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The decade in news photographs

Call it what you will, "the noughties", "the two-thousands" or something else, the first decade of the 21st century (2000-2009) is now over. Looking back on the past ten years through news photographs, it becomes clear that it was a dramatic, often brutal decade. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks and wars were by far the most dominant theme. Ten years ago, Bill Clinton was ending his final term in office, very few had ever heard of Osama bin Laden, the Taliban ruled Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein still ruled Iraq - all that and much more has changed in the intervening time. It's really an impossible task to sum up ten years in a handful of photographs, but below is my best attempt at a look back at the last decade - feel free to let me know what I missed in the comments below. (50 photos total)

Iraqi civilians and U.S. soldiers pull down a statue of Saddam Hussein in downtown Baghdad, in this April 9, 2003 file photo. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
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453 comments so far...
1.

Fantastic pictures, as usual. Captivates me every time I visit TBP.

Posted by Vlad December 18, 09 01:43 PM
2.

wow
pensive images

Posted by nils December 18, 09 01:50 PM
3.

You are the BEST BLOG OF THIS decade.

Posted by Joseh Mentöfft December 18, 09 01:50 PM
4.

wow o wow. your photography never ceases to amaze me!

Posted by jason bourne December 18, 09 01:51 PM
5.

What about the horrible Hindu vs Muslim riots and massacres in Gujarat, India in 2002? That was forever a changing moment for India...

Posted by Broomstick December 18, 09 02:02 PM
6.

I have only recently started visiting this site (early this year) and have loved it. I link people hear all of the time. You photos are timely and very thought provoking. You don't take sides on a given issue, you allow the pictures to speak for themselves. Thank you for the opportunity to visit.

Posted by SomeWhiteGuy December 18, 09 02:04 PM
7.

Beautiful and well-chronicled series. Thank you.

Posted by Basho December 18, 09 02:06 PM
8.

Looking at The Big Picture gives me goosebumps. Every time. This is some of the most intense news photographs I've seen, and the events depicted are the ones that have defined this decade that I grew up in.

Posted by Tommy December 18, 09 02:06 PM
9.

paris hilton? really?

Posted by erika December 18, 09 02:07 PM
10.

Hi.

Amazing, interesting, shocking and pensive images from the last decade.

Thanks a lot for showing us these and all the effort to keep this running.

Regards

Mattes

Posted by Matthias Focks December 18, 09 02:08 PM
11.

I'm normally a huge fan, but I couldn't help but notice the tendency here to point out mostly the tragic moments from the last decade. Where are the photos of people helping recover from 9/11, the Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina & Ike, etc? 50 photos and #39 is the only one showing, if nothing else, a desire to change the way the last decade has panned out? More balance please.

Posted by shamefulinashamelessworld December 18, 09 02:09 PM
12.

Amazing images, but this decade was not mankind's finest.

Posted by rto December 18, 09 02:11 PM
13.

Stunning! There is something to learn from every picture. Thank You.

Posted by AK December 18, 09 02:11 PM
14.

70% of sad pics?
what a decade....

Posted by Camila December 18, 09 02:12 PM
15.

Bit of a sad decade, yes? Thank you for the photos

Posted by Alex December 18, 09 02:18 PM
16.

So pretty much everything in the last decade except the advances in technology went to crap...

Posted by bergotronic December 18, 09 02:24 PM
17.

Nice collection...! Here is important pic too...!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mashafeeg/2984009812

Posted by mode December 18, 09 02:25 PM
18.

It was a pleasant surprise to see some science images thrown in there. I always appreciate this blog's science posts.

Posted by Craig December 18, 09 02:25 PM
19.

How about a "happy decade" sequence of pictures, just to give everybody a smile, before the end of the year?

Posted by Edward J.M.C. December 18, 09 02:26 PM
20.

Great pictures. Just disturbing how the world and it's inhabitants can't seem to get along no matter how many hundreds of years of wars and disasters from history have taught us. I despair of the human race!

Posted by Mark Abercrombie December 18, 09 02:29 PM
21.

Love most of these pictures. Though I'm questioning why #24 and #40 were there? The rest were very moving.

Posted by Liz December 18, 09 02:35 PM
22.

Dear Alan,
I asked this in your previous post but there were so many comments that should be impossible to read or answer them all.
I wonder why there are no pictures of anything that happened in South America (Chile, Brasil, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, etc etc), except for that one in Colombia showing a murdered man. Even tough after seeing that most of this pictures are about wars, natural disasters, and politics... I think I'm glad! hehe.
Anyway, I'm just curious...
Thanks for an amazing experience by letting us watching your collection.
Marry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Posted by Jorge December 18, 09 02:37 PM
23.

Thankyou so much for sharing these images. Big Picture is one of the few sites I visit daily. I wish it were a bit more impartial (ie, not so pro american), but I will continue to view the stunning images you put up here.

Cheers mate, you quite often open my eyes.

Posted by human being December 18, 09 02:40 PM
24.

Excellent, as usual.

Photos 20, 22 and 35 really amazed me. The war and attack ones really brought some bad memories.

Posted by Francisco Luz December 18, 09 02:41 PM
25.

There is no picture of Mumbai blasts terror (Kasab's Picture doesnt even show the minute magnitude of the destruction they did) but Paris Hilton gets place in the photos of decade..Great

Posted by Aditya December 18, 09 02:45 PM
26.

Ugh. Cannot believe you posted a pic of Paris Hilton. There had to have been something better to post than that.

Posted by Freakin Loon December 18, 09 02:46 PM
27.

Well that was depressing.

Posted by RJ December 18, 09 02:54 PM
28.

Hi All,

All the pics are fantastic...I just disagree the placement of 1 pic on in this list - #24 - Paris Hilton.. how does this fit into this series?

Posted by Venky December 18, 09 02:56 PM
29.

I think the Paris Hilton photo is fitting given our society's unhealthy obsession with Celebrity.

Posted by Adam December 18, 09 02:57 PM
30.

Nothing about Darfur? A lot of things in this set are insignificant compared to what's going on there.

Posted by John December 18, 09 03:00 PM
31.

@Jorge (comment 22), It's certainly not intentional, I do try to be as inclusive as possible. I promise to be more vigilant about this in the future - I'll make it a New Year's resolution.

Posted by alan taylor December 18, 09 03:01 PM
32.

What you're doing here is important. Thanks so much.

Posted by Elliot Levin December 18, 09 03:02 PM
33.

This was a horrible decade. Good riddance.

Posted by opo December 18, 09 03:17 PM
34.

This time I am disappointed, nearly 20 pictures are about USA (directly and indirectly), but History is not just USA's history.

Posted by Nino December 18, 09 03:22 PM
35.

The Paris Hilton picture is perfect. Of all the images shown, I bet that that tramp featured more in daily conversation. Sad, but true. Sums society up, really.

Very powerful imagery in this collection. Kudos.

Let's hope that in ten years time your review only features gaudy 'celebrities' - that will mean that all is right in the world. Well, I can hope can't I?!

Posted by Damon Hetherington December 18, 09 03:22 PM
36.

No Gaza or Lebanon?

Posted by Leila December 18, 09 03:23 PM
37.

@ Erica

I think you should read between the lines of that Paris Hilton picture being in this blog.

With all the horrible events, and all the ground breaking movements, and all the change happening in this world; both positive and negative.

There is a huge population of humans on this planet; mostly my countryman and women, Americans, but not them alone I have done quite a bit of international travel and it is, in my opinion,an issue in most developed countries more then under developed, but people care more about what Paris Hilton did the night before, or what Pop Culture star cheated on their spouse, or what new reality show is coming out. Then they do about all the events changing our planet as we know it. It sickens me!
People need to take the blinds off their eyes. And i think Big Picture is one of the pioneers in doing this. Just count all those French cameramen taking pictures of Paris Hilton and then sell them to "People" magazine.

WE NEED TO CHANGE.

It is not our leaders that need change we as a people need to change and start focusing our efforts on the things that really matter instead of making certain celebrities heads bigger then they already are.

Let me know what you think.

Posted by Stephen December 18, 09 03:29 PM
38.

i love what this website is doing .. awesome job of posting some of the highest quality images with stories.
keep it up.

and yeah, what a decade it has been indeed, ups n downs (more downs maybe).

looking forward to see more stuff on this site.

Posted by riShi December 18, 09 03:31 PM
39.

Regarding the Paris Hilton photo - that absolutely has no business being in the same gallery with a photo like #33. Disappointing, Big Picture!

