Images of 2005: Courage, Hope, Pain & Freedom
The Anchoress thought the selections looked predictably bleak and offered her own favorites.
I concur, and offer up these…
First Lady Laura Bush and Army Staff Sgt Norbert Lara, foreground left, injured in action, look on as William Norwood, whose 25-year-old son, Marine Sgt. Byron Norwood, was killed in action in Iraq, reaches out to Marine Staff Sgt. John Manuel Martinez while the dead Marine’s mother, Janet Norwood, embraces Safia Taleb al-Suhail, leader of the Iraqi Womens Political Council. (The White House)
This week Safia Taleb al-Souhail hopes to win a parliamentary seat in Iraq. The former exile is upbeat about women’s rights and democracy. And, Safia has ambitions to be Iraq’s first woman president one day.
Egypt Takes Steps Towards Democracy
Egypt, like many Middle Eastern countries, made further commitments towards democracy this year. Egypt, however had its problems. During one round of balloting, opponents to the Mubarak Regime were blocked from the voting booth by government soldiers. But those who really wanted to participate and make their vote count decided to outsmart the police who were preventing them from going in. They put up ladders to sneak into the polling stations like thieves. Sandmonkey described the scene, “In one village, men and women determined to vote resorted to sneaking into the polling station, putting up ladders to climb over back walls — out of sight of police barring the entrance — and slipping through bathroom windows to get in.”
Marine Lance Corporal Timothy Maguire was serving as a field radio operator in Iraq when he was seriously hurt. His family, friends, and community wanted to let him know how much his service and his sacrifice were appreciated. It started as a small gathering of family and friends. Then it grew. Then a parade was planned. In the end, they had 52 groups in the procession and hundreds lining the streets of downtown Festus, Missouri. The community of Festus, Missouri welcomed home Marine Lance Corporal Timothy Maguire a local hero. (SLPD)
Standing with MacArthur.
South Korean marine corp veterans and protesters shout slogans in front of a statue of U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur in Inchon, west of Seoul, September 15, 2005. The statue had been erected to commemorate MacArthur’s historical Inchon landing operation against North Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War. Hundreds of pro-U.S. protesters and marine corp veterans held a rally to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Inchon landing operation and protest against anti-U.S. protesters’ calls to dismantle the statue. (Reuters)
Shifting Sands in the Middle East.
150,000 Moroccans took to the streets of Casablanca to protests against Al Qaida on Sunday November 6, 2005. People carried banners, Moroccan flags and portraits of Moroccan King Mohammed VI in southern Morocco, to protest al Qaida’s decision to kill two Moroccan hostages in Iraq. (AP)
The Nomads Arrive to Vote
The Kuchis, Afghan nomads, arrive to vote Sunday Sept. 18, 2005 at polling stations erected under tents in the middle of the desert. Some of the nomads had to walk for hours to get there. Many of the Kuchis have never been officially registered anywhere registered, and they do not know their age. Some Kuchis appeared to be 10-12 years old that were voting. After voting, the men, women (and children) dip their fingers into permanent ink. (WPN)
A Long Night in Nalchik.
In this image taken from NTV, a police officer embraces his colleague, who had been held hostage, in Nalchik, Russia overnight on Friday, Oct. 14, 2005. Security forces on Friday freed seven hostages who had been held by alleged Islamic extremists in a police station and a store, trying to snuff out the last resistance by rebels who launched simultaneous attacks on police and government buildings across this turbulent southern Russian town a day earlier. (AP)
Ode to George W. Bush
Iraqi women carrying pictures of President George W. Bush show up to vote in Iraq’s national referendum on a draft constitution October 15, 2005, at a polling station in central Iraq. (Getty Images via Free Thoughts)
Tanisha and Nita.
Tanisha Belvin, 5, holds the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina victim Nita LaGarde, 89, as they are evacuated from the Convention Center in New Orleans, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005. America met Mama Nita, as she’s known, and Tanisha Belvin as they fled the horror of the New Orleans Convention Center in the dark days immediately following Hurricane Katrina. Now, they are living under the same roof in Houston, courtesy of a local couple. (AP)
“They can take away our lives, but they can never take away our freedom!”
A Mother’s Touch.
South Korean Jung Il-nam(left), cries with his mother Kim Jong-sim (right), after being told that his father had died. Jung Il-nam, a fisherman, was abducted by North Korea in 1987 and had since been held hostage. A group of 144 South Koreans left for the North Korea Tuesday November 8, 2005 to hold reunions with relatives there for the first time in over five decades. (Hindustan)
Kurdish civilians stand beside scores of coffins that hold the remains of some 500 Iraqi Kurds from the Barzani tribe during a ceremony in Arbil, northern Iraq. The human remains were brought from a mass grave discovered in al-Muthanna province in southern Iraq. Iraqi forces, commanded by former dictator Saddam Hussein are accused of the 1983 massacre of the Kurdish tribe of Mullah Mustafa Barzani, the founding father of Iraqi Kurdistan. Saddam’s regime allegedly rounded up around 8,000 men from the tribe in northern Iraq took them into the desert and executed them. (AFP)
Thousands of opposition protesters chanted “Freedom!” and carried pictures of President Bush as they marched across Azerbaijan’s capital Saturday, urging the government of this U.S. ally to step down and allow free parliamentary elections this year. (GP)
The Secretary of State makes the Style Section
“Applauding soldiers, the American flag, stylish in all black – those boots are made for walking, no doubt. I know the editorial board over at the Post loved General Powell, but he never got anything like this.” Blaster’s Blog on the Washington Post front page on February 24, 2005.