The militant Islamic State group has released a video in which it claims to have beheaded the captured American journalist Steven Sotloff, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
There will be many efforts in the coming days to derive meaning from Jim’s death. Some will say ISIS had him killed to punish the US for its recent air strikes against them in Iraq, some will say it was to egg the Americans on, and others will attribute it to simple madness. … I would rather derive meaning from Jim’s life. As a journalist, I want to celebrate his dedication to truth and understanding. But that would sell him short. It is clear even just by secondhand accounts from the family that would do anything to help him, even when he insisted on returning to a war zone, and from the friends who were so enriched by knowing him, that Jim’s value was so much more.
"We don’t like pictures like this. It is not good to deduce an entire country to the image of a person reaching out for food. It is not good for people to see us like this, and it is not good for us to see ourselves like this. This gives us no dignity. We don’t want to be shown as a country of people waiting for someone to bring us food. Congo has an incredible amount of farmland. An incredible amount of resources. Yes, we have a lot of problems. But food is not what we are reaching for. We need investment. We need the means to develop ourselves."
(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)
Lana and Francesco Carrozzini
“Choose your favorite pieces of art to be displayed in the largest outdoor art event to take place in the US. Your votes will inform the final selection of 50 works of art that will appear on public displays such as billboards, bus shelters, subway posters, and more throughout August.”
I think bringing art into the public realm is awesome. So I am behind this project. To show my support I’ll be posting some of my favorite nominated pieces and encouraging you all to participate and vote! It’s so easy. All you have to do is create a name and password and you are done! You can vote once a day or only once, depending on how strongly you feel about the pieces. Get voting!