Posted by Michael D. Barton December 18, 09 03:32 PM
40.

wow! simply amazing. Makes you appreciate what you have in this lifetime :)

Posted by Yosef Solomon December 18, 09 03:42 PM
41.

good, but with the usual US-centre of the universe point of view

Posted by Felipe December 18, 09 03:43 PM
42.

I'm glad the Paris Hilton photo was included. I think it speaks volumes, especially when juxtaposed against the horrifying Hurricane Katrina image that precedes it. It forces us to put our fixation with celebrities into perspective and makes us realize how trivial and superficial it really is.

That being said, this collection made me misty eyed. It was heart breaking and terrifying. Is there any hope for the next ten years?

Posted by Lenore December 18, 09 03:47 PM
43.

@Jorge - I can explain why there are no pictures of South America, photographers make more money shooting Paris Hilton, don't blame Adam for that.
And for everyone who wonders why Paris in this collection? I think the rise of Paris Hilton this decade was one of the low points of humanity. From the sounds of the complaints so far Adam should have put an 'objectionable content, click here ...' over Paris' picture as well.

Posted by Craig December 18, 09 03:56 PM
44.

Great pictures, as always
BUT this decade is not finishing this year ) It will be in 2010.
please, do not repeat "millenium" mistake )

refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century

Posted by Alexey December 18, 09 04:04 PM
45.

No 11 you're right.........sometimes it looks as 'The Blood Picture'!

Posted by pierroro December 18, 09 04:05 PM
46.

Thank you very much for your reply Alan.
I congratulate you again and be sure that you have a fan (and making many more around him) at this side of the world.
My best wishes for you and your beloved ones!

Posted by Jorge December 18, 09 04:09 PM
47.

Paris Hilton?????? this is the Boston.com or People? how can you dare to show this kind of pictures when there are a lot of things more inportant than a woman like her.....disapointed!!!

Posted by german torres December 18, 09 04:11 PM
48.

Well, we all should learn from this. Respect is the word people. Most them were depressive indeed. I thought Paris Hilton picture was needed to show that "some people take a birth at wrong place". That's why people its better to make destiny by ourselves than get inherited by our parents. It is just going to make us lazy. I have been telling all over the internet, please let's not screw next decade. I hope next decade picture will be more towards peace side, more cure than more disease, more birth than more death, more sharing than looting, less soldiers than doctors, less destruction than invention. Let's start from home and neighbor. Baby steps will make us win marathons. Thank you. Peace

Posted by Homo Sapience December 18, 09 04:14 PM
49.

Photos #33, #42. What a different world it would be if we came together on our commonalities - love for our children, a desire to give them a better world than we had.

Posted by Jennifer December 18, 09 04:19 PM
50.

I'm a big fan of big pictures, but this collection has got to be the worst of the decade. /sadface

Posted by drew December 18, 09 04:33 PM
51.

where does paris hilton fit within all of this? what a joke.

Posted by catherine December 18, 09 04:34 PM
52.

#32 you can't be serious

Posted by prest0 December 18, 09 04:34 PM
53.

A lot of good things happened this decade as well. Where are those pictures?! This post makes me feel bad to be a human!

Posted by Daniel December 18, 09 04:34 PM
54.

Paris and the Obama fist bump? That's what I'll remember about the decade.

Posted by yessir December 18, 09 04:35 PM
55.

Concerning the picture Paris Hilton: I think it is very fitting, as she is an - albeit hollow - icon of the decade, whether we like it or not. Look at the photographers - if our society had no obesession with those celebs, The Big Picture would not need to show a narcissistic Paris Hilton, but sadly this is not the case.

Posted by Norbert December 18, 09 04:53 PM
56.

#33 made me cry. I can't imagine the pain and suffering so many of the worlds children experience this decade.

Posted by Ian McCausland December 18, 09 05:07 PM
57.

Amazing, intense collection of photos. Two weeks ago, I taught a unit on photography, particularly news photography, to a class of high school seniors, and I used this website extensively. I assigned the class a challenge to select a photo and then write a reflection on it. We looked at photos from this website, among some others. Most of them picked photos from TBP, and it provoked some of the most interesting, thoughtful writing I have seen from a group of teenagers. Normally, when we go to the computer lab, they are trying to sneak playing video games or gossip websites, yet for this assignment, whenever I looked up, they were all riveted to scanning the photos on here. Photo # 42 from this collection is one we discussed (it was posted on this website back in 2008 in the Congo series). It remains one of the most moving photographs I have ever seen. Thank you for maintaining this website, and thank you for remaining objective in your commentary.

Posted by Carmen December 18, 09 05:08 PM
58.

#16 is not "police officer", but in fact Special Forces (commando) a.k.a Spetznaz which stands for Special Forces. (Based on the tag and the insignia)

Posted by MF December 18, 09 05:14 PM
59.

What about pictures of the horrible violence in Pakistan?

Posted by Bharat December 18, 09 05:15 PM
60.

#1 - i love that you can see that the soldier is clearly looking up, ie, at the tank pulling down the statue; kind of a bummer that the photographer didn't get the tank.

Posted by drootzler December 18, 09 05:21 PM
61.

Wonderful blog - each and every post. I always enjoy it.

Posted by matt December 18, 09 05:39 PM
62.

Amazing photographs, as always. I am heartbroken, however, to recall so many of the difficult things which have made this decade memorable. Perhaps it is a needed reminder so that the next decade can be memorable for less appalling reasons.

Posted by Laura December 18, 09 05:41 PM
63.

hey guys, this is a decade in NEWS photographs,
usually and unfortunately news are not bringing much positive to our interior, and all I saw in this collection is exactly what is illuminated in news: blood, terror, disasters, celebrities, science... This is a good overview of past 10 years, anyways it is impossible to include everything in 50 pics.
Yet, I wish next collection will be devoted to positive on this planet in last 10 years.

Big picture's devotee

Posted by dobehey-dobewhad December 18, 09 05:43 PM
64.

Wow...I survived these 10 years. Whew.

Posted by Joseph December 18, 09 05:53 PM
65.

i think that paris hilton perfectly fits the rest of the disgraces.

#37 is one of the most beautiful pic i've ever seen.

Posted by dan December 18, 09 05:55 PM
66.

Mr. Big Picture you have missed COP15 and the good side of the news.

Posted by augis December 18, 09 06:30 PM
67.

This is boston.com, of course the photos are going to have a US-slant (though I think they were quite balanced and covered all the major events quite well).

I agree with Paris Hilton's inclusion. Like or not, she/celebrities were a major feature of the news of the last decade (remember Michael Jackson? Anna Nicole Smith?). Just because its considered trash by some doesn't mean its not reported on. Chances are more Americans care about Michael Jackson's death/Anna Nicole Smith's death/balloon boy/Tiger Woods' affairs than the genocide in Darfur. Welcome to mainstream.

Posted by Fin December 18, 09 06:37 PM
68.

How many tears were shed in these 10 years, happy tears and sad tears... I pray for the world will be a better world in next decade

Posted by Melissa December 18, 09 06:49 PM
69.

hummmm Michael Jackson and Michael Phelps?
Do you hate the Michael name?
^^

Posted by azerty December 18, 09 06:57 PM
70.

NO GAZA OR LEBANON?

Posted by John December 18, 09 07:02 PM
71.

You bozo's don't show any of the good that our troops have brought to Afgan or Iraq... You show a lot of liberal crap

Posted by Himasu Illiad December 18, 09 07:43 PM
72.

# 38 seems to me so symbolic of the decade as a whole

Thanks as always for the great collection.
Mankind is capable of so much evil isn't it?

Posted by RobV December 18, 09 07:57 PM
73.

Why doesn't number 24 have the graphic or objectionable content warning on it?

Posted by Splunger December 18, 09 08:14 PM
74.

where is the attack of georgia in abkhazia?
august 2008

Posted by jonny December 18, 09 08:33 PM
75.

No "Mission Accomplished"?

Posted by Dan December 18, 09 09:23 PM
76.

Where are pictures form Israel's war with Lebanon and their attack on Gaza? Those were pretty significant events that are still being felt on an international stage.

Posted by Hans December 18, 09 09:26 PM
77.

I'm not a fan of Paris, but that was a stunning photo showing her at her best. While we might not approve of ourselves for elevating her, she certainly helped define who we are or have become.

'First time I've taken a chance to click on the violent photos. They were okay, not pornography.

Posted by Bruce December 18, 09 09:56 PM
78.

You feature a totally vacant, vacuous bimbo posing in a shallow publicity stunt to somehow make her "look relevant".

And then a picture of Paris Hilton only 13 frames later (#24) showing the same degree of "that kind of sunny nobility”?

All I can say to Commander Codpiece is "Mission Accomplished!"

