Saturday November 25, 2017

Photographer Moaz Bowman Captures Faces to show human spirit persevering against all odds in War-torn Syria

The photographers took the pictures from different regions of the country, which aims to reach behind the statistics, combat pictures, and global maneuvering to show the real Syria.

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After aerial bombardment by the Syrian government of rebel-held areas of Azaz in Aleppo governorate. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
  • A team of Syrian volunteer photographers part of the “The Humans Of Syria” project, showcased their work at an exhibition at the Capitol hill in the US
  • The photographs are arranged in two circles at the rotunda of the US Senate office building. The photographers also spoke at the opening of the exhibit via video message
  • Republican Senator, Bob Corker, spoke at the opening of the exhibit, saying that it was the greatest humanitarian disasters of modern time and we stood by and let this happen

Sept 09, 2016: His dark eyes glare at the camera as if it caught him doing something forbidden. The nine-year-old boy doesn’t attend school because of the civil war in the country, is shown holding a pen. The caption says he misses school but, “I carry a pen with me wherever I go and write on anything I can.”

The photograph of Moaz from Eastern Ghouta, Syria, is part of an exhibition in the rotunda of a U.S. Senate office building. It captures the human spirit persevering against all odds, despite living in the midst of a five-year-long conflict that has killed about 400,000 people.

A photograph from the Humans of Syria project, on display at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (M. Bowman/VOA)
A photograph from the Humans of Syria project, on display at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (M. Bowman/VOA)

“The Syrian people, if you talk to them, they feel like they’ve been left alone,” says Dr. Lina Murad of the Syrian American Medical Society. Murad left Syria years ago to escape the Assad government. She says the lack of international monetary assistance has meant a complete collapse of humanitarian support.

‘Nation of heroes’

A team of Syrian volunteers took the photos in different regions of the country to show what they call “a nation of heroes who are doing everything they can to live, to love and to dream.”

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The Humans of Syria project aims to reach behind the statistics, combat pictures, and global maneuvering to show the real Syria. The photographers spoke at the opening of the exhibit via video message.

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Their photographs are arranged in two circles below the high dome of the U.S. Capitol building, in a barren, yet stately space that echoes with footsteps from offices above. The faces look outward from the center of the area as if begging to speak and tell their stories. The captions do it for them.

Four toddlers stand outside ruins in Idlib province. The arched stone cave door leads to their home after their father was killed in the war and their mother left to remarry.

A photograph from the Humans of Syria project, on display at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (M. Bowman/VOA)
A photograph from the Humans of Syria project, on display at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (M. Bowman/VOA)

A 12-year-old from Aleppo attaches lug nuts onto a tire. He started working two years ago after his school was bombed.

“What we don’t understand here is that half the population of Syria is displaced, internally or externally,” said Murad, who is quick to add that government policies, not other humans, are failing her people.

‘Scar on our country’

Senator Bob Corker, a Republican who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee spoke at the opening of the exhibit.

“This will go down as one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of modern time and we stood by and let this happen,” he said.

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Corker has long criticized the Obama administration for not putting the U.S. military on the ground in Syria early in the conflict. “This is a scar on our country,” he said.

The groups represented support House Resolution 5732 — The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act — which promises accountability for Syrian human rights abusers and an analysis of possible no-fly and safe zones. Critics call it a “pro-war bill” that will lead to further U.S. intervention in Syria. The resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives in July.

A photograph from the Humans of Syria project, on display at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (M. Bowman/VOA)
A photograph from the Humans of Syria project, on display at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (M. Bowman/VOA)

In the meantime, a photo stands out. It shows an artist who is wearing a surgical mask to avoid breathing the dust of a bombed building. He has drawn a picture of a little girl in a dress, standing on a pile of skulls.

The little girl is stretching above her head to write the word “Hope.” (VOA)

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Donald Trump Planning to meet Putin during his Asia tour

Donald Trump's first trip to Asia is the longest international tour.

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US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump. wikimedia commns
  • US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he expected to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during his Asia tour.

