Tehran in Turmoil: Who is Iran’s President, Mousavi or Ahmadinejad

Chaos in Iran: Streets of Tehran after Presidential Elections

Iran’s Presidential elections did not going as smooth as the government had hoped. There was much bad-mouthing by rivals Mir Hossein Mousavi and incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leading up to the elections and things got really out of hand post-election. Both men claimed victory but in the end, the government ruled in Ahmadinejad’s favor, bringing accusations of fraud and corruption.

The result of all this is a country in political unrest, with Mousavi supporters taking it to the streets of Iran head-on against public order police.

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Warriors for Peace: Jon Orlando’s Photo Editorial into the Lives of Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans


Our friend Jason Carpio turns us to photographer Jon Orlando and his recent “Warriors for Peace” project. “Through the use of intimate portraits and in depth audio interviews, this project challenges that perception of the soldier and reintroduces us to them as humans with distinct and varying sets of emotions, morals and beliefs.  Specifically it looks deeply at the emotions and feelings behind their decision to oppose the wars they have been a part of.”

More from the photo editorial after the jump.

Buraku Journey in Osaka by Ian Laidlaw


A photo journey by Ian Laidlaw, the photographer travels to the Buraku area of Osaka. The Burakumin are a Japanese minority group consisting of around 3 million people in about 6,000 communities. Their ancestors were classes as outcastes during the Tokugawa period (1603-1868) due to their occupations. They are still discriminated against today.

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H&M x Designers Against AIDS: 2009 T-shirt collection


Some of the biggest celebrities from the world of fashion, music and style will be joining H&M and Designers Against AIDS (DAA) for Fashion Against AIDS, to help fight the disease and raise youth awareness. Katy Perry, Dita Von Teese, N.E.R.D and Yoko Ono are among the artists who will collaborate with H&M on designs for T-shirts, T-shirt dresses, vests and bodies. 25% of the sales price will be donated to youth HIV/AIDS awareness projects. The collection, in 100% organic cotton, for both guys and girls will go on sale in H&M’s youth DIVIDED department from May 28 2009.

Video and images after the jump

What Goes Around Comes Around: Big Ant International


Big Ant International have won a Gold Pencil for Design (Public Service Poster) at the One Show Design Awards held this week. Four posters were designed to wrap around poles, campaigning for an end to the war in Iraq, pointing to the Global Coalition for Peace web site. Grenades, rifles, missiles and tank guns come round the pole to catch up with the aggressor in each poster. What goes around comes around. The campaign has also been shortlisted at the Clio 2009 and D&D Awards.

More posters after the jump.

Diaspora Smile by Bhanuwat Jittivuthikarn


Courtesy of LOUDreams, we have the pleasure of covering one of the most powerful collection of portraits our eyes have been blessed to see. “These simple and straightforward portraits depict these elderly Tibetan’s pain and their dignity even through their hopeful smiles. However, full of faith, they are able to show us that the people who have less materials can be blissful in their beliefs and their lives. Receiving private blessing from His Holiness Dalai Lama is their last quest in life, now many of them are already renounced the world and prepares themselves for hereafter.”

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Lights go out worldwide for Earth Hour 2009


Yesterday, the international community joined during Earth Hour 2009, an energy conservation initiative that was started a few years go. In the imagery after the jump, you’ll see some of the world’s most symbolic landmarks kill their light switches.

It’s estimated that roughly 1 billion people from 2,000 towns and cities in 84 different countries joined in the event that took place on Saturday at 8:30 pm local time.

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DEVO x Trek Bicycles: Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Cancer Foundation


This past week, the spud boys donated a custom made one of a kind bicycle to be auctioned off by Scout Events for South by Sunset Valley 2009. The bike went for $1,325.00, all of which is going to Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Cancer Foundation. 

You might not be able to eliminate all the Ninnies and the Twits but they won’t be able to keep up with you on your very own one of a kind custom built Devo Bike. So go beyond the normal thing, do the super thing. Bid to help fight cancer and bid to claim this devo-lutionary machine.

Created and donated by Michael Hammond of Trek Bicycles, this fixed gear bike is a piece of rolling artwork, complete with DEVO lyrics integrated into the custom paint.

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