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"Punk Muslim"
Jakarta, Indonesia
By Anne DELAISTRE
03 Oct 2012

Young Indonesians living a punk lifestyle are being persecuted by the "Sharia police" of the country. Many punks have recently been arrested in Banda Aceh, Indonesia's most devoutly Muslim province, purportedly to be re-educated. While human rights groups are concerned about the situation, the police say its only goal is to protect the punks from themselves and prevent them from bringing shame on their families.

PICTURED: In Jakarta, punks are reciting the Qur'an. Welcome among the Muslim punks.

A Jakarta, d'anciens punks font réciter le Coran à ceux qui, sous le voile, portent la crête. Bienvenue chez les punks musulmans.

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Punk Is Back
Jakarta, Indonesia
By Anne DELAISTRE
03 Oct 2012

Young Indonesians living a punk lifestyle are being persecuted by the "Sharia police" of the country. Many punks have recently been arrested in Banda Aceh, Indonesia's most devoutly Muslim province, purportedly to be re-educated. While human rights groups are concerned about the situation, the police say its only goal is to protect the punks from themselves and prevent them from bringing shame on their families.

« Punk is not dead », en tout cas pas en Indonésie. Pourtant la police de la charia est à leurs trousses. Il y a quelques mois les gardiens de la vertu ont organisé une grande rafle à Banda Aceh. Une soixantaine de punks a été arrêtés, tondus et placés en centre de correction. Un seul objectif : les rééduquer pour leur « faire oublier leurs comportements déviants. » Que sont devenus les punks après leur lavage de cerveaux?

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PUNK MUSLIM - Beirut Editor's Picks, ...
Jakarta, Indonesia
By Beirut Editor's Picks
02 Oct 2012

Young Indonesians living a punk lifestyle are being persecuted by the "Sharia police" of the country. Many punks have recently been arrested in Banda Aceh, Indonesia's most devoutly Muslim province, purportedly to be re-educated. While human rights groups are concerned about the situation, the police say its only goal is to protect the punks from themselves and prevent them from bringing shame on their families.

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Into The World Of Muslim Punks
Banda Aceh, Jakarta Indonesia
By Anne DELAISTRE
02 Oct 2012

Young Indonesians living a punk lifestyle are being persecuted by the "Sharia police" of the country. Many punks have recently been arrested in Banda Aceh, Indonesia's most devoutly Muslim province, purportedly to be re-educated. While human rights groups are concerned about the situation, the police say its only goal is to protect the punks from themselves and prevent them from bringing shame on their families.

« Punk is not dead », en tout cas pas en Indonésie. Pourtant la police de la charia est à leurs trousses. Il y a quelques mois les gardiens de la vertu ont organisé une grande rafle à Banda Aceh. Une soixantaine de punks a été arrêtés, tondus et placés en centre de correction. Un seul objectif : les rééduquer pour leur « faire oublier leurs comportements déviants. » Que sont devenus les punks après leur lavage de cerveaux? D'autres à Jakarta emploient la méthode plus douce : pour les remettre dans le droit chemin, d'anciens punks font réciter le Coran à ceux qui, sous le voile, portent la crête. Bienvenue chez les punks musulmans.

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Punk is not dead in Indonesia
Jakarta Indonesia
By Anne DELAISTRE
02 Oct 2012

Young Indonesians living a punk lifestyle are being persecuted by the "Sharia police" of the country. Many punks have recently been arrested in Banda Aceh, Indonesia's most devoutly Muslim province, purportedly to be re-educated. While human rights groups are concerned about the situation, the police say its only goal is to protect the punks from themselves and prevent them from bringing shame on their families.

PICTURED: In Jakarta, punks are reciting the Qur'an. Welcome among the Muslim punks.

A Jakarta, d'anciens punks font réciter le Coran à ceux qui, sous le voile, portent la crête. Bienvenue chez les punks musulmans.

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After the Spring in Yemen (9 of 28)
Sanaa, Yemen
By dustweare
11 Sep 2012

March in the streets of Sana'a against the still powerful Yemeni ex-president, Ali Adullah Saleh, who was ousted from the presidency after a series of popular protests across the main cities in 2011, which ended in the brink of civil war.

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After the Spring in Yemen (15 of 28)
Thula, Yemen
By dustweare
26 Aug 2012

Jambiya dance during the celebration of a wedding in Thula, the Haraz mountains, province of Amran. Dating back centuries to the pre-Islamic era, the Yemeni dagger is used for self-defense and in traditional dance.

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After the Spring in Yemen (13 of 28)
Thula, Yemen
By dustweare
26 Aug 2012

The groom and his father. A wedding in Thula, Amran province.

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El Rancho (1 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

Riders practice barrel rolls at El Rancho, an American style dude ranch in Northern Lebanon.

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EL RANCHO
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Mais Istanbuli
26 Aug 2012

As the crowds gather in Thrill Town under the hot summer sun, Johnny Hotshot, the head performer begins his show. “I need a volunteer” he calls out in his American accent to the scared and skeptical audience. After commandeering a child he preforms rope tricks, lassoing misbehaving children to the delight of their camera-snapping parents.

It could be a scene from any western dude ranch, though this ranch is in the heart Lebanon.

