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NEWS & EVENTS:
Austerity   Austerity
Various / Agence Vu / Invision / Aurora Photos
A collection of photos surrounding the Greek Economic Crisis from Agence Vu and Invision, our image partner based in Greece.
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The Sketchiest Andy   The Sketchiest Andy
Jared Alden / Aurora Photos
The world was introduced to 'Sketchy' Andy Lewis in 2012 when he performed a slackline routine alongside Madonna at the Superbowl halftime show. Already an acclaimed world championship slackliner, Lewis continues to dazzle audiences with gravity defying performances.
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Dancing Behind Bars   Dancing Behind Bars
Sergio Ramazzotti / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
Five years later, prisoners are still dancing in lockstep!
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The Beach After War   The Beach After War
Ugo Lucio Borga / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
The Libyan revolution sparked a year ago, and Libyans are finding ways to return to normalcy amid uncertainty and lingering instability. For several seasons, the Tripoli's wide, sandy beaches were abandoned. Today, it is possible to see entire families pic-nicking, young couples strolling, or revolutionaries relaxing in the surf.
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Faces of the Taliban   Faces of the Taliban
Guillermo Cervera / Aurora Photos
The United States has spent nearly $500 billion fighting these men. The Taliban is an Afghan extremist group, known for strict interpretation of Islamic laws, systemic human rights violations and opposition to capitalism and modernism. They are made up of former mujahadeen or members of the Pashtun tribe. Americans label them “the enemy”, but who are the boys and men of the Taliban?
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Operation: Water Polo   Operation: Water Polo
Sergio Ramazzotti / Parallelozero / Aurora Photos
Afghanistan dominates the headlines with stories of war, suicide bombers and casualties. Amid that hostile atmosphere, a team of unlikely athletes is hoping to win Olympic Gold. Jeremy Piasecki, an ex-U.S.Army sergeant and former professional water polo player is training the first Afghan National Water Polo team in a military base swimming pool in the middle of the desert. The team, made up of Afghan soldiers, hopes their training at this desert oasis will bring them to the next Olympic trials.
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Nature's Power Unleashed   Nature's Power Unleashed
Various / Aurora Photos
Earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanoes, tornadoes, and more. When nature unleashes its full force it can leave devastation and destruction in its wake. See natures fury and its aftermath in action with this collection of images from Aurora.
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New 9/11 Images from Klaus Reisinger   New 9/11 Images from Klaus Reisinger
Klaus Reisinger / Compass Films / Aurora Photos
On the morning of September 11th, 2001, Klaus Reisinger was in Brooklyn, NY signing a contract for a documentary film. After hearing the first plane strike the World Trade Center, Klaus borrowed a friend's camera and quickly headed toward Manhattan. After battling crowds and sneaking past police on the Brooklyn bridge, Klaus found himself in the middle of a defining moment of the 21st century.
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The Final Walk To Freedom   The Final Walk To Freedom
Bruno Zanzottera / ParalleloZero/ Aurora Photos
On July 9th, 2011 the Republic of Southern Sudan will be born. This comes after centuries of oppression and war, culminating in a January 2011 referendum to secede from Sudan. Despite tension with the North and pressure from Ugandan rebels that threatens to destabilize the region, the people of Southern Sudan are determined to make their final walk to freedom.
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The World Trade Center Remembered   The World Trade Center Remembered
Aurora Photos
A set of images taken by Aurora photographers during the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
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Libya Revolt March 2011   Libya Revolt March 2011
Various Aurora Photographers
Several Aurora Photos affiliated photographers have been documenting the Libyan revolt over the past weeks. Here's an overview of what they have been seeing and recording.
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Ivory Coast Crisis   Ivory Coast Crisis
Zumstein / VU / Aurora Photos
In November the former prime minister, Alassane Quattara defeated the then president Laurent Gbagbo to be elected as the current president of the Ivory Coast. However, outgoing president Gbagbo refused to admit defeat, and kept power, causing fears of civil war to rise. Photographer Michael Zumstein captured the current state of this political emergency, as Quattara took refuge in the Golf Hotel and the international community sent envoys to put an end to this crisis.
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Editorial: Our Year in Images 2010   Editorial: Our Year in Images 2010
Various Photographers / Aurora Photos
Look back on the year and check out our favorite images from 2010!
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Back to work in the Gulf?   Back to work in the Gulf?
Alessandro Gandolfi / Parallelo Zero / Aurora
While some areas have recently opened to fishing, change for many comes slowly. Photographer Alessandro Gandolfi explores the aftermath of the BP oil spill along the Gulf of Mexico.
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Beyond a Spill   Beyond a Spill
James Balog / Aurora Photos
James Balog gets into the visceral heart of the gulf spill catastrophe, an epic breakdown of technology and of the human response to the breakdown. From the source, to the fisherman, to the earth, Balog illustrates the entire episode as a bitter paradox; a fight of technology versus nature.
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Training in Jordan   Training in Jordan
Paolo Verzone / VU / Aurora
Located in Amman, Jordan, the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC) is a one-of-a-kind special ops training facility, designed to provide world-class training and instruction to US Armed Forces, Jordanian Armed Forces and other regional allies. It is the world's first and largest special forces counterterrorism training facility and provides high tech and fully-immersive training called "Real Combat."
