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Whose queen is she?



Britain’s Queen Elizabeth inspects the honor guard during Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa July 1, 2010. REUTERS/Blair Gable

Just curious why the Queen is labeled “Britain’s Queen Elizabeth” in your articles and photos that cover the current Royal visit to Canada?

Her Majesty is the Queen of Canada, regardless of her association with the UK or any other Commonwealth country.

In the highly unlikely event that the UK were to become a republic tomorrow, she would still be the Queen of Canada, independently of her role in any other nation.

Altered photo?



Your Sara Palin photo is altered.

The one where she is sitting with arms back, chest protruding, big scowl on her face is fake. It’s easy to see poor job of pasting on lower jaw with square on her neck. I wont ask about the boobs.

If you need help spotting fakes I’m available.


Thanks for the offer, but you don’t seem to be very good at this. The photo is real and unaltered: GBU Editor

Cropped photos


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Shame on you for editing (cropping) photos depicting wounded Israeli soldiers in a way that hides the cold weapons (knives and metal clubs) in the hands of the “peaceful” voyagers.

Unfortunately, Reuters looses its stature as an unbiased media outlet time and time again.

Altered image?



Israeli border police scuffle with a Palestinian man trying to enter al-Aqsa mosque for Friday prayers in Jerusalem’s Old City March 12, 2010. Israeli forces sealed off the West Bank and massed riot squads around Jerusalem’s Old City and Arab neighbourhoods during Muslim weekly prayers on Friday, facing down Palestinian anger over Jewish settlement expansion.  REUTERS/Ammar Awad

gbu israeli crop 260What possessed you to PhotoShop”the batons out of the Israeli Police’s hands as they beat back demonstrators in Jerusalem?

Inappropriate photo?


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The photo used in the article regarding Eritrea needing Humanitarian help was in fact taken in Somalia.
I find this photo very offensive and so do my Eritrean friends. Please replace the photo used and in future use photos taken in Eritrea to represent Eritreans.


I am writing to complain the use of Somali’s malnourished child in your report regarding UNICEF’s campaign to raise $24.8 million fund for Eritrea.

…poignant to say the least…



I live in Windsor, Ontario. In a Windsor Star edition from the week of Feb. 14th a picture from a Reuters photographer named Mike Cassese was carried.

It depicted a picture of family members, carrying roses to the hearse, in a repatriation ceremony at CFB Trenton. The soldier’s name was Cpl. Joshua Caleb Baker.

Where is Los Angeles?


gbu timberlakd 260Singer Justin Timberlake (L) and actor Bradley Cooper wait to answer the phone during the “Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief” telethon in this handout photo provided by MTV on January 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Jeff Kravitz/MTV Hope for Haiti Now/Handout

Regarding the Haiti benefit, I’m curious as to why you refer to Los Angeles as Los Angeles, California yet you refer to New York City, New York as simply New York and London, England as simply London?

Taunting children?


Members of the protest group Code Pink taunt local school children with chants about the war in Afghanistan as the children and their families arrive for a Halloween reception by U.S. President Barack Obama and his family at the White House in Washington, October 31, 2009. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   

I must strongly protest your caption on the photo of protesters outside the White House. Using the verb “taunt” with “local school children” as its object is inaccurate, pejorative and unwarranted.

Fleshing out the photo information…


Wow, who wants to see that picture of a man with his flesh eaten away in your lead story on

Seriously, even on Halloween, one should have the option on clicking on something that makes it obvious that something gruesome follows.

Gross point blank…


An instructor aims his pistol during a shooting practice at the Academia Carioca de Tiro in Mesquita near Rio de Janeiro, October 21, 2005. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

The photo of an alleged firearms instructor pointing a pistol at the camera (and the photographer) is worse than stupid, it is outrageous.