Out Of Three Protests One Turns Ugly…

Three separate protests took place in the streets of Phnom Penh this morning. Two of them are nearly part of a ritual: Boeung Kak lake residents protesting at City Hall about finally, after several years, having a clear delimitation of the 12,44 Ha promised by Prime Minister Hun Sen, and the relocated railway community protesting at the Asian Development Bank for its implication in the poor results of that relocation.

The third demonstration, although on the same topic of a land issue, was held by a new, very determined group: representatives of more than 250 families from Choan Ksan district in Preah Vihear province. They are temporarily hosted by the monks from Kampuchea Krom at Wat Samaky Raingsey and were prevented to demonstrate once already last week. This time they managed to reach the Chinese, Russian and Australian embassies, as well as the National Assembly to deliver a petition but, after trying to use a tuk-tuk to ram through a police barricade set up on Sihanouk boulevard, were prevented from reaching Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house.

They would be violently dispersed some 30 minutes after I left.



Does Being Born to Older Parents Cause You to Think About Aging Differently?

Lydia Goldblatt’s father was 60 when she was born. Her mother was 36. As a child, Goldblatt’s relationship with them wasn’t rooted in these facts, but, as an early teen, their advanced age caused her to think more closely about aging and the passing of time. 

Although a lot of her previous work dealt with transitional themes, for a long time she had hoped to begin a project focused on her relationship with her parents. The London-based photographer spent roughly three years working on “Still Here,” which explores the fleetingness of time through images of her aging parents. It was also published in 2013 as a monograph by Hatje Cantz

“In part its about my family: It’s about my father and my mother, and the space in the relationship between them and me, but it’s also not about them,” Goldblatt said about the series. “It’s about trying to answer completely philosophical questions about what it means to exist and pass in and out of life and how we perceive time and life and where we fit and all of those impossible questions… and maybe just recognizing the questions for what they are, there is beauty in the process of simply looking for them.”

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[PHOTOSET] Brides of Sani at the Sani monastery festival in Zanskar

  1. Bridal dance is the most celebrated event of the Sani festival. Newlywed girls from Sani dress in the whole bridal fanfare and perform a ceremonial dance. The local Sani folks then greet them with Kathas, a white scarf, congratulating them and wishing them well.
  2. The bridal dress is rather elaborate, turquoise being the dominant colour. The head-gear studded with turquoise stones is called Perakh. Similar gear covering the ears is known as Skorshey. A bright scarf on the back with golden designs in called Yogar or Bok.

Read more about the Sani festival at Sani festival: Colourful victory of good over evil.

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Powerful portraits of the Liberians who beat Ebola

To help humanize the overwhelming statistics, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and senior staff photographer at Getty Images, John Moore, visited an Ebola treatment center of the organization, Doctors Without Borders in Paynesville, Liberia. At the treatment center, survivors spoke about the brothers, sisters, husbands and wives they lost due to the disease. They also spoke of recovery, stigmas they continue to face in their villages and renewed hope.