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Jason P Howe: "COLOMBIA: Between the Lines."

We're a little tardy in noting Jason P. Howe's new book, "COLOMBIA: Between the Lines." It is available in both a standard and a limited edition through Howe's Conflictpics site. Here is a write-up and a few of Howe's images from the book. WarShooter wishes Howe well.

Nervous policemen patrolling an oil rich border town, a wounded Government soldier lying next to his dead colleagues, a rebel couple kissing, displaced families building new homes and a self confessed killer reading her daughter a bedtime story; these are some of the characters that inhabit the shadowy and dangerous world in which photojournalist Jason P. Howe immersed himself over a period of 5 years to document the Colombia behind the headlines.

Sensational news stories and cold analysis insulate us from the reality of daily life for the thousands of Colombians that have taken up arms and the millions that have fled their homes to escape the violence. These stark images reduce the decades of conflict to the basic human struggle to survive. The difference between victim and victor, rebel and refugee, assassin and activist is often only a matter of perspective. The conflict constantly evolves as ideologies, politics, social injustice and most importantly greed continue to add fuel to a self perpetuating war that is resulting in one of the world’s worst and most under reported humanitarian disasters.

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Gary Fabiano: The Long Road Home

A short documentary about a U.S. soldier returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan who is suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

PALESTINIAN REFUGEES: PAWNS OF PEACE

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Palestinian diaspora has been on going for 60 years.  Most Palestinian who fled to Lebanon, Syria and Jordan dream of one day returning.  Palestine is their blood, soul and land.

The following photo series was produced by Kloie Picot.

 

Unconfirmed report of attack on ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza

POSTED FOR KLOIE PICOT:

Please read in full and please do whatever you can to at the very least inform yourself, your friends, your representatives of the situation in Gaza, without the Israeli propaganda machine working...please please! Israeli spokesmen are saying this could last weeks...AND where can the Gazans flee....no where! And now they are ramming boats trying to bring in medical supplies! If what you can offer is your prayers its a huge help...

Thanks for any of your consideration, any help is better than none....inform yourself please!

Also please take a look at aljazeera live stream...

http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/

Kloie

Israel is out of control. Israeli gunboats have RAMMED and attacked SS Dignity on its way to Gaza - 90 miles off Gaza and in international waters.

(Larnaca, Cyprus, 10:00 am) On Tuesday, December 30, at 5 a.m., several Israeli gunboats intercepted the Dignity as she was heading on a mission of mercy to Gaza. One gunboat rammed into the boat on the port bow side, heavily damaging her. The reports from passengers and journalists on board say that she is taking on water and appears to have engine problems. When attacked, the Dignity was clearly in international waters, 90 miles off the coast of Gaza.

The gunboats also fired their machine guns into the water in an attempt to stop the mercy ship from getting to Gaza.

As the boat limps toward Lebanon, passengers have been in contact with the Lebanese government, who say the captain has permission to dock and are willing to lend assistance if needed. Cyprus sea rescue has also been in touch, and offered assistance as well. The Dignity clearly flies the flag of Gibraltar, is piloted by an English captain and has a passenger manifest that includes Representative Cynthia McKinney

The Dignity clearly flies the flag of Gibraltar, is piloted by an English captain and has a passenger manifest that includes Representative Cynthia McKinney from the U.S. The Israeli Government Press Office director was faxed the passenger list and press release last night, after Dignity set sail. The attack was filmed by the journalists, and crew and passengers will report on Israel's crime at sea on arrival in Lebanon.

On board the boat are doctors traveling to this impoverished slice of the Mediterranean to provide badly-needed relief at the hospitals there. The crew and passengers were also hoping to take wounded out for treatment, since the hospitals are totally unable to cope. In addition, the Dignity was carrying 3 tons of medical supplies at the request of the doctors in Gaza.

The three physicians on board who were sailing to Gaza are: Dr. Halpin (UK), an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, medical professor, and ship's captain.

********************************************************** Yvonne Ridley

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