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from Oddly Enough Blog:

Hey, you’re just a pretender vendor!

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Blog Guy, I saw some Reuters photos of street vendors in San Salvador, having a protest. There were THOUSANDS of them. How can there be so many street vendors in one city?

That's easy. There are no indoor shops there. Everything is sold on the streets by vendors.

ELSALVADOR

For example, you buy your fruit smoothie from a blender vendor while a mender vendor repairs your jacket.

But I need a bank loan.

Then see the lender vendor.

ELSALVADOR/And if I need a lawyer?

A defender vendor.

Whoops! My pants just fell down!

That's a job for the suspender vendor.

I'm a woman trapped in a man's body. What about a sex change operation?

You need the gender vendor.

Is there any street music there?

Of course! Listen to the Elvis impersonator sing, "Love me Vendor" and "Return to Vendor."

from Oddly Enough Blog:

“Department of Violence and Evil, thank you for calling…”

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IRAQ-USA/BIDEN

Okay, this one just struck me as very funny. The actual photo caption tells us that residents in Najaf, Iraq, are protesting a visit by Vice President Joe Biden two days ago, but I can't help noticing their banner rails against George Bush.

IRAQ-USA/BIDENI asked the folks at our Baghdad bureau, and they suggested that maybe the protesters were too lazy to print a new sign, too poor to print a new sign, or just hadn't been told about recent changes in the U.S.

from MacroScope:

Protesters take to streets of Toronto

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Protesters converged in the thousands on the streets of downtown Toronto on Friday to press demands that the Group of 20 industrialized and important emerging economies take more heed to the poor as they seek solutions to the global economic crisis.

Starting at Allan Gardens, one of Toronto's oldest gathering spots and just a few kilometers from where the G20 will be held this weekend, protesters led by gender rights activists wound through the streets, dancing and chanting anti-capitalist slogans from noon to dusk.

from FaithWorld:

Banned Paris “sausage and wine” party goes ahead at Arc de Triomphe

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aperogeant1 (Photo: Protesters at the Arc de Triomphe, 18 June 2010/Benoit Tessier)

A "sausage and wine" party went ahead in Paris despite a police ban but was staged near the Arc de Triomphe instead of in a neighbourhood with many Muslim residents as originally planned.  Friday's event had been criticised as highly provocative because it was planned for the day of weekly Muslim prayers and the World Cup soccer match between England and Algeria, a former French colony that is majority Muslim.

The mayor of Paris had said the event was "clearly inspired by extreme right-wing movements." Paris police banned the party in the multiethnic Goutte d'Or neighbourhood because it risked sparking disturbances. The French daily Le Parisien estimated that 600 to 800 people gathered on the Champs Elysées near the Arc de Triomphe to eat pork sausages and drink wine at what organisers called a "giant cocktail party."

from Our Take on Your Take:

Protest in Azerbaijan

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One of the 36 arrested oppositional activists during a demonstration for free parliament elections in Baku, Azerbaijan.  Your View/Abbas Atilay

News is always happening around the world.  However, due to resource limitations, news organizations aren't always able to cover everything.  But with the advent of citizen journalism, ordinary people can step in and help fill the gaps, whether it's in countries that have been heavy in the news like Iran, or ones not quite on the radar like this photo in Azerbaijan.

Your View contributor Abbas Atilay captured a dramatic moment during a protest for free parliament elections in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, a country located in the Caucus mountains region in Asia.  There is determination both in the face of the protester and in the faces of the police who're arresting him.

from FaithWorld:

Ultra-Orthodox protest against Israeli ruling to integrate Jewish schools

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Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested in Israel Thursday against a court order to desegregate a religious school and force Jewish girls of European and Middle Eastern descent to study together.

Demonstrations were held in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, a Tel Aviv suburb with a large population of religious Jews, before some 80 Ashkenazi parents, Jews of European origin, were to report to jail for defying the Supreme Court ruling.

from FaithWorld:

Paris bans open-air “sausage & wine party” over Muslim concerns

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sausageA giant "sausage and wine" party planned later this week in a Paris neighbourhood with many Muslim residents risks sparking disturbances and will therefore be banned, police in the French capital announced on Tuesday.

The event, announced on the social networking site Facebook late last month (see page here in French), had drawn growing criticism from politicians and civic groups in recent days as its page containing barely disguised anti-Muslim slogans attracted over 7,000 members.

from Global News Journal:

In line of fire at Bangkok protests

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A man is dragged to safety after being shot on Rama IV Road during clashes between army soldiers and anti-government 'red shirt' supporters in Bangkok on Sunday. (Reuters/Jerry Lampen)

may 16 7It was 2 a.m. on a Friday morning and we were stuck in the Reuters office on the 35th floor of the U Chu Liang Building. Thai anti-government protesters had begun rioting after their military strategist, a flamboyant major-general known as  "Commander Red" was shot in the head as he was being interviewed by the New York Times at the "red shirt" protest encampment that occupies a huge chunk of expensive real estate in the Thai capital.

The protesters had swarmed into our parking lot, troops hot on their heels. One red shirt was shot dead, taking a bullet through his eye, outside our office.  Our managers  had ordered us to evacuate, but we had to wait until the violence died down outside.  I strapped on a 10 kg flak jacket and helmet emblazoned with "press stickers", took a ride down the cargo elevator in a building under emergency power, and stepped carefully into the parking lot, looking around to see if it was safe for the remaining people in the newsroom to leave. It was quiet, as I crept around the parking lot, dodging from car to car, feeling slightly ridiculous. A taxi was parked just outside. I was beginning to understand what gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson meant when he said in his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:  "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

from FaithWorld:

Ultra-Orthodox Jews lose grave battle in Israel

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Israeli police arrest an ultra-Orthodox Jew, protesting the digging up of ancient graves, in the coastal town of Ashkelon May 16, 2010.  REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israeli police arrest an ultra-Orthodox Jew protesting in Ashkelon on May 16, 2010/Amir Cohen

A heavily guarded operation to dig up ancient graves to make way for a new hospital emergency room has exposed  traditional tensions between Israel's Jewish secular majority and ultra-Orthodox minority.

from Our Take on Your Take:

Looking Thailand in the eyes

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An anti-government 'red shirt' protester injured during a confrontation with the Thai army at Pratunam, is taken into the police hospital in Bangkok May 14, 2010.    Your View/Seila Montes

The tense standoff in Bangkok continues to produce some memorable photos, including this one by Seila Montes of an injured anti-government "red-shirt" protester. The light captured in the man's eye gives the photo a focal point and a point of connection with the audience.

View this week's Your View showcase here.

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