How Places Change

Kabul, Afghanistan – 1960s

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Kabul, Afghanistan – Later


Afghan women are transported on a horse-drawn cart in the city of Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Ningarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Tehran, Iran – 1970s

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Tehran, Iran – Later

TEHRAN, IRAN - APRIL 22: An Iranian policewoman (L) warns a young woman about her clothing and hair during a crackdown to enforce Islamic dress code on April 22, 2007 in Tehran, Iran. Police issued warnings and conducted arrests during an annual pre-summer crackdown, which was given greater prominence this year, according to officials. (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

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Cairo, Egypt – 1960s

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Cairo, Egypt – Later

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Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi walk in the rain during a protest at Al-Haram street, in Cairo December 13, 2013. With many of its male members jailed, Egypt's besieged Muslim Brotherhood is calling up an unlikely reserve force against the army-backed government in the conservative Arab country. At more and more protests, female members of the Islamist movement can be seen taking on security forces mounting one of their fiercest crackdowns against the group. REUTERS/Stringer (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX16HBF(Sources: 1,2,3,4)


Istanbul, Turkey – Now

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Istanbul, Turkey – Later



9 thoughts on “How Places Change

  1. I have seen photos of London today, which is in complete contrast to the pictures my father took in the 60s when my family lived down there. Some of the present day ones are remarkably similar to the Kabul and Terhran of today, so I suppose the much-vaunted ‘multi-ciltural diverse vibrancy’ we now enjoy is working perfectly: everything is the getting to be the same everywhere.

    One aside: I had reason to go to Islington twice recently, and marvelled at the way complacent whites in that district of Corbynland sat around sipping coffee at the tables of the outdoor cafes and all the while served by black and brown people, many of who worked to keep the streets clean and the less well-heeled shops open. The relaxing whites never noticed of course, though they may have thought it their ‘right.’ But I do wonder if the one-size-fits-all burka spreads from Finsbury Park into the richer parts of complacent London what the reaction might be.

  2. They all seem to have swallowed an angry pill and somebody has stolen all their good things!

    Or maybe I’m a waycist

  3. Malaya/Malaysia would furnish another example. It makes it easier to understand the Restoration after Cromwell died. Not a barrel of laughs, old Ollie.

  4. Malaya/Malaysia would furnish another example.

    Cities in Pakistan, too. I was going to include one of them but I think everyone gets the point.

  5. This reminds me- I must tell my Bos that there is nofuckingway i am going to Tehran next month.

  6. Amazing.

    It’s almost like some common factor was at work, oppressing the people of all those places – especially the women.

    But that couldn’t be the case, could it.

    Just a co-incidence, nothing to see, move along.

  7. “Thankfully it now looks like Syria will not be subject to a similar outcome.”

    Yes very true, I imagine it will look more like Berlin circa early 1945 under the wise and benevolent rule of the Assad family.

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