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Lynsey Addario’s Moment

In W.P. Norton on October 13, 2014 at 8:11 am

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“I will cover another war,” says Lynsey Addario, pictured here on an AC360 segment that aired March 31, 2011. Image (c) W.P. Norton.

Without a doubt, this is photojournalist Lynsey Addario’s moment.

Addario has emerged as the most striking phenom to be watched among the four-star constellation of New York Times journos held by government forces in Libya March 16th through the 21st. She stood up to six days of terror in the hands of Libyan forces, along with reporters Anthony Shadid, Stephen Farrell, and fellow photog Tyler Hicks.

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Lynsey Addario, Anthony Shadid, Tyler Hicks, Stephen Farrell.

All four are accomplished professionals who’ve worked in harm’s way for years, and the Libya ordeal clearly put each of them to the test of a lifetime. You could see the shadow of fear in Tyler Hicks’ eyes, see the premature gray in his hair—he’s only 41—as he talked to Anderson Cooper during in the group’s first AC360 segment since being freed.

On that same segment, Shadid, who is around 43 and already packs two Pulitzers, came across as a man in no hurry to impress you; the very soul of humility. Even the beefy skinhead British-Irishman Stephen Farrell, veteran of three war-zone captivities, sat there hunched and somewhat subdued.

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The many faces of Stephen Farrell.

Most striking of the four, though, was Addario. She was the most intense, urgent, serious, and tough, even when describing the assaultive sexual groping she endured at the hands of their Libyan military captors.

Anthony Shadid is without peer as an interpreter of the Islamic world. I rely on his wisdom, revel in the poetry of his writing, and want him safe for years to come because he makes me smarter. Since the Libya nightmare, he’s been quoted as saying that he’ll be covering no more wars, and I plan to hold him to that.

Addario has been flatly insistent that she’ll go on covering combat zones, though, and I find myself strangely glad to hear it.

“I will cover another war,” she said March 30 in a Times blog. More power to her. She’s around the same age as the Hicks and Shadid, and could easily coast through the rest of her working career on her many laurels, which include her own Pulitzer work and a half-million-dollar MacArthur Genius Award.

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A double-shot of Addario with room for intensity, please.

If you haven’t seen it, you are definitely well-advised to get acquainted with Addario’s existing oeuvre. I’ll wager that her best work is ahead of her, though.

Her quiet urgency and sense of mission are two traits that stand in sharp contrast to Lara Logan, the star CBS reporter who lived through her own Mideast nightmare in Egypt earlier this year.

I make no secret of my pride at having worked at the Daily Cardinal with Shadid when we were students at UW-Madison in the late `80’s. Full disclosure, for years I bitterly envied and resented his genius—until the tsunami revolutions of 2011 began to sweep across the Middle East this February. Now I depend on his stories to understand that part of the world.

I’m no less proud to note that Addario also went to Madison—for what it’s worth.

And I simply cannot wait to see what she’ll come up with next.

The first image made available after the release of Farrell, Hicks, Addario and Shadid. credit: Photo tweet from Aida Alami via Nada Bakri. Link: http://yfrog.com/h2rljovj

Posted by W.P. Norton at 11:21 AM Sunday, April 10, 2011

New Blood for Syria

In W.P. Norton on October 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

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President Bashar al-Assad: “new government means new blood”

“For the Syrian citizens, the new government means new blood; and new blood means new and great expectations. But for this blood not to become old in a short period of time, we need to renew it constantly.”

—Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

April 17, 2011

President al-Assad’s Speech to the New Government,” (c) 2011, SANA, Syria’s official government news agency.

LEGALIZE DEMONSTRATIONS AND THERE WON’T BE ANY

“The last law proposed within this package made by the committee is allowing for people to demonstrate. When this package of laws is passed, there will no longer be a need to organize demonstrations in Syria.”

DENIAL IS NOT JUST A RIVER IN EGYPT

“In general terms, it is difficult to acknowledge failure, but we shouldn’t see it as difficult whether the failure is justified or unjustified. What is important is for us to be transparent. We should acknowledge that there are failures and mention the reasons. People understand when we are clear. But when we deny failure, this is failure itself.”

 

STATE OF INSECURITY

“Contrary to what some people believe – that lifting the state of emergency will create a security failure – I think that lifting the state of emergency will enhance security in Syria. It will achieve security while maintaining the dignity of the Syrian citizen.”

 

THEY ARE ALL MARTYRS

“I would like to say that the blood which has been spilled in Syria has pained us all. It pained the heart of every Syrian. We are sad for the loss of every Syrian and for all those who have been injured. We pray to God to provide solace to their families and friends. We consider them all martyrs, whether they were civilians, members of the police or the armed forces.”

The art at the heart of the headline

In W.P. Norton on October 13, 2014 at 6:19 am

Liberia health workers fight fear as Ebola stalks their own

 

Invite-only garden party

at royals’ London home,

with 27,000 cups of tea

 

Is your pension plan in peril? Try going Dutch

 

Show is de rigueur

for ready-to-wear

Paris styles of 2015

 

Wetlands obsession

drives man to where

the wild things grow

 

Rare photo of Robert E. Lee’s slaves found on eBay

 

Looking at John Lennon through a glass onion

 

A kingdom disunited on Thatcher legacy

 

New details on prostitution

scandal and Secret Service

hint at link to White House

 

U.K.’s anti-Europe party

braces for a breakthrough

 

Airlines cutting small comforts for larger profits

 

On the hunt for the `unicorn’ smartphone

 

The hidden story of half a century

of Cuban-American talks revealed

 

Much U.S. ammo is fired by the guns of ISIS

 

A T.V. show about

Norwegian wood

has Norway talking

(c) 2013-24, The Miami Herald International Edition

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