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Africa and its Despots!

February 11, 2011
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A week that has been both momentous and historic in Egypt is almost coming to an end with long serving President, Hosni Mubarak still at the helm and promising to transfer powers to his Vice President. As Birango blog returns we leave you with some disturbing scenes from Egypt in our Photosphere column.

In this photo, government supporters on camels and horses attack protesters with batons and rocks in the liberation square, Cairo on Wednesday, February 2. The violence followed a scene of jubilation the day before, when a quarter million people filled the square in a mostly peaceful rally, anticipating that their days of rallies had pushed President Mubarak, to the end of his reign.

Hmm! reforms, I do not think they are on the way. There is a disturbing trend about leaders in Africa and quick fire mass demonstrations are far from finding a democratic solution, as Tunisia can show. What is your take on this?


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A marriage of convenience!

March 17, 2009
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Journalism would never be the same without photography and since major media organisations around the world decided to give this element of journalism priority, great pictures have been doing the rounds. An image of a vulture waiting to devour a dying and hunger stricken child as she crawled to a UN food camp in 1994 in Sudan (above) by photographer Kevin Carter will forever linger in our memories. The photo won a Pulitzer prize but Carter later commited suicide. A question remains on how photographers are prepared to handle the trauma of debilitating scenes and images from conflict zones.