“I think it’s expected we’ll meet with Putin, yeah. We want Putin’s help on North Korea, and we’ll be meeting with a lot of different leaders,” Donald Trump told reporters on Air Force One before landing at the Yokota Air Base in Japan, Efe reported.

Putin is scheduled to participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, which Trump will also attend as part of his long Asia tour.

The North Korean nuclear threat is expected to dominate Donald Trump’s meetings in Japan and the next two stages of his tour, South Korea and China, where he will have a highly anticipated sit-down with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The remainder of the tour will be more focused on economic issues, with Trump scheduled to take part in the APEC meeting in Da Nang and then in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and the East Asia Summit in the Philippines.

Donald Trump’s first trip to Asia is the longest international tour by a US head of state since the one then-President George H.W. Bush embarked on in 1992.

Bush became ill at the end of that trip, famously vomiting on the Japanese prime minister’s lap at a formal dinner before fainting.(IANS)

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Best Indian Travel Bloggers to Follow on Instagram

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Indian Travel Bloggers are creating history with their travel stories. Instagram.

Travel Blogging is one of the most interesting and adventurous works, where you earn as well as travel to different places as a part of your work. Nothing can be more exciting than this.

In recent time, travel blogging has become popular among all the age groups. Whether it be a college-going student, retired person or someone from a middle-aged group, everyone is very fond of traveling. Here we bring you the stories of some crazy travel bloggers of different age who will surely inspire you to enjoy your life at fullest.

Below are some of the several Indian Travel Bloggers who are exploring out the world and are earning and are traveling all around the world. If you are a travel freak then you may follow them on Instagram also. 

Shivya Nath: The Shooting Star

Indian Travel Blogger
Shivya captures an early morning swim in Guatemala. Instagram.

At the age of 23, Shivya left her corporate job to travel the globe. She prefers to travel slow, experience the local aura, stay and connect with the people. She does the same with her award-winning blog called ‘The Shooting Star’. In 2013, she bagged the title of ‘Best Travel Blogger’ at the Indian Blogger Awards for sharing her knowledge and ideas on how to travel like a local. She is undoubtedly the best Indian Travel bloggers to be followed on Instagram.

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Shivya Nath is passionate about writing as well. Instagram.

Anuradha Goyal: AnuReviews, Inditales

Indian Travel Bloggers write about their travel diaries. Anuradha Goyal. Instagram

Since 2004, Anuradha Goyal has been passionate about sharing her life based on traveling and reading. Her book reviews are all lined under one blog called AnuReviews, and her travel stories are published on her different blog called Inditales. She is not only one of the niche Indian Travel Bloggers but has also authored the novel The Mouse Charmers – Digital Pioneers of India.

Indian Travel bloggers
Hong Kong island captured by Anuradha Goyal. Instagram.

Lakshmi Sharath: A travel blog of an Indian Backpacker

Indian Travel bloggers
One of the Indian Travel bloggers, Lakshmi Sharath posing in Canberra. Instagram.

Lakshmi Sharath is a multi-talented world traveler by being a media professional, a full-time traveler, blogger, travel content writer and also a photographer. Her blog named ‘A travel blog of an Indian Backpacker’ is based on her personal journeys worldwide and within India. In 2008, her blog was voted India’s best travel blog of the year. In 2014, she was featured internationally as one of the 100 travelers to follow on social media. She is one of the Indian Travel Bloggers as a ‘Perfectionist’.

Indian Travel bloggers
The sun plays hide and seek, says Lakshmi. Instagram.

Karthik Reddy: Romancing The Planet

Indian Travel Blogger
One of the finest Indian Travel Bloggers, Karthik Reddy in Istanbul. Instagram.

After completing his MBA in 2012, Karthik Reddy decided to leave his comfort zone and travel instead, to get along as one of the finest Indian Travel Bloggers. In his travel blog, Romancing The Planet, he intends to share his experience and explore the world by getting involved in the location in depth. Through traveling, Karthik Reddy enjoys his passion for all these different cultures and finds his own way of life. To learn a little more on what to do or even where to go, check out his blog and his newly made Instagram page.

