mainland, along with the mobile phone network which covers the area. // Source: Bram Ferket
Agriculture on the Char // Source: Bram Ferket
Even more than on the mainland, life on the chars is one of permanent and direct confrontation with the elements. The artificial dwelling hills on which most houses and farms are built to protect them from river floods quite remind us the old Frisian terpen. // Source: Bram Ferket
Many chars were once part of the mainland but got separated from it after monsoon floods that change the course of the Brahmaputra river or one of its tributaries, or because of erosion that continues to be a constant challenge. // Source: Bram Ferket
A pumping station to irrigate the rice fields near Teguri village. In stark contrast to the mainland and its hectic motorized traffic, the diesel pumps are almost the only engine sound to be heard on the char. // Source: Bram Ferket
Cottage industries like this cloth weavery and seasonal labor migration ‒ mostly to Sylhet ‒ provide additional income for not a few households on Chauhali char. // Source: Bram Ferket
A small market in the village of Borangial. // Source: Bram Ferket
Onlookers, some shying away at once, in Teguri village. The seasonal absence of not a few men of active age from Chauhali char to work as laborers during the harvest season in Sylhet or as rickshaw pullers in one of Bangladesh’s cities naturally affect the task division between men and women on the bank. // Source: Bram Ferket
Chars are inhabited sandbanks in the Brahmaputra river that crosses Bangladesh from north to south. The chars comprise less than 1.5% of the country’s total land area but accommodate an estimated 5% of its population. Some char settlements only last one or two monsoons after which they disappear into the river and the inhabitants move to another one. Others, like Chauhali char, have been inhabited for two or more generations, have areas of up to tens of square kilometers and have more permanent infrastructure.
The entrance to Syria Street from behind the Bab Al Tabbaneh market. The apartment buildings on the hill serve as sniper spots for gunfire into Jebel Mohsen. // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
Jebel Mohsen, the predominately Alawite neighborhood of Tripoli, with a poster of Bashar al-Assad and his late father Hafez. // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
View of a typical apartment building in the Jebel Mohsen neighborhood of Tripoli. Like Bab Al Tabbaneh, Jebel Mohsen is a hay sha'abi (popular neighborhood). // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
Seehat Tel (Hill Square), one of Tripoli's most famous landmarks. The clock tower, pictured in the foreground, was built by the Ottomans in 1902 as a gift to the city of Tripoli. // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
Seehat Tel (Hill Square) is also one of Tripoli's busiest transportation hubs. // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
The Taynal Mosque, perhaps Tripoli's most famous landmark. It was constructed in 1336 in honor of Taynal Al-Nasiri, the Mameluke governor of Tripoli. // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
A busy roundabout, set next to the "Castle of Sweetness" owned and operated by one of Tripoli's most famous pastry makers, Abdul Rahman Hallab. // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
A typical street in the Qubbet Al-Nasr (Dome of Victory), or "Ibbe" as it is know locally, neighborhood that borders Bab Al-Tabbaneh and Jbel Mohsen. The black Salafist flag is common throughout the Beddawi, Ibbe, and Bab Al-Tabbaneh neighborhoods of Tripoli. // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
A memorial to the Lebanese Army soldiers killed in fighting with the militant Islamist organization Fatah Al-Islam (Conquest of Islam) in the Nahr Al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp. Nahr Al-Bared is widely remembered and honored in the battle-rolls of the Lebanese Army. // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
A street art monument erected by the Municipal government of Tripoli for the purposes of beautifying public spaces in the city. // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
The Siddiq Mosque, one Tripoli's newest and largest houses of worship. The mosque, built in 1960, is located on Fouad Shehab Street on the road to Seehat Nour (Square of Divine Light). // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
A typical area of the Al-Mina neighborhood. The picture was taken from a French military cemetery dating from the time of the French Mandate rule over Lebanon from 1920 to 1943. // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
A picturesque French military cemetery dating from the time of the French Mandate rule over Lebanon from 1920 to 1943. The cemetery is on the coast and is part of a church compound supposedly dating to the time of the Crusades. // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
An Armenian Orthodox (Apostolic) Church located in the Zaharieh district behind Seehat Tel (Hill Square). Christians are a significant minority of Tripoli's population, particularly in the hill suburbs north and east of the city. // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
The Crusader-era citadel of the French nobleman and soldier Raymond de St. Gilles, located in the Abi Samra neighborhood southeast of Tripoli. The citadel is now a museum and tourist attraction. // Source: Nicholas A. Heras
This idyllic scene is typical of the patchwork of subsistence farms surrounding Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka. Rice and bananas are staple crops, together with vegetables. Unfortunately, these same crops are highly attractive to wildlife. // Source: Shermin de Silva
Small-scale mechanization exists here side-by-side with the forest. // Source: Shermin de Silva
A young girl proudly shows off her family's paddy fields. // Source: Shermin de Silva
A hard-working farmer. // Source: Shermin de Silva
Modest homes like these on the fringes of wilderness can sometimes be demolished by elephants. // Source: Shermin de Silva
A functional well. // Source: Shermin de Silva
An elephant venturing beyond the national park falls victim to an abandoned well. // Source: Shermin de Silva
Back yard cultivations are easily damaged by elephants. // Source: Shermin de Silva
An adult male with human-inflicted wounds on his forehead. // Source: Shermin de Silva
Just a slim thread of electricity separates the elephant from the casual bystanders. The nonchalance both species exhibit here hides deeper conflicts between them, but at the same time suggests a more peaceful coexistence may be within reach if each accepts the other as part of the landscape. // Source: Shermin de Silva
After 17 days of joy and laughter, the 178th Oktoberfest in Munich is already over but was one of the most enjoyable. More visitors, beer, food and sun than last year's festival made it exceptional. See more numbers and figures in the Photo Feature! Please click to enlarge the pictures.
If you have read Pico Iyer's 'Falling off the Map', you will immediately connect with the 'lonely places' that he talks about. Holding onto its traditions with vivacious tenacity, Nagaland sits refreshingly aloof on the eastern edge of India.