An aerial view of Black Rock City, the Burning Man 2012 campground in the Black Rock Desert, on August 30.
Outrageous athletes, uncooperative weather, and baby crocodiles in this week’s best photojournalism. More photos here
The week’s best photojournalism
In some of the week’s most vivid images an incense-maker dries rose petals, a Mauritanian police officer rests in a tent , visitors cross a new elevated walkway constructed over a tiger’s pen, and members of the English National Ballet pose for an unlikely publicity photo.
Razistan: Afghanistan’s Land of Secrets
President Obama may have declared a “new chapter” in Afghanistan last week, but to the creators of Razistan, a new photography project about the region, his words were more rhetoric than reality. For more than 10 years now, American troops have been fighting an expensive and bloody war in Afghanistan: 88,000 U.S. troops remain in the area, and last year was the deadliest so far for civilian casualties. Yet even in an election cycle — and amid the dire statistics — the conversation is focused elsewhere. Coverage of Afghanistan accounts for barely 2 percent of U.S. news stories.
“It’s appalling,” says Marcos Barbery, the cofounder and publisher of Razistan, which launched on Tumblr this month. “People’s lives, how the war is impacting them on a daily basis … it’s just completely cut from the conversation.” Barbery hopes to change all that by showcasing Afghanistan from beyond the veil of war.
A wounded villager from Wukan is seen after a riot with the police the day earlier in Lufeng, a city of 1.7 million, in the southern Chinese Guangdong province, on September 23, 2011. Hundreds of villagers in southern China protested on Friday over a government seizure of land, the latest outbreak of trouble in Guangdong province that illustrates growing public anger at the practice of land grabs.
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I wonder if China will face a revolution soon? Probably not, but maybe. I really think that it is needed not just there everywhere. Everyone that has access to the internet has begun the process of removing borders that we have imposed. We finally need a global government with equal representation for all. We need something that has to do with the internet so that everyone can have a say.
Source: The Atlantic
Syrian security inspect the site of an explosion in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo February 10, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria’s national news agency SANA. Twin bomb blasts hit Syrian military and security buildings in Aleppo on Friday, killing 25 people in the worst violence to hit the country’s commercial hub in the 11-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. REUTERS/SANA/Handout
This is a pretty unbelievable picture.