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Chevron's guards
By Ulrik Pedersen
08 Mar 2014

Chevron guard signaling demonstrators to back up from Chevron's compound in Pungesti. Guards are well equipped with helmet, shin pads and glasses. Many residents were injured by guards and the riot police in protests that turned violent.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper/escort is posing for the camera before heading back to work in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. An escort girl is posing for the camera in the Bywater area of New Orleans. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. The husband/manager of a stripper is taking a break at a local coffee shop. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper/escort is posing for the camera before heading back to work in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper/escort is posing for the camera before heading back to work in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A Barker working for a local strip club is trying to attract clients inside. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper and her manager husband are spending quality time together before she has to work at a local strip club in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. An escort girl is posing for the camera in the Bywater area of New Orleans. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. The husband/manager of a stripper is taking a break at a local coffee shop. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. The husband/manager of a stripper is taking a break at a local coffee shop. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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Pungesti: The village that said no
pungesti, romania
By Ulrik Pedersen
06 Mar 2014

The villagers of Pungesti, Romania are unlikely eco-activists. The tiny village garnered worldwide attention in October 2013 when villagers started protesting against US energy giant Chevron's fracking activities in their village. Hundreds of activists from across the country also flocked to the Pungesti to support the residents in their fight. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, consists of pumping chemicals at high pressure into deep rock to extract oil or gas. The village's inhabitants, most of whom are elderly farmers who rely on agriculture to survive, are worried fracking could damage the local environment by contaminating their land and ground water. They say fracking will lead to health problems, air pollution and deforestation. Following the protests, police and gendarmerie increased their presence in the village and many residents were subsequently injured in protests that turned violent.

In 2010, the Romanian Government quietly allowed fracking operations to commence by signing an agreement with Chevron, giving it access to more than two million acres of land in Romania. The villagers managed to collect over a thousand signatures from a population of 3,300 for a petition demanding the dismissal of the mayor, who they accuse of corruption. However, the Romanian government disregarded the petition and the mayor remains in office.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper and her manager husband are spending quality time together before she has to work at a local strip club in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper, originally from Houston Texas, and her husband/manager are posing for the camera before returning to work in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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Chinese marriage 7
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
15 Feb 2014

More games and more initiations for the groom and his groom's men. Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China.

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Chinese marriage 11
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
18 Jan 2014

In her mother's bedroom in her home town of Zhongshan City, Luo Jiahui displays a banner of instructions that her groom must adhere too throughout the course of their marriage. The groom must read out these instructions in front of the entire wedding party.

The banner contains simple sentiments like "I will be a faithful Husband" or "I will work hard"or "I will treat you well" etc. These instructions are considered a humorous side to the wedding ceremony, but also a gentle reminder to the groom to stay in-line and pull his weight. Many young Chinese husbands are faced with enormous pressure from the wife's family to earn a high salary or to get a stable career. It is also not uncommon for families to require a husband to buy their daughter a home.

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
18 Jan 2014

Members of the groom's party participate in the initiation, or game phase of a wedding ceremony in Zhongshan City.

Games and initiations have always been a part of Chinese Wedding ceremonies, but now in modern China, younger people are becoming slightly more rumbustious in their approach. On the wedding day, the groom and his party have to do many different tasks to prove they are worthy of their waiting bride. When the tasks are completed the bride will come out from her bedroom and present herself to the groom. Some of the games or initiations include include eating Wasabi sauce or bird food from the floor while doing press ups; getting spayed from head to toe with colored foam; or even drinking coke laced with soy sauce.

Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
18 Jan 2014

Luo Jiahui's father lights incense as an offering to Buddhist gods in her home in Zhongshan City.

Parents of couples getting married follow traditional practices and beliefs much more rigidly than young Chinese couples on the day of the wedding. These ancient religious practices seem to be losing grip on Chinese youth, as many do not follow any organized belief system or religion. Buddhism is still generally accepted as the biggest faith, but itÕs beliefs and practices are slowly disappearing with ChinaÕs aging population.

Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China.

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Chinese marriage 4
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
18 Jan 2014

Luo Jiahui nervously awaits the arrival of her groom and his party in her bedroom in her mothers house in Zhongshan City.

The process on the morning of the wedding is for the bride to put on her dress at a very specific time, according to a Chinese calendar called Huangli. The Huangli calendar depicts not only the right time the bride should put on her wedding clothes, but also the right day the wedding should be held on. This tradition has not changed after centuries of practice and is still very prevalent in modern Chinese weddings.

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
15 Dec 2013

Zheng Ying and her groom do a toast or a "Ganbei" at each table of their wedding party in Guangzhou City.

There are many issues faced by daughters seeking to get married in China. The main pressures are usually financially based. Some families put a lot of pressure on daughters to seek a husband who comes from a well off family so he can adequately take care of their daughter without being a financial burden to her family. It is not uncommon for a family to oppose a daughter marrying a man who they consider financially unstable. In a country which has seen an unprecedented increase in disposable income, many pressures facing Chinese youths are related to money.

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Chinese marriage 13
Guangdong
By Phil Behan
15 Dec 2013

Keeping with the traditions of old, Zheng Ying and her groom pay homage to the elder relatives in her family, in this case her Grandmother and Grandfather (Pa Pa and Gong Gong).

