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The Irish Parliament Looks Set to Recognize Palestine as a State


The Irish government accepted a motion Tuesday calling for the symbolic recognition of Palestinian statehood “on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital, as established in U.N. resolutions.”

On Wednesday, members of the lower house of the Oireachtas, or Irish Parliament, will continue debating the nonbinding bill, which is being put forward by the opposition, Reuters reports. A government spokesman said it would not oppose the motion.

“Recognizing the independent state of Palestine would be a symbolically important expression of Ireland’s support for the people of Palestine’s right to self determination,” said member of Parliament Dominic Hannigan, according to the Irish Examiner.

The Irish upper house passed a similar resolution in October.

Spain, the U.K. and France, have also passed symbolic votes of recognition, however some European countries have gone a step further and officially recognize Palestine, with Sweden recently becoming the largest…

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I Unexpectedly Got a Week off Work, And it Was Everything I Never Knew I Needed

My work gave me three paid bereavement days following my grandpa’s death, which happened to land next to Thanksgiving and the day after (when our office is closed). I therefore got a full week off work.

We slept at Doug’s parents’ house in Indiana the whole week, which is an hour from where my relatives were gathered at my grandparents’ house in Ohio. We spent the first couple days (including the funeral) with my relatives. We spent the third day celebrating an early Thanksgiving with Doug’s parents. We ventured into Cincinnati the fourth day for a date at the museum. We split the last two days between relaxing at the house and visiting my family.

The entire week felt surreal for three reasons besides the obvious death/funeral factor.

1. It was unusual to see my parents/relatives and Doug’s parents multiple times in the same week.

This never happens to me—family…

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Photojournalism Daily: Dec. 10, 2014


Today’s daily Photojournalism Links collection highlights Kirsten Luce‘s work on vigilante justice in Guerrero, Mexico. The southern Mexican state has been in the news recently after the disappearance of 43 students, who were allegedly rounded up by police and killed by drug gangs. Guerrero is a poor region with the highest homicide rate in Mexico. In the worst areas, civilians have banded together to create self-defense groups called “autodefensas” to protect their communities from cartel related violence. One of the driving forces behind the autodefensas is the perceived lack of help from local, state and federal authorities. While not recent, Luce’s photographs from Ayutla de los Libres offer a compelling look at citizens taking the law into their own hands.

Kirsten Luce: Vigilante Justice in the Heart of Southern Mexico’s Drug War (The Washington Post In Sight)

Meridith Kohut: Vegetable Spawns Larceny and Luxury in Peru (The New York

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Summer storm and Charlotte is levitating

The Elusive Cougar

I seldom stop by the Cougar exhibit at the Oregon Zoo. They have two locally grown specimens on display but their environment is not friendly to photographers. You’ve got only two choices to capture a picture, through the vertical heavy wire bars or one small plexiglas window. The glare through the window makes capturing a decent photo almost impossible and the large wire protected front viewing area requires that you shoot “between” those wires with the cat in just the right spot. Add to that the problem of an ever moving target and I just don’t want to make the effort to get a snapshot. The same can be said of a number of exhibits. The zoo is more concerned over safety than providing an environment friendly to photographers. I understand it is a business and you can’t have the animals mauling the visitors.

Cougar 1

Cougar 02

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