Essay Photo Srlc

This month's Photojournalism Links collection highlights 10 excellent photo essays from across the world spanning five continents, including Pete Muller's powerful work shot in the Ebola-ridden Sierra Leone. His two sets of photographs, featured below, were made on assignment for National Geographic, and are the first two in a four-part series examining the epidemic in West Africa. Muller's pictures document the battle fought by medical workers, body collectors, and burial teams to bring the crisis ravaging Freetown and the country, under control. The story and images from the city's King Tom cemetery are particularly harrowing; in just a few months, it has been expanded to three times its former size and the large number of fresh burial mounds make it look more like a construction site than a typical graveyard.

Pete Muller: How Ebola Found Fertile Ground in Sierra Leone's Chaotic Capital | How the Fight Against Ebola Tested a Culture’s Traditions (National Geographic News)

Uriel Sinai: In Africa, Mosquito Nets Are Putting Fish at Risk (The New York Times) These stunning photographs by Uriel Sinai from Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, show how mosquito nets meant for Malaria protection have ended up being widely used in fishing, since they are cheaper than actual fishing nets and can be even more effective, especially in shallow waters.

Andy Spyra: The enemy within: Boko Haram’s reign of terror across Northern Nigeria | The enemy within: A closer look at survivors of Boko Haram attacks across Northern Nigeria (The Washington Post In Sight) The German photographer has spent more than three years documenting the northern Nigeria. His pictures provide a rare view into communities under Boko Haram's terror.

Mosa'ab Elshamy: Exploring the Mawlids of Egypt (TIME LightBox) These excellent photographs capture spiritual celebrations within Egyptian Sufism.

Manu Brabo: In Ukraine, The Frozen Tears of Donetsk (Paris Match L'Instant) The Spanish photographer, known for his work in Syria, is now in Ukraine to document the upsurge in fighting. | See also Brabo's work on the MSNBC and Al Jazeera America websites

Lynn Johnson: Healing Soldiers (The National Geographic) Compelling portraits of U.S. soldiers treating their war traumas by participating in art therapy, where they create painted masks to express how they feel. The images painted on them symbolize themes such as death, physical pain, and patriotism.

George Steinmetz: Treading Water (The National Geographic) These pictures from Florida's southeastern coastline capture a region with a lot to lose as sea levels continue to rise.

Álvaro Laiz: Ninjas: Gold Rush In Mongolia (Wired Raw File) These photographs document the hard and dangerous work of amateur gold miners.

Mark Abramson: An Immigrant’s Dream for a Better Life (The New York Times Lens)Extraordinary, in-depth photo essay that follows the life of a young Mexican immigrant woman and her family in California.

Emanuele Satolli: In the Bag for North (TIME LightBox) Revealing still life images of Central American migrants' sparse belonging on their journey toward the United States.

I haven’t posted about the FEC’s 6-0 decision to not regulate because I was frankly a little stunned at the initial jubilation of many of the bloggers upon hearing this:

In a unanimous vote yesterday, the Federal Election Commission left unregulated almost all political activity on the Internet except for paid political advertisements. Campaigns buying such ads will have to use money raised under the limits of current federal campaign law.

Perhaps most important, the commission effectively granted media exemptions to bloggers and other activists using the Web to allow them to praise and criticize politicians, just as newspapers can, without fear of federal interference.

Wizbang! calls it “excellent news” and the Daily Brief says “we won“. At least Daily Pundit is somewhat skeptical with, “… on balance this seems like it should be good news, right?”

No, no, no, no! That particular government entity did not reject the idea of restricting what used to be Constitutionally protected free speech, it merely chose not to exercise their power of regulation . . . for now. The loathsome McCain/Feingold, passed by our elected servants and signed by our president, remains in place. This is a pyrrhic victory at best.


Brad Smith at RedState briefly touched on this with:

The biggest problem with the rules is simply the principle established – the Internet is now to be subject to regulation. The FEC can change the rules – extend them – when it wants.

But the always-pithy e-Claire goes directly to the heart of the matter:

“It’s a win, win, win,” [FEC] Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub said.

No, Ellen. A ‘Win-Win” would be all together wiping out this fantastically stupid and unconstitutional attack on the First Amendment rights of citizens. Now run along and fine someone for saying ‘boobie.’

Along a similar vein, I am offended by the compromise of principles that so-called conservatives are willing to make in trying to stop liberal 527s, as reported by Tim Chapman:

Yesterday’s conference call with bloggers made it crystal clear that Republicans in Congress are dead serious about applying McCain/Feingold regulations to 527 groups. Despite the fact that many of those Republicans opposed McCain/Feingold on the grounds that it was an infringement on citizens’ 1st Amendment freedoms, they now are willing to extend the law into new areas.

The Washington Post explains why:

Just last year, the RNC raised $105.4 million compared with $56.1 taken in by the DNC. In the competition for small donors, the RNC raised $55 million in gifts under $200, while the DNC raised $32.2 million in under-$200 contributions.

McCain/Feingold is an abomination. Any exploitation of it for political gain is pure evil. Those that seek to do so should be ashamed of themselves. More importantly, they should look past a midterm election and see what they are doing to our rights in the long run.

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