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Congo's Illegal Charcoal   Congo's Illegal Charcoal
Gael Turine / Vu / Aurora
Divided by civil wars, the Democratic Republic of the Congo must fight against the looting of its natural resources, among the richest on the continent. Gal Turine follows guards in Virunga National Park as they combat the illegal production of coal. The Congolese Institute for the Preservation of Nature (CIPN) supplies local villages with machines which create vegetal bricks, a sustainable energy alternative which protects trees and vegetation inside of the Virunga park.
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Liberia: Trying To Recover   Liberia: Trying To Recover
Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora
Liberia is Africa's oldest republic, but it became better known in the 1990s for its long-running, ruinous civil war and its role in a rebellion in neighboring Sierra Leone. Around 250,000 people were killed in Liberia's civil war and many thousands more fled the fighting. The conflict left the country in economic ruin and overrun with weapons. The capital remains without electricity and running water. Corruption is rife and unemployment and illiteracy are endemic.
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Basic Training   Basic Training
Stacy Pearsall / Aurora Photos
Basic Combat Training (BCT) is a training course that transforms civilians into Soldiers. Over the course of nine weeks these recruits participate in field exercises, marksmanship training, rappelling exercises, and weapon training. Most importantly, they learn how to work together as a team and what it takes to succeed as a Soldier in the U.S. Army.
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Iceland Volcano   Iceland Volcano
James Balog / Aurora Photos
Aurora Photographer and trained geologist, James Balog, has been documenting the rapidly declining glaciers of Iceland for years now for his project, The Extreme Ice Survey. Of particular interest to Balog were two glaciers, one flowing from the side of Eyjafjallajokull and another on the neighboring volcano Katla. In late March, when Eyjafjallajokull began to erupt, Balog managed to carve out a five-day trip to the island nation and captured the eruptions from a helicopter and from the ground, where Icelanders gathered to view the show.
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Afghan Army   Afghan Army
Pieter Ten Hoopen / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
To the east of Kandahar, the Shoraback base in the Afghan province of Helmand is home to 4000 soldiers of the Afghan National Army. A portion of these troops are members of a commando trained by American soldiers. In this territory, the struggle against the Taliban is an absolute priority. Helmand is a major entry point for insurgents organizing to the south in the Balouchistan region of Pakistan. In addition, this province is the largest producer of opium in Afghanistan. Like gold, the Taliban uses this drug to finance its insurrectional operations. The Diamond Force, the unit name for the commandos based at Shoraback, must respond daily to endless insurgent attacks while cooperating in engaged actions with the American Marines.
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Poland in Mourning   Poland in Mourning
Various Photographers / Agence Vu / Aurora Photos
The Polish president Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and 94 members of an official Polish delegation died when the presidential plane crashed near Smolensk, Russia. The tragedy has struck the entire country. Since the announcement of the accident, the Polish people have come together in grief and meditation through gatherings, masses and ceremonies. In all cities of Poland, time seems to stand still. These acts of mourning and families comforting one another show a nation in a state of shock.
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In Memory of Lech Kaczynski   In Memory of Lech Kaczynski
Ralph Talmont / Aurora Photos
Thousands of mourners, gather in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, following the death, in an airplane crash in Russia, of the Polish president Lech Kaczynski, his wife, the country's entire military leadership and numerous other political, civic and religious leaders. The plane crashed near the Russian city of Smolensk while the party were en route to attend commemoration of the 70th anniversary of a mass murder, near the town of Katyn, of thousands of Polish soldiers and intellectuals by the Soviet forces during World War II.
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Haiti Earthquake   Haiti Earthquake
Angelos Tzortzinis / Gruppe28 / Aurora Photos
On Jan. 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck Haiti, reducing much of its capital to rubble. It was the worst earthquake in the region in more than 200 years. Huge swaths of the capital, Port-au-Prince, lay in ruins, and thousands of people were trapped in the rubble of government buildings, foreign aid offices and shantytowns. The devastation created serious obstacles to those attempting to deliver promised foreign aid.
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The Aftermath in Chile   The Aftermath in Chile
Rodrigo Gomez Rovira / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
A magnitude-8.8 earthquake on Feb. 27, 2010, one of the most powerful earthquakes on record, devastated the country, which has some of the strictest building codes on the continent. The quakes were among the scores of strong aftershocks that have rattled Chile's interior and its coastline.
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Somalia's Struggle Continues   Somalia's Struggle Continues
Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora
Somalia has not had an effective central government since 1991, when the former government was toppled by clan militias that later turned on each other. Somalia remains a raging battle zone today, with jihadists pouring in from overseas, intent on toppling the transitional federal government, TFG.
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Kabul Today   Kabul Today
Rafal Gerszak / Aurora Photos
Afghanistan's capital, Kabul is a refuge for many who flee from violence in search of a peaceful life and economic opportunities. However, the city has been repeatedly struck by suicide bombers and rocket attacks that usually kill more Afghan civilians than foreign soldiers. It is a harsh reality with little respite.
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Acharnai Olympic Village   Acharnai Olympic Village
Francesca Oggiano / Invision / Aurora Photos
The glorious Olympic village in Acharnai hosted 17,000 athletes from all around the world during the 2004 Athens Olympics. Six months after the end of the Olympic games, it was transformed into an outlying suburb. Most buildings and houses were assigned by OEK, the Worker's Housing Organization, as primary residences for beneficiary families. Everything else that is taken for granted by most citizens, like banks, shopping malls, bars and restaurants, are a long distance away. All the plans for development of the village were not realized.
