Behind the image
The bad dream of a new Cold War
"Russia is going to incorporate Crimea into its territory and is not going to let it go. How many times since World War II has the map of Europe been changed in a stroke like this?" writes AFP's Moscow correspondent Stuart Williams. "While I doubt there will be a military conflict, a chill is going to set in on relations between Russia and the West which is going to make other crises seem positively amenable."
Above the fold
Friday 7 March 2014 - Eye witness
Yesterday, we posted this picture but decided to censor the nipple to make sure we didn't violate any of Facebook's standards. But as several people commented under the picture, it is a strange paradox that it seems OK to show a photograph of violence against a woman, but not to let people see her chosen means of protest (toplessness.)
Thursday 6 March 2014 - Behind the image
A year since his death, Hugo Chavez still maintains a powerful presence in Venezuela. Graffiti of his eyes has sprung up everywhere -- a reminder that Chavez is part of Venezuelans' daily lives, whether they like it or not. It doesn't matter if you are pro- or anti-government, it can feel like Chavez still controls what happens in the country.
Monday 3 March 2014 - Eye witness
"When you’re a correspondent in Russia, you get used to long waits and rigorous security checks ahead of official news conferences," writes AFP Moscow correspondent Germain Moyon. "But the scheduled appearance of Viktor Yakunovych took things to a new level."
Monday 3 March 2014 - Behind the image
Marco Longari is an AFP photographer based in the Johannesburg bureau. He recently went on assignment to Chad to photograph the nation’s efforts to fight elephant poaching.
Wednesday 26 February 2014 - Behind the image
Bangkok-based AFP photojournalist Nicolas Asfouri recently visited a refugee camp for Afghans living in Pakistan, where he made this series of images of children. Most of the camp's residents, exiled by the chronic instability of their own country, have no intention of going back to Afghanistan.
Monday 24 February 2014 - Eye witness
Just a few days ago, it seemed as though Ukraine's political crisis might be edging towards a peaceful resolution. Then everything fell apart.
Max Delany is AFP’s Caucasus correspondent, based in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is in Kiev covering the country's crisis and writes here about a historic week in Ukraine's capital. (AFP Photo/Yuriy Dyachyshyn)
Thursday 20 February 2014 - Behind the image
AFP photographer Bulent Kilic, usually based in Istanbul, is in Kiev covering the dramatically worsening events in Independence Square. He says it feels as much like a war as it does a protest.
Wednesday 19 February 2014 - Behind the image
The Great Odyssey is one of the biggest dog-sledding races in Europe. AFP photographer Jeff Pachoud talks about how he got this image, which won first prize in the "Sport Feature Single" category of this year's World Press Photo Awards.
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