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There are many forms of protest, many ways to express an objection to particular events, situations, policies, and even people.  Protests can also take many forms - from individual statements to mass demonstrations - both peaceful and violent. In the last 30 days, there have been numerous protests across the globe in many countries.  The following post is a collection of only some of those protests, but the images convey a gamut of emotions as citizens stand up for their political, economic, religious and lifestyle rights.  -- Paula Nelson (51 photos total)
As protesters sleep in Zuccotti Park, N.Y. police officers receive instructions. A group of activists calling themselves Occupy Wall Street targeted the Financial District for more than a week of demonstrations in late September. The group said they sought to bring attention to corporate malfeasance, social inequality, and the yawning gap in income between America's rich and poor. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Located between the Dniester River and the eastern border of Ukraine, Transnistria is an unrecognized state of approximately a half million people. Though it asserts itself as a sovereign nation, it is claimed by Moldova and has no diplomatic relations with any United Nations member state.

Visiting the small zone in January of 2011, photographer Kosuke Okahara wanted to see what “it feels like to live in a country that doesn’t exist, if the people are still very attached to the place where they live.” The winner of a 2010 W. Eugene Smith fellowship, Okahara has worked in places as diverse as Colombia, Egypt, Sudan and his native Japan (where he is currently based).

In Transnistria, he found a place caught between past and present. These photographs were taken in the village of Lenina, a farming community that is losing much of its population, as young people depart to seek work in Russia or the Ukraine. Most of the residents, he found, were children left behind by their parents and older people. “As I stayed in the village, I wondered if it was possible for the people to keep their identity, as either Transnistrian or Russian or Ukrainian,” the photographer said in an e-mail to TIME. “Or do they need to adapt to the new world they are resisting?”

Okahara is currently working on a long term project on drugs in Colombia. More of his work can be seen on his website.

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Chloe Borkett

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The frozen conflict zone and ex-Soviet enclave of Trans-Dniester, is a narrow slither of land located along the Eastern Moldovan border – a disputed sovereignty, which for 20 years has been de facto governed but also unrecognized by the UN. This came about in the Soviet Union’s dying days as alarm grew in the Dniester region over growing Moldovan nationalism and the possible reunification of Moldova with Romania. A 1989 law, which made Moldovan an official language added to the tension, and Trans-Dniester proclaimed its secession in September 1990.

So what does it mean to grow up in a country that doesn’t exist? So called independence, was seen by many as a triumph that should have secured a better future, but the PMR government has only made time stand still in this little known region, where its people are subjected to living a poverty stricken, isolated and somewhat entrapped existence. Preserving a deeply Soviet hyper-reality, Lenin continues to stand proud on every town square. Political allegiance to Russia is safely guarded seemingly at a cost to its people as the day-to-day reality of maintaining such cultural and political heritage becomes the complete opposite of preservation. Compared to the west we are spoiled by choice, so what western teenager could imagine living in a landscape absent of entertainment, modern facilities or endless consumer possibilities? Where parental presence is limited, and travel or escape is economically and politically restricted.

To date there has only been a modest response made of the territory. Carrying out an on-going exploration pieces together fragments of history and politics to create a contemporary portrait of the new generation to become a fresh contribution to an under-documented region. Interior spaces and landscapes echo psychological states and social concerns, whilst a non-linear narrative leaves individual stories open to interpretation.

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Chloe Borkett was born in southeast London and has been based in a number of cities around the UK and overseas. After graduating from LCC, she embarked on a 5-year career in the music industry, specializing in online marketing. In early 2003, Chloe retrained as a teacher and moved to Thailand for a period of 3 years.

During her time in Thailand, Chloe had the opportunity to work on various charitable projects. It was here where Chloe began to take photography seriously, cementing her decision to return to the UK to study concerned photography where she is soon to graduate with a degree in documentary photography from the renowned course at Newport School of Art.

With the reoccurring theme of isolation present within all Chloe’s work, subject interests have centered on social issues concerning minority groups and the young, as well as the exploration of underground or alternative cultures.

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While searching for this video of the Buranovo Babushkas performing on Eurovision, my pal Marina Gorbis stumbled across this far superior group of babushkas happily singing, swearing, and drinking vodka.

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Their homelands are torn by war, economic distress, political strife, or environmental collapse. They choose to leave, or have no choice. They're called migrants, refugees, or internally displaced people. The labels are inadequate as often circumstances could allow all three descriptions, or some combination of them. Once in their new countries, they face difficult transitions, discrimination, or outright hostility. Host countries are burdened with the economic and political repercussions of the arrivals, while home nations are sometimes saddled with a "brain drain" of their most important human resources. Immigration is a hot-button issue in the American presidential race, and a wave of new arrivals from Libya to Italy has left the European Union struggling with decisions over the Schengen policy of borderless travel between member nations. Gathered here are images of some of the estimated 214 million people worldwide in the process of redefining what "home" means to them. -- Lane Turner (47 photos total)
Rescuers help people in the sea after a boat carrying some 250 migrants crashed into rocks as they tried to enter the port of Pantelleria, an island off the southern coast of Italy, on April 13. Italy is struggling to cope with a mass influx of immigrants from north Africa, many of whom risk their lives by sailing across the often stormy Meditteranean in makeshift vessels. (Francesco Malavolta/AFP/Getty Images)

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Gonna make a big post today… I have one of my very good friends coming over from Helsinki for a couple of days, which will result in a little blog hiatus, I’d imagine… Hopefully these updates will keep you entertained for the rest for the week…By the way, I just realised PJ Links is one of the 33 blogs/websites Joerg Colberg over at Conscientious considers as his “personal must-reads”… cool no? I think so…Anyways… now to the real business..

Saw this yesterday during my late night virtual photo tours…Great series..

