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Pictures of last indigenous people by  Jimmy Nelson

“Whilst making pictures of the worlds last indigenous people, for many years I was only busy with the superficial aesthetic of their ritualistic customs and dress.

Perhaps a romantic and idealistic way to preserve their cultures past.
Although, maybe the real search was one of a more deeper personal questioning, curiosity and loneliness as to my own identity and that of human beings in general.

Now, having started on part 2 of my worldwide search for the iconic indigenous cultures and rituals of the world, it is for the fist time in my life of 48 years, (thanks to the Mundari in South Sudan) that I truly feel I am beginning to address this question.

The Mundari, forgotten and hidden for years behind a curtain of war and poverty.

Yet in their own accidental isolation they represent the antithesis of human harmony. A true equity of dignity, proportion, grace and pride.

All of which I had to privilege to live, share breath and ultimately photograph.

The real journey has begun…….

Keep watching to see the pictures and the 360 films we made, the foundation we are about to launch and find out about some of the answers I found.”

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Jimmy Nelson's photo.
Jimmy Nelson's photo.

Jimmy Nelson. April 28 at 6:25pm ·

One last pose, one last breath, one last sunset as the dust settles over the ‪#‎Mundari‬ of ‪#‎SouthSudan‬.

The eyes, the touch and the laughter seal the day. ‪#‎Mundari‬ ‪#‎Southsudan‬

Jimmy Nelson's photo.

Nearly 200 images released by US military depict Bush-era detainee abuse

Note: this is a re-edit of a post

Court ruling forces Pentagon to release photos after 12-year legal battle over abuse at military sites around Iraq and Afghanistan

Bruises, reddened marks and bandaged body parts featured in nearly 200 images of US detainee abuse that the Pentagon was forced to release on Friday, the result of a court battle that has lasted more than a decade.

While the American Civil Liberties Union, which has fought for the publication of the photos of Bush-era torture in Iraq and Afghanistan since October 2003,  hailed the belated disclosure

It pledged to keep fighting for approximately 1,800 more images the Pentagon continues to withhold, which it believes documents far more graphic detainee torture.

The photos are part of a cache relevant to investigations of detainee abuse at two dozen US military sites around Iraq and Afghanistan, and perhaps Guantanamo Bay.

Many showed detainees in states of undress having their bodies inspected, with rulers and coins held up for comparison and placement of injuries.

In November, Ashton Carter, the US defense secretary, cleared the way to release 198 of the images after a federal judge rejected longstanding government attempts to suppress the entire cache.

In allowing the release of the photos, Carter has reversed the decisions of two of his Pentagon predecessors and a bevy of senior military officers over the years.

Nevertheless, the ACLU called the release insufficient, selective and indicative of a cover-up of detainee abuse stretching across the Bush and Obama administrations.

“It’s most likely the case that these are the most innocuous of the photos, and if that’s true, it’s a shadow of meaningful transparency,” said Alex Abdo, an ACLU attorney who has worked on the photo litigation since 2005.

The photos appeared de-contextualized, without indication of what specific abuses investigators inspected, where detainees were held, or under what circumstances.

Several photos were grainy, showing sections of the body where detainees alleged US troops harmed them, without showing a person in full.

Several images displayed detainees’ legs, backs, feet and occasionally their heads, though the head photographs did not show visible contusions.

None of the photographs showed a detained man’s non obscured face.

A Pentagon statement accompanying the photos said that the investigations they supported had resulted in 14 substantiated allegations, from which “65 service members received some form of disciplinary action”, ranging from letters of reprimand to life imprisonment.

While a full accounting of what the photos show remains elusive, the ACLU believes that among the still-suppressed photos are imagery of a female soldier sexually abusing a detainee with a broomstick;.

An Iraqi civilian farmer executed by US troops while his hands were tied behind his back; and autopsy photos of an Afghan detainee known as Dilawar, whose death was the subject of Alex Gibney’s acclaimed 2007 documentary Taxi to the Dark Side.

Since the ACLU first sought the photos in the wake of the international outcry over US torture at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, a wall of US government resistance had long held firm.

