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Former president George. W. Bush recently unveiled a collection of his portraits of world leaders, the latest chapter in a hobby he’s embraced since leaving the Oval Office. Here’s a look at the artistic side of the 43rd president.
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Memories of August, 1914
Jul. 28, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/383969
http://natl.re/1tTIKdm
A unique commemoration of life on the eve of war 100 years ago took place in Liverpool, England, this past weekend as giant-sized puppets walked the streets in a performance that paid tribute to the city’s role in the Great War. Here’s a look.
Held just before the anniversary of the start of hostilities on July 28, 1914, “Memories of August 1914” was inspired by the Liverpool Pals, a battalion of WWI volunteers made up of neighbors and co-workers from the seaside English city.
Some 1,000 men signed up to serve in the war within the first month. In all some 2,800 local men lost their lives in the conflict.
An estimated 40,000 spectators were on hand to watch the giant public show, a creation of the French street-theater company Royal de Luxe.
“Memories” began two days earlier as the 24 foot-tall “Grandmother Giant” lay sleeping in St. George’s Hall, where the Liverpool Pals campaign began a century earlier.
A visitor gets a closer look.
Once awakened, Grandma rose and set out to explore the city. It takes a team of 26 expert puppeteers to operate her.
Joining grandma on her journey was “The Little Giant Girl” and her dog Zolo.
Xolo makes his way down a Liverpool street, followed by a team of controllers.
Royal de Luxe director Jean-Luc Courcoult told BBC he chose to bring the show to Liverpool because they residents “like to talk about the past, tell family stories, and keep them alive.”
Courcoult added that he hoped the show would “reassure us and maybe give us a message of hope” on the anniversary of the start of that terrible conflict.
Two puppeteers sit high above the ground as they steer Little Giant Girl through the streets.
The Little Giant Girl also got a ride on a more modern conveyance.
Grandma rides a wheelchair into a busy Liverpool public square. In all the three puppets travelled more than 30 miles.
A team of puppeteers attends to Grandma’s controls, which briefly delayed the performance.
A crowd favorite, especially with children, Xolo stands nine feet fall and is operated by a 20-person crew.
World War I
Jul. 28, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/383912
http://natl.re/1rWADwr
THE "GREAT WAR": July 28 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities in World War I, a massive conflagration that would rage across Europe and far-flung battlefields for more than four years. Here’s a look back at the conflict through the faces of the soldiers who fought on all sides. Pictured, British troops climb out from a trench on the Western front.
World War I saw most of the nations of Europe as well as Russia, the Ottoman Empire, and the United States, embroiled in a conflict that would cause the fall of four imperial dynasties and alter the political landscape of the world. Pictured, Prussian guard infantry mobilize in Berlin, August 1914.
Though largely fought between European powers, the war spread to battlefields in Africa, the Middle East, and as far away as Asia. Pictured, a Turkish machine gun corps holds a position on the Gaza Line at Tel Esh Sheria, 1917.
The war brought unprecedented destruction and loss of life as modern weapons changed the landscape of the battlefield. But even after all the carnage, the groundwork was laid for an even more horrific world war two decades later. Pictured, a British soldier stands amid housands of spent artillery shells.
World War I saw the introduction of numerous new technologies on the battlefield and put established weapons to use on a whole new and murderous scale. The modern tank was among the innovations that changed the face of battle. Pictured, British armor on the move.
Powerful machine guns brought unprecedented carnage to vulnerable infantry, driving them into the protective trenches that would come to define the fighting across the Western front. Pictured, a Belgian soldier mans a machine gun during fighting in Belgium, 1914.
Airplanes were also used by numerous combatant nations for reconnaissance and bombing, and occasionally in aerial dogfights to determine air superiority for the first time in modern war. Pictured, British Handley-Page bombers in the skies over the Western front.
The war also saw the first widespread use of poison gas, a ghastly new weapon that so horrified the world that its use was later banned by international treaty. Pictured, German soldiers run from a poison gas attack near Flanders, September 1917.
The scope of the war made a final accounting of the human toll hard to measure, but an estimated nine to ten million soldiers were killed and more than 22 million injured. At least seven million civilians also perished during the conflict. Pictured, British soldiers carry a stretcher in Flanders, August 1917.
THE FRONT LINES: French soldiers stage a bayonet charge up a steep slope in the Argonne Forest, 1915.
