Sunday, August 06, 2006

More Extreme Makeover Beirut Edition

Further to my post concerning the unluckiest multiple home owner in Beirut, here are a few more photos of women "returning to their homes" after the Israeli makeover team has done its work. These are all taken by two Reuters photographers, one being Adnan Hajj of faked picture fame (notice how he likes to get a bit of smoke in the background of his pictures - could get him into trouble, that.)


July 22, 2006. REUTERS/Issam Kobeisy



July 23, 2006. REUTERS/Adnan Hajj



July 24, 2006. REUTERS/Adnan Hajj



July 26, 2006. REUTERS/Issam Kobeisy



Aug 1, 2006. REUTERS/Issam Kobeisy



Aug 1, 2006. REUTERS/Issam Kobeisy



August 5, 2006. REUTERS/Adnan Hajj


Staged photos? Perish the thought.

17 Comments:

Blogger David said...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5248500.stm

BBC using them though!

10:22 pm  
Anonymous Verity said...

Oh, God, that was funny! Those crude, fat, Dark Ages women dramatically mourning real estate that obviously was never theirs. Judging from the pics, half of Lebanon real estate appears to belong to big, fat, uglee, ululating mamas! Who would have guessed!

Look, we have to face it, Green Helmet Guy is a star! And he never takes a break ... Night or day, he is there to feel whatever pain they can find ...

And although a PR director, he always has his plastic gloves on, just like a rescue worker!

2:16 am  
Blogger tim said...

The Al Jolson Appreciation Society stages a show and you mock! - Oh if only you could have heard their tearjerking rendition of "Mammy", of course they no longer put on the blackface or gloves because we must be culturally sensitive now.
As Al said - you ain't heard nothing yet...

8:03 am  
Blogger Charles Martel said...

it'd be interesting to figure out what were the demolished buildings behind them.

if they turn out to be office blocks, then wailing over a demolished office block would infer that the photo was completely and utterly staged.

who in their right mind would wail over an office block?

10:56 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are all those the same woman?

2:39 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

are all those the same woman?

No, they're just doing the same pose for the cameramen.

4:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dfh,

I think at least #1, #3 and #6 are the same woman that is in the two that have already been analyzed, and #4, and #7 are strong possibilities. #2 and #5 probably not, but maybe.

Look at the crease under the left cheek (right cheek in the first picture, could have been flipped prior to publication)

4:32 pm  
Blogger Achillea said...

Isn't there spiffy face-matching software, or is that limited to law enforcement?

5:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I spotted one on BBC TV news, I knew immediately that she was a "Wailer". In middle eastern culture, Wailers are professional female mourners who are paid to lament the dead, often in a highly dramatic fashion, including scratching the cheeks until they bleed and puling out clumps of hair. In one picture it was noticed that a women had scars on her cheeks, these are “scars of the job”. Wailers also recite poetry and if the deceased was murdered, they will recite poetry that encourages revenge.

Wailing and self mortification is an integral part of Shi’a Islam, Hezbulla is Shi’a. It is likely that these women were hired by locals to lament the dead, they became an unexpected propaganda tool. I don’t think in the middle-eastern sense that they are fake. Remember, it is perfectly appropriate to hire 20 women to fake insane grief for someone they never met.

4:41 pm  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Big Momma's House in Lebanon!

11:30 pm  
Blogger bernie said...

"Judging from the pics, half of Lebanon real estate appears to belong to big, fat, uglee, ululating mamas! Who would have guessed!"

Funny you should say that, I made the same point in Why Israelis will win against Hezbollah - Photos IDF Babes

5:44 am  
Blogger SarahW said...

They all look like they are in "Kent State! - the musical!", choreographed by Bob Fosse. With Bob Fosse jazz hands of grief.

That has nothing to do with fakery, per se as it does with my poor understanding of cultural differences, as Americans with busted up houses look up, get a jaw quiver, then crumple inward into their hands, or they turn away to hide the sobs. Now, The Kent State Girl was summoning for assistance, and was naturally showy. Is this just a cultural divide thing? Are women really that show-offy about their distress in that part of the world?

11:54 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the very least, the August 1st and 5th photos are at the same place and time. What appears to be the satelite dish from the 8/5 photo is seen in the 8/1 photo just to our right of her right hand. Additionally, the position of the person in black, just below her right hand in the 8/1 photo, is about where the woman in the 8/5 photo is standing in regards to the dish.

Looks like Issam and Adnan were in the same Bat-place at the same Bat-time.

1:51 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strap a bomb on your child and send them off to blow themselves and others to hell and the whail and flail over a building. These people are not only crazy, they are weird. Why do they carry on when anyone dies, they are supposed to believe it's an automatic ticket to the promised land? Hell they should all just comitt suicide and get on to heaven. Wanna bet that they know they're going to hell of the bullet train.

8:58 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When a muslim loses someone, like say their child, or an object; like say ... hmmmm, i don't know, maybe their home, their only shelter, they lift their hands up towards the sky, asking their God (who is believed to be above the sky) and they cry for his help..... That's what all of these women are doing....
They are not posing for the camera man, that is what they do most of the time... but I geuss your brain is too small to understand!!!!

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