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No Home Fit For HeroesA series on veterans returning from the Iraq war who found themselves homeless. Assignment for the Guardian UK Weekend Magazine to illustrate article by Gary Younge "No home fit for heroes." http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/apr/02/usa.iraq 3 12
Herold Noel



Noel, 25, was born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn. He enlisted in the army in September 2000. He witnessed serious battle carnage soon after he crossed into southern Iraq. He also watched friends lose life and limb as his unit was repeatedly ambushed by rebels near Falluja. He left Iraq in August 2003. When he returned home, Noel was a changed man and found it difficult to keep a steady job. He, his wife and three children slipped through an almost nonexistent safety net and quickly became homeless.

5 pictures, last one added on Apr 02, 2005

Nicole Goodwin



Nicole Goodwin was one of the first Iraq war veterans to end up homeless. Soon after her return to the United States, Nicole and her daughter found themselves homeless. After weeks of struggle with the Department of Homeless Services, spending her nights on buses and in shelters with her baby, Nicole found a place to live after being profiled by the New York Times and receiving approximately $17,000 in donations. She now lives in Harlem.

4 pictures, last one added on Apr 02, 2005

Wanda Borders



Borders has been homeless the majority of the time that she's been in the military, since she switched from active duty to reserves in 2000. Borders was in Iraq a total of 10.5 months. She has two children, Alaysha, aged 3 and Kayriece, aged 4. Alaysha was one when she left for Iraq, and stayed with her grandmother while she was away. When she returned, after trying to live in her grandmother’s two-bedroom apartment with 8 people, she moved into a shelter for two years. She quickly became homeless again after returning from Iraq.

3 pictures, last one added on Apr 03, 2005

 

 

IraqCoverage of the Iraq war in 2003 and 2004 while on assignment for Harper's Magazine working with New York Times bestselling author Naomi Klein.

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Attack on Sad'r City



In response to Muqtada Al-Sad'r and the Mahdi Army's radical stance against the occupation, US forces moved in to Sad'r City in early April 2004 and began attacking portions of the Baghdad neighborhood. Although the excact figure of Iraqi casulalties is unknwown, hospitals reported them in the hundreds.

15 pictures, last one added on Jul 07, 2004

Electricity and water



Since the war began, Iraqi people have struggled with electricity and water shortages. Electricity is sporadic in most areas, and in some neighborhoods, people have gone without water altogether. In the summer, temperatures can reach 120 ºF, and so going without water is a dire situation. The nature of electricity and water is interdependent, since water pumps are dependent on electricity to run. Electricity is also needed to run coolers in extreme temperatures. In Sad'r City and other poor areas, people have been forced to drink water known to be contaminated with cholera and typhoid since there is no other alternative.

5 pictures, last one added on Jul 06, 2004

Mount Lebanon Hotel



On March 17, 2004 the largest attack of its type to date rocked Baghdad. The target was the Mount Lebanon Hotel, where it was believed that there were foreign contractors staying. Instead the blast leveled a block of Iraqi flats, and early reports stated that there were at least 27 dead.

1 pictures, last one added on Jul 07, 2004

Moqtada al-Sad'r



Muqtada Al-Sad’r is a firebrand young cleric who quickly turned himself from a marginal figure into a national hero as he made a radical stance against the US led occupation of Iraq. Although not all Shiite Muslims trust his political aspirations, he has a wide following in poor Shiite areas. The Mahdi Army, the militia that has organized under him was originally started to provide security in Shiite areas and to provide services like traffic direction and garbage collection in the failure of the coalition forces to do so. They have since gone on offensives around the country and successfully taken and held several cities and neighborhoods.

7 pictures, last one added on Jul 07, 2004

The General Company for Vegetable Oils Industry



The vegetable oil company produces cooking oil, hand soap, laundry detergent, shaving cream, and shampoo. In July of 2003, the company’s manager was shot to death with his driver. Press reports speculated that the manager was murdered because he was in favour of privatizing the plant in the midst of the new economic changes being imposed throughout Iraq, but workers are convinced that he was killed because he opposed the plan. A new manager who was in favor of privatizing the plant took over, and a fight where shots were fired and the manger's bodyguard was stabbed three times in the back broke out between the management and workers. If the factory is privatized, two thirds of the wokers will lose their jobs, their only way of making a living.

