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Lan Lan. I met her in the well-known Hoan Kiem Park & Lake near the opera house in downtown Hanoi. An air raid victim of the bombing on Hanoi on December 23, 1970. Shrapnel sliced off her leg at the groin. - Dermot McGrath

CASUALTY OF WAR

DPI welcomes our newest contributing photojournalist, Dermot McGrath. Dermot, a Navy veteran, is based on Long Island. He has traveled to Vietnam several times since the end of the war, and he is deeply involved with the Viet Duc University Hospital Humanitarian Project which is based in Hanoi. This effort sends Vietnamese doctors and nurses for training and observation to several Long Island hospitals.

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A homeless Muslim man begs on the streets of Paris c.1950.

THE NO-GO ZONES

A “no-go” zone is defined as an area within a city where law enforcement authorities fear to tread creating an enclave which differs from the general society as a whole. This might include an enclave in which crime cannot be controlled. In the current conversation we a referring to sections of European cities which house large immigrant populations, predominantly Muslim, who have failed to assimilate into the host country’s society. This is not all that unusual as immigrant populations tend to isolate themselves in the first generation only to assimilate more easily in future generations.

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The Great Wall of China and an associated deris field. (1935)

WALLS DON’T WORK

The proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has been envisioned as being 30 feet high, impossible for one individual to scale without aid, 6 feet in depth under ground, impenetrable for up to one hour by attempts to brake through and aesthetically beautiful on the U. S. side. I refer you to some statistics on the Great Wall of China presented in this blog.

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Honduran family living in poverty c.1939.

WE’RE COMING TO AMERICA

Distended stomachs on children are a sure sign of malnutrition. Date is approximate; true date unknown.

Distended stomachs on children are a sure sign of malnutrition. Date is approximate; true date unknown.

Immigration reform? Let’s get serious. As long as conditions of poverty exist as illustrated in these photos taken in Honduras and Haiti c.1939 what would you do if you had to live under these conditions? The worldwide refugee problem is another issue involving civil wars and forcing people to flee by land and sea to safety.

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It must be remembered that many Japanese cities such as Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe were destroyed by fire bombing. Incendiaries.

THE BOMBING OF JAPANESE CITIES: BLACK RAIN

It must be remembered that many Japanese cities including Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe were destroyed by fire bombing. Incendiaries. The lead photo, “The Bombing of Japanese Cities: Black Rain”; Japan (1945), shows a destroyed Japanese city. “I was 10 when the B-29 came. My family lived underground for three days. When we came up the city was gone. Then the heat brought rain. Black rain. You made the rain black, and shoved your values down our throats.”  Sugai – from the film “Black Rain”.

San Francisco, California - August 16, 1910: A booming extermination business for rodents following the earthquake of 1906. Date is approximate; true date unknown.

HOMAGE TO WALKER EVANS

One of the most respected photographers of the Farm Security Administration during the 1930s was Walker Evans.  Evans’ subjects were varied, but he is perhaps best well known for his images of advertising signs. His work stands out from some of his contemporaries such as Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, John Vachon, Marion Post Wolcott and others because of the uniqueness of his style.

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