Posted by Harry R. Sohl December 18, 09 10:00 PM
79.

Where is "Mission Accomplished"?

Posted by Jean December 18, 09 10:01 PM
80.

It shows that a picture is really worth a thousand words! Amazing as usual. It's hard to put a decade in such a few pictures, but it pulls a lot together. All of those moments are to be remembered forever. WOW as another poster said!

Posted by Kristie December 18, 09 10:12 PM
81.

Paris Hilton inclusion is genius and appropriate. Ignore everyone who says otherwise

Posted by The Internet Speaks December 18, 09 10:19 PM
82.

not to mention that several european nations released their african colonies leaving pieces of african nations left to their own,
and so many steps forward in medical, and the UN providing food and medicine to those people that are dying

while this blog is full of thought provoking images, what was the reaction to these things, how did the world respond, it is almost insufficient to only point out the issues and not also recognize how well, or not so well, the were resolved

Posted by Magee December 18, 09 10:36 PM
83.

The first sunlight on the face of the young Afgan woman. How many more women in the world will have to endure the oppression of backward thinking? How many more generations? The look in the eyes of the father from the Congo. The loving kindness of the mother comforting/grieving her lost son. These moments of our humanity are priceless.

Posted by Anonymous December 18, 09 11:34 PM
84.

Love it!

Posted by Luke December 18, 09 11:54 PM
85.

It's so easy for people to make comments about these photos from their comfortable couches in the states. I grew up in Indonesia and saw my childhood destroyed by the Tsunami. I lost friends and family. Ever think about what these photos represent?

Have some decency and tact. Those pictures still represent and immortalize dead people. So you nay sayers can shut the hell up as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by Dr. Jenna December 19, 09 12:03 AM
86.

What you missed? A brutal decade? Do you deserve to put these pictures up? Were you there? What are you trying to prove? Do you have any understanding of what's going on in these photos? You feel good when you posted these 'stunning photos'? Get out there like all the young men who are putting their lives at risk and only then I'll give you credit. Action my friend! Don't hide behind your blog and try to pass this off as though you know what you are talking about!

Posted by hewhoknows December 19, 09 12:19 AM
87.

Is it a coincidence that there is not a single picture of Palestine-Israeli conflict!? I mean Iraq is there...Afghanistan is there....Indonesia is there....Bin Laden.....WTC........and others but not a single Israeli atrocity picture!!!

Shame on Boston!

Posted by Ali December 19, 09 01:04 AM
88.

Please consider revising the description of the first photograph. It's misleading to suggest that "Iraqi civilians" are responsible for any significant part of that event.

Sources:
http://articles.latimes.com/2004/jul/03/nation/na-statue3
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2838.htm

Posted by unrevisionist December 19, 09 01:16 AM
89.

This is an excellent compilation...

For me, the most iconic image of the decade is #6. It has a title: "The Falling Man." You can read more about this iconic photograph on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Falling_Man

To me, "The Falling Man" symbolizes so much, but perhaps most vividly: that we have a choice, even in most dire situations.

I've shared this on Twitter, but I think readers of The Big Picture should definitely read the piece about "The Falling Man" in Esquire Magazine. I think it's a must-read: http://www.esquire.com/features/ESQ0903-SEP_FALLINGMAN


Posted by Eugene December 19, 09 01:28 AM
90.

It's interesting that so many of the comments try to justify the picture of Paris which seems ironic. Even in suggesting the picture is a negative symbol people still seem more concerned talking about that picture than they do any of the others which is indirectly giving her the time of day people are arguing celebs don't deserve (just a personal observation, not trying to offfend anyone!). Although at the same time I suppose it is also bringing recognition to an Issue that is surrounding the picture. I guess there is no escaping it really! lol
It is good, though, that the picture created discussion/debate ( which is always nice to see! ) but, personally, I am bothered that more discussion isn't centered around some of the 'bigger pictures' in the collection.
Anyway, I think the collection is very well constructed and holds many thought-provoking/ educational images! Well done!!


Posted by KM December 19, 09 01:50 AM
91.

Wow, check this out. If you resize your browser to be a bit smaller than each image, and scroll past #43, it will feel as you are zooming in/out instead of panning across the image. Cool.

Posted by Chris December 19, 09 01:54 AM
92.

Why there are some much death in my home, Iraq?
Any one can help me and tell my WHY....!

Posted by Nabeel Kadhim Abbood December 19, 09 02:06 AM
93.

Fear Leads To Anger, Anger Leads To Hate, Hate Leads to Suffering...

Posted by Yoda December 19, 09 02:40 AM
94.

I could not look away from 33. It took me some time.

Posted by Jeff December 19, 09 03:26 AM
95.

Amazing photos!!
but...a decade of war, blood and conflict...

Posted by Ivan December 19, 09 03:31 AM
96.

This decade was dominated by negative events.

Posted by kate December 19, 09 03:33 AM
97.

I love the order that is 23, 24, and 25. It's perfect.

Posted by Rachel December 19, 09 03:36 AM
98.

Interesting photos.

I find it surprising to see the editors ignored the mass ethic genocide that we witnessed in Srilanka. more than 60,000 tamils were killed by Srilankan military.

In this year alone there were 20,000 people who were killed/missing in May 2009 military offensive.

Posted by Prabhakar December 19, 09 03:58 AM
99.

To all complainers:

Picture selection is as much apart of art as going to a gallery. Sometimes you like it sometime you don't.

This is a US newspaper!!! Of course it will be US centered DUHH!!!!!!!

Good job. Photography and Art fans will understand why Paris Hilton is there.

Posted by That Dude December 19, 09 04:01 AM
100.

out of 50, 38 pics describe the horrible state of the world. the 12 that don't include bush, hilton etc

Posted by a_reminder_for December 19, 09 04:01 AM
101.

By far the best international photojournalism site on the WWW. Keep the good work up.

Posted by Ben Birchall December 19, 09 04:01 AM
102.

Athens riots. Very important.

Posted by Jonathan December 19, 09 04:14 AM
103.

excellent job, it's always hard to make such selections.
just one comment: i think you would really need to add a picture of the assault on gaza strip. it was definitely one of the most significant events of the decade, on a global scale.

Posted by guido December 19, 09 04:19 AM
104.

The Paris Hilton picture should have been blacked out and labeled for objectionable content.

Other than that, amazing pics.

Posted by ju2tin December 19, 09 04:20 AM
105.

The next decade album will be worse and you will find many pictures taken from the crime against humanity in Iran, for sure.

Even now a picture from stoning Iranian victims is missed in .

I'm so sorry

Posted by An Iranian Lady December 19, 09 04:41 AM
106.

Fabulous pictures. There is more in a picture than a million words. Deeply touching, captivating and thrilling

Posted by Krishnan V December 19, 09 04:52 AM
107.

No42 must rank up there with Dorothea Lange's photo "Migrant Mother". The determination on this mans face is just awesome.. Its so sad to see children caught in the cross fire....

Posted by John Gate December 19, 09 05:32 AM
108.

All very moving pictures, except for Paris Hilton, which we could do without.

Posted by Beverly December 19, 09 05:35 AM
109.

While the photography is awesome (as always), the last decade has been dominated by war, death, destruction and Paris Hilton.Kind of depressing, actually.

Posted by G. Ziemann December 19, 09 05:57 AM
110.

Why post the blacked out photo's, put something else in their place. I pop in now and again to look at this site but do regret wasting band width for blank pictures.

Posted by Andy December 19, 09 06:17 AM
111.

The Father's look in No. 42! Amazing!

Posted by Sriram December 19, 09 06:30 AM
112.

it needs part II, III and much more i guess..just like the 2009 three part series.

Posted by Sameer Prabhakar December 19, 09 06:32 AM
113.

only US as always…

Posted by Alexander Hahn December 19, 09 07:09 AM
114.

Great how you can capture a decade in these pictures! Thank you!

Posted by Dezorian December 19, 09 07:10 AM
115.

The last time I checked, Palestine is still occupied and Gaza still under siege !!!

Posted by Bostonian December 19, 09 07:45 AM
116.

Hi, Im French and Im bad in English... why dont translate comments over pictures ??

"Beautiful" pictures...

Posted by Julien Gaudefroy December 19, 09 07:49 AM
117.

Très belle sélection,
Very good selection. I'm sure that the choice was not easy.
Please Carry on.

Posted by mad December 19, 09 08:14 AM
118.

What about the earth quake in Laqui'la in Italy ?

Posted by Abed December 19, 09 08:45 AM
119.

i hate Photo no. 46 which disghust every indian

Posted by shabbir December 19, 09 08:53 AM
120.

