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WHATEVER IT TAKES?



The 'slave' stories coming out of Libya the last year has been sickening. It has recently created a frenzy on social media after CNN exposed a 'slave trade' somewhere in a very dark place outside Tripoli.

By Jørn Stjerneklar

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TONE-DEAF BY CHOICE?



World Press Photo is again taking to the world stage. Not surprising with a name like that. According to themselves they are: "Pursuing justice and seeking the truth". But are they really doing their job to protect us from fake news and stories? I think not!


By Jørn Stjerneklar, photographer
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HAIL CESAR!


The director of World Press Photo should spend some funds on studying history, Latin, and certainly the reports send to him by people who works for free and tirelessly to unveil the cheaters among us photojournalists. And then he should act genuinely and honestly when it has been proved for him that the world is full of conmen. We have plenty of fake stories going around. We do not need the frauds to win big prizes.



By Jørn Stjerneklar, photographer
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THE LIBRARY SPEAKS VOLUMES 7

By Jørn Stjerneklar


Facebook has some robots to check the content of what you post on your fb-wall. Those robots seems to be biased since they have allowed Mayday Press to publish naked black women, but as soon as a white lady hit the our wall, it was removed. Here' the original post written on Facebook. See the previous blogs about this subject to judge for yourselves.

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THE LIBRARY SPEAKS VOLUMES 6


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Mayday Press has a lot of old photographs from Congo. Strangely enough many of them have naked people somewhere in the frame. This picture is no exception. The white man is from Denmark.
Unknown to most people Scandinavians played a huge and very important part in the colonisation of what became The Free State Congo, État indépendant du Congo.
It was owned by King Leopold the Second of Belgium. Literally owned by him as a personal business venture. It's the darkest chapter in the dark book about white supremacy in Africa. During Leopolds time as CEO half the population lost their lives due to what Stanley Kubrick later called ultra violence.

Also disease and the very extreme measures used to punish people, cutting off their hands if they did not collect enough rubber for the King, played a huge factor.
The Scandinavians, particularly Danes and Swedes, were a crucial part of the whole business concept. Leopold did not want to use employees from competitors on the continent. Denmark and Sweden had no colonies at that time, the Germans, British, French, the Dutch, Portugese, Spaniards could not work for him. Guess why
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On top of that Danes are born sailors as are the Swedes. Leopold needed seamen to navigate the 20.000 kilometers of rivers that Congo has.
Leopold also managed to recruit plenty of dismayed officers from the Danish army who lost a big chunk of Denmark in the war with the Germany in 1864. Suddenly they could get a very well paid job in Africa. Some of them were in charge of areas the size of Denmark. Small kings from a small country in the big, dark Africa.

And we could continue...

What a story.

Mayday Press has a lot of stories and historic photos in our library.

PS If you have not read 'The Heart of Darkness' yet. Do it! Written by Joseph Conrad who worked on the river. He was Polish, by the way.

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