5 pictures, last one added on Jul 06, 2004

The Light Industries Company Refrigerator Factory



The refrigerator factory was completely burned and looted after the war officially ended. Sabah Asaad, managing director of the refrigerator factory outside Baghdad, told us that while the looting was going on, he went to a nearby U.S. Army base and begged for help. “I asked one of the officers to send two soldiers and a vehicle to help me kick out the looters. I was crying. The officer said, ‘Sorry, we can’t do anything, we need an order from President Bush.’” Back in Washington, Donald Rumsfeld shrugged. “Free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.”

5 pictures, last one added on Jul 06, 2004


GreenlandThe US Air Force evicted the Inuit of the Thule region from their traditional hunting lands in 1953, when they came to build a base there. They gave them four days to leave the place they and their ancestors had been living for close to 1000 years, promising them new modern homes with electricity that never materialized. In 1968, the US Air Force crashed a B52 bomber carrying four MK28 nuclear weapons into the ice, forever contaminating their hunting grounds. Since then, they have created a new home for themselves in the town of Qaanaaq, the second most northerly town on the planet, and are fighting in international court to regain their land. They have retained their relationship with the animals, the land, and the weather that play such a defining role in the austere arctic environment, while coming face to face with the modern world in a very short period of time. 1 7
Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)



7 pictures, last one added on Aug 07, 2004

 

 

CalcuttaCalcutta is infamous for its poverty and is one of the worst examples of urban decay that there is in the world. It is home to 100,000 street children, 150,000 slum dwellers, and 200,000 homeless people. 50% of Calcutta’s residents live below the international poverty line. Street children are incredibly vulnerable to drugs and prostitution. All slums in Calcutta have been deemed illegal, and therefore face frequent demolitions by police. However many problems the poor in Calcutta face, they rely on very tight-knit communities of extended family and friends to survive, and it is these warm and vibrant communities of support that makes life bearable. 1 7
Street kids and slum-dwellers



7 pictures, last one added on Sep 27, 2004

 

 

Protests against the Republican National ConventionAn unprecedented number of anti-RNC events swept New York City during the week of August 29-September 4, 2004. Some highlights include a 5000 bicycle strong Critical Mass, a banner drop on the Plaza Hotel, ACT-UP activists disrupting White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card's speech, 500,000+ people flooding the streets during the mass march on the 29th, the gathering in Central Park of thousands after the march defying the Mayor's ban on a rally there, the 'Mouse Bloc's' disruption of Republican delegates excursions to Broadway plays, The A31 day of direct action which included street parties, spontaneous marches, die-ins, and sit-ins blocking delegates, the 'Billionaires for Bush' hilarious street theater interventions all over the city, and a candlelight vigil in Union Square to remember those who have died as a result of the Bush Administration’s policies. The protests were the largest against a political convention in U.S. history, and police arrested more than 1700 people. Of course the events are too numerous to mention here, for a full archive of coverage of the events, visit nyc.indymedia.org. 1 23
RNC 2004



23 pictures, last one added on Sep 03, 2004

 

 

MaasaiAs tourism becomes more widespread throughout the Maasai Mara in southern Kenya, the Maasai are more exposed to western culture. As a result their economy is moving from being based on cattle to being based on tourism and currency. This has made them less self-sufficient and led to rapid cultural loss. The irony of it is that although they have been displaced from their land to create game preserves to protect the abundant wildlife in the area, the Maasai are the original conservationists in the vicinity. They are most likely the reason that the region still has so many thriving species. The only reason a Maasai will kill an animal other than their stock of cattle and goats is if it attacks one of their people or livestock. Still, through all the changes, the Maasai have retained more of their vibrant and colorful culture than most other African tribes. They are truly a people in transition, as many of them straddle traditional and modern ways of living. 2 15
A rapidly changing Mara



8 pictures, last one added on Sep 22, 2004

Robert Biswas-Diener



Robert Biswas-Diener is a cross-cultural psychologist who does research on subjective well-being, or happiness. His work focuses on what gives rise to a sense of emotional well-being along different cultural and economic lines. He has worked with the Inuit of Northern Greenland, the Maasai, street children, slum dwellers and sex workers in Calcutta, homeless people in Fresno, California, and the Amish in Illinois. In this gallery he is shown working with the Maasai of Southern Kenya.

