Coupland’s images of jumpers and of the ultimate boogeyman, Bin Laden, remind us of how deep inside us those images are lodged, how they can never be removed, and how, as time passes, their meanings remain as potent as ever, even though we can’t fully decode them. By evoking memories that can’t be deleted by wilful ignorance or overabstraction, Coupland reminds us that we all share a set of uncloseable doors in our minds, and through these opened doors, in an almost cartoon-like way, now march the NSA, Google, spooks, shadow governments.

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Photo: Thomas Geyer/AP

The new World Trade Center is still in limbo, its future as uncertain as New York’s. Why have New Yorkers been so badly let down?

Photo: nythroughthelens/Vivienne Gucwa/Guardian

Obama broke off from discussing world affairs at the Nato summit in Newport, Wales, to visit Stonehenge. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

For the US and its allies, Mount Sinjar is a success story: a humanitarian disaster alleviated by US air power. But hundreds, if not thousands, of Iraqis – mostly sick and old – remain atop the mountain, with no relief on its way.

Image: ImageSat International

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CultureHISTORY: #MikeBrown Funeral - August 2014 

  1. Mike Brown casket w/ St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap
  2. Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden at her son’s service
  3. Attendees united in song
  4. Funeral attendees
  5. Memorial including long line of roses at Mike Brown’s murder site
  6. A painting & memorial from Atlanta, GA

(via journolist)

The rate of police killings of black Americans is nearly the same as the rate of lynchings in the early decades of the 20th century.

Photos: JB Forbes / St Louis Post-Dispatch via AP; Wikimedia Commons

Michael Brown funeral: Thousands of mourners are expected at the funeral of Michael Brown, the African American teenager whose death at the hands of a white police officer set off days of confrontation on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.

White House officials and civil rights activist Al Sharpton are scheduled to attend. Follow live coverage of the funeral 

Photo: Reuters 

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Artist Eric Drooker shares the inspiration behind next week’s cover, “Ferguson, Missouri.”