Precious Peace: Nearly 60 years of war came to an end this evening when Colombia signed a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The rebels, now removed from the E.U.’s list of terrorist organizations, will disarm and form a new political party, while Colombians will vote October 2 on whether to formally accept the deal. It’s expected they’ll vote yes, but the road to peace—and particularly the disarmament process—could still contain some obstacles.
Eyes on the Law: The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a total of $20 million dollars to police departments across the country to help pay for body cameras. But as a new North Carolina law imposes strict limits on who can view the footage, it’s unclear how much this measure can fulfill the DoJ’s goal of restoring public trust in police. This can’t hurt: Police in Houston today succeeded in stopping a mass shooting, killing the attacker. Nine people were injured, but they are expected to make full recoveries. Our news team has all the updates.
The ancestral portrait was passed down as an heirloom, but to [Dan] Lenchner, it is also a collectible—one of 15,000 other images that he has bought over the years. The 70-year-old has published several books of found photographs, displaying them in pairs intended to evoke specific connections between disparate subjects: a prisoner and a baby, kids with toy guns and a wounded soldier, a woman in a hijab, and a woman in a catcher’s mask.
Among these, as among all snapshots, there is a broader connection too. Walker describes it as a shared relationship to time. “Every person in a photo is older than when that photo was taken,” she elaborated. “I look at a photo and I know someone is probably dead and that one day I’ll be dead too. There must be some secret of time held in these images. I can’t help thinking that if I just study them hard enough, I’ll finally be able to understand it.”
The Candidate is a comedy based on close observation of what actually happens in political campaigns. Through the eyes of the politician-in-training, we learn, for instance, how it doesn’t just matter what you say during a TV interview, but that you remember not to look up, because on camera that makes you look stupid. And that the powers of incumbency include being able to overwhelm a smart analysis, say of the causes of brushfires, with spectacle: swooping in by helicopter, deus ex machina, to announce that you’ve just secured the President’s promise of disaster relief. And that being effective means staying on message, which means repeating the same formulaic lines until they start to sound like random nonsense even in your own head.