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Ukraine's Men in Black

As Ukrainians come to grips with the conflict against Russian backed separatists in the eastern region of Donetsk, many civilians are mobilizing, forming local irregular militias to help the fight.  These battalions come from all sectors of Ukraine’s population, but one group in particular, the all volunteer Azov Battalion, has been extremely effective and organized, tasked with especially tough or dangerous missions. However, the group, and others like it, is causing consternation and even fear in Kiev.  Why? Also known as “The Men in Black”,  The Azov Battalion is comprised almost entirely of Ukrainian National Socialists, so called ideological descendants of the Nazis… 

Pictured is a recent Islamic State wall mural in Aleppo province which reads “Whoever hangs an amulet commits idolatry”. Amulets and Talismans inscribed with verses from the Quran have long been used as tokens of good luck and fortune in the Islamic world, but are considered forbidden under the strict Salafi version of Islam practiced by the IS.
 

Pictured is a recent Islamic State wall mural in Aleppo province which reads “Whoever hangs an amulet commits idolatry”. Amulets and Talismans inscribed with verses from the Quran have long been used as tokens of good luck and fortune in the Islamic world, but are considered forbidden under the strict Salafi version of Islam practiced by the IS.

 

Members of the DeBlase family make a rubbing of their lost loved one James V. DeBlase during memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2014.

Members of the DeBlase family make a rubbing of their lost loved one James V. DeBlase during memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2014.

(Source: Robert Sabo)

Latvian Police Special Operations Unit during an Anti-terrorist and hostage Rescue Exercise being held at the National Library in Riga, September 5th, 2014.

Latvian Police Special Operations Unit during an Anti-terrorist and hostage Rescue Exercise being held at the National Library in Riga, September 5th, 2014.

(Source: Official Released LPSOU)

Indian Catholic Christians light candles to commemorate the annual feast of the birth of Virgin Mary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Health in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

Indian Catholic Christians light candles to commemorate the annual feast of the birth of Virgin Mary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Health in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

(Source: Mahesh Kumar A)

A buddhist monk holds an umbrella as he walks inside a temple in Bangkok September 8, 2014.

A buddhist monk holds an umbrella as he walks inside a temple in Bangkok September 8, 2014.

(Source: Athit Perawongmetha)

A woman looks at sheep grazing in Ghent, western Belgium, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. About 60 sheep, belonging to the city of Ghent, graze daily in the city’s parks and along the canal banks as an ecological alternative to lawn mowers. 

A woman looks at sheep grazing in Ghent, western Belgium, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. About 60 sheep, belonging to the city of Ghent, graze daily in the city’s parks and along the canal banks as an ecological alternative to lawn mowers. 

(Source: Yves Logghe)

A line is tied to the remains of a partially scrapped service vessel in a scrap-metal yard.
One of the largest marine scrap yards on the East Coast, the Witte Marine Scrap Yard is located on Arthur Kill Road in Rossville. Now officially known as the Donjon Iron and Metal Scrap Processing Facility, the scrap yard was opened in 1964 by J. Arnold Witte Sr. 
A number of noteworthy vessels, including the New York City Fire Department fireboat Abram S. Hewitt, which was involved in the rescue of survivors of the 1904 General Slocum tragedy and was the last coal-burning fireboat in operation in the FDNY’s fleet, can be found here.

A line is tied to the remains of a partially scrapped service vessel in a scrap-metal yard.

One of the largest marine scrap yards on the East Coast, the Witte Marine Scrap Yard is located on Arthur Kill Road in Rossville. Now officially known as the Donjon Iron and Metal Scrap Processing Facility, the scrap yard was opened in 1964 by J. Arnold Witte Sr. 

A number of noteworthy vessels, including the New York City Fire Department fireboat Abram S. Hewitt, which was involved in the rescue of survivors of the 1904 General Slocum tragedy and was the last coal-burning fireboat in operation in the FDNY’s fleet, can be found here.

(Source: Gordon Donovan)

In this Aug. 22, 2014 photo, a masked National Police officer patrols as residents step back into their homes in the Mejicanos neighborhood as police search for weapons in San Salvador, El Salvador. A truce declared two years ago by the gangs Mara Salvatrucha and the 18th Street Gang briefly tapered their bloody gang war. Now, violence is on the rise again.

In this Aug. 22, 2014 photo, a masked National Police officer patrols as residents step back into their homes in the Mejicanos neighborhood as police search for weapons in San Salvador, El Salvador. A truce declared two years ago by the gangs Mara Salvatrucha and the 18th Street Gang briefly tapered their bloody gang war. Now, violence is on the rise again.

(Source: Esteban Felix)

A teddy bear is placed next to wreckage at the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo) in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine September 9, 2014.

A teddy bear is placed next to wreckage at the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo) in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine September 9, 2014.

(Source: Marko Djurica)

A North Korean soldier plays a guitar on a patrol boat on the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite to the Chinese border city of Dandong, September 9, 2014.

A North Korean soldier plays a guitar on a patrol boat on the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite to the Chinese border city of Dandong, September 9, 2014.

(Source: Jacky Chen)

The ARC Gloria this month celebrated 46 years as the Colombian Navy’s floating ambassador.  As the official training and flagship of the Colombian Navy, it has sailed a total of 808,759 nautical miles,  equivalent to more than 117 times around the world.

The ARC Gloria this month celebrated 46 years as the Colombian Navy’s floating ambassador.  As the official training and flagship of the Colombian Navy, it has sailed a total of 808,759 nautical miles,  equivalent to more than 117 times around the world.

(Source: Colombian Navy)

Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong, Benny Tai Yiu-ting (R) and Chan Kin-man, have their heads shaven in defiance of China’s Central Government in Hong Kong, China, September 9, 2014.

Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong, Benny Tai Yiu-ting (R) and Chan Kin-man, have their heads shaven in defiance of China’s Central Government in Hong Kong, China, September 9, 2014.

(Source: Jerome Favre)

The moon rises with an orange glow as people watch from a rock cliff at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. The supermoon, known to scientists as a perigee moon, occurs when Earth’s neighbor appears at its largest and brightest compared to other full moons when it orbits closer to our planet. 

The moon rises with an orange glow as people watch from a rock cliff at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. The supermoon, known to scientists as a perigee moon, occurs when Earth’s neighbor appears at its largest and brightest compared to other full moons when it orbits closer to our planet. 

(Source: Rick Rycroft)

Lance Cpl. Christopher Eliff, a crew chief with Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 369, based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and a Houston native, awaits a flight aboard the flight line of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

Lance Cpl. Christopher Eliff, a crew chief with Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 369, based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and a Houston native, awaits a flight aboard the flight line of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

(Source: USMC photo)