afghanistan in photos


It’s a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take his or her place. It’s a letter meant to share what we know, what we’ve learned, and what small wisdom may help our successor bear the great responsibility that comes with the highest office in our land, and the leadership of the free world.

But before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th. Because all that I’ve learned in my time in office, I’ve learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.

Throughout these eight years, you have been the source of goodness, resilience, and hope from which I’ve pulled strength. I’ve seen neighbors and communities take care of each other during the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. I have mourned with grieving families searching for answers – and found grace in a Charleston church.

I’ve taken heart from the hope of young graduates and our newest military officers. I’ve seen our scientists help a paralyzed man regain his sense of touch, and wounded warriors once given up for dead walk again. I’ve seen Americans whose lives have been saved because they finally have access to medical care, and families whose lives have been changed because their marriages are recognized as equal to our own. I’ve seen the youngest of children remind us through their actions and through their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees, or work for peace, and, above all, to look out for each other.

I’ve seen you, the American people, in all your decency, determination, good humor, and kindness. And in your daily acts of citizenship, I’ve seen our future unfolding.

All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into that work – the joyous work of citizenship. Not just when there’s an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime.

I’ll be right there with you every step of the way.

And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ 'We the People.’ 'We shall overcome.’

Yes, we can.

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President Barack Obama 

O Kaya gibi cümleyi sevdim: ‘Neysen o ol.' 

Nietzsche Ağladığında, Irvin D. Yalom (Sayfa 140)
Görsel : Steve McCurry - Afghanistan

Din insanın ciddiyetine ve saygınlığına bir hakarettir. Onunla veya onsuz, iyi insanlar iyi işler, kötü insanlar kötü işler yapabilirler. Ama iyi insanlara kötü işler yaptırmak dinin işidir. 

Steven Weinberg

Görsel : Jon Wentzel -  Four year-old Nazia was sold by her father to a 50 year-old man from the Afghanistan Helmand region for 800 dollars.The money was used to afford medicine for her older 8 year-old sister. Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN. Nangarhar Province. Jalalabad. 2001. In the intense therapy department. The child is a victim of an American strike that mistakenly killed 153 people in a village near the Tora Bora Mountains.

Photograph: Alex Majoli/Magnum Photos


Dump armored vehicles near Kabul, Afghanistan. Here you can find not only the Soviet tanks and armored personnel carriers of the time of the Afghan war 1979-1989, but a lot of other, often rare military equipment. There are even ancient French tanks Renault FT-17, in the 1920-ies in different ways fell into the country. After the expulsion of the Taliban, the Americans and the French have taken several of these cars for restoration and now they are in the museums of these countries. In 2012 he was even found Polish tank “Renault”, captured by the red army during the Soviet-Polish war of 1920, and transferred to friendly Afghanistan in 1923…

Interesting photo. In the background is half Renault FT with broken sector on the sloth.

The process of restoration of the Afghan Renault FT tank Museum in Samur, France

Renault FT from the tank Museum collection in Samura (France). In 2007 moved to France from Afghanistan, the French Military Special Forces (Museum)

The Americans take out the rarities from the junkyard of military equipment under the Kabul

This landfill is as old. In the background two Indian armored car of the Second world war, the rumors are not preserved in any Museum in the world