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Taoudeni Salt Mine   Taoudeni Salt Mine
Pascal Maitre / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
For centuries, Timbuktu in Mali has been living on the trade of salt coming from the mines of Taoudeni, a town just north of the city. They are working in the mines to pay back their debts to wealthy merchants in Timbuktu. They live in isolation and work in treacherous conditions. Yet, they cannot get out of the cycle of debt.
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Life of Lignite and Cinder   Life of Lignite and Cinder
Stelios Axiotis / Invision / Aurora Photos
While most European countries are getting closer to alternative sources of energy such as sun and wind, there exists in Northerwestern Greece the most polluting power station of Europe, according to the World Wildlife Fund. This power station produces as much pollution as 3.3 million cars. Greece ranks second in Europe in lignite production and sixth in the world.
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Working Towards Peace in Chad   Working Towards Peace in Chad
Frederic Noy/Cosmos / Aurora Photos
Since its independence in 1960, Chad seems to be locked in a destiny where power is taken at gunpoint and war is always on the horizon. Nevertheless, the streets of NDjamena are filling up with public works, oil money is flowing, avenues are tarred, buildings are rising and farmers are attending to their job. As 11 million Chadians face enormous struggles from war and underdevelopment, they push forward with the hope for permanent peace in Chad.
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East Germany Change   East Germany Change
Stefan Enders/ Gruppe 28 / Aurora Photos
In November 1989, photographer Stefan Enders photographed the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was not only a great historic day, it was a day for him as a Western German to remember.
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Malaria in Sierra Leone   Malaria in Sierra Leone
Ake Ericson / Aurora Photos
Malaria is the number one killer of children and is hyperendemic in Sierra Leone. Currently, there is a promising vaccine being tested in Africa. In a trial, 65% of the infants vaccinated were less likely to contract malaria than a control group. If successful, the vaccine will be licensed in 2011.
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20th Anniversary: Fall of the Berlin Wall   20th Anniversary: Fall of the Berlin Wall
Mark Tomalty / IPN/ Aurora Photos
November 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Long regarded as an iconic symbol of the Eastern Bloc, the wall fell after the seemingly unrelated act by Hungary to remove its border defenses with Austria on August 1989.
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New Europe   New Europe
Lukasz Trzcinski / Visavis / Aurora Photos
2009 marks twenty years since the events which led to the disintegration of the communist system in Central and Eastern Europe. Almost 50 years of communist indoctrination had been imprinted in the landscape, economy and mentality of people. It is now clear that the relative homogeneity of the socialist Central and Eastern Europe is on the decline. This part of Europe is increasingly diversifying. Photographer Łukasz Trzciński tried to portray this New Europe through the prism of local attitudes which reflect the history and the current reality of a given country and yet are representative of the region as a whole.
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall   The Fall of the Berlin Wall
Stephane Duroy / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Having decided to photograph West Berlin in 1979, Stphane Duroy also wanted to understand Germany, the country that gave birth to Nazism, a unique phenomenon in history, generated by such a civilized nation. In 1989, ten years later, he took pictures of the fall of the Berlin wall.
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North Korea   North Korea
ke Ericson / Aurora Photos
Photographer Ake Ericson documented the totalitarian state of North Korea. It's citizens, and the few tourists who are let into the country, are strictly controlled. To be able to enter the country and take pictures requires ingenuity.
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German Democratic Republic in the 80's   German Democratic Republic in the 80's
Jens Rtzsch / Gruppe28 / Aurora Photos
Photographer Jens Rtzsch caught the mood of a country heading for a revolution and captured the faces of the GDR in the 1980's.
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AIDS Vaccine   AIDS Vaccine
Ake Ericson / Aurora Photos
Scientists are getting closer to discovering a vaccine against HIV. Led by professor Eric Sandstrom, Swedish scientists are now testing a unique HIV vaccine in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It's a vaccine more effective against the HIV that is predominant in Africa. Preliminary studies indicate this vaccine has the potential to reduce the risk of becoming infected. Members of the police force in the capital Dar es Salaam have volunteered as test subjects. They now belong to the first generation of Tanzanians that are well informed about HIV, its causes and how to avoid the virus.
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8 Years Later   8 Years Later
Rafal Gerszak / Aurora Photos
8 years after the invasion of Afghanistan, life goes on as does the war. In 2009, there has been the highest number of coalition forces' causalities since the beginning of the war in 2001. Kabul, the country's capital, has been attacked numerous times by suicide bombers, rockets and ambushes. Living in a country that has suffered over 30 years of war is difficult, but people still have hope and hang on to the dream of freedom.
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Afghanistan Elections   Afghanistan Elections
Rafal Gerszak / Aurora Photos
Afghanistan's second democratic presidential elections in conjunction with the provincial councils elections were held on August 20, 2009. The top three presidential candidates for this year's presidential election are Presidaent Hamid Karzai, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani. It's been said that 87% of the country's population has been registered to vote. Some have disputed the numbers and are accusing the current government of fraudulent activities.
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Tajikistan-Afghanistan Border   Tajikistan-Afghanistan Border
Hans Juergen Burkard / Bilderberg / Aurora Photos
Under an agreement with Tajikistan, Russian border guards protect the border against drug smugglers and Islamic fundamentalist infiltrators. Drugs are mostly taken through Tajikistan into Russia. Afghan Taliban fundamentalists try to destabilize Tajikistan or move through Tajikistan into the Fergana valley of Uzbekistan to support the strong Islamic fundamentalist forces fighting the Uzbek government.
