December 26, 2011

Our photographers hit the ground running this year.
By March, the tragic events in Japan and the fastbreaking
developments of the Arab Spring left us
nearly breathless. But there’s no timeout in the
news business. Social issues like education, gay
marriage, immigration, as well as economic issues
– thrown into sharp focus by the “Occupy” movement
– gave us opportunities to meet a cross section of Americans. And still
the news goes on: We look forward to the challenge and opportunity the new
year will surely bring. For now, here are some of our images we like best from
2011, some seen here for the first time.  See more

– Alfredo Sosa, director of photography

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December 12, 2011

Mexico drug war casualty: Citizenry suffers post-traumatic stress.

Outwardly, life seems normal; but as drug war kidnappings, extortion, and violence brush closer to the average citizen, experts say, the mental terrain looks like post-traumatic stress.  Read this Christian Science Monitor story

November 3, 2011

Earth welcomed its 7 billionth human late last month, according to
the United Nations Population Fund, an event greeted with both
hope and sober reflection.
The world’s population growth is slowing. Growth peaked in 1963,
at 2.2 percent per year, and began to decline. By 2009, it stood at 1.1
percent. Earth’s population will continue to grow, experts predict, but
more and more slowly, perhaps stabilizing by 2050 between 8 billion and
10 billion. Two undeniably positive trends help drive that decline: rising
levels of learning and gender equity for girls and women, which fuel
opportunity and prosperity – and result in smaller, better-off families.
Experts foresee a huge rise in middle-class incomes worldwide and a
corresponding decline in those who are abjectly poor.
On a macro level, access to food, clean water, jobs, safety, and justice
for all those people remains a huge and vexing problem. On a micro
level, as seen through the lenses of Monitor photographers, the elation
of activity, the pride of parenthood, the satisfaction of accomplishment
remain human universals and sources of comfort and joy. Check out the full gallery of our staff photos.

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October 3, 2011
On assignment in Wyoming in May I photographed the daily chores of Deb and Jon Robinett on the Diamond G Ranch in Dubois.  The Robinetts live and work in a beautiful and remote area in the Dunoir Valley, where they have to deal with bears and wolves in the wild. Though they’ve lost several pets and livestock to predators, Jon Robinett advocates cohabitation and works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, capturing and tagging wolf packs on his property.  
Here Deb opens the barn to gather hay for the horses. 
Ann Hermes/Staff Photographer

On assignment in Wyoming in May I photographed the daily chores of Deb and Jon Robinett on the Diamond G Ranch in Dubois.  The Robinetts live and work in a beautiful and remote area in the Dunoir Valley, where they have to deal with bears and wolves in the wild. Though they’ve lost several pets and livestock to predators, Jon Robinett advocates cohabitation and works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, capturing and tagging wolf packs on his property.  

Here Deb opens the barn to gather hay for the horses. 

Ann Hermes/Staff Photographer

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September 1, 2011

Since Jimmy Carter is visiting Cuba to talk about economic relations, we thought you would be interested in these photos [view full gallery] taken by Alfredo Sosa, the Monitor’s Photo Editor, last November.

Read coverage of Carter’s visit on CSMonitor.com

August 29, 2011

A free clinic funded by the Surmang Foundation, an American NGO, is located on the Tibetan Plateau, China. The foundation is the first foreign NGO to be registered in Quinghai Province.

Click on the photos above to see a larger version

Check out the full photo gallery on CSMonitor.com with more pictures from the clinic and surrounding area.

All photos by Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff

July 5, 2011
Traditionally dressed men walk during a rehearsal of the Independence Day ceremony in Juba July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic 

What drew me in to the photo was the texture and color of their clothing. But the expression on their faces is what kept me looking. Their serene look struck me considering the challenges that await their new country of South Sudan. They look tired but thankful for that particular moment of quiet.
Joanne Ciccarello, assistant photo editor
check out the other Photos of the Day for July 5th.

Traditionally dressed men walk during a rehearsal of the Independence Day ceremony in Juba July 5, 2011. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic 

What drew me in to the photo was the texture and color of their clothing. But the expression on their faces is what kept me looking. Their serene look struck me considering the challenges that await their new country of South Sudan. They look tired but thankful for that particular moment of quiet.

Joanne Ciccarello, assistant photo editor

check out the other Photos of the Day for July 5th.

