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Christianity is on the edge of extinction in its birthplace, the Middle East.
Escaping sectarian violence, kidnappings, religious fatwas, economic hardship and severe persecution, the oldest Christian communities in the world are leaving the region.
Nowadays there are more Iraqi, Turkish and Palestinian Christians living in the Diaspora in Europe, the US or South America than in their native countries, while the current events in Egypt and Syria indicate a similar fate for its Christian population.

With the current speed of this Christian Exodus continuing, out of 12 million Christians in the middle East only 6 million will be left in the year 2020. It’s a real probability that within one generation Christianity, as a live religion and culture, will have vanished from the Middle East. I want to document this vanishing people and culture and record a historic process with severe political, economic and cultural consequences for the Middle East.

Christians have always been part of the intellectual and economic elite of Middle Eastern societies and their migration leads to a brain-drain, sided with the withdrew of financial assets and, equally important, cultural and intellectual force. This lack of resources will only accelerate the problems Middle East as a whole is facing and fuel the vicious circle of poverty, ill-education and extremist violence in the Region.

Working on the project since early 2011, I have repeatedly been to Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, Israel, Gaza and Palestine. During this time I established a network of different NGOs, local churches and individuals that have helped me setting up contacts and logistics needed for this project.
To complete the project, thus to further depict the complexity of the phenomenon and to deepen its understanding, I will need to visit the Christian communities in the remaining countries of the Levant: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria.

 

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Andy Spyra, born 1984 in Germany, is a freelance photographer currently based in Germany. He worked one year as a staff photographer for the local newspaper in his hometown before he became a freelance photographer. He’s working on assignments and personal longtermprojects in the Balkans and more recently in the middle East.

His Projects include a documentation of the ongoing conflict in Kashmir as well a four year long visual engagement with the aftermath of the genocide in Bosnia. Since 2011 he’s been working on a longtermproject about the christian exodus from the Middle East.

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Ken Lyons

A tornado touches down near El Reno, Okla., Friday, May 31, 2013, causing damage to structures and injuring travelers on Interstate 40. Another series of deadly tornados swept across Oklahoma injuring hundreds and causing multiple fatalities including a team of storm chasers. Smoke rises from the International Red Cross building after a gun battle between [...]

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Recent developments in Syria's civil war show an escalation of involvement from outside countries and groups, with outcomes increasingly difficult to predict. As the fractured rebel groups continue their battles against forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, the European Union recently voted to end an arms embargo, opening the possibility of new weapons shipments to the rebels. The Shia militant group Hezbollah, from neighboring Lebanon, has sent fighters and support into Syria to aid Assad's troops. Russia plans to ship several modern anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria, to deter foreign interference. Israel, meanwhile, is prepared to use force to stop the delivery of such systems, which it views as a threat. Gathered here are recent images from the ongoing conflict, now more than two years old. [37 photos]

A Syrian boy holds an AK-47 assault rifle in the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 14, 2013. In northern Syria, the Kurdish population has largely observed a careful compromise with regime and rebel forces, fighting alongside neither, in return for security and semi-autonomy over majority Kurdish areas, but there have been reports of Kurdish fighters joining the battle with Syrian rebels in certain areas, including in Sheikh Maqsud. (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)     

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The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is under way, and entries will be accepted for another six weeks, until June 30, 2013. First prize winner will receive a 10-day Galapagos expedition for two. National Geographic was once more kind enough to allow me to share some of the early entries with you here, gathered from four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Photos and captions by the photographers. [42 photos]

A fennec fox walks against the wind in Morocco. The fennec, or desert fox, is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara Desert in North Africa. (© Francisco Mingorance/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)    

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WSJ Staff

In this week’s pictures, a soldier takes part in Victory Day commemorations in Moscow, a graduate dresses casually at a commencement ceremony President Obama attends in Ohio, a woman in a wedding dress gets muddy in England, and more.

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Joshua Kopstein

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The US government is waging electronic warfare on a vast scale — so large that it's causing a seismic shift in the unregulated grey markets where hackers and criminals buy and sell security exploits, Reuters reports.

Former White House cybersecurity advisors Howard Schmidt and Richard Clarke say this move to "offensive" cybersecurity has left US companies and average citizens vulnerable, because it relies on the government collecting and exploiting critical vulnerabilities that have not been revealed to software vendors or the public.

"If the US government knows of a vulnerability that can be exploited, under normal circumstances, its first obligation is to tell US users," Clarke told Reuters. "There is supposed to be some mechanism...

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Ultimate List of all the Best Art + Photo Tumblrs to Follow

I am starting to compile an extensive curated list of all the art and photography Tumblrs worth following. I would love your help to make this the ultimate list! Please leave a comment below with your suggestions and I will update this list with the quality suggestions.

This list will focus as much as possible on Tumblrs that survey works by different people and credit the creators of the images. Please do not submit Tumblrs that only focus on one person’s work (ie. your own personal portfolio) or mood boards without sources.

Please share this with friends, the more input we have the better this resource will be! Stoked for this! Let’s go!

