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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 envied 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.

And I simply cannot wait to see what Addario will come up with next.



New Blood for Syria

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


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.


“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.”


“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.”



“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.”



“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) 2013-14, The Miami Herald International Edition

Headlines on the human condition

In W.P. Norton on October 13, 2014 at 6:01 am

Would tears make worse

the grief of tragic death?


Starting family foists hard

choice on 2-career couple


Is BF who’s 20 too young

for 30-year-old divorcee?


Unmarried dad’s folks say

baby can’t take his name


Do couples who disagree

about time have a future?


Is handmade craft for baby

worth less than retail gift?


The line between seeking

love and letting it come


How deep should aunt get

into breakup of niece, 20?


A daughter’s anguish for

dad who can’t stop eating


Friend’s ‘helpful’ advice

gets under new mom’s skin


When work is not enough,

how do you find meaning?


1 rule for seeing through

red flags in relationships


‘Perfect’ hubby unwilling

to accept wife as she is


Sis’ BF gets personal with

views on race and politics


Broke up but together, at

least in terms of the lease


She’s leaving home 3 years

after college. But where to?


Who gets the ring when

an engagement goes sour?


Will ‘explosive’ aunt harm

this mother’s young son?


Bride’s mom questions

having 2 dads at wedding


Will unreturned affection

destroy this marriage?


Long-distance romance

puts single mom in trap


A mother’s `someday’ is

almost here. What then?


Mom is all torn up by

daughter’s extra 40 lbs.


The lives we can change

by acting against cruelty


On facing down bullies,

and sibling-free eldercare


BF won’t text her daily.

Is that a deal-breaker?


Lies we tell our children,

and what to say to critics


Forgiveness, childhood,

and your future children


Leave or stay, but if you

stay, take the guy ‘as is’


Can she close the door

on crazymaking sister?


Stepmom wants hubby’s

grown kids to let her in


Newly divorced, and

mom and dad blame her


The delicate question

of time-out from family


When baby-to-be is not

the sex that hubby wants


What can you do when

sister is a control freak?


Answering the question,

Is this all there is in life?

(c) The Miami Herald International Edition, 2014

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