Ritsona, Greece Petros Giannakouris/AP
Children play among tents at Ritsona refugee camp
Refugees are the subject of fierce political debate. Photography can cut through the noise and remind us that they are also real people.
–Daniel Denvir, staff reporter
Charlotte, NC Sean Rayford/Getty
Demonstrators take a break from marching as a helicopter flies overhead
Every time another U.S. city is besieged by unrest following the shooting death of a black person by police officers, many are quick to condemn the violence and protests. And each time we are left with indelible images that illustrate the pent up pain that only seems to get any focus in the aftermath of death. And while it appears as though hopelessness and despair have set in with these two Charlotte protesters pictured above, as history has shown, African-Americans are a resilient bunch who will always march on.
–Sophia Tesfaye, deputy politics editor
Timmendorf, Germany Jens Buttner/Getty
Mixed-breed dog Frida comes out of the sea
Introducing America's Next Top Model finalist: Frida. For this photo shoot, Nigel Barker instructed Frida to "look tough yet sweet," which she accomplished perfectly. Frida really brought her A-game to this shoot, managing to wow Tyra with her piercing eye that stares right into the viewer's soul. There's no way Frida will go home this week.
–Tatiana Baez, social media coordinator
Charlotte, NC Mike Blake/Reuters
A U.S. National guard soldier accepts a hug from a protester
Frederick Douglass observed that “power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” The empty symbolism of hugs—or barbecues or picnics or neighborhood block parties—will not stop police thuggery and brutality against black and brown people in America.
–Chauncey DeVega, politics writer