the execution of Cultural Revolution counterrevolutionaries, Harbin, China, 5 April 1968. these photos are from Li Zhensheng’s wonderful, terrifying new book on the Cultural Revolution, Red-Color News Soldier — part memoir, part history, part photography exhibition — as seen on the NYT’s Lens.
the matter-of-fact angles are what make these photos for me. with subject matter like this, one doesn’t need to manufacture pathos through photographic cunning. no fancy close-ups, no dramatic wide-angles. just point, and shoot.
Historian William Blum recently documented that, since 1945, the US has attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, has grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries and has dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 others.-
Passage to Ecuador: Chomsky, Assange, sham justice, sham democracies. (via London Progressive Journal)
Iraq has been torn to pieces by sectarianism since the US invasion and occupation, Libya is in turmoil in the aftermath of NATO intervention, Pakistan is being destabilised and a proxy war is being stoked by the US and its allies in Syria.
Filed under: Not surprised.(via mehreenkasana)