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US Military   US Military
Araron Ansarov / Aurora Photos
Aaron Ansarov has traveled the world as a military photojournalist for more than 14 years. He has been recognized for many years as one of the most award winning photographers in the Department of Defense history. His pictures of life in the US military show a deep understanding and respect for the people who choose to serve our country as a career.
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China's 1989 Student Revolt   China's 1989 Student Revolt
Various Agence Vu Photographers / Aurora Photos
In 1989 several Agence Vu photographers documented the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. The movement lasted seven weeks, from , Hu Yaobang death on 15 April until tanks cleared Tiananmen Square on 4 June. In Beijing, the resulting military response to the protesters by the PRC government left many civilians dead or severely injured. Here are their images.
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Rwanda Prisons   Rwanda Prisons
Kevin Horan / Aurora Photos
Nsinda Prison, Rwanda's largest prison, about 60 km. east of the capital, still holds 11,200 prisoners, primarily from the genocide. About a thousand of them go out each morning to work in nearby fields, growing what they eat.
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Goz Beida   Goz Beida
Frederic Noy / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
Goz Beida is 70 kilometers from Chad's eastern border with Sudan's western Darfur Region.Thousands of refugees from Sudan live in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons)camps.
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Border Conservation   Border Conservation
Ian Shive / Aurora Photos
The border that separates the United States from Mexico has become a significant controversy over the years, but the building of the border fence is stirring up a new issue. The proposed fence would devastate the rich culture and wildlife cooridor that this region represents. Many conservationists are working to promote awareness of the impact this construction.
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James Balog Extreme Ice   James Balog Extreme Ice
James Balog / Aurora Photos
Aurora houses the unique glacier photography generated from the Extreme Ice Survey. Extreme Ice Now by Aurora Photographer James Balog has just been released to great reviews.
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New Days for Liberia   New Days for Liberia
David Yoder / Aurora Photos
After more than a decade of civil wars that left Liberia sacked and its population traumatized, Africas oldest republic now has a window of opportunity to remake itself from scratch. Stabilized by United Nations forces, rich in virtually untouched natural resources, and led by a charismatic president-- Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf , the first woman ever elected to rule an African countryLiberia may prove a test case in how to rehabilitate an African nation.
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4th Platoon - Afghanistan   4th Platoon - Afghanistan
Rafal Gerszak - Aurora Photos
A U.S. platoon from 101st Airborne Division, 506th Infantry Regiment, had two districts to control, along with supporting other U.S. forces in the eastern Afghan province of Khost. Insurgents once had a grip on the area, a grip which tightened following the destruction of the U.S. compound during a suicide bombing.
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Pakistan   Pakistan
Gyula Sopronyi / Invision Images / Aurora Photos
A nuclear power, a government under pressure, a neighbor to Afghanistan, all eyes today are on Pakistan.
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Tent City   Tent City
Various / Aurora Photos
Sometimes called Modern Day Hoovervilles, shantytowns known as Tent Cities are springing up all across the country. Residents of this Tent City in Sacramento have already been served eviction notices, making even a tent an uncertain place to stay. Aurora photographers take a compassionate look at a poignant reminder of new economic realities.
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Foreclosure Alley   Foreclosure Alley
Guillaume Zuili / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Outside of Los Angeles, along highway 15, hundreds of gated communities were created with their adjacent malls in less than five years. What was the American dream is now a tremendous nightmare with an astounding number of foreclosures. Now "For Sale" or "Bank Owned" signs are the new landscape.
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Welfare   Welfare
Matt Eich / Aurora Photos
Aurora photographer, Matt Eich, captured a single mother and her daughter coping with life in the Welfare system.
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Introducing Noor   Introducing Noor
Various/ Noor/ Aurora Photos
Amsterdam based, NOOR is an international photography collective combining the talents and perspectives of nine photographers hailing from seven countries, producing cutting edge, and visually distinctive photographic reportage on news and culture.
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The Curse of Black Gold   The Curse of Black Gold
Ten Hoopen/ Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Photographer, Pieter Ten Hoopen, went to Iraq to see how the global hunt for the black gold has affected the Iraqi people, as it is now widely acknowledged that oil was one of the reasons for the 2003 invasion. While oil pirates and corrupt officials have become wealthy, civilians have been hit with chronic cancer and killings of loved ones by oil smugglers.
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The Melting Village of Kivalina   The Melting Village of Kivalina
Kevin Horan / Aurora Photos
There is growing evidence that the small and impoverished Alaskan village of Kivlina is melting into the sea due to global warming. In February 2008, the village began taking action against some of the world's largest greenhouse gas offenders.
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Doha Booming   Doha Booming
Pascal Meunier / Cosmos / Aurora Photos
Who knows Doha? The capital of Qatar is exploding and reaching the same proportions of Dubai's growth as a city.
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Pakistan Cadet College   Pakistan Cadet College
Massimo Berruti/VU / Aurora Photos
Pakistan is a troubled country at the center of international interests. It's military is now in the spotlight as Pakistan plays a pivotal role in the "War on Terror". Pakistan's Cadet Colleges are the grounds where children begin their education to become future soldiers and officers.
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Dijbouti: A Small Island of Stability   Dijbouti: A Small Island of Stability
Pascal Maitre/Cosmos / Aurora Photos
The Republic of Djiboutiis a country in the Horn of Africa, asmall island of stability in an area in crisis. In 2001, the Djiboutian government leased the former French Foreign legionbase Camp Lemonierto the United States. Their aim: to secure the strategicBab al Mandebstrait, to fight terrorism, various trafficking, andto ensure oil supplies.