La primera década del siglo XXI empieza en 2001 y acaba en 2010.

Posted by eko December 19, 09 09:07 AM
121.

Great, but sad pictures, except surprising picture of Paris...did she really marked this decade? Sad moment if the answer is yes..
One more note: The text for the picture# 16 is not correct. It says: ".... An armed gang, holding hundreds of people hostage in a Russian school....".
Those people who did the massacre are not 'a gang'. Those people are terrorists. It is known fact.

Posted by summertime071 December 19, 09 09:23 AM
122.

Meu Deus, não posso deixar de manifestar meu pesar ao ver essas imagens. Quanta maldade, perfídia e brutalidade reside no mundo... Não há mais civilização! Não há mais valores! que Deus tenha misericórdia de nós...

Posted by Livia (Brasil) December 19, 09 09:51 AM
123.

Two things I want to say: first, I think the photo selection is too centered on the USA.

second: thank you. This website is amazing. The reason why I keep coming back isn't it because of amazing pictures, but how you put them together to create context.It is food for thought

Posted by Fernando Jorge December 19, 09 10:30 AM
124.

@ That dude:

then dont take the liberty of calling these pics the defining snaps of the decade. the world is made up of more than just america, my friend.

@ alan

decent compilation, but as has already been pointed out, these pics contained more of america than the whole world. nothing about the israel-palestine strife, just the one pic on the mumbai attacks, hardly anything on south america and squat on africa. you could have done with more of those and less of paris hilton and obama's fist bumping.

Posted by that other guy December 19, 09 10:40 AM
125.

A decade of war.

This needs to stop.

Posted by Anonymous December 19, 09 11:02 AM
126.

The fist bump by corrupt Obama shows his disdain for the American people.

Posted by Larry Hood December 19, 09 11:11 AM
127.

I think the picture of Paris Hilton is a very accurate representation of the disparity between what Americans see as important versus what's actually going on in the world. It's honest. And it's something we should be ashamed of.

Posted by Audrey December 19, 09 11:14 AM
128.

Really good pictures...but do you think you could do the same thing, but only pictures showing good news, discoveries, happy endings???
Something that would make us say: Damn, in the last decades we did a lot of good things and people improved a lot!!!
thanks

Posted by Etienne December 19, 09 11:39 AM
129.

I think the picture of Neda Agha Soltan who died after the Iranian election in June 2009 should also be included in this wonderful selection.

Posted by Golzi December 19, 09 11:48 AM
130.

I hope that next decade will be better, this one was terrible!
let 's think positive!

Posted by betty December 19, 09 12:07 PM
131.

Only around a dozen of the photographs are truly representative of the decade for the world. I saved a few. Natural disasters, corpses, World Cup, and skylines of cities happen in every decade. However, I'm surprised and relieved this collection of American-centric photographs ignored congressional sex scandals, "Reality TV", and Michael Jackson's death.

Posted by Ian December 19, 09 12:14 PM
132.

The zeros have been a terrible decade for the planet so far. Let's hope the 10s turn out to be better than the zeros - Arunabh Das

Posted by Arunabh Das December 19, 09 12:29 PM
133.

Not Good At All

Posted by Amy Jon December 19, 09 12:54 PM
134.

Dramatic captions of a very controversial decade. I

It's very sad to see that almost all of the decade's most memorable moments are associated with devastations, wars and human pain.

Posted by Tassos December 19, 09 01:26 PM
135.

Very good pictures... Thanks but i dont undrstand why you show paris hilton. The picture who we can see a dead kid is really moving

Posted by Vareck December 19, 09 02:31 PM
136.

amazing array of photos, good job!

i'm sure there are millions to chose from and it must have been so hard to pick them. keep them coming. there should be photos representing everything, even the one of Paris Hilton...

while some may object... she (and her type) represented a drastic change in the perspective of today's youth... the greed, the 15 mins of fame, the entitlement without the earning. the lean towards reality tv shows and the fact that good taste may be coming close to dying when being a famous celebrity who's been told they are 'special' all their lives, is more important than being an accomplished artist who is 'capable' of achieving their dreams. hers may be a 'pretty picture' with seemingly no substance, but the message is the same as some of the harsher pictures. whatever she did, she had a major impact..

Posted by mary-anne December 19, 09 02:36 PM
137.

I would remove the Paris Hilton photo and include Bush's "Mission Accomplished" photo.

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&source=hp&q=mission+accomplished&gbv=2&aq=f&oq=&aqi=g4g-m3

Posted by Gerry December 19, 09 02:40 PM
138.

Great pictures! Human race all over the world is still very much barbaric, even you North Americans...(picture 13, shame on your soldiers who did that even more shame on politicians who ordered that!)
The best picture for me is no. 38, because it is showing how ugly and unhuman military and state power is. I am not surprised that the photo is taken in South America, very bad part of the World when it comes to human rights.

Posted by Marina December 19, 09 02:53 PM
139.

In Madrid 192 people were killed.. not 131

P.D. This Hilton girl has not anything to do here...

Posted by Vk December 19, 09 02:56 PM
140.

What about the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza? That was pretty momentous, and unfortunately quickly forgotten.

http://www.life.com/image/53398763

Posted by Damon December 19, 09 03:06 PM
141.

Where are the pictures of the brutal Israeli wars on Lebanon and Gaza ??
Isn't that worth portraying ?!!

Posted by nadine December 19, 09 03:36 PM
142.

Amazig selection, as always.... but I must agree with readers pointing that the actual decade will finish at the end of 2010, not 2009...

Posted by Ernesto December 19, 09 03:42 PM
143.

Wow, thank you for posting. Glad someone did, good job, but....

Not a lot of happy there. I appreciate you warning on some pix, you are correct, I did not look at any of the warned shots, thank you for the description...

: ) not a lot of happy....that is sad...

I guess, now, I know why I feel so bummed out these days. Dont misunderstand, I am lucky, and my little world is OK, but there is a lot of misery in the world and it vibes...can feel it .... : ( You would think all the wealth and tech and all the BS about peace and hapiness that the world would be a hppies place, but we kind of suck at being humns.

Posted by Do unto tothers December 19, 09 04:03 PM
144.

There are a lot of missing events, some of them the most important during these years.

Where is the attack on Gaza? where is the 2006 war in Lebanon? and specially... where is Sudan? Sudan is the most critic humanitarian crisis of the XXI century

Posted by Nacho December 19, 09 04:12 PM
145.

Alan, I'm certain this was not an easy assembly. Every composition told a story... and told it well... Only this planet we live on is much bigger than that one which, painstakingly, you've portrayed. Perhaps it was an oversight on your behalf...but only for reference, Gaza/Palestine and Lebanon are very much part of this world. Deliberate grand design Israeli atrocities and endless years of oppression inflicted on both peoples cannot be ignored.

Posted by Joseph December 19, 09 05:16 PM
146.

No "Sully" Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III ?? What the deuce?

Posted by MK December 19, 09 05:47 PM
147.

Paris Hilton? what's she doing here? ...Bad taste!

Posted by Alicia December 19, 09 05:58 PM
148.

If you're going to be a pedant, learn how to spell millennium


44

Great pictures, as always
BUT this decade is not finishing this year ) It will be in 2010.
please, do not repeat "millenium" mistake )

refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century
Posted by Alexey December 18, 09 04:04 PM

Posted by p. dent December 19, 09 06:06 PM
149.

a little fail

but the fist deacade is from 2001 to 2010 not from 2000-2009

Posted by michele December 19, 09 06:21 PM
150.

I don't know what calendar you're using, but it seems to be one that doesn't coincide with the one the rest of the world is using. If you had any idea of how the Julian Calendar works (which is the one we all use) you would almost certainly be aware that the 21st century started on January 1st, 2001. That would mean that December 31st, 2009 would be an eight year span, which is 20% short of a decade, unless you're using some weird math that makes absolutely no sense.

Posted by JAFO December 19, 09 06:22 PM
151.

The 21st century began on 1/1/2001, not 2000. Its first decade has another year to go.

Posted by Peter Klausler December 19, 09 06:32 PM
152.

41 badass!

Posted by Alex December 19, 09 06:52 PM
153.

A very ineteresting choice of photos. There was a lot of tragedy that occurred this past decade and these images capture it well. There were many good things that happened that are not reflected, but since I didn't make the choices... Why Paris Hilton included?????

Posted by Jim December 19, 09 07:01 PM
154.

there are no Guantanamo pictures, no Gaza pictures.. weird!!

Posted by chalo December 19, 09 07:19 PM
155.

Nice Photos, no pictures from what happened in gaze December,2008 !!!!!!

