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Cuban Invasion?

I have no idea as to the veracity of this "news" but there are continuing reports out of Miami that anti-Castro rebels may have landed in Cuba with the help of elements in the military. WarShooter contributor Gabriel is noting the rumor on his blog, Dos Epocas, adding that "several Miami-area radio stations that anti-government rebels aligned with the group Commandos F-4 have landed on the island of Cuba, near Villa Clara." Check his site for updates.

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2007 World Press Photo Contest Winners Announced: Spencer Platt wins World Press Photo of the Year

01Platt-1© Spencer Platt, USA, Getty ImagesWorld Press Photo of the Year 2006

 

The photo by Getty shooter Spencer Platt "shows a group of young Lebanese driving through a South Beirut neighborhood devastated by Israeli bombings. The picture was taken on 15 August 2006, the first day of the ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah when thousands of Lebanese started returning to their homes." World Press Photo jury chair Michele McNally describes the winning image: "It's a picture you can keep looking at. It has the complexity and contradiction of real life, amidst chaos. This photograph makes you look beyond the obvious."

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Some Books about Sudan, about genocide and a selection of other work by Gary Knight

Given the amount of discussion about Sudan generated by Knight's series, I've decided to list a few books for those interested in learning more. (Click on the covers to see the books' details.)

Books about the conflict in Sudan:

Two excellent books dealing with genocide:
 

Books by Gary Knight and with other VII photographers:
 

Other photography books that deal with genocide:
 

Documentaries/film:

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Marcus Bleasdale: Congo the Forgotten War podcast

This has just been received from Marcus Bleasdale, winner of the 2006 World Press Daily Life award and the Overseas Press Club's Olivier Rebbot Award. I might add that Marcus should be commended for his speech at the OCP dinner. There was a weirdly giddy atmosphere full of jokes and backslaps, and Marcus's words, well, the kind might say they focused, and I would say forced, those attending to put down their drinks and listen to what is happening in the darkest corners of the world. From Marcus's email: "During this past year I have spent much of my time covering the historic events in the Democratic Republic of Congo and if you wish, you can view a collection of my work over the past years on www.marcusbleasdale.com/podcast you can also watch it on the website or subscribe and watch it on your video ipod if you are lucky enough to have one." This is a direct link to his podcast. I am also posting this link to Marcus's book, One Hundred Years of Darkness, which covers the same region.

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Poll

Which Photo Agency Is Hardest To Deal With? (Please use the comment section to address some of the issues you see.)
Getty
29%
Corbis
7%
Sipa
5%
Blackstar
4%
WireImage
6%
Panos
1%
Agency VU
2%
Lookat Photos
4%
VII
6%
Magnum
11%
Aurora
1%
Gamma
5%
WPN
5%
Zuma Press
8%
Polaris
5%
Total votes: 690
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