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Venezuela Elections   Venezuela Elections
Meridith Kohut / Aurora Photos
Venezuelans held pivotal elections that politically empowered the opposition movement against leftist President Hugo Chavez and his Socialist revolution on Sunday, Nov 23, 2008. Elections were held across the country for 22 of the 23 state governorships, 328 mayors and 233 state legislators. Aurora photographer, Meridith Kohut, captured some of the moments during the elections.
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Climate refugees   Climate refugees
Munem Wasif / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Bangladesh, which has 140 million people packed into an area a little smaller than the state of Illinois, is one of the most vulnerable targets of climate change. In the last 10 years, farmers have had to move their homes to escape the encroaching waters of the huge Brahmaputra River in Kurigram, Once happy villagers today they have turned into mere'Climate Refugees'.
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Race to the White House   Race to the White House
Various Photographers/Aurora Photos
The 2008 U.S. Presidential election will take place on November 4, 2008. As the world watches, the race for president heats up between Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, and Republican nominee, John McCain.
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The Rez - Home of the Lakota Nation   The Rez - Home of the Lakota Nation
Svetlana Bahchevanova / Aurora Photos
Aurora photographer Svetlana Bahchevanova explores the contrast and psychological conflict between the reclaimed cultural and spiritual identify of the Lakota Sioux and the poverty and deprivation of life on the Rez, as it is familiarly known to its residents .
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Myanmar Behind Closed Doors   Myanmar Behind Closed Doors
Various Photographers/Aurora Photos
From political oppression to the aftermath of a cyclone, Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a country struggling to find it's freedom. Various Aurora photographers capture Myanmar's amazing culture and beauty behind it's closed doors.
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Dubai: Flourishing Sports Mecca   Dubai: Flourishing Sports Mecca
Lars Tunbjork / Agence VU / Aurora Photos
Dubai is emerging as a center of interest in the world for sports. Emirati billionaires pursue their quest to provide the biggest and best of everything from golf courses watered by 2,256 sprinklers to one of the world's largest indoor ski resorts.
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Experience the Kingdom of Thailand   Experience the Kingdom of Thailand
Various Aurora Photographers
Thailand is one of the biggest tourist destinations in southeast Asia. Aurora photographers capture the essence of this ancient kingdom's natural beauty and cultural attraction.
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Pablo Vs. Chevron   Pablo Vs. Chevron
Ivan Kashinsky/Aurora Photos
Pablo Fajardo is the lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Chevron. This is possibly the largest environmental lawsuit ever filed in the world. For twenty years Texaco was responsible for recklessly disposing of crude oil and toxic waste, which leaked into the water supply of the people living in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
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Last Days Of Beichuan   Last Days Of Beichuan
Chien-min Chung/ Aurora Photos
Beichuan is a county located at the epicenter of China's worst earthquake in 30 years. At least 80 per cent of the county is destroyed and the death toll could top 80, 000 according to the government. New Aurora photographer Chien-min Chung captured a scene of overwhelming devastation through his panoramic images.
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World Food Crisis   World Food Crisis
Various/ Aurora Photos
In the past year, prices have risen significantly for basic food on the international commodity market. Around the world, countries are feeling the effects with severe food shortages. Over the past year, rice prices have risen by 70%. The price of wheat has more than doubled. Corn and soy have been trading well above average. The global food crisis is being blamed on factors such as the growing population and emerging economies like China and India.
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Disappearing Glaciers   Disappearing Glaciers
James Balog / Aurora Photos
Through a unique photographic project, Extreme Ice Survey, James Balog provides evidence of fast melting glaciers. The project records the terrifying speed of their disappearance. Balog notes: photography will provide irrefutable visual evidence of global warming.
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On the Trail with Barack Obama   On the Trail with Barack Obama
Callie Shell / Aurora Photos
Join Aurora photographer Callie Shell as she covers Barack Obama on the Iowa caucus campaign trail with exclusive behind-the-scenes access shot on assignment for Time magazine.
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Tragedy at Virginia Tech   Tragedy at Virginia Tech
Jay L. Clendenin
Virgina Tech University was devastated after a student went on a deadly shooting spree on Monday, April 16. Aurora photographer Jay L. Clendenin photographed the campus as students and faculty react, mourn and begin to cope with the tragic loss of life.
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India's Kumbh Mela   India's Kumbh Mela
Kris Pannecoucke / Aurora Photos
Men, women and children bathe in the waters of Sangam in India during a cycle of pilgrimage known as the Kumbh Mela when millions of Hindus visit four cities on a 12-yearly cycle to expunge their sins by bathing in especially holy stretches of the Ganges and its tributaries in the belief that a ritual dip would wash away all sins. The biggest days of the Kumbh Mela festival are January 19 (Mauni Amavasya), when about 20-25 million are expected to converge for this spectacle of spirituality, devotion and stoicism.
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The Next Democratic Hopeful?   The Next Democratic Hopeful?
Callie Shell / Aurora Photos
Barack Obama with his eloquent keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention confirmed his status as one of the Democratic party's freshest and most inspirational new leaders. Will he be the next Democratic hopeful?
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Five Years Later: Remembering 9/11   Five Years Later: Remembering 9/11
Aurora Photographers
Five years after September 11, 2001, Aurora looks back on that terrible day and the days following when New York and the country pulled together to remember the fallen.
