Dori Caspi has made a beautiful collection of photographs of the nearly extinct Himba tribe in Africa. From an interview with the photographer:
Do you consider your work political in its focus on societies that face danger of extinction?
I can draw a clear and conscious separation between the inner place from which I photograph—the energetic source to my art—and the meaning and connotations which might arise from my work. My art is not political, nor does it carry ideological flags. My urge to photograph arrives, first to all, from an artistic, esthetic and emotional place. Saying that, I am fully aware to the importance of my work in the documentary aspect. I have no doubt that on historical time dimension, the Himba, like the Omo Valley tribes, are in the last minute of their existence as traditional tribal societies. The changes which these tribes are going through, those enforced and those at will, are powerful and swift more than ever before. Roads are being broken into the tribes isolated regions, their lands are being given to huge corporates, and cellular communication is arriving at their huts. These days, almost all tribesmen walk around with cellular hanging on their chests. This is not the beginning of the end. This is end itself, and in some sad way—my art documents its last moments.
View the pictures here.
“A radical gene therapy to combat HIV using genetically modified cells that are resistant to the virus has been declared a success by scientists following the first clinical trial,” the Guardian reports.
The secondary legislation needed for same-sex marriages to commence in England and Wales passed the House of Commons yesterday evening, Pink News reports. Good news!
From Long Beach Press Telegram:
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday compared recent actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Ukraine to those implemented by Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s.
Putin’s desire to protect minority Russians in Ukraine is reminiscent of Hitler’s actions to protect ethnic Germans outside Germany, she said.
Vladimir Isachenkov writes:
In some ways, the venue Vladimir Putin chose and the emotional lecture he gave the world about Russia’s actions in Ukraine said it all.
In an hour-long chat with a handful of Kremlin pool reporters at his presidential residence, Putin sat in an easy chair and spoke with the bravado of an ex-KGB agent suspicious of Western plots.
Wagging his finger at the reporters, the defiant leader dismissed the threat of U.S. and European Union sanctions, alleged that “rampaging neo-Nazis” dominate Ukraine’s capital, and said the Russian and Ukrainian soldiers locked in a standoff in Crimea are actually “brothers in arms.” A look at Putin’s appearance and what it says about the crisis and him.
In a perverted sort of way, Putin’s cold-war mentality is amusing—had it not been for the fact that he has one of the world’s largest armies at his disposal. As was the case with Soviet leaders, he rambles on about Nazis not realizing that he himself has far more in common with real-world Nazis than most of his opponents. Not least the bashing of gay people and the tormenting of religious minorities.
Read Vladimir Isachenkov’s article in full at Huffington Post.
Vladimir Putin: “We will not go to war with the Ukrainian people. If we do take military action, it will only be for the protection of the Ukrainian people.”
BBS reports that Aleksander Vitko, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet chief, threatens Ukraine with a full assault if they did not surrender by dawn tomorrow.
“Attacking the EU would appear to be the safest way for any politician to win votes,” Ylva Elvis Nilsson writes in the EU Observer.
She is right. Populists throughout Europe bash the EU and use widespread ignorance to make the case that their country would be better off without the union—while somehow keeping the benefits of the EU intact. The problem with the EU is not the union in itself but rather the lack of federal structure. The citizens of member states should be allowed to elect their representative in the commission, and the Council of Ministers should be more transparent with open debates.
Andrew O’Hagan: “He is thin-skinned, conspiratorial, untruthful, narcissistic, and he thinks he owns the material he conduits.”
Even more bizarre is the working tile of Assange’s book: Ban This Book: From Swedish Whores to Pentagon Bores.
I don’t know if this is true, but considering Putin’s human-rights record, I think it just might be. Anyone protesting the Tsar Putin has reasons to fear for his or her life.
(Photo via tweet by Time’s Moscow reporter Simon Shuster.)
“Russia’s upper house of parliament has approved President Putin’s request for Russian forces to be used in Ukraine,” BBC News reports.
It’s a scary thought, but it seems Europe is once again heading towards war.