Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Reason Why I Chase The World

I was around 8 or 9 years old that time when I first got hold of a RD copy. Unknowingly, the images of Mao Zedong and his 'principles' in effect changed my outlook in life. I had no idea then that an image or two can stir something in you.

Such is an example of what I saw then, but it was worse than this. They were shots unearthed after several decades of being hidden in the photographer's floorboard, I think. People wearing dune hats, ridiculed in crowds. Burning establishments. Painted faces labeled with shame. All for the cause of one insecure man. It was no holocaust, but the same horror is present in the black and white stills.

Browsing the web, I came upon pictures from Time magazine's website. Here are stills from the world I live in today. And someday, you will see it from my point of view as well. =D

Police standing guard are silhouetted behind a Communist party flag during a Maoist protest in front of the main secretariat Singha Durbar in Kathmandu, Nepal.

An Arabic translator blacks out selected images and news articles from a newspaper before detainees are permitted to read them inside the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A Muslim pilgrim prays near where the Hiraa cave is located, at the top of Noor Mountain on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. According to tradition, Islam's Prophet Mohammed received his first message to preach Islam while he was praying in the cave.

a policeman patrols the slum district of Petare in Caracas, Venezuela.

A Hamadryas baboon watches visitors in Slovakia's Bratislava Zoo.

A United Nations flack jacket and helmets lay on the floor inside a destroyed UN guest house in Kabul, after a attack by militants that killed five staff members and wounded nine.

A US Marine's personal effects sit on a bench at a base in Farah Province, southern Afghanistan.

The shadows of Palestinian children playing with balloons appear on a wall in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Taiwanese pianist Chen Kuan-yu performs in the middle of a rice paddy in Chishang, Taiwan.
(Photos and captions: Time)

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