20 Beautiful Portraits of Women During the Later 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Pictorialism, an approach to photography that emphasizes beauty of subject matter, tonality, and composition rather than the documentation of reality.

The Pictorialist perspective was born in the late 1860s and held sway through the first decade of the 20th century. It approached the camera as a tool that, like the paintbrush and chisel, could be used to make an artistic statement. Thus photographs could have aesthetic value and be linked to the world of art expression.

Constant Puyo, 1903

Constant Puyo, Apparition, 1910

Constant Puyo, 1896

Constant Puyo, 1896

Constant Puyo, 1896

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5 facts about race in America | Pew Research Center

Even before a series of police shootings of blacks last year, most Americans gave police departments around the country relatively low marks in treating races equally. In a survey conducted shortly after the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., about one-third or less of Americans thought police departments nationwide did a good or excellent job of holding officers accountable for misconduct, using the appropriate amount of force and treating racial and ethnic groups equally.

Source: 5 facts about race in America | Pew Research Center

ّIn Solitude

Nadia's Jerusalem

In solitude… there is a search for home.
Inside that path , the only companion is that in-depth stations of childhood.
A space as deep in its emptiness as that distance in time,
between that residing child inside you
and the adult seeking for understanding the question of being .
A search inside loneliness and being alone …
A search that comprises the distance
and the emptiness between a desert and a sky.
In solitude is the key to ones soul .
An answer in solitude to the question of life….

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Estate Life: Working-Class Communities and Social Housing

The loss of council estates will likely increase homelessness and return working-class families to the pre-council estate era of cramped and squalid privately rented accommodation. My family was able to escape that world and found security, community, and friendship on the council estate. That this won’t be afforded to future generations is heartbreaking. The end of council estates and their diverse communities will be a huge loss for the country. I hope many people will speak up in opposition and defeat this bill.

Working-Class Perspectives

Recently, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced that his government plans to demolish problem council estates due to their concentration of social problems and related crime. The scheme will include rebuilding projects, and current tenants will hold on to their homes (albeit in a redevelopment).  Cameron’s current Tory government do not have a good track record on the provision of public housing, and it is difficult not to be cynical about this announcement. But there are other reasons to be concerned, including the language Cameron has used to describe estates: – ‘sink’ estates, full of ‘anti-social behaviour’, and havens for gangs and other criminal behaviour. I see a different side to council estate life – one that includes rich diversity, community, and strong local connections.

Council estates are social housing projects and part of the fabric of life in Britain. Council estates, whether low-density houses built on urban…

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 2 ( Jan 11- 17)


Top Headlines

  • Egypt extends state of emergency in North Sinai until April. Tuesday
  • Egypt’s Cabinet has approved a draft law criminalizing the use of “terrorist” symbols. Wednesday
  • Egypt extends participation in Yemen conflict for up to one year. Thursday
  • As Jan 25 looms, more activists arrested today, police also raid news site Masr al-Arabiya. Friday
  • Admin court turns down denaturalization suit against Wael Ghoneim. Sunday


I participated in Januray 25

‘I participated in January revolution’ tops Twitter trends in Egypt. Via Ahram

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