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Corbis News Pictures of the Year 2015

An image of mine from Chicago’s Black Friday protests on Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” and longest shopping street, following the release of a dashcam video of police shooting Laquan McDonald is included in the best news pictures of the year selected by my agency, Corbis Images. You can view the entire gallery on their website.

Best of 2015: Chicago, Poland, Serbia and Germany

This was a year of terrorist attacks, mass shootings a-plenty, mass exodus from the Middle East, North and East Africa and the AfPak region which does not include India but a small number from Bangladesh, rising xenophobic far right sentiment, and an uptick in hostility towards Muslims unprecedented since immediately after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The far right so far has been kept on the back burner, but the slow slide into what I liken to the Brezhnev years of the Cold War for the Global War on Terror (GWoT) years is upon us. The American presidential elections offer little reason or occasion for hope. The state of affairs in Syria, too, offers little occasion for hope. “Assad must go” has converted into the new “red line,” as US Secretary of State John Kerry concedes Assad can stay because the US has no one else to pluck out of an abyss of alternatives. The whole world has heard of the Islamic State and the international media relishes any opportunity to put the group’s name …

Open Society Foundations Voices Blog: After a Long Haul, Refugees Settle Into New Lives Far from Home

Voices | Q + A After a Long Haul, Refugees Settle Into New Lives Far from Home October 16, 2015 Antonia Zafieri American photographer Amanda Rivkin has been photographing refugees as they transit from Syria to Europe. Recently, she posted several of these photos to the Open Society Instagram feed. Here, she talks about her experience documenting the refugees’ stories, and what she’s observed of their attempts to settle into new lives far from their original homes. Why did you pursue this story? I pursued the story of the recent exodus to Europe from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere for no reason other than it was there. I lived in Turkey for two years and never covered refugees as an issue per se, although refugees were everywhere in Istanbul at the time. Some were also my friends. If there was a crack between two buildings, it was as if you could find three Syrian families living there. But I think there is so much of this biblical, dramatic imagery that we forget that Syria—emptying out …

On TIME Lightbox: See NATO’s Massive Training Exercises in Eastern Europe

TIME Photo June 19, 2015 Associated Press TIME Photo “The big buzz word was interoperability.” Thousands of NATO troops took part in a two-week exercise in Poland and the Baltic states, practicing sea landings, airlifts and assaults, the Associated Press reports. The series of massive maneuvers, each with its own code name, took place on NATO’s eastern flank and in the Baltic Sea, where 5,000 troops from 17 NATO and partner nations took part in the maritime BALTOPS exercises. This year, the naval maneuvers took place without Russia. Freelance photographer Amanda Rivkin was embedded with multi-national troops in Drawsko Pomorskie, a northwestern Polish town. “The big buzz word was interoperability,” she said, referring to NATO’s goal to show that its members can cooperate in the face of a potential crisis. “This is clearly being done as a show of force against Russia’s show of force in Crimea and in the Baltic,” she added. Polish and Baltic state leaders have made it clear that they want to host large numbers of U.S. and NATO forces as …

Turkvision Song Contest

Last month I went to Eskisehir, Turkey to photograph the Turkvision Song Contest and my agency, VII Photo, has posted the work to their site. The inaugural Turkvision Song Contest in Eskisehir, Turkey was a chance for the Turkish Republic to show off its pan-Turkic ties and build bridges across Ural-Altaic lands. Turkey withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012, citing grievances with the voting procedure. Turkish officials also complained loudly that a lesbian kiss in Finland’s performance was against Turkish values. In 2013, Turkvision was created for Turkic countries and republics from the Balkans, like Bosnia and Kosovo, to compete against Turkic populations in places as far away as the tiny, western Siberian republic of Shoria. Hemlines were longer and cleavage less plentiful than at the Eurovision Song Contest, but participants in Turkvision did not shy away from camp. Altai’s Artur Martlujokov crooned “My Altai” in a white tuxedo with pink stage lights illuminating him, Azerbaijan’s Farid Hasanov wore a one-armed, gloved leather jacket and Tuva’s Saylik Ommun gave a bonkers rock, pop, …

The Denver Post: Photos – Rod Blagojevich Gets 14 Years in Prison for Corruption

Images #32-#34 on The Denver Post website online photo gallery, “Rod Blagojevich Gets 14 Years in Prison for Corruption,” today feature my work covering Rod Blagojevich in 2008-2009: “CHICAGO—Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor whose three-year battle against criminal charges became a national spectacle, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday, December 7, 2011, one of the stiffest penalties imposed for corruption in a state with a history of crooked politics. Blagojevich’s 18 convictions included allegations of trying to leverage his power to appoint someone to President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat to raise campaign cash or land a high-paying job.”

Fortnight Journal: Slovensko

Slovensko October 29, 2010 “Careful shots of civil society reveal small truths to an intent spectator… documenting the debris of transition.” — AND FOR THE ESSAY: SLOVENSKO The election roster at the voting booth on election day in Turcianske Teplice, Slovakia on June 12, 2010. Young visitors to Bojnice castle play with guns they just purchased outside the castle in Bojnice, Slovakia on June 22, 2010. The V1 generating station at the Jaslovske Bohunice nuclear power plant in Jaslovske Bohunice, Slovakia on June 25, 2010. Teenagers sneak a cigarette by the outhouse at a celebration for International Children’s Day in Jablonov nad Turnou, Slovkia on June 5, 2010. Passengers on the number 71 trolley bus in Kosice, Slovakia on June 1, 2010. A man hangs a French flag outside the main ethnographic museum in Brezno, Slovakia on May 24, 2010 in preparation for a visiting French delegation. A fisherman under the bridge to the thermal spa island in Piestany, Slovakia on June 25, 2010.