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Headquarter of Afghanistan's Veterans.
Alexander, 50, prepares himself for his team's night shift. He served throughout Syria with a small team of special forces between 1983 and 1984. He arrived in Maidan after the violence of the police on November 30 to protect the people. Since he has children, he wants them to grow up in a democratic country. "I am awaiting changes since our independence in 1991," he says, "Yanukovich when he had finally the possibility of joning Europe, he showed his real face."
An Afghanistan veteran controls the entrance outside one of the barricades. The missions of the veteran is to be alway the first line between the police and the protesters, they claim they are not scared and they know how to deal even with Berkuts, Golden Eagles, a section of riot police well known for its violence.
Alexander, 50, divides his team in smaller groups for the night watch. They will have to keep their eyes open for provocateurs, who might be sent in to disrupt the image of the protests at Maidan Square.
A veteran places a flag saying "for Ukraine" on a newly built barricade in Madian Square. Barricades were reinforced and rebuilt after police forces tried to evacuate the camp in the night between 10th and 11th of December, shortly after the departure of the EU representative Catherine Ashton.
Somali women in Minneapolis, Somalia's largest diaspora in the Western world, hold the destiny of an entire community abroad, badly bruised by more than 20 years of civil war, in their hands. They realize that America offers them opportunities they would never dream of in their own country. And while they are taking advantage of what America has to offer, Somali women are also determined to preserve their African and Muslim identity while raising their children. Successful, hard-working, they are three times more likely than their male counterparts to study in Minnesota, the northern U.S. state that is home to the largest Somali diaspora in the western world. Yet this success is coupled with an unexpected challenge: how to find a Somali husband when you’re so qualified. The problem is so acute that some of these female refugees have no choice but to return to Africa to track down a man.
A camp of the anti-government protesters in the morning after night snowfall.
Activist inside of the tent of the anti-government protesters warming up cream which is suppose to be used for medical reasons. The camp functions 24/7 and students take shifts in running and guarding the camp and the press center.
As news of violent militias, unchecked powers, rebel uprisings and high profile kidnappings fill the pages, turmoil and discontent fill many minds. Though, it is easy to get caught up in the loudest elements of regime change. We often forget that Libya, is home to many people, many of whom are trying to rebuild and grow after years of hardship.
As this fledgling democracy finds its feet, Libyans enjoy the freedom of daily life. Despite all the hardship Libyans struggle with due to the conflict, there is room for new opportunities because of the war. Booming after the controlling government of the Gadhafi era, many of the spheres he regulated are now wide open. News outlets in Libya expanded from a handful of censored papers to hundreds of newspapers, radio shows, and cable channels. Many presume that the countries new constitution will hold greater rights for women and minorities. Intrepid women have taken to running for elected office and opening small businesses. Libyans feel liberated and can indulge in pastimes banned under the strict Gaddafi regime such as boxing and several media outlets have launched on account of the new freedom of press. Much has changed for the better, shelled stores have been rebuilt and are back in business and the fragile government grows more cohesive every day.
After a year of civil war, life has begun to move beyond the revolution. Babies are birthed every day into the new fledgling country, marriages officiated and soldiers repatriated. While the violence in Libya has diminished allowing room for regrowth, sporadic flares of conflict take the main stage while a critical part of the story of the revolution is ignored. Libya, now more than ever, isn’t simply violent rebels in a dusty desert depicted in western media.
Students have returned to class working through the summer to make up time lost and progress with their degrees. Student government, which was also banned under the previous government is now a popular club as Libyans; who haven’t voted in 42 years exercise their rights regularly. Often voting on even the smallest things.
Though some things will never change in this desert country. The beach is still a popular destination, with families filing the sand every evening. Amusement parks are now open, after crews were quickly dispatched to fix the damage and cover the bullet holes.
The Libyan people are experiencing a whole range of emotions that go beyond violence and suffering. Libya’s rehabilitation efforts as a country move slowly though they are much more powerful and important than the dissonance among few and with that, healing can begin.
Rebirth has come to the country, and with that the brave can find forgiveness among neighbors and a country can find peace.
Inside the tent of the protesters at Euromaidan Lviv. Ivan, Anna Maria and Ola are students from Lviv.
A camp of the anti-government protesters in the morning after night snowfall.
Protesters gather around a brazier at Plac Svobody (Euromaidan Lviv) next to the Staue of T. Schewtschenko.
Inside the tent of the anti-government protesters. The camp funcitons 24/7 and students take shifts in running and guarding the camp and the press center.
Crowd gathered at Plac Svobody (Euromaidan Lviv) during anti-government protests.
A couple during anti-government parade at Plac Svobody.
Evening gathering of protesters at Plac Svobody.
Evening gathering of protesters at Plac Svobody. Lviv, Ukraine.
10 year-old Mohammed dropped out from school to work and help his parents and three younger siblings. Everyday, the young boy roams the streets of Duma collecting, wooden doors and furniture from shelled houses as well as material like nylon for his mom to cook. Mohammed also collects metal or anything that seems valuable and sells it for extra money. His father has been working as a porter since he lost his job at a bakery five months ago. All bakeries in Eastern Ghoutta have shut down because of the siege. Mohammad says he is proud of what he does and does not feel humiliated from working in the rubble.
At a small warehouse in a Turkish border town, two Syrians are close to completing a robot that would save civilians from sniper fire.
One of the workers holds up a styrofoam model of the robot arms. The aim is to attach the arms to an armoured tank within the next few weeks, for deployment to Syria.