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At the Lebanon Border   At the Lebanon Border
David Blumenfeld
As the latest chapter of violence and crisis in the Middle East continues to escalate, Aurora Photographer David Blumenfeld has been at the Lebanese border in Northern Israel photographing the Israeli Defense Force military campaign and the towns where Hezbollah rockets and mortars have been exploding.
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Earthquake Science   Earthquake Science
Peter Essick / Aurora
We know earthquakes level cities and kill people. In December 2004, a giant earthquake caused a tsunami that killed over 220,000 people. In Kashmir last October, a magnitude 7.6 quake claimed 73,000 lives. In cities across the globe, city planners, scientists, and emergency rescue services are studying earthquakes and preparing for the fallout of the next big quake. Aurora photographer Peter Essick traveled the globe, documenting the cities most at risk, and following scientists in their quest to better understand earthquakes. These are some of his images.
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Timor Unrest   Timor Unrest
Agnes Dherbeys / COSMOS / Aurora
East Timor's president threatened to resign Thursday after the country's beleaguered prime minister refused to step down, deepening a political crisis following weeks of bloody street battles. In addition, tens of thousands of people displaced by the recent unrest in Timor Leste, both in the countryside as well as thousands who stayed at home in the capital, Dili, are in urgent need of food aid, according to assessments by WFP and its partners.
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An Arbitrary Line between Mexico and the USA   An Arbitrary Line between Mexico and the USA
Jim Lo Scalzo / US News / Aurora Photos
Lo Scalzo examines the landscape of the U.S.Mexico border, a boundary with the highest number of both legal and illegal crossings of any place on earth. Some 350 million people cross legally every year. The differences in living standards between these countries are the primary force behind the migratory flows.
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Mexican Immigration   Mexican Immigration
Various Aurora Photographers
The US immigration Act of 1907 reorganized the states bordering Mexico into Mexican Border District to stem the flow of immigrants into the U.S. Almost 100 years later the flow continues and the issues remain. Various Aurora photographers have examined this subject visually telling human stories in the process.
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Hurricane Katrina   Hurricane Katrina
Various Aurora Photographers
The effects of Hurricane Katrina will be felt for a long time to come. Here's a sample of what Aurora affiliated photographers saw.
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Hurricane Katrina Aftermath   Hurricane Katrina Aftermath
David Krusso / Aurora
When hurricane Katrina slammed ashore August 29th with 150-mph (240-kph) winds no one imaged the aftermath it would bring in its wake. From a rescue workers perspective here are images that show its devestation and rescue efforts.
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Extreme Weather   Extreme Weather
Jim Reed / IPN / Aurora
Award-winning photographer Jim Reed has premium-quality, extraordinary weather images. He captures everything from cumulonimbus clouds and hoar frost to hurricanes and tornadoes. Aurora is proud to have such one of a kind work on our web site.
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On Borrowed Time   On Borrowed Time
Katja Heinemann / Aurora
For the first time in the history of the AIDS, HIV-positive children are growing up to become teenagers. But a cure for the disease has yet to be found, and infected children have to cope with toxic, often experimental medical regimens and a budding consciousness of sexuality and the conflicts with the knowledge of their affliction.
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A Unique Look at Guantanamo   A Unique Look at Guantanamo
Robb Kendrick / Aurora
Last month, Amnesty International called Guantanamo "the gulag of our time," sparking a storm of protests from administration supporters. Currently a Time Magazine report fuels Guantanamo criticism. Aurora photographer Robb Kendrick toured the military base in Cuba where unlawful combatants have been kept since the Afghan war and emerged with a unique set of images that help frame current events on the base.
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Congress Passes ANWR   Congress Passes ANWR
Various Aurora Photographers
March 17, 2005 - The Senate voted yesterday 51-49 in favor of oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Hurdles still remain, yet drilling advocates said they were close to achieving their long fight to tap billions of barrels of oil beneath the 1.5 million-acre tundra. Search ANWR for more images of the Refuge on www.auroraphotos.com
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Global Warming   Global Warming
Peter Essick / Aurora
Global warming has been called the most important issue in science today. The data shows that humans are causing the planet to warm by burning fossil fuels. If the warming continues and the computer models are accurate, millions of people and whole ecosystems could be adversly affected. Peter Essick travelled to many remote locations around the world to document the changes scientists are beginning to observe. Aurora has a complete collection of all the major components of this important issue.
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Tsunami Devastation   Tsunami Devastation
Bruno Stevens / Cosmos / Aurora
The New York Times wrote: Of the countries affected by the tsunami, none has suffered proportionately more devastation than Sri Lanka, with 30,000 people reported killed out of a population of just 19.5 million. (Indonesia has three times as many dead, but it has more than seven times the population.) In Indonesia, India and Thailand, the damage was largely confined to one geographical area, while 70 percent of Sri Lanka's 830-mile coastline was swept by the roiling waters. 1/5/05
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Presidential Debates 2004   Presidential Debates 2004
Arizona East Valley Tribune
Aurora brings you a selection of interesting images from the US Presidential debates on October 14, 2004. The complete set of images may be seen by searching for "80847*".
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Kerry-Bush Campaign 2004   Kerry-Bush Campaign 2004
Katja Heinemann
German-born photographer Katja Heinemann brings a fresh look to the US Presidential election.