British artillery pound German forces on the Western front.
A German soldier throws a hand grenade.
An artillery shell lands near a trench at Fort de la Pompelle, France.
American soldiers prepare their 37mm machine gun during fighting at Meuse-Argonne, France, September 1918.
U.S. soldiers in action: Battery C, Sixth Field Artillery Regiment, First Division, fire artillery at Beaumont, France, September 1918.
A German machine-gun position on the Vistula River, 1916.
A British machine-gun team preps their weapon.
U.S. soldiers with Company A, Ninth Machine Gun Battalion, man an emplacement in Chateau Thierry, France, June 1918.
Serbian soldiers man a hilltop trench.
Infantry man a position north of Jerusalem, 1917.
A gang of soldiers pull a heavy field artillery piece through the mud along a railroad track.
A German soldier and his horses wear gas masks as they move through a contaminated area, June 1918.
Soldiers unload 1,400-pound “pill box destroyers” on the Western front. These artillery shells would blow a hole 15 feet deep and 45 feet across.
German soldiers celebrate Christmas at the front, December 1914.
British soldiers enjoy a Christmas dinner in a shell crater and alongside a grave, 1916.
ON THE MOVE: French cavalry ride through the streets, c. 1914
British soldiers on the march at Vimy Ridge, 1917.
German troops on the march c. 1918.
Australian light-horse troops on the march in East Jerusalem, 1918.
Highlander soldiers carry sandbags to the front, 1916.
British soldiers on the beach at Gallipoli, with part of the invasion fleet in the harbor, prior to pivotal and bloody battle.
Russian troops on the run after the Russian Revolution, 1917.
British soldiers march into Lille, France, near the war's end in October 1918.
Going Home: American soldiers of the all-black 369th Infantry Regiment arrive in New York City c. 1919.
IN THE TRENCHES: Facing powerful machine gun and the ever-present threat of artillery, armies on both sides dug in for a long and protracted war fought from sprawling trenches. Pictured, a British soldier crouches in a flooded trench near the front line in France.
American soldiers with the Maryland 117th Trench Mortar Battery, load a trench mortar near Badonviller, France, 1918.
French soldiers man an anti-aircraft machine gun in a trench near Perthes les Hurlus.
French soldiers wear gas masks in a trench, 1917.
British soldiers in knee-deep mud at the front lines, c. 1917.
A British soldier cleans his rifle on the Western front.
An exhausted Scottish soldier asleep in a trench near Thievpal, France.
A Dutch soldier writes a letter home while sheltered in a trench.
A posed shot of German soldiers in a trench near the British line, showing their large machine gun and one soldier (at right) using a periscope to observe enemy forces.
The view from inside an ANZAC pillbox near Ypres, 1917.
BUTCHER'S BILL: A British soldier helps a wounded German prisoner, c. 1916
German soldiers support a wounded British soldier, 1917.
German medics tend to soldiers injured in a gas attack.
An American soldier with Company K, 110th Regiment Infantry, is tended by a medic at Varennes-enArgonne, France, September 1918.
German POWs are pressed into service helping push a cart loaded with wounded Canadian soldiers at Vimy Ridge, 1917
THE AFTERMATH: Soldiers stand in a massive artillery crater in Ypres, Belgium, October 1917.
Austrian Fourth Division field artillery soldiers in Chateau Wood near Hooge, Belgium, October 1917
A shattered British MkIV tank near Inverness Copse, August 1917.
Two tanks lie broken on the battlefield at Ypres, Belgium, October 1917.
A bridge snakes through the shattered landscape at Flanders, 1918.
Dead horses litter a battlefield near Ypres, Belgium, 1917.
Lens France
The pulverized ruins of Gommecourt Chateau in France.
Comic-Con Costumes
Jul. 28, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/383917
http://natl.re/1puPWsm
Comic book, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages and all shapes and sizes gathered in San Diego over the weekend for the annual Comic-Con convention. As always, the colorful costumes worn by attendees — dubbed “cosplay” — were a big part of the show. Here’s a look at this year’s sights.
Once a small gathering of dedicated comic-book fans and would-be artists, Comic-Con is now a major stop on the pop culture landscape for attendees and Hollywood producers building interest in new film and television projects.
Tickets to the major Hollywood presentations — which often include screenings of advanced footage of upcoming releases — are a hot item each year. Pictured, cast members of The Avengers wave to the crowd.