El Rancho, a theme park and fully working ranch sits in the Ghodras hills of Northern Lebanon, less than 40 minutes away from bustling Beirut. On an average Sunday Christian and Muslim Lebanese families, as well as visitors from Iraq, Iran and the Gulf come to visit the only ranch in the Middle East.

Cowboy culture is not native to Lebanon or the Middle East but became popular as a novelty after exposure on television and though movies. Many guests have never been to a ranch, or ridden a horse which is apparent after a series of families peek at the horses and then retire to brunch.

“Are you a real cowboy?” A little girl asks Johnny Hotshot, the head performer at El Rancho. Looking the part he wears cowboy boots, spurs, and a collection of guns around his waist. “OF COURSE” he shouts and fires a shot in the air with his cap gun. Johnny and a cast of several other American’s are flown out to the ranch on monthly contracts to give El Rancho an authentic feel and to amuse its well-heeled guests.

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El Rancho (21 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

Johnny Hotshot, and American cowboy and entertainer at El Rancho preforms in the afternoon show where he shoots baloons and does rope tricks.

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El Rancho (2 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

An Egyptian handler persuades a bull back into the pen after a bull riding session.

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El Rancho (4 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

Bull riding is a popular spectators sport at El Rancho.

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El Rancho (5 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

Johnny Hotshot, and American cowboy and entertainer at El Rancho.

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El Rancho (6 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

A Lebaneese couple shoot guns and bows at a target at El Rancho, a dude ranch in Northern Lebanon.

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El Rancho (7 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

Hamis, a Syrian cowboy speaks with Brock and American ranch hand brought out to work at El Rancho.

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El Rancho (8 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

Hamis, a Syrian cowboy shows off his belt buckle won in last years rodeo. Hamis came to work at El Rancho after the Syrian Revolution started.

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El Rancho (9 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

Johnny Hotshot, and American cowboy and entertainer at El Rancho preforms at the evening dinner show.

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El Rancho (10 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

Johnny Hotshot, and American cowboy and entertainer at El Rancho preforms at the evening dinner show.

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El Rancho (11 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

An Iraqui family climb ropes across a valley at El Rancho. Because of Lebanon's easy visa restrictions to Arab countries the ranch receives many visitors from the Middle East.

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El Rancho (13 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

Riders compete in various obstacles at El Rancho, an American style dude ranch in Norther Lebanon

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El Rancho (14 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

Riders compete in various obstacles at El Rancho, an American style dude ranch in Norther Lebanon

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El Rancho (15 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

Riders compete in various obstacles at El Rancho, an American style dude ranch in Norther Lebanon

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El Rancho (16 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

At the dinner show a couple take photos of others dancing at El Rancho, a dude ranch in Northern Lebanon.

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El Rancho (17 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

A magician preforms for tables at El Rancho's evening dinner show.

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El Rancho (18 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

A Lebaneese family photographs each other during horseback rides at El Rancho, an American style dude ranch in Northern Lebanon and the only dude ranch in the Middle East

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El Rancho (19 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

Maya Daher rides a horse at El Rancho, she is visiting with her husband and two children.

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El Rancho (20 of 21)
Ghadras, Lebanon
By Monique Jaques
26 Aug 2012

Johnny Hotshot, and American cowboy and entertainer at El Rancho encircles a boy during a rope trick.

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After the Spring in Yemen (24 of 28)
Kawkaban, Yemen
By dustweare
20 Aug 2012

Two women walking during the midday prayer call in the village of Kawkaban, the Haraz Mountains, province of Al-Mahweet.

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After the Spring in Yemen (20 of 28)
Sanaa, Yemen
By dustweare
20 Aug 2012

Souq Hajjar, a qat marquet in Sana'a. The qat is a plant widely cultivated in Yemen, whose leaves contain a compound with effects similar to those of amphetamines. Among the people from the Arabian penisula and the horn of Africa, qat chewing has a long history as a social custom dating back thousands of years. Studies have shown that only in Yemen, almost 80% of its population spend 3 to 4 hours a day chewing the plant. Moreover, the enormous need for water of the qat industry is on course to make the capital, Sana’a, the first in the world to completely run out of water.

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After the Spring in Yemen (12 of 28)
Sanaa, Yemen
By dustweare
19 Aug 2012

Playful children the first day of Eid holidays dressing new clothes and handling bb guns in Old Sana'a. Yemen is the second most heavily armed society in the World after the United States.

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Tattoo
Jakarta, Indonesia
By Dominic.J.Lucarelli
19 Aug 2012

A man shows off his Jesus tattoo in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Spider Hunters (9 of 22)
Svay Leur, Cambodia
By George Nickels
09 Aug 2012

A boy observes and learns the techniques needed to catch the Khmer Delicacy.

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Spider Hunters (12 of 22)
Svay Leur, Cambodia
By George Nickels
09 Aug 2012

Once visable the arachnid is quickly plucked from its hole and grabbed by its back just in front of its abdomen using 2 fingers with care taken to avoid a nasty bite from there rather large fangs.

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Spider Hunters (11 of 22)
Svay Leur, Cambodia
By George Nickels
09 Aug 2012

From a very young age children a taught the techniques needed to survive when food is in short supply.