The New York Observer has just hired a new photo editor. She’s a talented photographer in her own right, with a great eye and an extensive network of photographers who shoot in all styles. These are all important traits. But the skill that makes a really great photo editor is the ability to select a photo that both illustrates the accompanying story and elevates it.
For the politically minded, there is no shortage of righteous causes to adopt. Women throughout the world—especially in certain regions—are oppressed by societies governed by medieval practices and beliefs. Brutal dictators throughout the globe think nothing of killing and torturing anybody thought to harbor an independent thought. Here in the United States, some state and local governments have enacted or are considering horrifying laws targeting immigrants, pregnant women and gay people.
For some radical-chic types in Park Slope, however, the above practices and causes apparently are too pedestrian for their outrage. Instead, they have decided to channel their energy against Israel.
The Republican Party’s presidential candidates may not agree on everything, but they seem unanimous about one thing: if they were prime minister of Israel, they would not have swapped more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for the return of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who had been held captive by Hamas for five years before his return last week.
That’s curious, to say the least.
In demanding that Israel retreat to its pre-1967 borders as a starting point for negotiations with the Palestinians, President Obama confirmed what many have suspected for some time: he is not a friend of Israel.
No friend, no true ally, would ask another state to put its very existence in jeopardy. But that is precisely Read More
Anything related to the Israel-Palestine conflict is sure to be controversial. That’s what makes it so much fun.
And so it was with the graffiti-covered faux-bomb shelter/art installation erected in Washington Square Park on Monday afternoon.
At issue was a Sderot-style bunker of the sort used by Israelis when Palestinian militants lob missles over the Read More
Expectations could hardly be lower as the Israeli government and the Palestinians prepare for a new round of direct talks in Washington. The Obama administration says it would like to see a comprehensive peace plan put into place within a year. A lofty goal, to be sure. The Israelis and Palestinians sides may not Read More
In January, Christiane Amanpour was covering the inauguration in Washington D.C. for CNN International when she was struck with an idea for a long-form project. President Barack Obama had said in his inaugural address that he wanted a new way forward for the Islamic world, and that the United States could no longer Read More
Student activists are easy targets. They're young, smug and inflamed with the fervor of unassailable beliefs. So when dozens of students staged a three-day demonstration—they referred to it unironically as "The Occupation"—at the university's student center last week, not only did their actions rivet the media, but they prompted gleeful bloggers to reward them with Read More
Student activists are easy targets. They’re young, smug and inflamed with the fervor of unassailable beliefs. So when dozens of students staged a three-day demonstration-they referred to it unironically as “The Occupation”-at the university’s student center last week, not only did their actions rivet the media, but they prompted gleeful bloggers to reward them with Read More
Barack Obama is like any candidate for president in that he’s opted for the politically expedient at the expense of a higher principle – most notably when he thumbed his nose at the same public financing system that he’d long championed. Not surprisingly, his supporters shrugged that one off and echoed their candidate’s rationalizations. Better Read More