Features and Essays - Ian Teh: Merging Boundaries (Panos Pictures: December 2010) Sino-Russian-North Korean border

Features and Essays - Rena Effendi: Turkey: Istanbul Becomes Magnet for Transgender Migration (Eurasianet.org: November 2010)

I learned about a new photographer the other night…Mae Ryan got in touch to tell she has work up on TIME website… and very good work it is…

Features and Essays - Mae Ryan: Nearing Death,Nuns Contemplate the Other Side (TIME: November 2010)

Photographers - Mae Ryan : website : blog : twitter

Lynsey Addario’s work form Egypt published in TIME recently, now on her agency’s website…

Features and Essays –  Lynsey Addario: Muslim Brotherhood (VII Network: December 2010) Egypt

Features and Essays - Lynsey Addario: India’s Cities Fail to Keep Up With New Arrivals (NYT: November 2010)

Features and Essays – Ron Haviv: Cholera Epidemic in Haiti (VII: November 2010)

Related on BagNewsNotes…

Articles - Spencer Platt: Journey Through Cholera (BNN: November 2010)

Deutsche Börse photography prize shortlist is out….Bound to be controversial as always….

Articles - Guardian: Deutsche Börse photography prize 2011: the shortlist  slideshow (Guardian: December 2010)

AwardsShortlist released for Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2011 (BJP: December 2010)

Articles - Guardian: Do the Deutsche Börse prize jury really get photography? (Guardian: December 2010) All four shortlisted photographers are said to ‘interrogate the photographic medium’. Is this a prize just for conceptualists?

My friend Anastasia Taylor- Lind (website / blogtwitter) is giving a talk for Photo Voice at South Place Ethical Society, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL tonight. If you are town and willing to confront the elements, do go, should be treat. I was really hoping to make it to the talk myself…

Just saw this tweeted when I putting together the updates…

InterviewsWilliam Albert Allard (NYT: December 2010)

Watched all twelve Joop Swart Masterclass 2010 interviews last night…Worth watching..

Interviews and TalksJoop Swart Masterclass 2010 interviews (World Press Photo: December 2010) 3-6 minutes each

One of the Joop Swart Masterclass participants’ new work….

Features and Essays –  Dominic Nahr: Keeping Africa’s Deserts at Bay (TIME: December 2010)

Features and Essays - TerraProject: Italian Coastline (burn: December 2010)

Features and Essays - Andrea Diefenbach: Children Heading Households in Moldova (NYT Lens: November 2010)

PhotographersAndrea Diefenbach

Features and Essays – Julio Mitchel: Precarious Survival on the Lower East Side (NYT Lens: November 2010)

PhotographersJulio Mitchel

Interviews - Stephen Shore (BJP: November 2010)

InterviewsBrenda Ann Kenneally (Visura: 2010)

InterviewsKuni Takahashi (Chicago Tribune: November 2010) ”10 Questions with Kuni Takahashi”, a Mumbai-based photojournalist, former Trib photog shares experience freelancing

Interviews - Donald Weber (e-Photoreview: November 2010)

Saw this last night…

TV – BBC: The Weird Adventures of Eadweard Muybridge (BBC iPlayer: December 2010)

Watched this the other night… You should watch it too..Takes only 15 minutes of your precious time…It gets quite emotional at one point…

Interviews and TalksAaron Huey : America’s native prisoners of war (TED Talks: 2010) about 15 minutes

Interviews and TalksElinor Carucci (enemiesofgoodart.org: 2010)

Man who turned down HCB’s invitation to join Magnum…

Articles - Guardian – Photographer Raymond Cauchetier’s best shot (Guardian: December 2010)

Got an iPad?

Articles / Tutorials – Photoshelter: Using the iPad as a photography portfolio (Photoshelter: November 2010)

Collecting photography? Not me….

Articles - FT:  A strong market for photograph (FT: November 2010) some kinda related graph

Joao Silva…

Articles - BJP: Injured New York Times photographer recovering (BJP: November 2010)

Article – NYT Lens: ‘It’s the Photographer’ (NYT: November 2010) Joao Silva | “This slide show is taken from the memory card that was in Joao Silva’s camera on Oct. 23 when he stepped on an antipersonnel mine at Checkpoint 16, near the village of Deh-e-Kuchay, Afghanistan.”

Articles - NYT – A Footstep, Then an Explosion and an Urgent Call: ‘Medic!’ (NYT: November 2010) On Joao Silva

Features and Essays – Joao Silva: On Patrol in Kandahar (NYT: November 2010)

Interviews and TalksTwelve Photographers Speak – A Collection Of YouTube Videos (Pixsylated: 2010)

PhotographersMauro Corinti

On Monday I put up the link to a BJP news story about Venetia Dearden joining VII Network…and yesterday I was admiring her work on her website and noticed she has a tumblr…

TumblrVenetia Dearden

After browsing her website I ended up her commercial representatives’ website….I wonder if they still represent her commercial work now that she is on VII Network…Anyway… Santucci and Co. have some really good photographers, including Clare Shilland, who got the Elle commission as part of Photographic Portrait Prize this year for her portrait of Merle…

Agencies - Santucci and Co.

Twitter - Edmund Clark

Twitter - Elizabeth Avedon

Photographers - Elina Moriya

Twitter - Elina Moriya

PhotographersSergi Reboredo

Articles – John Leongard: The Role of the Picture Editor (Scott Kelby blog: 2010) John Leongard’s website

VideosIn Harm’s Way (dev.tv: November 2010) “In Harm’s Way?” – a 47 minute documentary produced by dev.tv travels to Afghanistan, Colombia and DRC to examine today’s humanitarian aid and whether it is becoming a casualty of the current political and economic context.

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