Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Polipics: Farewell Uncle Teddy

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photo via Getty Images

I can’t help but be extremely sad over the loss of Ted Kennedy. I’m going to Boston in three weeks and he won’t be there. My whole life he’s been there, and now he isn’t. His spirit is, of course, in all the work that he’s done in 47 years in the Senate.

For me his loss is bringing up many of my childhood memories:  His brother JFK when I was in Mrs. Silvera’s class in Lockhurst Drive Elementary. His brother Bobby when I was in Hale Junior High. Martin Luther King at the same time. My father when I was 17. It feels like we’ve lost America’s uncle, not just the family’s. We’ve lost the man who has fought for the rights of labor, the disenfranchised, and those who have been discriminated against.

Yes, he was wise to bestow his blessings and grace upon our current president, to be sure his legacy is honored in the healthcare work that is being done today, for tomorrow. Socialist? Hardly. Giving all Americans the right to decent healthcare? Providing an expectation of a decent quality of life? Priceless. Yet everybody wants to hang the pricetag out for battering and bruising. How do you put a pricetag on humanity?

What are you thoughts on the world without Ted Kennedy?

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Polipics: Clinton to the Rescue

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I chose this photo this week because the story seemed to be more about President Clinton’s trip to see ailing Kim Jong Il (he has pancreatic cancer and had a stroke a year ago) than it was about returning the “convicted,” then pardoned journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee of Comment TV. Apparently months of backroom dealing at the White House made this all happen so easily as Clinton was the person the ill Il wanted—and needed—to give his friendless country a positive spin.

With no announcement, Clinton arrived in North Korean in an unmarked plane, yet is greeted with diplomacy and flowers, meets with Il, and brings the women home. (So many opportunities here for bad jokes, I’ll leave them to you.) But having a former president play Dudley Do-Right elevated this medium-hot story to another level.

Ling and Lee had been arrested for illegally entering the country, and convicted of it, but insiders on NPR and other news outlets say Korea never planned on really keeping them locked up, as all things are politics in Korea. This was not a raid on Entebbe. This was political maneuvering at the highest levels—Korea needs friends and we don’t take kindly to having our journalists or citizens jailed. Just what all the talk was about while Clinton visited, as the White House says he not there to negotiate government deals, is yet to be revealed. What do you think? Should Clinton have gone? Did Il get the attention he wanted? Is that ok?

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Polipics: Politics in Photography

Thank Allah for Twitter & cell phones with cameras!
Posted by Trisha June 23, 09 12:01 AM

I saw this Twitter post, one of more than 2000, on the boston.com site when looking through coverage of the Iranian elections. It seems to sum up the power of a photograph, especially when taken during an attempted revolution. If politics is about power, then a photograph taken about the struggle for power, is at the very least an historical document. And it just may be powerful enough to change the course of history.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Images of Iran’s crackdown on street protests have “moved” President Obama, his spokesman said. What images have moved you lately? Especially images involving politics, freedom, personal expression, war? Photo sites are proliferating at an unprecedented pace. Are you overwhelmed? Excited? Can’t wait to have one of your own photos included in coverage of hot topics?

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by Mario Tama (Getty Images)

What’s your definition of politics? There are five accepted definitions from Miriam-Webster, but 1 and 5 seem to be the intent of what this blog will feature:

1 a: the art or science of government

b: the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy

c: the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government
5 a: the total complex of relations between people living in society

b: relations or conduct in a particular area of experience especially as seen or dealt with from a political point of view.

We’ll talk about current and past images that represent some aspect of politics, how those images are being used, revisited, and transmitted, where they’re being sent to and seen, their impact, the process of taking them, plus give you the opportunity to post your own.

My photo of choice this week is a picture of other pictures—of Neda, the woman protestor killed in Iran—on display at an Amnesty International protest in New York. Doesn’t that capture the global nature of the power of photography?

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