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Dec 21, 2014
by John Vink
Nicolae Ceaucescu, Romania's delusional dictator, held a last, surreal speach in front of a less than enthusiasic crowd on December 21st 1989, 25 years ago. A few days later he and his wife would be executed and his dicatorship come to a bloody end. It was the last in a string of shattering events, which started in 1986 with the 'perestroïka' (HERE) and culminated in 1989 with the fall of the Iron... More...
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Dec 19, 2014
by Nikos Economopoulos
Photographer Nikos Economopoulos was present in Cuba during the weeks preceding the announcement that Cuban-US diplomatic relations would normalize. Here are his photos of daily life in the colorful cities of Havana and Trinidad; scenes that will be considerably different in the future, given the expected economic activity that will result from an improved relationship with Cuba's big neighbor to the... More...
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Dec 18, 2014
by Michael Christopher Brown
On Saturday, December 13th, more than 10,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Washington, D.C. to call for the end of racial profiling by US police departments. The "Justice for All" march, organized by Rev. Al Sharpton, was staged soon after grand juries failed to indict police officers who'd been responsible for the deaths of two black men: Eric Garner, in Staten Island and Michael Brown, in... More...
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Dec 18, 2014
by Magnum Photographers
On December 17th, the Cuban and United States governments announced that full diplomatic relations between the two countries will be restored. The story of how reconciliation was eventually reached is becoming clearer in the wake of the news, but what's already clear is the historic nature of the action, its deep political and diplomatic importance.

The 1959 Cuban Revolution came just over a decade... More...
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Dec 17, 2014
by Sohrab Hura
Barwani in the central state of Madhya Pradesh in India is one of the hottest regions in India. Since 2013, Sohrab Hura has been photographing the summer in Savariyapani, a small village panchayat secluded amongst the barren landscape of this region. With little rainfall and extreme temperatures life here can sometimes take on an unexpected reality in the twilight moments of the heat. (A work in progress)

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Dec 15, 2014
by Robert Capa © International Center of Photography
December 16th marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge, so-named due to the massive depression created in the allied lines as shown on maps. This final, massive German offensive was aimed to smash through Allied positions and re-capture Antwerp, a seminal supply line. Hitler had also hoped that a successful attack would so damage the Western-Allies' forces that a cease-fire... More...
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Dec 15, 2014
by Magnum Photographers
As we near the end of 2014, we look back at Magnum's most notable individual images and photo essays from the past year.

Click here to see the photographers' choice of their favorite images of the year.
Click here for the staff-edited selection of 2014 highlights.
Click here to view some notable photo essays from the past year.... More...
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