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Cross-country protest

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By Thomas Peter

"It feels good to walk in nature after so many months of boredom in the Immigration Holding Centre,” said Sallisou as we walked along a poplar-lined alley in the sleepy hinterland of Potsdam-Mittelmark, a rural county just outside the German capital of Berlin. Two weeks earlier, the smiling man from Niger had joined a 600 km (372 miles) foot march of refugees. With every county border they crossed, they were breaking a state order that restricts their movement to a territory around their camp. At present, Sallisou was eagerly filming the procession of refugees with a small video camera.

“Since I have been on this march, my days have a purpose again. There is so much to organize and we do it ourselves. We work as a team. Being on the move feels like I have a home again,” Salissou said.

For these people whose stories of displacement and rejection are as varied as the places they come from, 'home' means self-determination, the feeling of being needed and the knowledge that they are heading for some sort of reachable goal, all of which they have not had since they fled their countries.

The destination of the protest march is Berlin, where they want to set up a tent camp and tell the German public what it is like to live as an unwanted person with nowhere to go in a country that is free for everyone else.

from Photographers' Blog:

A mile in her shoes

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By Stephen Lam

Call it goofy, weird, fun.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been tasked to photograph something with all the above. As photojournalists, we are always on the hunt for compelling images that give our audience a ‘feel’ of the scene. That said, it’s not an everyday event where your photo assignment puts a focus on people’s shoes.

I was given such an assignment recently to photograph the tenth annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes annual event in the city of San Jose where men, women, teens, and adults walked a mile in high-heels around city blocks to raise awareness for sexual violence.

from FaithWorld:

Catholic area riots after Protestant marches in Northern Ireland

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(Nationalist youths and police in riot gear clash in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast July 12, 2011/Cathal McNaughton)

Police fired plastic bullets and water cannon at Catholic youths in Northern Ireland's provincial capital Belfast on Tuesday after rioting erupted when a Protestant parade passed their estate. Sporadic violence erupted across the British-ruled province on the culmination of a season of parades by pro-British Protestants to mark a 17th-century military victory, a tradition many Catholics say is provocative.

from Your View:

Greek marchers burn EU flag

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Thousands march in Thessaloniki to commemorate the 1973 student revolt in Greece, November 17, 2010. Your View/Alexandros Michailidis

from Your View:

March to Commemorate 1973 Revolt.

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Thousands march in Thessaloniki to commemorate the 1973 student revolt in Greece, November 17, 2010. Your View/Alexandros Michailidis

from Shop Talk:

Check Out Line: Thank you, March

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Check out the latest retailer to benefit from the earlier Easter and a mild March.

family dollar storeFamily Dollar's profit in the quarter that ended in February came in higher than analysts' anticipated, as the discounter extended hours at its stores and sold more private label goods, which carry better margins.

from The Great Debate UK:

BA-Iberia must fast-track reality flight

alex-smith-- Alexander Smith is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Anglo-Spanish dealmaking has a chequered recent history -- look no further than Ferrovial's disastrous takeover of airports operator BAA. But this shouldn't put British Airways and Iberia off fast tracking their planned tie-up to help stem losses.

Although Iberia is still making positive noises about the merger -- despite giving a dire outlook for 2009 before predicting a return to profitability in 2010 -- there have been dark mutterings in Madrid about any deal being postponed until September at the earliest.

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