Famously, in May 2009, Obama reversed his position on the photograph’s release in May 2009, and ordered the photos to remain hidden, contending they would “further inflame anti-American opinion” if released.

Later that year, Congress passed the Protected National Security Documents Act, to suppress any Bush-era photographs of detainees in military custody unless the defense secretary could vouch that their release would have minimal consequences for US troops.

Image depicts detainee’s foot injury. No further context was provided.
Image depicts detainee’s foot injury. No further context was provided. Photograph: Department of Defense

But the ACLU won a breakthrough in 2014 after a decade of litigation. A federal judge in New York, Alvin Hellerstein, rejected the government’s desired blanket ban on the photos in 2014 and required the Pentagon to individually certify images it considered harmful to national security and explain its reasoning.

After viewing some of the photographs privately, Hellerstein said in August 2014 that some of them were “relatively innocuous while others need more serious consideration”.

Hellerstein’s assessment contradicted two defense secretaries, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, as well as US marine generals James Mattis and John Allen, all of whom certified that the wholesale release of the detainee photo trove would “endanger citizens of the United States, members of the United States armed forces, or employees of the United States Government deployed outside the United States”.

A Pentagon statement said that senior military commanders were consulted before the release, and pledged the military to ensuring “the safe, lawful, and humane treatment of individuals in U.S. custody in the context of armed conflicts, consistent with the treaty obligations of the United States, including the Geneva Conventions”.

Image depicts what appears to be a detainee’s leg injury. No further context was provided.
Image depicts what appears to be a detainee’s leg injury. No further context was provided. Photograph: Department of Defense

Still, the ACLU vowed to continue its fight for the release of all the photographs. The next hearing in the group’s ongoing transparency lawsuit is due for 19 February, before Hellerstein.

The ACLU’s Abdo cited the case of Eric Garner, whose choking death by New York police was filmed and distributed on social media, as a testament to the unique power of imagery to galvanize change and drive calls for justice.

“We think the photos, when released, have the ability to do the same for accountability for the abuse of detainees, and I think the Pentagon knows it, too,” Abdo said.

Pictures that marked our modern history? 13 photos. You judge…

Do these photos remind you of a period in this century?

Parmi toutes les photographies prises à travers le monde pour illustrer des moments historiques, il en existe quelques unes qui resteront à jamais gravées dans les mémoires. C’est le cas de ces 13 clichés pris entre la fin du 20ème siècle et le début du 21ème qui illustrent des faits poignants de l’époque contemporaine.

Corentin Vilsalmon, 17 octobre 2013

1. Portrait de Che Gevara lors de l’enterrement des victimes de l’explosion de la Coubre

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Le Che, comme il était surnommé à cause d’un tic de langage, a été pris en portrait lors de l’enterrement des victimes de l’explosion de la Coubre, le 5 mars 1960. Il était alors âgé de 31 ans mais représentait déjà l’espoir de beaucoup de personnes et un symbole de rébellion.

Cette photographie, prise par Alterto Korda, est l’une des plus connues du monde moderne et l’Institute of Art du Maryland l’a surnommée « photographie la plus célèbre et l’icône graphique du monde du XXème siècle. » Elle est également considérée comme un symbole de rébellion et comme étant l’un des portraits les plus célèbres de tous les temps.

2. The agony of Omayra. L’abominable agonie d’Omayra

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Lors de l’éruption du volcan colombien le Nevado del Ruiz en 1985, la ville d’Armero a été complètement détruite.

Omayra Sánchez est restée coincée pendant trois jours dans les gravas de sa propre maison, dans la boue et l’eau insalubre. Les sauveteurs n’ont pu la sauver car l’opération d’amputation n’était pas possible, tandis que l’autre option, celle de pomper la boue autour d’elle, n’a pas eu lieu non plus à cause du manque d’équipement des secours.