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Remembering D-Day - The Place Today   Remembering D-Day - The Place Today
Pierre Boulat/Cosmos, Helene Bamberger/Cosmos and Eduardo Nave/ASA
Almost sixty years after the invasion of Nazi-occupied France by Allied US, British, and Canadian forces, the memory endures. This, one of the most dangerous and deadly military engagemnts of the last century is examined visually by three photographers. Please, view the work of Pierre Boulat, Helene Bamberger, and Eduardo Nave on the beaches where hundreds of thousands lost their lives.
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Christians in Iraq   Christians in Iraq
Pierre Abensur/Pixsil/Aurora
After more than a year of daily news from Iraq, a look at the Christians who have been part of the region. Isolated and anxious from the rise of Moslem fundamentalism, the Christians of Iraq seek to leave their country, but they don't and persevere.
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Haiti   Haiti
James Heil/Aurora
Looting over the weekend overwhelmed Port Au Prince and Jean-Bertrand Aristide departs for Africa. Armed rebel leaders swept into this capital and occupied the national police headquarters.
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ANWR Alaska   ANWR Alaska
Jim Lo Scalzo/US News/Aurora
At about 19 million acres, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is the largest refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. On Alaska's North Slope, it is about the size of the state of North Carolina. The refuge's 1002 Area, about the size of the state of Delaware, is the center of statewide and national debate over oil exploration in the refuge. Read more.
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Campaigning Comes to Iowa   Campaigning Comes to Iowa
Jim Lo Scalzo/US News/Aurora
Iowa in winter can be a lonely landscape--stark, frozen, and seemingly uninhabited. Yet in the months preceding the Iowa caucuses, inside countless diners and VFW halls, a second landscape emerges, one where the state's provincial populace hobnobs with presidential contenders. There is a saying that nobody in Iowa decides whom they will vote for until they have had breakfast with him twice. Indeed, the caucuses create an unlikely privilege: the chance for a reserved, rural state to determine a presidential frontrunner.
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The Big Dig   The Big Dig
Michael Hintlian/Aurora
The Central Artery/Tunnel Project in Boston, MA is the largest highway project in American history.
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Poker Fever   Poker Fever
Todd Bigelow/Aurora
Red Hot Poker...The nation is being swept up in Poker fever as evident in the latest "reality tv" program drawing 5 million viewers each week to the Travel Channel's World Poker Tour program. So what's next?
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Logistics Iraq   Logistics Iraq
Ed Kashi/Aurora
American forces in Iraq consumed more than 200,000 gallons of water and roughly a million gallons of fuel every dayall of which had to be trucked hundreds of miles into Iraq from Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.
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Women Senators   Women Senators
Melina Mara/Aurora
Changing the Face of Power - Women are transforming this country's most prestigious governing body. Their bi-partisan teamwork, compassion for social issues, and coalition building, are laying a foundation for a new type of politician.
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Migrants Journey   Migrants Journey
Todd Bigelow/ Aurora
Migrant workers routinely embark on dangerous border crossings seeking jobs in the US. A crackdown by the border patrol has changed the conditions of routes and methods of obtaining entry.
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Iraq After the War   Iraq After the War
Lukasz Trzcinski/Aurora
The young Polish photographer Lukasz Trzcinski presents a small look (in 12 b&w photos) inside the post-war Iraq and the Iraqi society after the regime collapsed.
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WW II Again   WW II Again
Katja Heinemann/Aurora
World War II takes place each year in Reading, Pennsylvania. There are bombed-out French villages constructed of plywood, vintage trucks, machine guns and jeeps, and lot's of GIs and German soldiers participating mock battles.
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Baghdad - Casualties at Al Kindi hospital April 5   Baghdad - Casualties at Al Kindi hospital April 5
Bruno Stevens/Cosmos/Aurora

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TV wars - perspective from Jerusalem - March   TV wars - perspective from Jerusalem - March
Andrew Lichtenstein/Aurora
Nowhere is the explosion of the information age more dramaticthan in Jerusalem. Next door neighbors are watching two completelydifferent versions of the war.
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US Media saturation - New York City - March 19-28   US Media saturation - New York City - March 19-28
Katja Heinemann/Aurora
Images around New York City of public saturation of the media coverage. Many protesters are specifically targeting the networks with their messages.
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The Military Enters American Public Schools   The Military Enters American Public Schools
Nina Berman/Aurora
In Oakland California, on a decommissioned naval base, 200 7th and 8thgrade children in military uniforms line up in platoon formation...
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Baghdad March 29, Funerals and sorrow   Baghdad March 29, Funerals and sorrow

Funerals are held for civilians reportedly injured in Coalition bombings.
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Baghdad missle attack March 26   Baghdad missle attack March 26
Franco Pagetti/Cosmos/Aurora
IRAQ- BAGHDAD 26/03/2003 A Missile hit a very popular market in Al Shaab district, at 11.30 in the morning. More than 50 people were injured andbetween 15 to 18 died.
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Baghdad Casualties - 3/25,26/03   Baghdad Casualties - 3/25,26/03
Photographs by Bruno Stevens/Cosmos/Aurora
Casualties in the hospital and operating room.
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New York City Pro-War Rally   New York City Pro-War Rally
Nina Berman/Aurora
Photographs by Nina Berman
On March 23, 2003 Supporters of the Iraq war, turn out for a support President Bush and the troops demonstration in Times Square sponsored by the Christian Coalition, pro-Israeli groups, and conservative organizations.