A former hacker has teamed up with an engineer to build the robot. Using hired local help, the duo has been working on the project for months.
A worker for the National Syrian Project for Prosthetic Limbs makes minor adjustments to the mould of a thigh for a war amputee.
Some of the amputees never thought they would be able to walk again, with the help of the NSPPL, now they can.
The process of creating new prosthetic legs takes an average of two days. While none of the workers have medical equipment backgrounds, foreign training has allowed them to produce high quality prosthetics.
Working in a nondescript machine shop on the outskirts of Kilis, Turkey, a hacker and an engineer duo are putting the finishing touches on the robotic arms of a largely self-funded robot that will rescue casualties of sniper attacks without putting further lives at risk who try to rescue the victims.
The arms will be attached to a modified armoured bulldozer, and controlled using a sophisticated remote system with a 50 kilometre range. The team have been in discussion with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), who have expressed interest in the project and have also been approached by Google Ideas to speak about their work.
With the all important arms now nearing completion, the duo are confident they will be able to get the arms over the Syrian border for final assembly within weeks.
There were at least 20 dead, after an explosion occurred near a building belonging to the Iranian Embassy in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital of Beirut, this morning, Tuesday, 19-11-2013
Inside the Western Sahara are the little-known Saharawis, where about 50,000 make up a tenth of the total population. Double that number is the amount of Moroccan security personnel - 100,000. Life is difficult there, with rife unemployment.
Many of these people tell stories of being arrested and beaten during peaceful demonstrations. While those Saharawis arrested talk of humiliations, beatings and torture, others speak of relatives engaged in political activities and protests who have been imprisoned, allegedly on false charges.
Many among the younger generation of Saharawis are getting increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress and the difficult life, and some are talking about reigniting the armed struggle against Morocco.
Protesters scuffle with police during a demonstration near the parliament in central Sofia November 12, 2013. Several hundred students and anti-government protesters surrounded the parliament in the Bulgarian capital on Tuesday demanding the resignation of the Socialist-led government.
Photos and Text by Georgi Kozhuharov
A demonstrator argues with the police over his right to bring a sickle to the Communist Party of the Russian Federation's annual march through Moscow calling for a return to Communism on the anniversary of the October revolution.
Sign at the entrance of Caliber 3 Academy in West Bank area of Gush Etzyon. It was established in 2002 by Col. Sharon Gat. Caliber 3 works in close cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the field of counter-terrorism. The place is dedicated to Capt. Hagai Hayim Lev, a 24 years old Israeli soldier killed in 2002 during a military operation in southern Gaza Strip.
The Caliber 3 Academy in the West Bank area of Gush Etzyon has become a renowned training center for both professionals and amateurs alike, where people come from around the world to be trained in counter-terrorism techniques. On any given training day, the trainers at Caliber 3 are instructing Israeli citizens and tourists, adults and children, in emergency response tactics and “Krav Maga,” a self-defense system developed for military in Israel and Hungary that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from boxing, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and grappling, along with realistic fight training.
The company was founded by IDF Colonel Sharon Gat in 2002 Caliber 3 was founded by Sharon Gat, who is also the CEO. The academy is certified by Israel’s Ministry of Homeland Security, the Police Force, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and works closely with the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) as well. Despite the fact that the shooting ranges are filled with photo targets of Arab men wearing keffiyahs on their heads, Gat stresses that the training is not how to attack or provoke terrorists, but only protection. “Even if the targets are Arabs and they don't like Jews, we don't shoot people that are not intended to make a terrorist act.”
American and Russian tourists are among some of the many tourists who come to the academy looking for a different type of tourism than usual. Caliber 3 advertises this new tourism as “Commando Tourism,” where people can come train alongside seasoned veterans with real-life counterterrorism experience. The bullets are true but the participants seem to be having a lot of fun. One woman, Margo, came from New York with her young son Harry to learn self-defenses, while Mary from Fishers, Indiana, came with her entire family just for a good time during their vacation in Israel.
"They are mostly American and Russian Jews who have relatives or friends in the colonies," says Gat, continuing, “they want to understand what it means to live in a climate of war where you must defend 24/7 from the Palestinians."
The academy includes three shooting ranges, a dining room, a Krav Maga gym and a tactical training center. Caliber 3 is dedicated to Capt. Hagai Hayim Lev, a 24-year-old Israeli soldier killed in 2002 during a military operation in southern Gaza Strip.
Photos by Giuliano Camarda
Goal kick for Doha Warriors against ISL Stars in the amateur premier league at Espire football field, Doha, Qatar. The field is surrounded by palm trees.
Players are anxiously waiting start the game between Doha Warriors and ISL Stars in the amateur premier league at Espire football field, Doha, Qatar.
Throw in for ISL Stars Warriors against Doha Stars in the amateur premier league at Espire football field, Doha, Qatar. Most of the team are one nationality as they have met through friendship either at work or spare time.
A player is warming up among the palm trees at Espire football field, Doha, Qatar.
A corner for MD UTD against Guardian FC in the amateur premier league at Espire football field, Doha, Qatar.
A chance for Doha Warriors against ISL Stars in the amateur premier league at Espire football field, Doha, Qatar. The level of the game is quite high with a high tempo and nice passes.
A big chance for Evo All Star against Latin United FC in the amateur premier league at Espire football field, Doha, Qatar.
The football field is artificial and thereby perfect for planning games through out the year. Espire football field, Doha, Qatar.
Fans are following the action on the field closely. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3. .