Cette photographie, publiée plusieurs mois après la mort de la jeune fille, a été prise par Frank Fournier et a cristallisé de nombreuses plaintes à propos du gouvernement colombien, accusé d’indifférence envers les victimes de cette catastrophe. Selon les témoignages des gens qui l’entouraient pendant son agonie, Omayra est restée digne et forte jusqu’à ses derniers instants.

3. Des touristes regardent le cadavre d’un immigrant

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Prise par Javier Bauluz, seul photographe espagnol à avoir reçu le fameux prix Pulitzer, cette photographie montre deux touristes sur une plage espagnole qui regardent le corps d’un immigrant mort échoué sur le sable.

Objet d’une polémique, ce cliché dénonce l’hypocrisie des autorités et de certains Espagnols en ce qui concerne l’immigration illégale de personnes voulant se rendre en Europe et en Espagne.

4. Kim, la jeune vietnamienne fuyant le napalm

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L’une des plus célèbres photographies de guerre au monde, celle de Kim Phuc, une jeune vietnamienne fuyant les lieux d’un bombardement au napalm par l’armée américaine lors de la guerre du Vietnam. Cette photographie a été prise par Nick Ut le 8 juin 1972 et montre toute la douleur et la détresse des habitants d’un village, brûlés et fuyant le désastre.

La photographie a été prise au moment où les vêtements de Kim Phuc se sont consumés sous l’effet du napalm. La jeune fille a été hospitalisée pendant 14 mois, souffrant de graves brûlures et a dû subir un total de 17 greffes de peau. Aujourd’hui, Pham Thi Kim Phuc est mariée et mère de deux enfants. Elle préside la Fondation Kim Phuc et est ambassadrice à l’UNESCO.

5. L’exécution d’un rebelle Vietcong à Saïgon

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Saïgon est l’ancien nom de la ville vietnamienne Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville. Cette photographie a été prise par Eddie Adams, lauréat du prix Pulitzer, le 1er février 1968. Elle montre l’assassinat d’un rebelle Vietcong par le chef de la police de la ville. Le prisonnier a les mains attachées alors que le « colonel » est sur le point d’appuyer sur la détente. Eddy Adams dira ensuite : « Le colonel a tué le prisonnier, j’ai tué le colonel avec mon appareil photo. »

6. L’afghane aux yeux verts

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Cette photographie est signee Steve McCurry et date de juin 1984.

Sharbat Gula avait alors 12 ans et stationnait dans un camp de réfugiés afghans au Pakistan, lors de l’invasion de l’Union soviétique. Le cliché a été utilisé comme couverture du magazine National Geographic et est rapidement devenu l’une de ses couvertures les plus emblématiques.

Le nom de la jeune fille est resté inconnu pendant longtemps, jusqu’à ce qu’après 17 ans de recherches Steve McCurry retrouve sa trace dans la région. Elle est revenue en Afghanistan en 1992 et ne savait pas qu’elle était devenue une telle icône. Son identité a été confirmée à 99,9% par les experts du FBI.

7. Le baiser de Times Square

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« Dites adieu à la guerre » est une photo prise par Victor Jorgensen à la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le 14 août 1945, à Times Square. Elle représente un soldat américain embrassant une infirmière qui ne s’étaient jamais vus auparavant et qui montre la spontanéité et la joie de la population après la fin de cette guerre.

Nos écouteurs nous ont fait part d’un article qui explique que cette photographie devenue célèbre représenterait en réalité une agression sexuelle.

8. Le rebelle inconnu de Tian’anmen

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C’est le surnom donné à cet homme qui se tient debout face à une file de chars chinois, lors de l’insurrection de la place Tian’anmen en 1989.

Pris par Jeff Widener, ce cliché a ensuite été utilisé par le gouvernement chinois pour symboliser la compassion des soldats envers les habitants dans leur mission de protection des civils. En effet, malgré l’ordre d’avancer donné par ses supérieurs, le conducteur du premier char a refusé d’obéir.

9. L’homme qui tombe

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« L’homme qui tombe » est une photo prise lors des attentats du 11 septembre 2001. Signée Richard Drew, elle montre un homme sautant du haut d’une des deux tours jumelles du World Trade Center. Cet homme a certainement fait ce choix pour éviter l’asphyxie des fumées toxiques ou parce qu’il n’y avait peut-être pas d’autres issues possibles.