Fan costumes run the gamut from classic characters — such as this group dressed as the heroes and villains of the 1960s Batman series — to the latest creations form the growing world of fantasy and science fiction.
Amid all the costumes, some famous faces can go unnoticed. Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson revealed his true identity after walking the floor anonymously.
Actor and comic-book aficionado Jack Black showed up lightly costumed, body guard in tow.
FANTASY FACES: Here's a survey of some of the amazing costumes at this year's convention.
FEMALE FAN FACTION: While a handful of demonstrators at this year’s convention decried what they viewed as sexist imagery, most took a more embracing girl-power view and clearly enjoyed displaying their colorful outfits.
THE BEST OF THE REST: More eye-popping views of the Comic-Con crowd.
Cartoon of the Day
Jul. 28, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/365949
http://natl.re/JbxjfK
Human Shields, by Michael Ramirez (July 28, 2014)
Putin’s Reset, by Michael Ramirez (July 25, 2014)
Presidents During a Crisis, by Michael Ramirez (July 24, 2014)
Wide Open, by Michael Ramirez (July 23, 2014)
Transparent, by Michael Ramirez (July 22, 2014)
Out, by Henry Payne (July 21, 2014)
Why? by Michael Ramirez (July 18, 2014)
LeBron, by Henry Payne (July 17, 2014)
Ha-Mas, by Michael Ramirez (July 16, 2014)
The Pawn, by Michael Ramirez (July 15, 2014)
Tear Down This Wall, by Michael Ramirez (July 14, 2014)
Obama’s Katrina, by Michael Ramirez (July 11, 2014)
Before and After, by Michael Ramirez (July 9, 2014)
I Don’t Know Why They’re Flooding the Borders, by Michael Ramirez (July 8, 2014)
Equal Justice, by Henry Payne (July 7, 2014)
The Times, July 4, 1776, by Henry Payne (July 4, 2014)
Happy Birthday, America, by Michael Ramirez (July 3, 2014)
Help Center, by Michael Ramirez (July 2, 2014)
5-4, by Henry Payne (July 1, 2014)
Rip Van Media, by Michael Ramirez (June 30, 2014)
The Piñata, by Michael Ramirez (June 27, 2014)
The Plan, by Michael Ramirez (June 26, 2014)
Red . . . by Henry Payne (June 24, 2014)
Iran to the Rescue, by Michael Ramirez (June 23, 2014)
White House to the Rescue, by Michael Ramirez (June 20, 2014)
Gap, by Henry Payne (June 19, 2014)
Baghdad Bobama, by Michael Ramirez (June 18, 2014)
Missing, by Michael Ramirez (June 17, 2014)
Dead Broke, by Michael Ramirez (June 14, 2014)
Clinton Problems, by Michael Ramirez (June 13, 2014)
To Faithfully Execute . . . by Michael Ramirez (June 12, 2014)
Broke, by Michael Ramirez (June 11, 2014)
Talking Bergdahl, by Michael Ramirez (June 10, 2014)
Lemon, by Henry Payne (June 9, 2014)
The Imperial President, by Michael Ramirez (June 6, 2014)
Cutting Carbon, by Henry Payne (June 5, 2014)
The Obama Emporium, by Michael Ramirez (June 4, 2014)
After You, by Michael Ramirez (June 3, 2014)
It Was the Weather, by Michael Ramirez (June 2, 2014)
The West Point Address, by Michael Ramirez (May 30, 2014)
First Read About It in the Newspaper, by Michael Ramirez (May 29, 2014)
General Motors Theater, by Henry Payne (May 27, 2014)
Freedom, by Henry Payne (May 26, 2014)
Hope . . . by Henry Payne (May 24, 2014)
Fallen Soldiers, by Michael Ramirez (May 23, 2014)
Outraged? by Lisa Benson (May 22, 2014)
Obamacare, Brought to You by . . . by Henry Payne (May 21, 2014)
Now You Know How We Feel, by Michael Ramirez (May 20, 2014)
#You Think? by Michael Ramirez (May 18, 2014)
#BringBack . . . by Michael Ramirez (May 16, 2014)
Gospel Reading, by Michael Ramirez (May 15, 2014)
Today’s Lecture, by Henry Payne (May 14, 2014)
Truth, by Michael Ramirez (May 13, 2014)
Clinton Celebrity Gala, by Henry Payne (May 12, 2014)
Segregation, by Michael Ramirez (May 10, 2014)
Weather, by Michael Ramirez (May 9, 2014)
Under the Rug, by Henry Payne (May 7, 2014)
Photoshop of the Day
Jul. 28, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/355927
http://natl.re/128lz3e
Tunnel of Love, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 28, 2014)
Valley of Dearth, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 25, 2014)
Obama’s National Guard, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 24, 2014)
Iceberg, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 23, 2014)
Leader of the Free World, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 22, 2014)
The Bear Is Loose, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 21, 2014)
Farther Apart, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 18, 2014)
Secure? by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 17, 2014)
So Many Scandals . . . by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 16, 2014)
Mainstream, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 15, 2014)
Kidsnado, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 14, 2014)
Break Shot, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 11, 2014)