Posted by Eddy December 19, 09 07:40 PM
156.

I think this was an unfair interpretation of the past decade. Though there has been a lot of sadness, there has also been a lot of goodness. It's unnecessary to focus on the negativity, especially when it already seems like it is domination.

Posted by Jessica December 19, 09 07:51 PM
157.

Everything is bad (deaths, events, etc.)
Where are the good news?

Posted by Louis December 19, 09 08:20 PM
158.

Is there anything on Darfur?

Posted by Joe December 19, 09 09:55 PM
159.

these photos make me realize how terrible this decade has been.but what's with number 24 (Paris Hilton)?why not have a picture of Michel Jackson?after all didn't he die in this decade?

Posted by Anonymous December 19, 09 10:31 PM
160.

Man, what a lousy decade, full of objectionable content. Good riddance.

Posted by John Irvine December 19, 09 10:46 PM
161.

amazing photographis collection as usual. would have liked to see something about zimbabwe and its trials over the decade...

Posted by Aditi December 19, 09 11:01 PM
162.

I admit, I shed tears for pic # 33. I gazed at it, then resisted not looking at it any longer , then, being guy and all, tried not to cry, but I couldn't--that picture just took hold of me and wouldn't let me go. Tears just rolled out of my eyes. And what made it even more sad, is that here I was, seeing all this pain and suffering in this world, and not doing anything about it.

Posted by Morshed Daud December 19, 09 11:18 PM
163.

Numbers 5 & 9 pretty much tell the story. Religion of peace? You be the judge!

Posted by The Wookie December 20, 09 12:01 AM
164.

Did I fail to notice recession pictures?

Posted by shruthi_ks December 20, 09 12:08 AM
165.

Much of the content has to do with conflicts regarding religion. It is my understanding that Islam has a saying: "There is no God but God." As a Christian I believe that, but we also have the saying: "What God has joined, let no man put asunder." Do the people commiting these violent acts have such little faith in their God, that they have to take things into their own hands? It's all pretty ridiculous, when you consider our lives are only a tiny speck in time! Those that win in this life, may burn for eternity in the next!

Posted by The Wookie December 20, 09 12:10 AM
166.

Was the Zidane Head butt significant enough????

Posted by shruthi_ks December 20, 09 12:57 AM
167.

Awesome job! What a decade!

Posted by Eugene December 20, 09 01:43 AM
168.

Being a photo editor myself, I liked some, didn't like others. Strange choices for photos of the decade. Where's Sebastiao Salgado's work? It should have been the best photos, not the most influential stories, regardless of whether there were any good photos or not. I mean, Paris Hilton posing? How is that journalism? TV screenshots of Bin Laden? How is that journalism?

But that's my opinion. A lot of good choices too. But there's way better work out there.

Posted by Eric December 20, 09 01:48 AM
169.

WHERE IS GAZA AND LEBANON ?

Posted by Febin December 20, 09 01:49 AM
170.

Photographs != freeze frames taken from video recordings

Posted by VR December 20, 09 02:10 AM
171.

Nice pictures as usual but i expected photo of Gaza

Posted by Alain December 20, 09 02:59 AM
172.

#24, relevant to what, in this or any period of human history?

Posted by pjm December 20, 09 03:19 AM
173.

aahh Alan, it looks like you took on a 13rd Herculean task. Maybe a selaction in a few parts like for 2009 would have helped. Sorry for the flak you took.

I can't believe one moron (#86) accuses you of hiding behind your desk and taking any kind of credit....

unfortunately, Bimbo Hilton and others have an impact. That's what people look for and buy. Sad that part of the Human race can be that brainwashed whereas there are real important issues around, and no shortage.


Posted by ben wilhelmi December 20, 09 04:14 AM
174.

This country (America) really fails to acknowledge that there are any other countries out in the world except the ones it invades. Dozens of Iraq and Afghanistan pictures....but do these wars really matter to the world?

A horrible, bloodthirsty and totally America-centered review of the decade on this usually amazing picture site - shame on you!

Posted by Christian Schneider December 20, 09 05:44 AM
175.

what about the gaza war or the israeli destruction of lebanon?

Posted by john smith December 20, 09 05:45 AM
176.

Personally, I would have included.

-Dale Earnhardt's death at Daytona
-Sulley's save
-Israel/Palestine
-Detroit (how it is now) and photos showing how the recession has hit the US hard.
-More Chinese industrialization
-Wikipedia should get a mention as it started in 2001
-Cell phones/laptops/personal technology has really boomed in this decade
-ENRON!
-flus and viruses (hn1, avian, west nile)
-wars (ossetia, darfur, somalia)
-NKs nuke tests
-doomsday clock is ever closer to midnight!
-hainan island plane problem
-lesbian/gay movement


Overall its a good selection but it should really be 100 images! Make it last, it is the first decade of the new millennium after all!

Posted by DC December 20, 09 05:57 AM
177.

Where is Davos "One Minute"?

Posted by Hasan December 20, 09 06:46 AM
178.

Nothing on the all important Middle East crisis which has over the past 3 years become increasingly violent?

Posted by Greg December 20, 09 07:15 AM
179.

I found myself feeling depressed after watching these.

Posted by Felix December 20, 09 07:35 AM
180.

Clearly Mars was the best place to be this decade.

First time that I liked to see a picture of Paris Hilton...

Posted by Jan Willem December 20, 09 07:40 AM
181.

Srilanka Genocide is missing... How can one forget that....60,000 killed by its own army its own citizens... World kept its mouth shut... UN supported indirectly the massacre....

Posted by A Human December 20, 09 07:51 AM
182.

A bit onesided view. War on terror was a large part of the past years, but this is too much.
Paris Hilton, wtf!?
You missed the 100 year flooding in Europe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_European_floods
Expansion of the European Union?
Introduction of the Euro currency?
Tour de France - Lance Armstrong?
IRA weapon lay down?

Posted by don December 20, 09 07:52 AM
183.

Let us say "THANK YOU" to all our world leaders, for these 10 years:
a) 10 years of war & destruction,
b) 10 years of poverty,
c) 10 years of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.
d) 10 years of more pollution

Let us say "THANK YOU" to each other, for these 10 years.
e) 10 years of being indifferent,
f) 10 years of NOT standing up to our world leaders.
g) 10 years of following like sheep.
h) 10 years of not finding thinking about the future of our home

So "THANK YOU" all.

Posted by Blue Eyed Wonder Boy December 20, 09 08:55 AM
184.

These pictures are great they show what happens around the world and its good and bad parts of human nature which is the same as birth and death its part of us as a whole. You dont like it shut you damn pc off no one told you to look at these I want to see more this it fantastic I admire the photographers who risked there lives in some cases to show us reality that you dont see in the news and from around the world

Posted by al anza December 20, 09 10:14 AM
185.

Where is the love?

Posted by Sarah December 20, 09 10:18 AM
186.

I think Nostradamus, if he could see these photos, would say, "I told you so."
Now a series of good and beautiful events from around the world is a necessary counterbalance.
Let's move away from the greed, hate and fear based thinking and seeing, to one of love and caring and sharing.

Posted by Xerli December 20, 09 11:29 AM
187.

As mentioned earlier , completely america centric ( except a few) and adding to the other things u've missed as mentioned earlier , u also missed the gujrat earthquake which killed 70,000 people and how the hell can u forget MJ ??? i mean common !!!

Posted by Anonymous December 20, 09 11:42 AM
188.

I doubt that the editor of this piece deliberately ignored Athens or Israel or anything else. This is a collection of photos that ignited emotion. I certainly wept over several of them. I agree, 33 was very hard to look away from.

Those of you who are angry about this collection stop and think about why you're angry, and include the thought that that same anger is the fuel for why these photos exist in the first place. Hatred. Anger. Stubbornness. Righteousness. Greed. Power. Just stop being angry all the time and understand what this collection is about. It's not definitive. It's not the exclusive list of what was important over the last nine years. It's simply a few choice powerful images and they illustrate the overall climate. It's a reminder that we are constantly and perpetually going in the wrong direction. All of us. Americans too. Katrina was included. That was a major mess-up.

And yes, this is an American site, so it's going to be American-centric. Stop being offended. It's pointless and stupid.

To the fellow who thinks Obama has disdain for American people and shows it by enjoying a moment with his wife - Get your head out of your ass! He's a person, like everyone else, and he's trying to save the US from itself. Whether you like it or not, the US is/was tanking hard and the way they've always done things is no longer working. Stop hanging on to the past.