 

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1000scientists.com

00008208082008208200200082.tumblr.com

aisforalchemy.tumblr.com

alesthetique.tumblr.com

andrewharlow.co

anoceaninthecity.tumblr.com

anti-anti-anti-art.tumblr.com

arpeggia.tumblr.com

art-documents.tumblr.com

art-history.tumblr.com

artandopinion.tumblr.com

artchipel.com

artpropelled.tumblr.com

artruby.com

asecretphoto.tumblr.com

atavus.tumblr.com

beautifulurself.tumblr.com

beyond9thave.tumblr.com

bigredandshiny.tumblr.com

blackcontemporaryart.tumblr.com

blog.conveyormagazine.org

blog.jpeoplemagazine.com

blog.sevenknotwind.com

blog.thisishell.co

blue-voids.tumblr.com

boburu.tumblr.com

book-rip.com

bookspreads.tumblr.com

booooooom.tumblr.com

boxforstanding.tumblr.com

bradypus.tumblr.com

bremser.tumblr.com

bryanschutmaat.tumblr.com

calypt.tumblr.com

cartwheelgalaxy.tumblr.com

cascade-collective.tumblr.com

cavetocanvas.com

chdd.tumblr.com

cities.tumblr.com

claudiosinatti.tumblr.com

contemporary-art-blog.com

contemporaryartdaily.tumblr.com

cosascool.tumblr.com

dailyartjournal.tumblr.com

darksilenceinsuburbia.tumblr.com

dayraven.tumblr.com

dear-ada.tumblr.com

deutschelufthansa.tumblr.com

devidsketchbook.com

different-folks.tumblr.com

disturber-magazine.tumblr.com

doubleflawless.tumblr.com

drawingdiary.tumblr.com

exhibition-ism.com

faithistorment.tumblr.com

farewell-kingdom.tumblr.com

featureshoot.tumblr.com

fecalface.tumblr.com

five-questions.tumblr.com

flyoverart.tumblr.com

fotografi.tumblr.com

foundinspirationmovingforward.tumblr.com

free-parking.tumblr.com

frntrs.tumblr.com

fullserving.tumblr.com

fusername.tumblr.com

fyeahwomenartists.com

galasai.com

gangbangbong.tumblr.com

gills.tumblr.com

goodworkthanks.tumblr.com

gradientchild.tumblr.com

grossgaians.tumblr.com

hifas.tumblr.com

hifructosemag.tumblr.com

highonyourmemories.tumblr.com

hydeordie.com

hyperallergic.tumblr.com

iamjapanese.tumblr.com

icarusglass.tumblr.com

iheartmyart.com

indefenseofart.com

inspiredbyme.tumblr.com

inthenewfrontier.tumblr.com

ipocrisia.tumblr.com

jennilee.tumblr.com

jennyannmorgan.tumblr.com

jesuisperdu.tumblr.com

juxtapozmag.tumblr.com

kinetics.tumblr.com

knowinng.tumblr.com

krypten.tumblr.com

kvntrn.tumblr.com

lacma.tumblr.com

laravissante.tumblr.com

leslieseuffert.tumblr.com

likeafieldmouse.com

limboyouth.com

lucfuller.tumblr.com

m75.tumblr.com

malaising.tumblr.com

mdme-x.tumblr.com

mmday.tumblr.com

moralnihilism.com

mounts.tumblr.com

mpdrolet.tumblr.com

murmansea.tumblr.com

museumoflatinamericanart.tumblr.com

museumuesum.tumblr.com

myampgoesto11.tumblr.com

mydarkenedeyes.tumblr.com

mydeadpony.tumblr.com

nattonelli.tumblr.com

nearlya.tumblr.com

newodor.tumblr.com

nothingwritten.com

oftheafternoon.com

oldhorse.tumblr.com

oneforeverywish.tumblr.com

onepainting.tumblr.com

oxane.tumblr.com

photographsonthebrain.com

pleasexcusethemess.tumblr.com

plotsummary.tumblr.com

postpatternism.tumblr.com

pulmonaire.tumblr.com

raakha.tumblr.com

razorshapes.tumblr.com

readingforms.com

rocketscience.tumblr.com

roomdark.tumblr.com

rustybreak.tumblr.com

ryandonato.com

sculpture-center.tumblr.com

self-romance.tumblr.com

sensitive.tumblr.com

septagonstudios.tumblr.com

sewerscape.tumblr.com

sfmoma.tumblr.com

shanellpapp.tumblr.com

shootinggallery.tumblr.com

showslow.tumblr.com

smalljoke.tumblr.com

somedisordered.tumblr.com

somethingsforyoutolookat.tumblr.com

somewhatreal.tumblr.com

sonicteeth.tumblr.com

spatula.tumblr.com

spraybeast.tumblr.com

starbucks-fauxhemian.tumblr.com

stream.fm-a.dk

supermaxpro.tumblr.com

supersonicelectronic.com

the-coven.tumblr.com

the-drawing-center.tumblr.com

thecreatorsproject.tumblr.com

theformdeform.tumblr.com

thegetty.tumblr.com

theglaze.tumblr.com

thejogging.tumblr.com

thephotographicimage.tumblr.com

thesearenicephotos.tumblr.com

thisisnthappiness.com

timelightbox.tumblr.com

toutpetitlaplanete.tumblr.com

turbofolk.tumblr.com

unknowneditors.tumblr.com

unseentactics.tumblr.com

upandcomingart.tumblr.com

v-e-l-l-u-m.tumblr.com

vespertinee.tumblr.com

victimize.tumblr.com

vinkelret.tumblr.com

visual-poetry.tumblr.com

visualhunt.tumblr.com

voodoovoodoo.tumblr.com

wandering-bears.tumblr.com

whitneymuseum.tumblr.com

wowgreat.tumblr.com

wuetendesglas.tumblr.com

www.artchipel.com

wwwalk.tumblr.com

xuanxue.tumblr.com

yourneighbour.tumblr.com

zeroing.tumblr.com

zzzzoom.tumblr.com

 

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