Indian Travel Bloggers
Karthik is one of the Indian Travel Bloggers who has his put up his new Instagram page. Instagram.

Sankara: Be on the road

Indian Travel Bloggers
Sankara has his blog named as ‘Be on the Road’. Instagram.

Sankara is one of the top Indian travel bloggers who is also a biking enthusiast and blogger featured in various top media outlets. He specializes to show the beauty of the world in both texts and images through his writings and photographs. In his blog ‘Be on the road’, he writes about vegetarian cuisine, wildlife holidays and unique traditions. For those wishing to travel India and explore the Indian cultures, follow his Instagram today.

Indian Travel Bloggers
Asia’s first Amphitheatre captured by Sankara, Indian Travel Bloggers. Instagram.

Ankita Sinha: Anki On The Move

Indian Travel Bloggers
Indian Travel Blogger Ankita in NewJersey. Instagram.

Ankita Sinha has introduced to indulge her audience into adventure sports through her blog called Anki On The Move. It is probably one of the most classy adventure blogs where she pours out her words of ecstasy attained through traveling. She has been accredited for her writings and is one of the Best Indian Travel bloggers. You’ll get your adrenaline high by watching her videos of sightseeing and sports.

Indian Travel Bloggers
Mammoth hotsprings captured by Ankita Sinha. Instagram.

Siddhartha Joshi: The Wanderer

Indian Travel Bloggers
Indian Travel Bloggers like Siddhartha stroll in style. Instagram.

Siddhartha Joshi is one of India’s most successful and followed Indian travel bloggers on social media. He believes travel can break the barriers and increase your acceptance level. Through his writings and photos on his blog called ‘The Wanderer’, he desires to share his passion for humanity and traveling. Siddhartha Joshi’s biggest dream is to make the world reach no boundaries and that they can travel visa-free all around.

Indian Travel Bloggers
Siddhartha Joshi is one of the most followed Indian Travel Bloggers. Instagram.

 -Prepared by Bhavana Rathi of NewsGram. Twitter @tweet_bhavana

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White House: Judge’s Decision Halting Travel Ban ‘Dangerously Flawed’

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A sign for International Arrivals is shown at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle.VOA

The White House is reacting furiously to a federal judge blocking President Donald Trump’s latest executive Travel Ban order that would have banned entry to travelers from several countries beginning Wednesday.

“Today’s dangerously flawed district court order undercuts the president’s efforts to keep the American people safe and enforce minimum security standards for entry into the United States,” said a White House statement issued Tuesday shortly after Judge Derrick Watson ruled against restrictions on travelers from six countries the Trump administration said could not provide enough information to meet U.S. security standards.

The travel ban order would have barred to various degrees travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Watson’s temporary restraining order does not interfere with restrictions on North Korea and Venezuela.

Justice Department defends White House

The Justice Department “will vigorously defend the president’s lawful action,” the White House said, contending its proclamation restricting travel was issued after an extensive worldwide security review.

The Justice Department called the ruling incorrect and said it will appeal the decision “in an expeditious manner.”

Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke said: “While we will comply with any lawful judicial order, we look forward to prevailing in this matter upon appeal.”

Acting Director of Homeland Security Elaine Duke
Acting Director of Homeland Security Elaine Duke testifies before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington. VOA

No change for North Korea, Venezuela

The new travel order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be ‘detrimental to the United States,'” Judge Watson wrote in his opinion.

The White House argues that its restrictions “are vital to ensuring that foreign nations comply with the minimum security standards required for the integrity of our immigration system and the security of our nation.”

Officials in the White House are expressing confidence that further judicial review will uphold the president’s action.

Hawaii involved for third time

Consular officials have been told to resume “regular processing of visas” for people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, according to a State Department official.

The suit on which Judge Watson ruled on Tuesday was filed by the state of Hawaii, the Muslim Association of Hawaii and various individuals.

“This is the third time Hawaii has gone to court to stop President Trump from issuing a travel ban that discriminates against people based on their nation of origin or religion,” said Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin. “Today is another victory for the rule of law.”(VOA)