The Photography Blog: ‘Control Order House’ by Edmund Clark – Photographing our response to terrorism
Recent events in Boston have served as a painful reminder of the threat posed by terrorism. In Control Order House, a book launched recently by Edmund Clark, we look at how a state (in this case the British Government) responds to this threat; the legislation passed and, above all, the effect it has on those that are subjected to it.
After the first episode, there were complaints in some quarters that not a lot had actually happened and that the writers were dragging things out a bit. While this is not a view I really agree with, it is also certainly not a criticism that can be levelled at the second episode ‘Beirut is Back’.
A while ago, I was having a conversation with friends; the Holocaust came up and we began to tentatively discuss it. After a few minutes, one friend, who had been keeping very quiet, looked up and said, slightly confused: “What even is the Holocaust?”
Cold, clinical and sane: The only thing Anders Breivik’s terrorist attack must change is far-right racism
Anders Breivik is a far-right terrorist, not a madman. It is a difficult verdict for some to process: here is a man who methodically shot dead dozens of idealistic teenagers, either as they ran hyperventilating or stood paralysed with terror.
In the last week of July, the 2012 Olympics begin in London. It was in that month seven years ago that four deadly bombs ripped through the heart of London’s transport system, an intensely utilised transport system which will be stretched to the max during the London Olympic fortnight.
Anyone who has ever had dealings with a marketing or PR department will probably have experienced at the time feelings similar to when they first encountered a foreign language. “Our new line of streamlined products will enhance our client-focused approach”, was how it was put to me a few days ago by a particularly polished “blue skies thinking” sort of person.
A year after the US attack that saw Osama bin Laden killed, efforts to crush the remnants of al-Qa’ida are at a pivotal stage.
India’s Naxalite rebels need to be tackled with mainstream political activity, not just development projects and repression by security forces. This new approach for handling the country’s most serious internal security problem is being pushed by Jairam Ramesh, the minister for rural development. It is also being tacitly accepted by the state government of Orissa [...]
This year has seen the killing of three wanted men, all active in politics in their own peculiar ways: Osama bin Laden of al-Qaeda, Anwar al-Awlaki, the Islamist internet preacher based in Yemen, and Muammar Gaddafi, the ousted ‘Brother Leader’ of Libya. The circumstances of these killings were different, but they have generated both an exuberant sense of justice done and, at the same time, serious concerns about the legality and ethics of such acts.
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