Pawns, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 10, 2014)
Ship of State, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 9, 2014)
Coyote, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 8, 2014)
Obama’s Pipeline, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 7, 2014)
Fingers Crossed, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 4, 2014)
Obama’s America, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 3, 2014)
Blocked Shot, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 2, 2014)
The Obama Legacy, by TerrellAfterMath.com (July 1, 2014)
Tangled Web, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 27, 2014)
2.9, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 26, 2014)
Raiders, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 25, 2014)
Cooperation, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 24, 2014)
Battle Ribbons, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 23, 2014)
Iraq Advisors, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 20, 2014)
Stuff Happens, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 19, 2014)
Invisible Hand, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 18, 2014)
Ping-Pong Bomb, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 17, 2014)
On Advice of Council, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 16, 2014)
Borders, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 13, 2014)
Bumping the Board, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 12, 2014)
Obama’s World, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 11, 2014)
Business Regs, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 10, 2014)
Sock Puppet, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 9, 2014)
Normandy 2014, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 6, 2014)
Implementing Obama’s Foreign Policy, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 5, 2014)
Bergdahl Makes His Way Home, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 4, 2014)
Broken Mirror, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 3, 2014)
Bad Nwws, by TerrellAfterMath.com (June 2, 2014)
‘Out Front’, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 30, 2014)
Captain of the Ship, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 29, 2014)
Train of Thought, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 27, 2014)
Memorial Day, 2014, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 26, 2014)
Tea Party, R.I.P., by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 23, 2014)
When You Only Have a Hammer, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 22, 2014)
Caution, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 21, 2014)
Now Featuring . . . by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 20, 2014)
Voting Protocols, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 19, 2014)
The Gun, The Gun, The Gun, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 16, 2014)
The Virtuoso, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 15, 2014)
Affordable Lawyer Act, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 14, 2014)
Workable Hashtag, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 13, 2014)
Foundation of Trust, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 12, 2014)
The Other Tea Party, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 9, 2014)
What We Have Here Is . . . by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 8, 2014)
Instrument of Foreign Policy, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 7, 2014)
Cool Hand Carney, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 6, 2014)
When You Wish Upon a Star, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 5, 2014)
The Stripped-Down Version, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 2, 2014)
Pushing the Envelope, by TerrellAfterMath.com (May 1, 2014)
<p>NR’s Photoshop of the Day is produced daily by <a href="http://www.TerrellAfterMath.com" style="color:#FFFFFF">TerrellAfterMath.com</a>.</p>
Meme Watch: Live the Wage
Jul. 25, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/383831
http://natl.re/WSBaVq
Rep. Jan Schakowsky joined the Democrats's “Live the Wage” campaign on Thursday, tweeting her proposed low-cost meal plan as part of a campaign to build support for raising the minimum wage. But to some, the stunt merely reinforced how out of touch many Washington pols are. Here’s a look.
Schakowsky’s tweeted this image of her menu plan, a plan that looked to a lot of people like a normal American menu than many of us eat regularly. The snark came faster than a Domino’s pizza.
Columnist Michelle Malkin took particular umbrage at Schakowsky’s inclusion of ramen noodles on her list, prompting her to tweet out this picture: “This is my pantry. It is not an international human rights crime to eat cheap Ramen.”
