Explicit Photographs Released of American Soldiers Murdering Afghan Civilians

Explicit Photographs Released of American Soldiers Murdering Afghan Civilians

Shocking photographs were released this week of American soldiers murdering Afghan civilians. Three photographs, published by the German magazine Der Spiegel in its March 20th print edition, show members of the self-designated “Kill Team” comprised of United States Army soldiers who are accused of making a sport of killing innocent Afghans, as they show off one of their victims in a kind of trophy photo; another photograph shows two Afghan civilians who appear to be dead. The Army had tried to keep the photos from going public, especially since anti-American sentiment in Afghanistan is already high.

Five of the soldiers involved in the killings are now facing court martial proceedings for the deaths of three, unarmed Afghan civilians. Seven other members of their unit are accused of lesser crimes. The men are accused of faking combat situations to justify killing randomly chosen Afghans with grenades and guns. The case came to light after one of the soldiers informed military investigators about the killings; he was then beaten so severely by other members of the unit for betraying them that he had to be hospitalized.

The photographs are reminiscent of the torture and humiliation suffered by Iraqis at the hands of American troops in the Abu Ghraib prison, which came to light in the spring of 2004. However, there were dozens of those pictures and they clearly showed the victims’ faces, making their pain all the more apparent. That case reverberated across the Muslim world in ways that this case has yet to do, in part because of the absence of photographs. The release of these images threatens to change that.

Read more about these atrocities in the New York Times here.

Update:

Rolling Stone has just released a special report on the U.S. Army’s self-proclaimed “kill team,” whose members are currently on trial for murdering Afghan civilians. The report includes new photographs and videos from the cache that was partially leaked to Der Spiegel last week.

“Kill Team” Soldiers Tell of Civilian Murders and Cover-Ups

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Blinky: A Twisted Full-Evil Bloody Robot

Blinky: A Twisted Full-Evil Bloody Robot

Blinky is a wickedly evil 3D animated short horror film by the Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson. The short is shot exceptionally well, and the story is as bloody creepy as it gets. The film tells the story of an angst-ridden young boy, who is trapped in a well-to-do, yet toxic home environment where his parents constantly fight. For Christmas he requests and gets, Blinky, the latest robot friend/home helper. But will Blinky turn out to be the true friend the boy desperately wants and needs? Well, sadly, very probably not….

Blinky: A Twisted Full-Evil Bloody Robot

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Photos of the Day: The Taxi Lights of Tokyo

Photos of the Day: The Taxi Lights of Tokyo

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

The Taxi Lights of Tokyo is a wonderful collection of color photographs by New York City street photographer Joseph O. Holmes. It’s an incredible series of images, which captures the spirit of a city that glitters and shines much like Times Square. The photographs reflect a nighttime urban mood that seems always the same, with scenes that are enhanced by the colorful out-of-focus background of other lighted signs.

In light of the devastation unleashed by the recent massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, readers might wish to consider making a donation to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund, or to Doctors Without Borders.

Tokyo Taxis: The Colorful Taxis of the City

Taxi Stand: Taxi Lights in Tokyo

Japan: The Devastation of the Massive Earthquake and Tsunami

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Pictures by Women: A Celebration of Great Women Photographers

Ilse Bing, Self-Portrait in Mirrors , 1931

Helen Levitt, Trick-or-Treaters, 1939

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #92, 1981

Nan Goldin, Nan One Month After Being Battered, 1984

Nan Goldin, Nan and Brian in Bed, 1983

Katy Grannan, Nicole in Crissy Field Parking Lot, 2006

Elinor Carucci, My Children, @2003

Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography

Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography is an exhibition of photographs currently on view at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition presents a selection of outstanding photographs by women artists, charting the medium’s history from the dawn of the modern period to the present time. For much of photography’s 170-year history, women have expanded its roles by experimenting with every aspect of the medium. Including over two hundred works, this exhibition features celebrated masterworks and new acquisitions by such figures as Diane Arbus, Berenice Abbott, Claude Cahun, Imogen Cunningham, Rineke Dijkstra, Florence Henri, Roni Horn, Nan Goldin, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Lucia Moholy, Tina Modotti, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems, among many others.

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Japan: The Devastation of the Massive Earthquake and Tsunami

Japan: The Devastation of the Massive Earthquake and Tsunami

A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan triggered a tsunami that damaged much of the country’s coastline. The quake set off a huge oil-refinery fire north of Tokyo, where high-rise buildings designed to withstand major earthquakes swayed for several minutes. More than 30 aftershocks were reported, the largest measuring 7.1.

The tsunami waves that followed reached upwards of 30 feet high and devastated Japan’s northeastern shoreline. Waves pushed over ships, carried smaller vessels inland, knocked buildings off their foundation, tossed cars about like toys, and reversed the direction of a river. The tsunami was so devastating because the quake happened near a deep trench in the sea floor that marks the boundary between two plates of the earth’s crust.

In addition, the quake resulted in a nuclear crisis unfolding at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, unlike any seen in history: multiple failures, fires and radiation leaks from at least four separate reactors. While damage from the earthquake and tsunami was instantly visible, the nuclear impact has taken days to unfold and could affect far larger swaths of Japan and neighboring countries.

What the sea so violently ripped away, it has now begun to return. On Monday, various reports from police officials and news agencies said that as many as 2,000 bodies had now washed ashore along the coastline, overwhelming the capacity of local officials. About 350,000 people have reportedly been left homeless and are staying in shelters, awaiting news of friends and relatives among the many thousands who remain unaccounted for. The national police said early Tuesday that more than 15,000 were missing, though just 2,475 deaths had been confirmed since the quake.

Japan: The Devastation of the Massive Earthquake and Tsunami

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I’ll Call You Back: And Just What Comes Next?

I’ll Call You Back: And Just What Comes Next?

I’ll Call You Back is a very funny new two-minute short film by the English filmmaker Mark Kuczewski. A young fellow is sitting at home trying to watch his favorite sports program on television, while his lady friend is sitting next to him and chattering away on the phone. Now there are times like this when nothing is more annoying than a woman talking endlessly on the phone. But if you dare to complain, just be very careful about what might come next!

I’ll Call You Back: And Just What Comes Next?

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Wofford Terriers Going to the NCAA Tournament: Let’s Go Dance!

Wofford Terriers Going to the NCAA Tournament: Let’s Go Dance!

The 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket was released on Sunday, and Wofford College was announced as the #14 seed, playing #3 seed Brigham Young University on Thursday in Denver, Colorado. This season Wofford won the Southern Conference Tournament, defeating the College of Charleston 77-67 to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.

The Terriers gathered to watch the selection show in Leonard Auditorium on campus on with an exuberant, capacity crowd on hand. On Monday evening, the team was honored by the city with a large pep rally in downtown Spartanburg (SC).

Wofford Opens NCAA Tournament Play Against Brigham Young University

Wofford Terriers Going to the NCAA Tournament: Let’s Go Dance!

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