Chinese weddings are still steeped in ancient traditions. Paying respect or "taking tea" with elder family members is an essential part of the process. Although many young Chinese couples are living away from their parents home as the social structure of their country changes, many will return when their parents reach an age that require their children to care for them. It is also quite common for the parents to go and live in the house of the oldest child when they reach an elderly age.

Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China.

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
15 Dec 2013

Members of the grooms party participating in the initiation or game phase of a wedding ceremony in Zhongshan City. Guangzhou Province. China. Games and initiations have always been a part of Chinese Wedding ceremonies, but now in modern China younger people are becoming slightly more rumbustious in their approach. On the wedding day the groom and his party have to do many different tasks to prove they are worthy of their waiting bride. When the tasks are completed the bride will come out from her bedroom and present herself to the groom. Some of the games or initiations include include eating Wasabi sauce or bird food from the floor while doing press ups, getting spayed from head to toe with coloured foam or even drinking coke laced with soy sauce.

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
15 Dec 2013

A portrait of Zheng Ying in her traditional Chinese Wedding dress and a golden pig hanging below her neck in her home in Guangzhou City. Guangdong Province. China. The dress Ying is wearing is a traditional Chinese dress known as a Qungua and mostly worn at the ceremonial stage of the wedding process. Most brides will then change into a Western style gown for the evening wedding dinner. The gold pig displayed on Ying's neck is given to the bride by the relatives usually older than the bride herself. The golden pig around YingÕs neck depicts that the bride will be blessed with children after her marriage. The more gold that the bride displays the more her family will be seen to have wealth and therefore their stature in the community may be elevated. Gold has always played an important role in Chinese weddings but now in modern day China families are spending far more money on what previous generations would have spent on gold.

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Guangdong
By Phil Behan
15 Dec 2013

Zheng Ying takes a moment before her ceremony begins in Panyu District of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.

Zheng met her husband through a mutual friend and they now live together in their new home in Guangzhou. Old Chinese traditions often saw newly married couples move directly into the grooms home, but now, with China's economic boom, couples are becoming wealthier and more independent and many are buying their own homes and abandoning old traditions.

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Occupy Parliament Demonstrations Nair...
Nairobi, Kenya
By Nick Klaus
11 Jun 2013

A protestor shows the fake money intented to mock the MPs of kenya in protest of the MPs salary rise.

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Camel Wrestling in Turkey (10 of 16)
Istanbul, Turkey
By Jodi Hilton
02 Feb 2013

Pelitkoy, Turkey--Spectators grill meat, drink raki and dance to music performed by Roma (Gypsy) musicians during a camel wrestling tournament held in a village in the Aegean region of Turkey.

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Henry Gamboa protests to cancel bank ...
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
14 Sep 2012

Protest in front the Offices of Caixa Penedes to demand the cancellation of Henry Gamboa's debt. Barcelona, Spain.

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Henry Gamboa protests to cancel bank ...
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
14 Sep 2012

Protest in front the Offices of Caixa Penedes to demand the cancellation of Henry Gamboa's debt with this organization, Barcelona Spain.

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Henry Gamboa protests to cancel bank ...
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
14 Sep 2012

Protest in front the Offices of Caixa Penedes to demand the cancellation of Henry Gamboa's debt with this organization, Barcelona Spain.

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NuJiang (1 of 25)
GongShan, Yunnan, China
By Teo Butturini
04 Aug 2012

Elderly man behind the counter in the small town of GongShan, Yunnan, China.

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Homeless persons in Athens (11 of 14)
Athens, Greece
By giorgos33
09 Feb 2012

A homeless person waits from the passer bys to give him some money

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
01 Jan 2012

The Somali National Army - A far cry from the Somali Army of the Cold War often referred to as the Lion of Africa - has slowly emerged from the civil war as a somewhat coherent fighting force in the past few years capable of supporting and participating in various AMISOM offensives. When AMISOM deployed in Somalia in the spring of 2007 the Somali National Army was little more than clan militias loosely bound together with the aim of countering the threat of Al Shabaab and protect and preserve the Transitional Federal Government and its institutions. Since Al Shabaab in the autumn of 2010 tried and failed in the attempt to push the Transitional Federal Government and AMISOM into the sea, the Somali National Army has slowly evolved into the present fighting force capable of fighting Al Shabaab on their own terms. The development has been hampered by clan interests, lack of weaponry and training, but international efforts and an acceptance of common goals among the contributing clans have by now established it as a major actor in the rebuilding of the Somali State, but the road has been long and ardous.

The present compilation of pictures depicts the Somali National Army from training via deployment in the capital to actual participating in combat and the possible outcome.  

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
15 Oct 2011

Somali National Army pick up truck with a 12.7mm Duskha heavy machine gun mounted on the back.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
15 Oct 2011

Somali National Army soldiers sit the back of pick up truck in the midst of a battle with al-Shabab.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
10 Oct 2011

Somali Army soldiers pile on the back of a pick up truck during the battle for the Pasta Factory in Mogadishu.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
10 Oct 2011

Somali soldiers and female khat suppliers wait to get paid.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
10 Oct 2011

Somali soldiers at the Coca Cola Factory in Mogadishu. The soldiers are in the midst of a battle to capture the factory.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
05 Oct 2011

Somali National Army soldiers with their weapons wait to receive their pay in Mogadishu.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
05 Oct 2011

Somali National Army soldiers and their heavy weaponry on the main street of Mogadishu.

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The Somali National Army in the Somal...
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
28 Sep 2011

Decades of fighting in Somalia has left a high number of amputees to end for themselves.