Others were equally unimpressed with Schakowsky's suffering: “’No duck, no shrimp, and no sorbet between courses. This isn't the America I grew up in.’ -- Rep. Schakowsky” (Gabriel Malor, @gabrielmalor)
“@janschakowsky after eating a tuna sandwich” (John Burtner, @John Burtner)
“’My peasant egg salad was served to me promptly at noon by Jesus, our Guatemalan houseboy" - @janschakowsky, probably #LiveTheWage” (Chris Barnhart, @ChrisBarnhart)
“And? Sorry it's not filet mignon & lobster… Geez.” (GOP Fashionista, @gopfashionista)
“‘Did you know, some people in America have never tried Gruyere melted by champagne steam? It’s barbaric.’ — Rep. Schakowsky” (Charles C.W. Cooke, @charlescwcooke)
“‘Sure, I’m getting withdrawals. Living for a few days without Green Chartreuse and truffles would ruin anyone.’ Rep. Schakowsky” (Charles C.W. Cooke, @charlescwcooke)
“Did @janschakowsky get Michelle O's approval on that menu?” (Michael Petersen, @mdpetersen33)
“I’ve got your #LiveTheWage challenge right here, @janschakowsky: instead of us paying you $174k/year, we pay you $7.25/hr. Everyone wins!” (Sean Davis, @seanmdav)
On Friday, California representative Barbara Lee joined the #LiveTheWage challenge, part of a growing group of Democratic lawmakers taking part.
“Here’s my budget for this week's #LiveTheWage challenge. $5 in leeway isn't a lot if something happens.” (@RepBarbaraLee)
Lee tweeted a picture of her food purchases: “My groceries. Bought lots of things on sale, even food I don’t really like b/c it’s cheap #LiveTheWage” (@RepBarbaraLee)
Twitter users were no more impressed with Lee's sacrifices than with Schakowsky's: “I wouldn't put @RepBarbaraLee in charge a lemonade stand if this is how she budgets” (el Sooper, @SooperMexican)
“@RepBarbaraLee @RichardGrenell maybe if u tax business less (which gets passed onto consumers), food would cost less, u hack” (Yossi Gestetner, @YossiGestetner)
TAXPAYERS VOTE NO: “The #LiveTheWage campaign just proves liberals are complete idiots and shouldn't be in charge of ANY budget. (el Sooper, @SooperMexican)
“I’m sorry, but if these politicians are too stupid to feed themselves on minimum wage, why do we allow them to write our laws?!” (Princess Chelsea, @chelsea_elisa)
“If preening politicians want to #LiveTheWage, why do it for only a week? Cut congressional pay and they can do it for a lifetime!” (Sean Davis, @seanmdav)
“Just querulous twits. They follow their leader. #LiveTheWage with his $25,000 dinners.” (MrsLibertas, @Bloviate_Barbie)
“#LiveTheWage” (Image via Leslie, @LADowd)
Movie Preview: Hercules
Jul. 25, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/383812
http://natl.re/1l1HZJS
A legendary Greek hero gets a modern makeover in the new action film Hercules.. Here’s a spoiler-free look at the film, the very physically fit cast, and some early reviews.
Former pro wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson takes on the role of the legendary Hercules.
Based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, the new film takes place after the events of classic Greek mythology. Hercules has completed his legendary labors, twelve grueling tasks he performed as penance for slaying his wife and sons after going mad.
As the film opens, Hercules is a mercenary trading off his own legend and hiring out his deadly hand to the highest bidder with the aid of a group of loyal fellow travelers. But when he takes on a task to battle a savage warlord, he finds he must embrace his own myth to prevail.
Among Hercules's band of brothers is Tydeus, played by Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie.
Another Norwegian, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, plays Atalanta.
Rufus Sewell plays Autolycus
Reese Ritchie plays Iaolus
Joseph Fiennes plays King Eurystheus, the ruler under whom Hercules performed his twelve labors.
Barbara Palvin plays Antimache, wife of Eurystheus.
Rebecca Ferguson plays Princess Ergenia, who hires Hercules and his band to help her kindly father King Cotys contend with a powerful sorcerer.
Ian McShane plays Amphiaraus.
Peter Mullan plays Sitacles, one of King Cotys’s generals.
MYTH-MAKING: Hercules gives a call to (very, very big) arms.
Hercules preps his St. Crispin’s Day address.
Herc shows his skills with the ladies, in this case Megara (model Irina Shayk).
Tydeus learns he could have had a V8.
Atalanta lets loose.
