Thursday, July 31, 2014

'Pariah' Putin On Post-MH17 Cover Pages

In the wake of the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, widely attributed to Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, many magazines and newspapers around the world issued damning indictments against Russian President Putin, portraying him on their covers as a bloodthirsty fiend, a pariah, a liar, and a murderer.

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Celebrating Vardavar, Armenia's Water Festival

Armenians celebrated the holiday of Vardavar on July 27, throwing water on one another in the streets of Yerevan. Observed on the 14th Sunday after Easter, the festival is associated with the biblical Transfiguration of Jesus when he appeared before his disciples on Mount Tabor. But the water festival tradition predates Christianity, and was originally a celebration of the pagan deity Astghik, the goddess of water, beauty, love, and fertility. Today, Vardavar is largely an opportunity to cool off from the summer heat. (Photos by Photolure News Agency)

U.S. Says Satellite Images Show Shelling Of Ukraine Troops From Russian Territory

The U.S. State Department on July 27 issued satellite images that it says clearly indicate artillery strikes on Ukrainian military positions in eastern Ukraine were fired from across the border in Russian territory. The dates on the image are as recent as July 25-26. The captions accompanying these photos are text issued by the office of the U.S. Director of National Intelligence.

Photos Of The Week #30

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World War I: Scenes Of Life And Death

On July 28, 1914, Austro-Hungarian troops fired the first shots during the invasion of Serbia that marked the start of World War I. The conflict resulted in more than 16 million military and civilian deaths, but did not bring about the end to all wars as some hoped and dreamed it would. One-hundred years later, harrowing images from the war retain their power and immediacy. Included in this collection are photos that have been only recently discovered and shown publicly.

U.S. Intelligence Releases Evidence Of Russian Connection To MH17 Downing

"The Washington Post" reports that the U.S. intelligence community has released its analysis of photos relating to the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence reportedly says the images show the movements of an antiaircraft missile system toward Russia, and increased Russian military activity.

World War I: Postcards From The Front

During World War I -- which broke out 100 years ago on July 28 -- the Austro-Hungarian Empire's "feldpost" system enabled soldiers to communicate with their loved ones back home. Preserved postcards and letters provide a very personal view of how individual soldiers experienced the conflict. Jaroslav Bis, from the east Bohemian town of Vysoke Myto, sent these poignant messages home to his family during the war. His fate was sadly similar to many others who fought in the trenches from 1914 to 1918. After fighting on the Italian front, he was sent home in 1916 with a head wound that caused him to lose the sight in one eye. In the 1920s, he was admitted to an insane asylum. He died in 1937, and his war injury was cited as the official cause of death. These postcards from a Czech family's private collection were shared with RFE/RL and have never before been shown publicly.

The Aftermath Of The Downing Of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

On July 17 the world was shocked by the news that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a scheduled international passenger connection between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur, had been shot down over eastern Ukraine. It is believed to have been hit with a BUK surface-to-air missile. The aircraft went down near the village of Hrabove in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists. All 283 passengers and 15 crew on board the Boeing 777-200ER airliner died in the tragic incident.

Photos Of The Week #29

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Turns 60

German Chancellor Angela Merkel turned 60 on July 17. She was born Angela Dorothea Kasner in Hamburg but grew up in a small town near East Berlin, where her father served as a Lutheran pastor.

Five Years Without Natalya Estemirova

Russian journalist and human rights activist Natalya Estemirova was abducted in the Chechen capital, Grozny, on July 15, 2009. Her body was found the next day in neighboring Ingushetia. The Memorial Human Rights Center, where Estemirova worked, has said an initial investigation by authorities showed the possible involvement of local law enforcement officers in the crime. There have been no arrests in her case.

Kickboxing And Porsches In 'The Other Pakistan'

Some of Pakistan's more affluent residents enjoy a lifestyle that is far removed from the conflict and instability often associated with the country by observers abroad.

Photos Of The Week #28

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Srebrenica Victims Reburied On Anniversary Of Massacre

July 11 marks the anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, when Bosnian Serb forces overran the town and killed more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys. On the anniversary, the bodies of 175 newly identified victims were due to be reburied at the memorial cemetery in Potocari, near Srebrenica. The remains of more than 6,000 people have so far been exhumed from mass graves and reburied at the cemetery, and work to identify the remaining victims continues. Photos by Sadik Salimovic, RFE/RL's Balkan Service

At Russia And At Home, Tajik Migrants 'In The Cold'

One in four Tajik citizens lives and works in Russia. Ksenia Diodorova, a graphic designer from St. Petersburg, spent part of the past winter photographing families living high up in the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan's remote Gorno-Badakhshan province. She then met with their relatives toiling in Russia to support them financially. The result is "In The Cold," a poignant photo essay illustrating the harsh realities of labor migration.

Snapshots From The Donbas Front

Artur Gasparyan , a 24-year-old native of Spitak, Armenia, was recruited in Moscow in May to fight in eastern Ukraine after the deadly fire in Odesa. He shares with us some of the photographs he brought back from his month in the conflict.

Thwarted Suicide Caught In Public View In Tehran

An Iranian man threatening to jump from a telephone pole in central Tehran was talked down by emergency services on July 8 as crowds gathered below and blocked traffic for three hours.

Eduard Shevardnadze: From Cold War Hero To Fallen Leader

Eduard Shevardnadze, the former Georgian president and Soviet foreign minister, died on July 7 at the age of 86. This is a look at the political career of the man who was considered a hero in the West for helping end the Cold War as the last Soviet foreign minister but who suffered a dramatic fall from grace as president of his native Georgia.

Photos Of The Week #27

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