The fact that you're complaining about Paris Hilton's photo is exactly why she was included. She inspires extreme emotion; hate her or love her. She's the epitome of the Western fame structure. You don't have to do anything, contribute anything, have any intelligence or class to be famous. You just have to be rich and release a sex-tape. It's a reality check. Find more substantial people to idolize.

Of course 50 pictures is not enough to include every atrocity over the last 9 years. That would take tens of thousands of pictures. Since the editor can't do that, 50 is just as valid.

In the astute words of comment #180, Mars was certainly the place to be. It's the most serene place depicted.

Thank you for taking the time to find these photos; it's incredible to me that someone was present to capture these moments.

From a Canadian (who is not pissed that Canada was not mentioned once).


Posted by IrisEggwhites December 20, 09 12:20 PM
189.

I'm sorry, but how can you place pictures of things like Paris Hilton and the Youtube founders next to photos that show the very worst in human beings and some of the most catastrophic, life ruining, awful events in human history? I feel this is in very bad taste, the whole article. If you want to make some big political statement, at least do it in dignity and respect.

That said, this pictures made me cry at how disgusting human kind is. What the hell have we done to ourselves.

Posted by Beth Congdon Hogg December 20, 09 12:25 PM
190.

The fact the people from all over the world immediately know who Paris Hilton is, and have a strong reaction over her picture demonstrates that she should be on this list.

If there is anyone symbolizes the celebutant (people being famous for being rich, and for no other reason or talents) culture of '00s, it's Ms. Hilton.

Posted by John Doe December 20, 09 01:03 PM
191.

This series of pictures make me cry. I don't know why.

Posted by Jim S December 20, 09 01:41 PM
192.

I agree with many of these comments about it being American centric. It may be an American newspaper, but the US generally thinks they are the center of the world. I enjoy how none of the first ten of course, are always America related. While 9/11 changed the relations of the world, the original death toll is minute compared to well, so many other catastrophic events. The reason the fear was implemented so, however, was because it was in America. Had the same thing happened here in Canada, would America have caused such a fuss?

I do also agree with the commentary about Gaza which seems to mysteriously be absent from this.

As for Paris Hilton, I find it rather ironic and I think that's why it was there? Or at least I hope. Elsewhere people are dying, but of course, the US and Paris Hilton alike of course, have ...other priorities.

Many of these were well chosen, and the first ten should have been included....however not within the first ten. The tsunami of 2004, to say the least, should have been within the first ten. But of course, who cares about those things, the 300,000 dead- they're important- but not *as* important as 300 people dying in the US right? That didn't have any monumental world impact at all.

Posted by Dee December 20, 09 02:01 PM
193.

Amazing pictures, I bet this was a very hard choice. But I think it turned out great, just I don't know what was the place of the Paris Hilton picture... Anyways, it's so sad that most of them show the crime against humanity. Unfortunately, "there's nothing new under the sky". Crime against humanity was existing, is existing and will continue to exist... (*we stupid humans*). Most of the time the pictures are so depressing (and they are showing the truth), but people also need hope so...I personally think that there should be one more album, showing the beautiful moments/things though the past decade (like the Hubble picture I LOVE IT)... Like pictures from "100 days in Glacier National Park" or the "Diwali 2009" (showing that no matter how terrible the world is, there's also beauty, there's something we should live for...

Posted by Ina Yotova/ from Bulgaria December 20, 09 02:17 PM
194.

Amazing photos, but most of the people viewing these images, such as myself, will never know how much of an impact they made. We can relate with a few of them, but only a few.

Posted by Person December 20, 09 03:06 PM
195.

thanks...

though i understand this is american (i mean usa) so a lot of soldiers, and a lot of missing geography maybe not important in their politics..
peru and the government killings
zapatistas rise up
more on africa and southamerica, perhaps in asia too...
brazil landless movement could also have a pic on their schools (e.g.) so we can see what good will can build

Posted by Katia December 20, 09 03:12 PM
196.

Thank you for those pictures. They are too frightful. The pattern is that human butchery and beastiality are African. The sight of them are just horrible. Save the world; The State Department has the means to do it: through the program of inter-culturalism

Posted by MOBA Jesse December 20, 09 03:21 PM
197.

Our challenge now is to make better memories to 2020.

Posted by Cynthia December 20, 09 03:47 PM
198.

USA centered photos!!!!!! and the rest of our planet?
The US only think in the war.

Posted by William December 20, 09 04:01 PM
199.

wonderful man,expecting some more links like this,

Posted by Shri December 20, 09 04:22 PM
200.

What a hell is Paris Hilton doing here?????

Posted by todavia December 20, 09 05:11 PM
201.

wtf ? no pic of the 2005 earthquake in pakistan ?
100thousand people died dammit!
it shook the whole nation!


secondly, In pic33....Why didnt u mention that the "US soldiers" killed that 6year old in gunfire ?

Posted by f December 20, 09 05:53 PM
202.

as i look at my baby girl i cant help but hope for the future and weep for our mistakes. may we all strive for understanding and love

Posted by laurie December 20, 09 06:09 PM
203.

There was a lot of repetition in some of the subjects and I think a lot of important events were left out ie Athen Riots, workers strikes ect

Also, that Paris Hilton photo was a waste of a space

Posted by Gracie December 20, 09 06:55 PM
204.

For all who think the decade ends in 2010 rather than 12/31/2009, please note this site...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century

Some writers like to point out that since the common calendar starts from the year 1, its first full decade contained the years from 1 to 10, the second decade from 11 to 20, and so on.[3] This observation, however, is largely irrelevant since decades are not usually defined and named with ordinal numbers (first, second and so on) but using the initial part of the year number.

Moreso, is it okay to include the year 2000 in the 90's? That was my argument. If the 90's consist of 1990-1999 (which is a decade--10 years), then why do we need to include 2000 in that decade? It makes more sense to follow the 0-9 format.

Posted by Amanda December 20, 09 07:18 PM
205.

Well, technically the decade goes from 2001 to 2010 :-)

-- Javier

Posted by Javier Llorente December 20, 09 07:29 PM
206.

Not a single picture about Israel's the war against Gaza, Lebanon etc...

Posted by Sad December 20, 09 08:11 PM
207.

Bewegende und eindrucksvolle Bilder.

Aber 10 Jahre sind knapp die Hälfte meines Lebens. Und das was hier widergespiegelt wird ist nicht das was ich in meinem Herzen finde.

Posted by anna December 20, 09 08:11 PM
208.

#33... Oh my God.

I'm a Hungarian man who has a 3 years old boy. When I saw the photo of Dhiya Thamer and his mom, it burnt into my soul. We are over 2AM here but I had to immediatelly stand up from my computer and go to see my boy while my tears were falling. He is sleeping like an angel.

I can watch the local TV channels and CNN, BBC. I can see reports about bombing, terrorism, war from a bird's eye view and think that people are dying somewhere but thanks to the Creator we are fine here. But when I got to know the boy's name, his personal story and I see his blood on her mom's clothes, everything changed.

My boy is so brainy and he's telling me stories from picture books every evening. When my grandfather passed at 90 a few weeks ago, he asked me about what is death. I told something like "we born, live, die and maybe we will be back again. This is the cycle of life.". Then he asked me: "Daddy, when I'll be dead, who will tell you bedtime stories?".

This is how children love their parents. Limitlessly. Children should be playing on the grounds, making fantastic discoveries on the backyard, learn, grow and we should be able to give them safety and a promising future. But we aren't on this way.

Posted by Peter Rozsahegyi December 20, 09 08:22 PM
209.

"......the first decade of the 21st century (2000-2009) is now over."

Well, it's actually NOT over for another 12+ months.
**Technically, the decade started in 2001, so the last year of the decade is 2010, with the first year of the second decade beginning with 2011.....and so on, ad infinitum.

(**When we learn to count, the first number is 1, not zero. We say "One, Two Three...." NOT "Zero, One, Two......")

Posted by Kevin December 20, 09 08:56 PM
210.

Posotive: Some great and very moving pictures.

Negative: Until Pic 15 or so I thought the world had become just the US.

What about Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000?? Surely!!

Posted by Constance December 20, 09 09:13 PM
211.

I wish the news of the last decade was not so saturated with violence and tragedy. Lets all hope and pray for peace, compassion and forgiveness.

Posted by T December 20, 09 09:22 PM
212.

At first I was puzzled by the inclusion of the Paris Hilton photo. But then I realized it was a comment on the immense resources spent on celebrities of no achievement or talent. The photo is an statement that the world (or certainly the US) has its priorities wrong.

@119
Shabbir, I think the whole world shares the disgust of Indians when they see the photo of the terrorist calmly strolling through the railway terminal, gun in hand. (photo #46)

Posted by Lynn December 20, 09 09:44 PM
213.