June 6, 2011
Lightning bolts strike around the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain near Osorno, Chile. The volcano, dormant for decades, erupted in south-central Chile on Saturday, belching ash more than 6 miles into the sky. Photo by Ivan Alvarado/Reuters.

The unpredictable, powerful forces of nature are on display in this deceptively beautiful image. Volcanos around the globe are making their presence known. To see more of my favorite Photos of the day for June 6, 2011, click here.
Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff photographer

Lightning bolts strike around the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain near Osorno, Chile. The volcano, dormant for decades, erupted in south-central Chile on Saturday, belching ash more than 6 miles into the sky. Photo by Ivan Alvarado/Reuters.

The unpredictable, powerful forces of nature are on display in this deceptively beautiful image. Volcanos around the globe are making their presence known. To see more of my favorite Photos of the day for June 6, 2011, click here.

Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff photographer

June 2, 2011
New government-made housing project (r.) is seen from the top of Las Mayas slum in Caracas May 24, 2011. Despite being in power for 12 years and bringing plenty of new schools and clinics to poor areas, Chavez has failed to fix Venezuela’s housing shortfall — currently at 2 million units. That, say critics, demonstrates the failure of socialism in Venezuela, where the 500,000 new homes built during Chavez’s rule, about two-thirds by the private sector, is no better than the rate of construction under his predecessors. Not surprisingly, Chavez has sought to take the initiative with a new “Grand Housing Mission” — his eighth such construction plan — aiming to build 2 million new units by 2017 with funds available from higher global oil prices.    REUTERS/Jorge Silva 

 To my eye, this is a classic example of photojournalism. The entire story is in this one image. To the left is Las Mayas, a hopeless looking slum area. To the right is brand new housing ready to be inhabited. The youths at the bottom right hand corner offer the question -  what promise does the new housing bring? We get a clearer understanding of what is at stake for this community looking at all the elements of the story at once. The photos were released today which is why I included it in today’s Photos of the Day.
Joanne Ciccarello, assistant photo editor

New government-made housing project (r.) is seen from the top of Las Mayas slum in Caracas May 24, 2011. Despite being in power for 12 years and bringing plenty of new schools and clinics to poor areas, Chavez has failed to fix Venezuela’s housing shortfall — currently at 2 million units. That, say critics, demonstrates the failure of socialism in Venezuela, where the 500,000 new homes built during Chavez’s rule, about two-thirds by the private sector, is no better than the rate of construction under his predecessors. Not surprisingly, Chavez has sought to take the initiative with a new “Grand Housing Mission” — his eighth such construction plan — aiming to build 2 million new units by 2017 with funds available from higher global oil prices.    REUTERS/Jorge Silva 

 To my eye, this is a classic example of photojournalism. The entire story is in this one image. To the left is Las Mayas, a hopeless looking slum area. To the right is brand new housing ready to be inhabited. The youths at the bottom right hand corner offer the question -  what promise does the new housing bring? We get a clearer understanding of what is at stake for this community looking at all the elements of the story at once. The photos were released today which is why I included it in today’s Photos of the Day.

Joanne Ciccarello, assistant photo editor

June 2, 2011
Brown bear (Ursus arctos) cub Medo plays near a tree in Podvrh village, central Slovenia June 1, 2011. The Slovenian Logar family has adopted the three-and-half-month-old bear cub that strolled into their yard about 30 days ago. Although the family would like to prepare a fenced enclosure for it, veterinary authorities would prefer to move it into a shelter for wild animals.  REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic 
The ‘peek-a-boo’ quality of this photo made it even more compelling than the images of the Logar family playing with Medo. The bear looking right at the viewer in such a child-like pose is startling. For more Photos of the Day, click here.
Joanne Ciccarello, assistant photo editor

Brown bear (Ursus arctos) cub Medo plays near a tree in Podvrh village, central Slovenia June 1, 2011. The Slovenian Logar family has adopted the three-and-half-month-old bear cub that strolled into their yard about 30 days ago. Although the family would like to prepare a fenced enclosure for it, veterinary authorities would prefer to move it into a shelter for wild animals.  REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic 

The ‘peek-a-boo’ quality of this photo made it even more compelling than the images of the Logar family playing with Medo. The bear looking right at the viewer in such a child-like pose is startling. For more Photos of the Day, click here.

Joanne Ciccarello, assistant photo editor

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