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Isreal waits and sees   Isreal waits and sees
Andrew Lichtenstein/Aurora
On the opening day of war in Iraq, in Israel all remains peaceful and life goes on.
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Baghdad - Collateral Damage 3/22/03   Baghdad - Collateral Damage 3/22/03
Bruno Stevens/Cosmos/Aurora
Casualties of war in Baghdad.
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Bush announces War   Bush announces War
Brad Markel/Aurora
After giving Iraq 48 hours, Bush announces War on National Television
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Baghdad Bombing - 3/21/03   Baghdad Bombing - 3/21/03
Photographs by Bruno Stevens/Cosmos
Night time bombing in Baghdad by US Forces.
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Baghdad March 21, 2003   Baghdad March 21, 2003

Life goes on in Baghdad, Soccer matches are played and attended, some civilian casualties and guards on the street.
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Soldiers Departing   Soldiers Departing
Imke Lass/ Laif/ AURORA
Troop Preparation before departure to the Gulf Region at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
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New York City Security   New York City Security
Photographs by Andrew Lichtenstein
New York City is under intensified security conditions both visible and invisible.
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Baghdad First day of war   Baghdad First day of war

ghdad, Iraq, March 20, 2003 A US bomb or missile lands on the Eastern outskirts of Baghdad at dawn, about an hour after the first explosions and anti-aircraft activities were heard in the Iraqi capital. Iraqis show defiance in the streets of B
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Mogadishu, Somalia   Mogadishu, Somalia
Photographs by Pascal Maitre/Cosmos
The Somali peace talks currently underway in Kenya (March 2003) are in danger of collapsing. What is it like in Mogadishu today?
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Delray Beach Homefront Patrol   Delray Beach Homefront Patrol
Nina Berman/Aurora
Beware the terrorist who crosses paths with the Delray beach Homefront Patrol.
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Homeland Security   Homeland Security
Nina Berman/Aurora
Various scenes from around the country showing how 9/11 has affected our lives.
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Lynching trial in Jasper Texas   Lynching trial in Jasper Texas
Lynn Johnson/Aurora
A black man James Byrd, Jr. was chained to the back of a pick-up truck and dragged to his death by three white supremacists. Jasper Texas has been brought into the spotlight by a PBS documentary.
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September 11th Anniversary   September 11th Anniversary
Andrew Lichtenstein
People in New York City on the one year anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.
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Stories and Images from 9/11   Stories and Images from 9/11
Lynn Johnson/Aurora
In remembrance of last year's tragedy, Aurora would like to share with you Lynn Johnson's diary of her experience in her words and images.
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Cyber Sex - Big Business Online   Cyber Sex - Big Business Online
Photographs by Jim Lo Scalzo/US News/Aurora
You can make money on the Internet. Sex.
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Israeli Settlements   Israeli Settlements
David Blumenfeld/Aurora
At the heart of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, these settlements stand at the edge between domestic calm and all out war.
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Aurora in Space   Aurora in Space
NASA/EAC Images
From JFK's historic pronouncement to the Space Shuttle and beyond.
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Now and Then   Now and Then
Torsten Andreas Hoffman/Aurora
In the summer of 2001 laif photographer T. A. Hoffman finished work on his large format New York calendar and noticed a predominance of World Trade Towers in the images.
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Women of Afghanistan   Women of Afghanistan
Nina Berman/Aurora
This is the story of Afghanistan as it was before the events of September 11th, at a time when the world's focus was not on this dry, Middle Eastern country and the Taliban reigned supreme.
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Afghanistan, Stay or Go?   Afghanistan, Stay or Go?
Chris Anderson/Aurora
Chris Anderson visits a remote district in the Afghan mountains where the people are suffering from starvation, disease, extreme weather conditions, and the Taliban.
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Enron's Former Chief   Enron's Former Chief
Robb Kendrick/Aurora
Former Enron head Kenneth Lay joins a long list of Enron excutives who refuse to cooperate with the investigation of the energy giant's collapsed company.
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State of the Union Address   State of the Union Address
Brad Markel/Aurora
President Bush gives his State of the Union address to Congress on 1/29/02 .Vice President Dick Cheney and Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert sit behind Bush.
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Evidence   Evidence
Photographs by Andrew Lichtenstein
New York City continues to recover from the devastating events of September 11th. The huge pile of rubble that resulted from the collapse of both World Trade Center buildings has mostly been cleared away from
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West Bank by Nina Berman   West Bank by Nina Berman


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Heart Of The Taliban   Heart Of The Taliban
Nina Berman
The presence of the Taliban is both felt and evident in the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
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WTC - Attack and Aftermath   WTC - Attack and Aftermath

Images from New York, Washington D.C., and around the Nation following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001.
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World Trade Center Stock   World Trade Center Stock

Images of the World Trade Center in New York City, taken before the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
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Winter Olympics   Winter Olympics
Jose Azel/Aurora
Get in the spirit of the Winter Olympics! Competition may be fierce but sportsmanship defines the Olympic Games, celebrating it's nineteenth occurance in Salt Lake City on February 8th, 2002.
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Oklahoma National Memorial   Oklahoma National Memorial
Photographs by Chris Hamilton
Where the Murrah Federal building once stood, a National Memorial has been erected to honor the memories of men, women and children killed in the bombing of April 19, 1995.
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Police Brutality   Police Brutality
Andrew Lichtenstein/Aurora
Meet the families of the victims of police brutality and bear witness to how they have been affected by this social menace.
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