The following is a personal interview by Esther Sassaman:
Bloggers are known for strong political opinions and too much openness about their love lives. A growing number have taken the expressive power of the blog into new realms. Many bloggers of all interests and political viewpoints have debunked inaccuracies portrayed by the mainstream media, maintained compendia on rapidly developing stories more quickly than big broadcasters, and established their own live news services in conflict zones. Jacob Applebaum is one of this last category, publishing photojournalism from Iraq, Houston, and New Orleans that has often surpassed the news value, narrative power, and beauty of photography produced by longstanding news service photographers. Appelbaum went to Iraq in April 2005 as a photographer and to visit friends, and visited Houston’s Astrodome after Katrina to help set up a low power FM radio network and wireless service [http://www.prometheusradio.org] for details. He is currently in the poor, black Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans, administering a data center at the behest of community organizer and former Black Panther Malik Rahim.
Jacob’s photographs have gained a new audience with the Houston Astrodome series [http://flickr.com/photos/ioerror/sets/905698/], which has become widely distributed. I reached him on Tuesday, the second day of his stay in Algiers. We talked about the situation in Algiers on Tuesday, but also about his personal motivations for coming to activism, and his background.
You can read the rest of the interview off site.
The Red Cross finally came to Algiers. This is the first time most of us have seen the Red Cross in Aligers. They were giving out hot meals. Nothing for people with special needs such as people that do not eat meat or are diabetic. Basically everyone left behind has special needs, that’s why there’re here!
The American Red Cross is probably the least respected of all the groups in this area. The locals actually stay away from the Red Cross because of their experience. If you’re considering giving money to the Red Cross, try giving it to a smaller group first. The Red Cross is a bloated company and your money could be best used elsewhere. They’re full of good people and they mean well I have no doubt. However they’re certainly an example of a non profit that has gotten too large.
A few people have emailed about this body.
One of the often suggested points was to simply bury the body myself. I had given this some thought and when I woke up this morning I was motivated to bury it myself. The first thing I did when I woke up was ask Malik what he thought of the idea.
He said something along the lines of: “The police said they would arrest me, I would have buried it already otherwise.”
Food for thought.
Take a look at my flickr stream for the photos I took today. Leave a comment with a link to the ones you feel deserve the most information.
The date on my camera was screwed up and so today was actually split into two days as far as the camera is concerned.