10. Le prêtre Luis Maria Padilla aidant un soldat blessé au Venezuela

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L’aumônier Luis Maria Padilla tient dans ses bras un soldat blessé au cours de l’insurrection de Puerto Cabello au Venezuela, en 1962 où le gouvernement a réprimé dans le sang cette rébellion. Dans les bras du prêtre, le soldat arrivait à peine à prononcer les mots « Aidez-moi mon père » et a finalement été touché par une deuxième balle, toujours dans les bras de Luis Maria Padilla.

11. Protestation contre des policiers venus évacuer des paysans de leurs champs

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Cette femme fait partie du mouvement des sans-terre, au Brésil. Dans ce cliché pris en 2009 par Luiz Vasconcelos, elle s’oppose aux forces de l’ordre venues évacuer les habitants de terres réquisitionnées par l’état brésilien et investies par 200 paysans en guise de protestation.

12. L’immolation du moine vietnamien Thich Quang Duc

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Célèbre photographie, prise par Malcom Browne, d’un moine vietnamien (un bonze) s’immolant par le feu dans les rues de Saïgon, le 11 juin 1963 en guise de protestation contre les répressions anti-bouddhistes perpétrées par l’armée selon l’ordre du président de confession chrétienne.

L’image a marqué par les témoignages des gens présents lors de la scène puisque Thich Quang Duc est resté immobile, sans crier ni parler pendant que le feu le brûlait entièrement. Incinéré, seul son cœur serait resté intact, ce qui lui a notamment valu le statut de saint et son cœur considéré comme une relique sacrée.

13. Un garçon soudanaise épiée par un vautour

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Ce cliché saisissant représente une fillette soudanaise aux portes de la mort : émaciée, épuisée et affamée, la petite fille git sur le sol tandis qu’un vautour attend patiemment sa mort pour se nourrir de son cadavre…

Le photographe et lauréat du prix Pulitzer, Kevin Carter, s’est suicidé quatre mois plus tard, rongé par la culpabilité. Ce qu’il y a de miraculeux dans cette histoire est que la petite fille photographiée a finalement survécu !

 

Pictures like you to stay, and others want you to leave Lebanon

If you look past the annoying traffic, corrupt bribery, weak economy, and prestigious celebrity wannabes, you’ll realize there’s more to Lebanon than meets the eye.  (How bribery facilitate life?)

Check out 7 pictures that will make you want to grab your passport, toothbrush and Samsonite, and make a break for it; and then seven more we hope will immediately change your mind.

After all, it’s a rotten country, but it’s what we call home. (Fatherland? Where you were born? Where you are not that welcomed overseas or feel normal again?)


This shot was taken merely seconds before a car bomb went off killing 16-year-old Mohammad al-Chaar, who was just passing time with his friends in downtown Beirut. (Image via Daily Mail Online)


Haret Hreik after the war in 2006. Israel erased a 10-block quarter in the last day of war, in pure spite. (Image via SOUAR)


Taken by Steve McCurry during the civil war, the Lebanese will always find a way to survive.


Here’s a (Parliament that extended its tenure for an entire term) full of empty-headed fools. (Image via Lebanese Examiner)


Hey, what if a lawmaker actually punched a female employee in the neck because she refused to help him first?” Deputy Nicholas Fattouch. This family is intending to build a cement factory in city of Zahle against the will of the people and sent its militia to harass and threaten TV coverage.  (Image via Daily Star)


Syrian refugees in Lebanon are forced to live in makeshift camps with little access to resources.  Over 1.5 million reside in Lebanon (40% of the population) with modicum aid from the international community. (Image via Ya Libnan)


Nearly a year ago, Sukleen (a Hariri waste collecting business that has been extending its term for ever) bins around Beirut were overflowing with garbage due to the inaccessibility of the landfill in Naame. If you look closely, you may even be able to see the natural color of the bins buried under all that garbage.

