The World We Live In
U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds an Iraqi child in central Iraq. This Photo was taken in 2003, and shows a different and often hidden side of the men and women serving in the armed forces. When it comes right down to it, we are all just human.
Saddam Hussein, shown here after his capture in 2003. Plucked from a hole in the ground by U.S. forces, was President of Iraq from July 16, 1979 until April 9, 2003, when he was deposed during the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S.-led Allied Coalition. After his capture in ad-Dawr, near his hometown Tikrit, he was incarcerated at Camp Cropper. On November 5, 2006, he was sentenced to death by hanging.
One of the many bombs that exploded in Madrid in 2004. Terrorism is a global problem, and those that say our forces should pull out of Afghanistan need to be reminded of this.
One would expect pictures like this to come from WWII, from the Nazi concentration camps. But no, this is a a mass grave outside the church in Nyanza, Rwanda. An estimated 800,000 people were killed in 1994 in 100 days of genocide.
Senegalese children run as locusts spread in the capital Dakar. In 2004 The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that the locust swarms infesting countries from Mauritania to Chad could develop into a full-scale plague, but the children don’t seem to mind. Ignorance is bliss.
2005, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish protester tries to push a bulldozer at a demonstration against the desecration of graves during the construction of a new Israeli highway next to the northern Israeli Kibbutz of Regavim.
The attempt was not successful
Climate activists Lesley Butler and Rob Bell “sunbathe” on the edge of a frozen fjord in the Norwegian Arctic in 2007. The activists are warning that global warming could thaw the Arctic and make the sea warm enough for people to swim and sunbathe in.
After this photo was taken they were treated for frostbite.
In 2007 Benazir Bhutto prays as she arrives in Karachi, Pakistan. Bhutto ended eight years of self-exile on Thursday, returning to Karachi where more than 100,000 supporters poured onto the city’s streets to welcome her home. She was assassinated soon after.
Michael Phelps and Garrett Weber-Gale celebrate after the U.S. won the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Soon after a picture surfaced with Phelps holding a marijuana bong, a guys gotta relax somehow.
Children playing soccer. The soldier in the foreground a prime example what is wrong with this world. Innocence and purity is all around us, but still. We manage to create evil.
This picture was taken about 10 minutes from my home. There are many forms of terrorism, and many different threats facing our Society today. Governments, religion, greed, and poverty are creating a world in which it is no longer safe to leave are doors unlocked, or travel easily and safely across borders. No longer can we assume that there will always be food on the table, or that there will always be jobs. Gone are the days when teens played street hockey, baseball in the park, and shoveled snow for their neighbor. Now we have internet, sexting, web chat, and gangs.