#43-- Loved the way you embedded three photos to make it look like the drummers were drumming! Very very cool.

Posted by Roseann December 20, 09 09:56 PM
214.

Revealing Pictures. Truly striking.

Posted by Joy Varghese December 21, 09 12:19 AM
215.

A sad and horrific picture of humanity and its attitude......... be it the global aspect of nature and living in peace and harmony..... we all have lost the humanity in us.... killing people, making them homeless, deforestation, wars...... is this the world we wanted to live and would want our generation to live........... SO LETS NOT COMMENT ABOUT THE DESCRIPTION OF PICTURES, COZ ITS SELF EXPLANATORY THT WE ARE WORSE THN ANIMALS............... rather, lets unite ourselves and raise our voice and try to be calm and patient and most importantly - HUMAN........

Posted by one among you December 21, 09 12:53 AM
216.

very moving times, very violent.

Posted by Changeleon December 21, 09 04:41 AM
217.

Photo 10 and 11, What an Irony..
You can see the beautiful city in Iraq and the people responsible for destroying a country.

Who's responsible, I don't understand the meaning of 'Democracy' under 'Forced Foreign Rule'.

Posted by @nu December 21, 09 04:48 AM
218.

Not a bad summary of the past decade. I think whats lacking are pictures from Gaza, Georgia, the EU (lisbon treaty!), climate change(be it real or not) and also some more celebrations of the less morbid acts this decade has brought us. Our world is a beautiful place, even with all the evil humans place on it, amongst all the turmoil portrayed in the pictures we live in relative prosperity and tranquility.I guess they dont make the news though,

...& to those who dispute the decade ending here, it does. The year 2000 was not in the 90's and the year 2010 is not in the 00's.

Posted by lestweforget December 21, 09 04:57 AM
219.

So many pictures of pain, anguish and suffering. Hope that 2010 will be a better year with less of greed, irresponsibility, bigotry and terrorism.

Posted by Dev, Bangalore,India December 21, 09 05:28 AM
220.

ummm bali???

Posted by Anonymous December 21, 09 05:35 AM
221.

#33 is truly heart breaking. for the enraged jokers out here - it doesn't matter who killed whom. what truly reflects the failure of our world is that a fellow human being had to experience the full brunt of that unimaginable and indescribable pain that was conveyed to us only in a fraction via picture #33.

Posted by panhobo December 21, 09 05:44 AM
222.

Humanity welcomes you......

Posted by Karl December 21, 09 05:46 AM
223.

You should have call'd it "An America decade in news photographs" since is so much about America and americans. If is about world, than show pictures about world my friend, not only about america and they genocide over arabian peoples.
And, as someone already stated, that "gang" that took and killed hundreds of childrens in Russia, is not a gang. It's a terrorist group.
Anyway, my point is .. the world is more than America, is more than Obama and is MORE THAN PARIS HILTON .
However, keep working mate, there's no other way of progressing.And even if i don't like the "pro-america(ns) centered" idea of this compilation, it is however a good compilation.

Posted by marin December 21, 09 06:05 AM
224.

It's a USA blog for heaven's sake, obviously it's going to be USA centric! It's so pointless to be offended by that. As we see from all the blogs all over the WWW, there really isn't a single other blog which even comes close to the kind of terrifc work that TBP is doing. So stop cribbing and learn to appreciate that we have TBP to open everyday. Maybe all of you who are cribbing should probably start a blog that showcases the countries you think were left out.
Great stuff TBP. You always open my eyes.
p.s. I'm not an American

Posted by NotAnAmerican December 21, 09 06:13 AM
225.

Can hardly believe you chose Paris Hilton posing, Obama's fist bump, Fog in Dubai and the Hurricane view from the ISS as defining moments of this Decade. As brought out in many comments they are too America centric but then I suppose an American generally do not know anything outside their part of the Universe!!!

Posted by Vivek Bopiah December 21, 09 06:14 AM
226.

Many sad images, most of which I don't want to remember as vividly as I do now. Let's hope the next 10 years brings more joy.

Paris Hilton photo was a perfect choice.
- Amongst all the craziness around the world, there she is soaking it up to the media who will feed her glamourous insignificance to the masses.

Posted by Iain December 21, 09 06:17 AM
227.

same great photos, thanks

Posted by wien December 21, 09 06:28 AM
228.

@121. Yes they are terrorists, but it is the goverment who killed these people. Terrorists wanted to talk, goverment doesn't.

Posted by sfi December 21, 09 07:02 AM
229.

Beautiful pics, as usual, but i've got a revelation for you : there is a world around the united states, not only a battlefield !

Posted by Antoine December 21, 09 07:12 AM
230.

NO Doubt that the Paris Hilton photo was a waste of a space

Posted by arun December 21, 09 07:44 AM
231.
Posted by Fréderic December 21, 09 08:40 AM
232.

People just should stop killing each over. It makes no sence.

Posted by rdf December 21, 09 08:48 AM
233.

#24 not at all important over the last decade - Just gave her more publicity for doing nothing.

Otherwise, good choices.

Posted by Mary McCabe December 21, 09 08:53 AM
234.

The interesting thing about the Paris Hilton shot is that it's not just of her, but of the mob of paparazzi with her. It's not just the contrast against all of the images of pain and destruction, but also against the complete total lack of any imagery of positive alternatives.

Where are the images of joyous action, of real celebration, of engaged communities? I think it's the media's responsibility to give us those choices. But they were all apparently busy photographing Ms. Hilton...

When the general public watches the news and sees imagery like this, they see a choice: focus on the pain and act on it (this is *hard* for most people to do) or choose the alternative presented (the superficial pop stars, which are far less challenging to deal with) - so we have a lot of people who see stories of war and injustice and say "oh that's horrible", but then devote most of their brainpower to the celebrity idols to distract themselves.

What if we gave them other options?

There is joy amidst this pain. It is rarely reported on. It is rarely celebrated. But there are millions of people who are aching for these stories, although they may not be conscious of it. Positive energy can be just as contagious (if not more) as negative energy. The media needs to start valuing it, so as to give their audiences some other choices, so that we can all move towards a better world.

Posted by Jacques-Jean Tiziou December 21, 09 09:01 AM
235.

thank you. the picture of the mother and her dead son is truly profound and should be a wake up call to all of us that life is precious.

Posted by David December 21, 09 09:07 AM
236.

Image 33 is truly heart-wrenching. We have to stop hurting each other.

Posted by blurgh December 21, 09 10:15 AM
237.

No images pertaining to Pakistan, despite a deteriorating Af-Pak war. Been a tough year in that region as well:

http://zainyjee.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/pakistan-year-in-review-2009-was-a-testing-12-months/

Posted by Zainab Jeewanjee December 21, 09 10:57 AM
238.

209, under your logic 1990 was in the 80's, 1980 in the 70's ad so on... wise up

Posted by learn to count December 21, 09 11:40 AM
239.

How depressing. For those that think the decade ends in 2010, let's just call this one quits and start the new decade a year sooner... it's got to be better than the last!

Posted by JLJ December 21, 09 11:47 AM
240.

#'33. I cried.

Posted by MarkT December 21, 09 12:19 PM
241.

This was a pretty depressing decade. Thanks for reminding me. I agree with some earlier bloggers - where is the crisis in Darfur or DRC? Or even the Marlboro Man "American soldier?" However I agree with the Hilton pic, you do need at least one celebrity in this over-obsessed culture...

Posted by Justin Irwin December 21, 09 12:23 PM
242.

Funny how all except two of the pictures with violence have something to do with Islam. That ideology is a cancer

Posted by Heinrich December 21, 09 12:30 PM
243.

Fantastic, heart-wrenching imagery.

Posted by Anonymous December 21, 09 12:33 PM
244.

no mentioning about the death of some important leaders, like Arafat

Posted by Yowan B December 21, 09 12:39 PM
245.

Upon first viewing these photos I almost expected to see a photo of the military man that was fighting in his pink "I love New York" boxer shorts but liked the selection despite the fact that this photo was not included.
I didn't really understand why the fog photo was included, my first thought was "is fog rare in this place", I then realized that maybe it was used as a relief from the other photos a break from the extremely emotional photos. I liked this but could not help but wonder what does this have to do with history? Is there a story behind this photo that I am missing?
Overall I enjoyed seeing the world from your perspective and would challenge those that are offended to remember that it within our nature as humans to be egocentric. That is why you are after all upset, these photos do not depict what you perceive as important. There were photos that I did not appreciate or others that I wanted to see but because I did not take the time to create my own collection, do I have any room to complain? I think not!

