O! Say Can You See … is the opening line of the American national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. Yet, ironically, never before has the Republican-led US Government been so shadowy and unaccountable for its actions. The President claims to be the defender of freedom and a liberator from tyranny, but as photographer Christopher Morris portrays in his reportage, shot recently on the campaign trail, its iconography is sinisterly reminiscent of historical images more-often associated with national socialist movements.
Published in the current issue of EI8HT, on sale 12 November, the feature, entitled O! Say Can You See, provides a timely and previously unpublished view of the political climate that Bush has created and is now able to expand upon in his second presidential term of office.
This new issue also features an exclusive article written for EI8HT by The Guardian environment editor John Vidal. His essay, on the 20th anniversary of the Union Carbide poisonous gas leak in Bhopal, India, accuses Western governments of indifference to the plight of thousands of maimed survivors and their culpability in preventing corporation executives from being brought to trial for their negligence.
Other published features include: an interview with and a pictorial document of Calvert McCanns 1960s Civil Rights Movement photographs in Lexington, Kentucky, 40 years after they were NOT published in an act of censorship by local papers, The Lexington Leader and Herald; Annet van der Voort’s raw teenage mother and baby portraits; Patrick Browns reportage on animal trafficking in southeast Asia; Pierre Abensur’s images of Darfur, Sudan; and Tomas Munita’s painterly photographs of the Changpa nomads.
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Jon Levy, editor
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