Yesterday, a cleaning worker found a decomposing prematurely born dead child in the garbage. (Image via Blog Baladi)


Drop that suitcase! In an attempt to help needy children this Christmas, Joue Club and Live Love Beirut teamed up to gives kids in Lebanon the Christmas they’ve always dreamed of. (Image via Instagram)


Legends diva Sabbou7a never die! (Image via Daily Star)


Last Independence Day we showed the world we are united.  ( A President for the Republic has not been elected after 5 month, a no official celebration was performed and the military cadet graduates cannot enjoy an official graduation ceremony) (Image via Naharnet)


There’s art on every corner, literally. The municipality  of Beirut has plans to demolish these stairs for a parking lot


The city never sleeps! Just another ordinary night at Sky Bar. (Image via Instagram)


The view from just about anywhere is absolutely breathtaking. (Image via Live Love Beirut)


Need I say more? (Image via Live Love Beirut)

(Yes you need to say far much more. No pictures proved the need to stay in Lebanon)

To Save a Child: An impure child? The Omo Valley in Ethiopia

Mingi is the ritualistic killing of infants and children who are mingi because they are considered impure or cursed.
A child can be mingi for many reasons, 
but once they are mingi they are left alone in the desert without food and water or drowned in a river.

The Omo River Valley is located in Southwest Ethiopia, Africa. It has been called “the last frontier” in Africa. 
There are 9 main tribes that occupy the Omo River Valley, with a population of approximately 225,000 tribal peoples. 
The majority of the people living in the Omo River Valley live without clean drinking water and without medical care.

Photographer Steve McCurry joined John Rowe in Ethiopia to photograph the work he is doing with Lale Labuko and his wife Gido in their work to end the practice of mingi (abandoned impure children) and to house
and shelter the mingi children who have already been rescued.

Steve McCurry had posted on October 2, 2012 ““.

I could just insert the link in anyone of my posts on Africa, or just simply copy/paste.

Since I love this post, I decided to work on it a little bit and make it mine…


I met John in Burma a few years ago. He is a photographer and
successful businessman 
who has founded companies which develop software
for digital media and the entertainment industry. 

He has also devoted a tremendous amount of time, energy, and
financial assistance to the work of Omo Child.

John Rowe and friends 

Lale was born into the Kara Tribe in the Omo River Valley.
He was one of the first of his tribe to receive a formal education.
That opportunity led him to realize the critical importance of ending the tribal ritual of Mingi.
Outlawing and stopping this devastating practice of Mingi is his life’s mission.

 

Lale Labuko, founder of OMO Child

 

Once safely in the care of the loving and nurturing care of nannies at the Omo Child shelter,
they are fed, clothed, sheltered and educated.

The hope is that the rescued children will be future leaders in their communities and
will help raise awareness to help advocate the ending of the tribal practice of mingi.

The Omo River Valley is located in Southwest Ethiopia, Africa. It has been called “the last frontier” in Africa. 


http://www.omochild.org

Lale and his wife Gido Labuko

Steve McCurry in the Omo Valley

Help John and Lale rescue and care for these children.
http://www.omochild.org

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Follow Steve McCurry’s WordPress.com blogIf you’re not sure where to start, consider these four posts first to sample the stunning work he produces:

A few of the “45 Most powerful pictures” in BuzzFeed for 2012

1. A boy in Nepal being evicted from his home

A boy in Nepal being evicted from his home

A boy cries as he holds his sister in his lap after a confrontation with squatters and police personnel in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Image by Stringer / Reuters

2. A couple discovering their family records survived Hurricane Sandy

A couple discovering their family records survived Hurricane Sandy

Rosemary McDermott and her husband opened a safe containing a family genealogy in the Breezy Point section of Queens.

They salvaged the safe from the basement of Rosemary’s mother’s home after Superstorm Sandy.

Image by Mark Lennihan / AP

3. Mars

Mars

Thanks to Curiosity, this is one of the clearest images of Mars ever taken.