Well, at least she learned not to run with scissors.
The Rock presents the Bronze Age.
Behind the Scenes: Johnson on the set with director Brett Rattner.
SUMMARY JUDGMENT: Critics are often unkind to so-called "swords-and-sandals" action films like Hercules, but Dwayne Johnson’s relatable performance — not to mention sizable pecs — seems to won more than a few of them over. Here’s a look at some early reviews.
Scott Foundas, Variety: “The happy surprise is that Ratner’s Hercules is more than a mere improvement on its predecessor. It’s a grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has quite done before: It cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size.”
Scott Foundas, Variety: “Johnson may have been born with screen presence wired into his DNA, but he’s gradually cultivated the skills of a canny actor who knows just how to play to the camera and whose brute physical prowess is cut with a sly self-awareness. More than anything else, it’s he who gives this Hercules his human-sized soul.”
Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter: “Johnson plays his role with good humor and more conviction than Steve Reeves could ever muster. When he finally breaks free of his chains and bellows, ‘I am Hercules,’ the audience responds with just the right degree of childish glee.”
Elizabeth Weitzman, NY Daily News: “The effects are impressive, but there are none bigger than the star’s biceps. As Ratner cheerfully acknowledges, The Rock’s preposterously oversized bulk is perfectly suited to a preposterously oversized movie.”
Gary Goldstein, L.A. Times: “Without putting too fine a point on it, Hercules is Johnson's King Lear or Willy Loman; an iconic, aspirational role that's been long-simmering in his wheelhouse.”
Mark of Solidarity
Jul. 25, 2014
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/383727
http://natl.re/1qDSH0U
Christians around the world are embracing an ancient symbol of their faith as a sign of solidarity in the face of ongoing persecution of their fellow religionists in the Middle East. Here’s a look at the #WeAreN movement. (Image: Courtney Muir, @Courtneyamuir)
In recent weeks forces with the Islamist group ISIS have occupied the Iraqi city of Mosul, issuing ultimatums to the city’s Christian to evacuate, convert, or face “death by the sword.” Most of Mosul’s some 3,000 Christians have reportedly fled. (Image: Laura, @Lauramzy)
To enforce their repressive regime, ISIS insurgents marked homes and businesses owned by Christians with an Arabic character, ن — pronounced “noon” — that corresponds to the Roman letter N. The ن stands for Nasara or Nazarenes, a pejorative Arabic word for Christians.
Other ن markings seen around Mosul.
The Catholic blog Rorate Caeli wrote that the Islamists “mean it as a mark of shame, we must then wear it as a mark of hope. ... You may kill our brethren and expel them but we Christians will never go away.”
The hashtags #WeAreN and #IAmN have sprung for Christians to show their support for the community in Mosul and across the Middle East. Many of the messages use the ن as an iconic symbol of solidarity. (Image: Mario Borba, @borbmario)
A demonstration in Ankawa, Iraq, asks for international support in the face of ISIS oppression. (Image: AssyrianGIrlProblems, @AssyrianGrlProb)
“We stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters in Mosul, Iraq." (Open Doors USA, @OpenDoors
Formal graphics have also been produced and circulated. This graphic is from the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Ill. (Image: Springfield OP, @springfieldop)
“In solidarity with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the whole Middle East.” (Fazeela Selberg Zaib, @SelbergZaib)
“Solidarität mit von der islamischen” (Image: Das Jo, @Oberknalltuete)
“I stand in solidarity with Iraqi Christians” (Renee Namis, @Doctormn)
“#WeAreN is going global to raise awareness for the persecuted Christians” (Matt Matsen, @MJmatsen)
(Image: GotQuestions.org, @gotquestions)
“For Assyrian Christians of Iraq their homes marked with Arabic letter ’n' for Nasrani/Christian” (Nadrin, @NardyParty)
“From today’s mass in St. George Chaldean Catholic Church, @Baghdad, ‘We are all Christians’ (Ali Ajeena, @AliAjeena)
“Post a pic of your support for the persecuted overseas. Please be in prayer for them too” (Image: Kofi, @Kofimagne)
(Image: Burkey, @MattyBurke1)
(Image: Greg Burke, @GregBurkeRome)
(Image: Naked Alien Tiwago, @thenakedalien)
“#WeAreN" (Sara Gerges, @gerges_sara)
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