7 pictures, last one added on Sep 27, 2004


Argentina's economic collapse and popular uprisingIn the winter of 2001, Argentina defaulted on its loans of more than 132 billion, the first time a country had done so in years. From this moment the economy was in free fall. People began looting shops and supermarkets so they could feed their families. The president, Fernando De La Rua, declared a state of emergency, suspending all constitutional rights, and banning meetings of more than three people. Over a million people took part in protest in Buenos Aires alone. That night the finance minister resigned, and over the next 24 hours of street protest, police killed 22 demonstrators. The president resigned shortly thereafter, and was evacuated from the presidential palace by helicopter. Within a fortnight four more governments fell. 3 8
Piqueteros



The piqueteros are a movement of the poor and unemployed who use road blockades and the economic disruption they cause to demand food, jobs and housing. Their unnoficial symbol is a burning tire, which they use to create barricades when they block roadways. Besides their impressive protest tactics, they also organize in their neighborhoods to provide each other with food and to create alternative economic structures in the face of poverty and rising unemployment.

5 pictures, last one added on Aug 20, 2004

Ahorristas



The ahorristas are a movement of the middle class that began when the government froze bank accounts across the country to prevent a run on the banks as the economy went into free-fall. They hold regular demonstrations outside of banks demanding that their money be returned, and regularly attack ATMs, armored cars and the banks themselves.

2 pictures, last one added on Aug 20, 2004

The Mothers of the Disappeared



The Mothers of the Disappeared (or Madres de la Plaza de Mayo) became internationally famous when they defied the ban on public gatherings and came out into the central square holding candles and demanded to know where their children were. Since then they have become a symbol of Argentinean resistance, and run a cafe in and infoshop in Buenos Aires that is a hub for activists and social movements.

1 pictures, last one added on Aug 20, 2004

 

 

Cancún: Protests against the World Trade OrganizationThe protests against the WTO in Cancún kicked off with the suicide of Lee Kyung-Hae, a Korean farmer who traveled halfway across the world to climb atop the security fence and plunge a knife into his heart, while wearing a sign that said “WTO Kills Farmers.” Although his was a tragic death, his act made a lasting impact. As a result of the protests both outside and within the meetings themselves, The WTO talks completely collapsed after the Kenyan representative of the Group of 22 (the developing-world alliance of 22 nations, led by Brazil, India and China, which represent more than half the world's people and about 80% of its farmers) said, "The meeting is over. This is another Seattle," and walked out on the last day of the conference.

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On September 9th, the opening day of the demonstrations, there was a march up to the security fence that remained peaceful. The air was festive, with many people wearing colorful costumes and dancing in the streets. A ritual ceremony was performed where seeds were offered up by campesinos (farmers from Mexico and other parts of latin america) in symbolic protest of the WTO's agricultural policies.

4 pictures, last one added on Mar 31, 2005

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On the second day of the protests, a Korean farmer climbed on top of the security fence and plunged a knife into his heart while wearing a sign that said "The WTO Kills Farmers." He died soon after in a local hospital. As soon as he was dragged away, the crowd erupted in anger and tore the security fence down. Clashes with police ensued, and the rioting contiinued for hours.

12 pictures, last one added on Mar 30, 2005

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On the third day of the protests memorials were erected to the memory of Lee Kyung-Hai and things were mainly quiet as plans were laid for the coming days. In the evening there was a cacerolazo (a traditional Argentinean form of protest involving banging pots and pans as a symbol of hunger) which ended with a mass moment of silence at Kilometer Zero, where Lee Kyung-Hai took his life.

5 pictures, last one added on Mar 31, 2005

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On the fourth day of the protests, activists infiltrated the secure Zona Hotelera where the WTO was meeting by disguising themselves as tourists. A few hundred protesters converged directly in front of the conference center and blocked the street for some some hours. They then negotiated with the authorities for a bus to take them back out of the Zona Hotelera and there was a triumphant ride on the roof of the bus through the streets of Cancun.

6 pictures, last one added on Mar 31, 2005

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On the final day of the protests, after a march to the security fence, women from around the world gathered around it with bolt cutters in front of the crowd and began to dismantle it. When they had taken out most of the infastructure of the fence, the Korean delegation came up to the fence with massive coils of rope, attached them to thee fence and threw the lengths out into the crowd. The crowd heaved on the ropes again again until the fence was completely destroyed.

6 pictures, last one added on Mar 31, 2005

 

 

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