Source: NASA

4. Felix Baumgartner’s 24-mile free-fall from space

Felix Baumgartner's 24-mile free-fall from space
Image by Red Bull Stratos/Jay Nemeth / AP

5. A man being pepper-sprayed directly in the face

A man being pepper-sprayed directly in the face

Israeli border police officers use pepper spray as they detain an injured Palestinian protester during clashes on Land Day in March.

Security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades to break up groups of Palestinian stone-throwers as annual Land Day rallies turned violent.

Image by Ammar Awad /LANDOV / Reuters
6. The man who set himself on fire for Tibet
The man who set himself on fire for Tibet

A Tibetan exile runs through a street during a protest against the upcoming visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Image by STRINGER / INDIA / Reuters

7. A Bolivian woman taking on a group of riot police

A Bolivian woman taking on a group of riot police

Thousands of people with crutches and in wheelchairs protested against the government of Bolivia in February. They were protesting what they believe to be an inadequate welfare system.

Image by David Mercado /LANDOV / Reuters

8. The Waldo Canyon fire

The Waldo Canyon fire

The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood near the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In June, Colorado endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days and low humidity, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state.

Image by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post / AP

9. Outside the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado

Outside the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado

Storm clouds gather above a memorial for the victims in the shooting across the street from the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in July.

Image by Ed Andrieski / AP

10. Anti-gay hate crimes in Ukraine

Anti-gay hate crimes in Ukraine

Unidentified people beat Svyatoslav Sheremet, head of Gay-Forum of Ukraine, in May.

Sheremet was attacked after meeting with members of the media to inform them that a scheduled gay parade was canceled due to threats of violence from neo-Nazis and other hate groups.

The attackers ran off when they realized members of the media were documenting the attack.

Image by Anatolii Stepanov / Reuters

11. People who lost family members during the uprising in Egypt react to Hosni Mubarak’s prison sentence

People who lost family members during the uprising in Egypt react to Hosni Mubarak's prison sentence

Relatives of people who died during Egypt’s revolution react after a court sentenced President Hosni Mubarak to life in prison in June.

Image by Suhaib Salem / Reuters

12. Kicking riot police in Greece

Kicking riot police in Greece

A man in Greece kicks riot police back.

Image by ARIS MESSINIS / Getty Images

13. Family being forced to go back to Myanmar

Family being forced to go back to Myanmar

Mohammad Rafique, a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar, begs a Bangladeshi coast guard official not to send his family back to Myanmar.

Image by Saurabh Das / AP

14. Nik Wallenda tightroping over Niagara Falls

Nik Wallenda tightroping over Niagara Falls

Nik Wallenda tightroped over Niagara Falls on a 2-inch-wide wire. He’s the first person to ever cross directly over the falls from the U.S. into Canada.

Image by Frank Gunn / AP

15. The father saving his daughter’s life in Syria

The father saving his daughter's life in Syria

A Syrian man carries his wounded daughter outside a hospital in the northern city of Aleppo in September. Syrian troops shelled several districts in Aleppo and clashed with rebels.

Image by MARCO LONGARI / Getty Images

16. Manhattan without lights

Manhattan without lights

Before and after shots of Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy. Nearly 200,000 people lost power in downtown Manhattan for about a week.

Image by Edwardo Munoz / Reuters

17. A little Palestinian girl vs. an Israeli soldier

A little Palestinian girl vs. an Israeli soldier

A Palestinian girl tries to punch an Israeli soldier during a protest against the expansion of the nearby Jewish settlement of Halamish.

Image by Majdi Mohammed / AP

18. The Space Shuttle Enterprise flying above New York City

The Space Shuttle Enterprise flying above New York City
Image by Handout / Getty Images

19. The wedding held during a monsoon in Manila

The wedding held during a monsoon in Manila

Ramoncito Campo kisses his wife Hernelie Ruazol Campo on a flooded street during a southwest monsoon that battered Manila, Philippines, in August.

The newlywed couple pushed through with their scheduled wedding despite severe flooding that inundated wide areas of the capital and nine nearby provinces.

Image by Ramoncito Campo / Reuters

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