Egyptian security forces on Wednesday tore through two Cairo camps erected by supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, a crackdown in which more than 500 have died. Cairo's streets are temporarily calm, though further protests and funerals for the dead are expected to bring more violence later today. Here's how life looks in Cairo the morning after the massacre.
In The New Republic today, Julia Ioffe recounts eight horrifying and uplifting stories of being gay in the new Russia, amid hate crimes and the criminalization of "gay propaganda." Here are the Russian activists fighting against discrimination.
The 25 contemporary artists featured in Art Made From Books (forthcoming from Chronicle Books) may use similar materials, but their work exhibits extraordinary range—themes that range from nostalgia and the passage of time, to history and nature, to the boundaries between sculpture, painting, and text. Below is a sample.
"Marijuana remains illegal at the national level, with no medical exception," Michael Kinsley notes in the latest issue of The New Republic. And yet, in Washington state—which, along with Colorado, legalized pot for all uses last year—the cultivation and sale of the drug is a booming business.
IK-28, a maximum-security Russian penal colony, is located in Yertsevo, in the northern Arkhangelsk region near the Arctic Circle. It was once part of a cluster of camps founded in the late 1930s as part of the Gulag system. Today, it houses over 1,000 prisoners, many of whom were convicted on murder or terrorism charges. "Most of them killed two or more people," says photographer Max Avdeev, who shot the prison in February 2010.
From Stalin to Tsarnaev
The editors of Rolling Stone probably weren't surprised when the cover of their August issue, featuring the bedroom eyes of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, provoked controversy online and off. Worrying that the photo glorifies his image, some Massachusetts businesses are even refusing to sell copies of the issue. But for all the outrage, evildoers have a long history as magazine cover stars. Tsarnaev is the latest proof, it seems, that being a terrorist can get you into a jail cell indefinitely—or land you on a cover for good.
Elliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner have something in common: no, not that. Both men, back on the campaign trail, have been working forced expressions, almost approaching rigor moris in their set-ness. Spitzer, hoping to be loved again, had a death mask grin on his face during his first official comptroller campaign stop. Weiner, needing to be taken seriously, bears a more grave countenance. Yorick's got nothing on these guys, back from the political dead.
America's natural wonders and historic landmarks are the latest victims of Congressional inaction. In a Los Angeles Times report Monday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell complains that Congress has failed to pass dozens of public lands bills that would establish new monuments or add territory to already existing parks—and that President Obama could bypass congressional approval.