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From the New York Times, first of two articles on Saddam’s Secret Strategy.

“Saddam was so secretive…that his top military leaders were stunned when he told them three months before the war he had no weapons of mass destruction.” Here.

New York Times piece by Dave Itzkoff on graphic novelist Alan Moore, who created Watchmen and V For Vendetta, and lost the rights to his work. Here.

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Trent Parke, an Australian photographer with Magnum. Check out his Dream Life portfolio. It’s some serious technique with black and white street photography.

From the NYT, Dr. Wafa Sultan: “They shot hundreds of bullets into him, shouting, ‘God is great!’ ” she said. “At that point, I lost my trust in their god and began to question all our teachings. It was the turning point of my life, and it has led me to this present point. I had to leave. I had to look for another god.” Here.

He’s the man in the mask. From the NYT: Ali Shalal Qaissi, an Abu Ghraib torture victim, and the advocacy group for former prisoners that he helped start. Here.

From the BBC: Slobodan “Milosevic was found lifeless on his bed in his cell” Here.

 From MSNBC: Bill O’Reilly is threatening callers to his radio show who mention Olbermann’s name. Ted Baxter told uncooperative listeners that he’ll turn their phone numbers over to Fox security, and that Fox security will in turn contact the local authorities. Here.

Wired reviews the latest incarnation of Final Fight, a game about which they say,  “For my my money, the original Final Fight was one of the best arcade games ever.” FYI, sounds like the new version sucks. Here.

Winners Gallery from the Pictures of the Year Photojournalism contest. This is one of the top two US contests. Here.

Vernon Robinson, Republican, is running for Congress in North Carolina’s 13th District. Check out his campaign ad via the link at WFMU.

From Editor and Publisher, the finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, photography:

SPOT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

Los Angeles Times (Gaza pullout)
Dallas Morning News (Katrina)
The Associated Press (Katrina)

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Los Angeles Times (Catholic priests in Alaska)
Rocky Mountain News (death sentence)
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Holocaust survivor)

From The Salt Lake Tribune, here.
A third outpost created by followers of fugitive polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has been discovered in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

  • Misc

From Photo District News, the photo editing process at US Weekly. Here.

Senior editor Albert Lee picks up a picture of Jennifer Garner clowning around in her Oscar dress.

“What the hell is she doing?” Lee cries. “Eff her!” He casts Garner aside.

Interview at Wired with Fumito Ueda, one of the most creative videogame designers. Here.

“I really like boss fights in video games, and I wanted to create high-quality ones. When I start playing a game, I want to get to the boss fights quickly. Fighting a boss is a really fun element in games, and I wanted to have a lot of that.”

From the NYT:

“The labels are shooting themselves in the foot,” said Tim Quirk, executive editor of the Rhapsody music service. To the labels, Mr. Quirk advises, “every single track that you are worried about is available for free whether you want it to be or not.”

Photography – Olivier Rebbot, gallery link after Peter Howe introduction

Photography – John Ficara’s Black Farmers in America

Photography Dispatch – Iraqi Special Police Commandos by Guy Calaf

Film Review – Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye

Photography – Idols + Believiers by Jocelyn Bain Hogg

Artist – Christian-themed artist Thomas Kinkade is accused of ruthless tactics and seamy personal conduct

Balkans – Milan Babic kills himself

Punk Rock – Riot at British Invasion concert

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