idlethink:

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.

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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.

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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)
frenchhistory:




Bataille de Diên Biên Phu, 13 - 17 mars 1954.
Description : Lors de la bataille de Diên Biên Phu, deux soldats regagnent un abri lors d’un bombardement.
Date : Mars 1954
Lieu : Indochine / Tonkin / Diên Biên Phu
Photographe : Camus Daniel / Péraud Jean
Origine : SCA - ECPAD
Référence : NVN-54-40-R57


@credits

The Battle of Điện Biên Phủ was the confrontation of the First Indochina War between the French Union’s French Far East Expeditionary Corps and Viet Minh communist-nationalist revolutionaries. The battle occurred between March and May 1954 and culminated on the 7th of May in a comprehensive French defeat that influenced negotiations over the future of Indochina at Geneva.

frenchhistory:

Bataille de Diên Biên Phu, 13 - 17 mars 1954.
Description : Lors de la bataille de Diên Biên Phu, deux soldats regagnent un abri lors d’un bombardement.
Date : Mars 1954
Lieu : Indochine / Tonkin / Diên Biên Phu
Photographe : Camus Daniel / Péraud Jean
Origine : SCA - ECPAD
Référence : NVN-54-40-R57

@credits

The Battle of Điện Biên Phủ was the confrontation of the First Indochina War between the French Union’s French Far East Expeditionary Corps and Viet Minh communist-nationalist revolutionaries. The battle occurred between March and May 1954 and culminated on the 7th of May in a comprehensive French defeat that influenced negotiations over the future of Indochina at Geneva.

frenchhistory:


La conférence de Trung Gia (Tonkin), le 4 juillet 1954.
Description : Pour la première fois dans la guerre d’Indochine, un gendarme français et un soldat de l’APVN (Armée Populaire du Viêtnam) côte à côte, lors de la conférence de Trung Gia (Tonkin).

For the first time a French gendarme and a Vietnamese soldier on the same side during the Trung Gia conference.
@credits

Negotiations between France and the Việt Minh started in Geneva in April 1954 at the Geneva Conference, during which time the French Union and the Việt Minh were fighting a battle at Dien Bien Phu. In France, Pierre Mendès-France, opponent of the war since 1950, had been invested as Prime Minister on June 17, 1954, on a promise to put an end to the war, reaching a ceasefire in four months.
The Geneva Conference on July 21, 1954, recognized the 17th parallel as a “provisional military demarcation line” temporarily dividing the country into two zones, Communist North Vietnam and pro-Western South Vietnam.
In parallel, the Trung Gia conference was set to discuss the application of the Geneval Conference decisions, principally about the exchange of prisonners.

frenchhistory:

La conférence de Trung Gia (Tonkin), le 4 juillet 1954.
Description : Pour la première fois dans la guerre d’Indochine, un gendarme français et un soldat de l’APVN (Armée Populaire du Viêtnam) côte à côte, lors de la conférence de Trung Gia (Tonkin).
For the first time a French gendarme and a Vietnamese soldier on the same side during the Trung Gia conference.

@credits

Negotiations between France and the Việt Minh started in Geneva in April 1954 at the Geneva Conference, during which time the French Union and the Việt Minh were fighting a battle at Dien Bien Phu. In France, Pierre Mendès-France, opponent of the war since 1950, had been invested as Prime Minister on June 17, 1954, on a promise to put an end to the war, reaching a ceasefire in four months.

The Geneva Conference on July 21, 1954, recognized the 17th parallel as a “provisional military demarcation line” temporarily dividing the country into two zones, Communist North Vietnam and pro-Western South Vietnam.

In parallel, the Trung Gia conference was set to discuss the application of the Geneval Conference decisions, principally about the exchange of prisonners.

imagesofwar:

First Lieutenant Baldomero Lopez during the amphibious landing at the Battle of Inchon in the Korean War. During the battle Lopez tried to throw a hand grenade towards an enemy bunker and was hit by a shot gun to shoulder, injured himself Lopez smothered the grenade against his own body to protect the other soldiers. Received Medelha of Honor and Purple Heart posthumously.

imagesofwar:

First Lieutenant Baldomero Lopez during the amphibious landing at the Battle of Inchon in the Korean War. During the battle Lopez tried to throw a hand grenade towards an enemy bunker and was hit by a shot gun to shoulder, injured himself Lopez smothered the grenade against his own body to protect the other soldiers. Received Medelha of Honor and Purple Heart posthumously.

unhistorical:

August 9, 1945: An atomic bomb is dropped on Nagasaki.

Three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, a second atomic bomb - “Fat Man” - was detonated over Nagasaki, the third detonation of such a weapon in history. After the bombing of Hiroshima, Harry Truman delivered another message of warning to Japan, saying:

If they do not now accept our terms, they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth.

Between the August 6 bombing and Japan’s surrender, approximately six million propaganda leaflets were dropped over dozens of Japanese towns. Nagasaki, like Hiroshima, was chosen for its military importance - it was a seaport and an industrial center, and it was also home to around 200,000 people. Of these, an estimated 39,000 were killed in the initial bomb blast, and thousands more died later from injuries and exposure to radiation. The temperature of the blast reached 3,900 °C. 

Other atomic bombs were prepared for further attacks, but Japan surrendered (via radio broadcast) on August 15, six days later. 

world-history-with-marissa:

First Battle of Guam (December 8, 1941)
The First Battle of Guam was a battle fought during the Pacific War of World War II between the United States and Japan. Guam had been an American territory since 1898. The Japanese invaded Guam and captured it. The Americans tried to fight back during the battle, but they were defeated. The Japanese occupied Guam until the Second Battle of Guam in 1944, when the Americans re-claimed it.

world-history-with-marissa:

First Battle of Guam (December 8, 1941)

The First Battle of Guam was a battle fought during the Pacific War of World War II between the United States and Japan. Guam had been an American territory since 1898. The Japanese invaded Guam and captured it. The Americans tried to fight back during the battle, but they were defeated. The Japanese occupied Guam until the Second Battle of Guam in 1944, when the Americans re-claimed it.

vietnamization:

Afghan women being trained as Military Police, Kabul Afghanistan 2010.

vietnamization:

Afghan women being trained as Military Police, Kabul Afghanistan 2010.

(via firebombing)

vietnamization:

Young Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan

vietnamization:

Young Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan

(via firebombing)

vietnamization:

Secretly-taken photo of a Bamiyan Buddha in Afghanistan

vietnamization:

Secretly-taken photo of a Bamiyan Buddha in Afghanistan

(via firebombing)