Posted by Sarah December 21, 09 12:57 PM
246.

#6
Why are his hands cuffed behind his back?

Posted by jm December 21, 09 01:26 PM
247.

Falta el volcán Chaiten de CHILE!!!!!

Posted by Jorge December 21, 09 01:27 PM
248.

Wow, I am certainly hoping with all my heart that the next decades pics will be full of caring humanitarians acting to repair the damage evidenced in these horrible images.

Posted by Ann December 21, 09 01:33 PM
249.

#20 is such a beautiful picture.

Posted by Iro December 21, 09 02:19 PM
250.

you missed 2005 earth quake that struck Pakistan and claimed life of more
than 100,000 peoples
and you don't even bother putting a single picture of brutality that has been going on in Palestine

Posted by Saad Fahim December 21, 09 03:01 PM
251.

33, made my cry

Posted by mubaris December 21, 09 03:31 PM
252.

I would think Space Ship One would deserve a mention, as well.

Posted by Taoist December 21, 09 03:35 PM
253.

Picture 20 is the only picture here.
The rest are just insects.

Posted by treishtrei December 21, 09 03:51 PM
254.

Certainly interesting photographically. but thanks for finding the time to put them together for us

Posted by nico mabaso December 21, 09 04:29 PM
255.

Thank you for including the picture of Paris Hilton. This decade saw our society's sick obsession with celebrity reach new depths and the juxtaposition of the photo after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina underscores this. There are lessons to be learned here.

Posted by some guy December 21, 09 05:39 PM
256.

# 33 is truly a heart wrenching photo to look upon. Regardless of the circumstances, the death of a child is a dismal event. My tears are so insignificant compared to the sorrow that mother is feeling. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a child.

Posted by Erin December 21, 09 07:19 PM
257.

impressing pictures! I wished for more happy photos but it seems that we had a very dark decade. Talking about dark, there was many photos of Iraq but no photo of Gaza. was there a specific reason?


Posted by quantum dark state December 21, 09 09:10 PM
258.

great shots.

Posted by goofydg1 December 21, 09 10:31 PM
259.

What about the terrorist attacks on the Taj hotel in Mumbai?

Posted by Anonymous December 21, 09 10:57 PM
260.

Reality sucks Great picks.

Posted by Dan Koerner December 21, 09 10:58 PM
261.

Plain Brilliant!!!

Posted by Tejus December 21, 09 11:41 PM
262.

#24 Has nothing to do with nothing going around the world that is actually IMPORTANT. i mean seriously

Posted by Dejan December 21, 09 11:58 PM
263.

Great pictures, like always .... but why Paris Hilton??? A total mishap for that whole decade .....

Auf Deutsch: Ich wuerde sie nicht mal eines Blickes wuerdigen, daher hat sie in dieser Aufzaehlung wirklich nichts verloren.

Otherwise, a very good review.

Posted by Captain Gaby December 22, 09 12:59 AM
264.

A war infested decade. The human race needs to change urgently.

Posted by Stuart - South Africa December 22, 09 03:21 AM
265.

How about the death of Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI's election? As a Catholic that was rather significant to me, seeing as you included other world religions.

Yes, technology was huge this past decade. From YouTube to iPods and everything in between.

Other events: Reagan's death, trial of Saddam Hussein, election of Putin in Russia, Brown in UK, Sarkozy in France, etc...

Very nice work. Not exactly how I remembered the decade, but it you certainly get a feel for it from thesepictures!

Posted by b2 December 22, 09 03:52 AM
266.

12 + 33 Disgracefull

Only cowards would do this to innocent little children.

Democracy my a**!!!!!!

Thanks again for these great pictures. I would have liked to see some pictures about the biggest crime of the century,

"Israels Genocide on innocent little children"

Peace!!!!!

Posted by juanali December 22, 09 06:50 AM
267.

33 is the killer blow...

I truly respect the people who actually feel something after looking at this picture rather than coming out with some absurd remark.

Humanity still remains in some of our hearts.

Posted by Juan Ali December 22, 09 06:57 AM
268.

Do you know, there really hasn't been a lot to smile about in the past 10 years has there? We owe it all to the politicians of our time, left, centre or right, from all corners of the globe, they have all screwed it up royally, thanks for that. Why do we keep giving them our votes?

Posted by Phil Shelley December 22, 09 07:38 AM
269.

to many sad photos..i hope that there are some happyiest ones..i hope, just that!!!!!

Posted by Nikol December 22, 09 08:23 AM
270.

Oh such an oppurtunity missed!! Many important events missed in lieu of dead people in Iraq and Afghanistan. You totally ignored sports and science.

Some of the good things I can think of:
1. The Human genome project
2. Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Ian Thorpe, Michael Phelps
3. Two elections in India - the largest democratic process in the world

These pictures are so depressing I cannot think of any more good things, but I'm sure there were many :)

Posted by Atul Bhogle December 22, 09 08:30 AM
271.

Paris Hilton completely ruined the selection.

Posted by jdotcom December 22, 09 08:43 AM
272.

The most touching and should be an eye opener to war lords will be the picture of Dhiya Thamer and his mom. May his soul rest in peace .

Posted by Pratiman December 22, 09 08:54 AM
273.

Wow what a US slanted summary of the decade's photography. Look outside your barbwire wall to the world and wake up you ignorant society.

Posted by Kyle Wilson December 22, 09 09:20 AM
274.

Where's Sharon and 1000 Israeli soldiers invading the Dome of the Rock, hence sparking the Second Intifada, then the iconic death of Muhammad Al-Durra, then the bombing of Jenin, the separation barrier in the West Bank, the bombing of Lebanon that left thousands dead, the Gaza blockade and the bombing of Gaza that left over a thousand dead?

Many would argue this chain of events was central in this decade and even affected 9/11 and the US' wars...

Posted by Mohannad December 22, 09 10:20 AM
275.

It is impossible to include the whole horrors and wonders our world has displayed, but in 50 photographers, done very well.

Posted by Sam Jeffery December 22, 09 10:52 AM
276.

I think Miss Hilton (#24) fits tottally in a decade full of insane hunger (perhaps induced by the tabloid-like news establishmnent) for mundane "news" such as Balloon Boy, Tiger Woods-gate, and many others...

Posted by Fluke Kelso December 22, 09 11:16 AM
277.

If you have a scroll bar on your mouse, use it to go up and down on picture #43. It's all sorts of trippy.

Posted by David December 22, 09 11:52 AM
278.

Impressionantes as imagens reveladoras

Posted by Hálice Freitas December 22, 09 12:31 PM
279.

IT SEEMS TO THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END.

Posted by KULDIP MADAN December 22, 09 01:37 PM
280.

who put these together!?! Geez. Paris Hilton, wtf? Why is anyone giving her any credit for anything. She is famous because she was born-that's it. I am left thinking this is not a good set of photos to describe the decade. One pic of 9/11? That DEFINED the decade. Ugh.

Posted by Kristy December 22, 09 04:28 PM
281.

I congratulate a good photographic work, and some bad shows in stark terms what we are for the respect of human and other beings of nature and believe in personal terms by some of the photos where nature that we are punished without mercy coldness of death. gracias att. Jersson

Posted by jersson fuentes December 22, 09 05:12 PM
282.

Well, that was painful...

Posted by Kristi December 22, 09 05:17 PM
283.

What I missed:
The police murder of anti-globalisation protester Carlo Giuliani during Genova riots. Marked the end of the movement.
Civil war in Sri Lanca. War in Kongo. Genocide in Darfur. All terible huge scale tragedies.
Mexican drug war.
Separation wall in Palestine.

Posted by Phil December 22, 09 05:28 PM
284.

33 almost brought a tear to my eye.
the world is so messed up.

Posted by mike December 22, 09 08:40 PM
285.

i think the paris hilton photo was a nice touch. it showed the irony of it all. we were focused on Paris in the midst of all this tragedy. and now ppl are more focused on commenting on that then the stuff that matters. sound familiar?

Posted by mike December 22, 09 08:42 PM
286.

me parecen imagenes que nuca podremos olvidar ya que estas an marcado una gran inportancia y otras un gran impacto por la crueldad de los humanos

Posted by jaime December 22, 09 10:48 PM
287.

Thanks for sharing. A picture really speaks a thousand words coupled with emotion. This is a great resource blog.

Posted by A Corporate Photographer in Singapore December 22, 09 10:52 PM
288.

With so many warnings and disclosures before I could actually see a photo, I should have guessed it was all going to be pretty sad. I wish the press would seek out more good news and display those prominently more often than the tragic happenings.

Posted by NCosta December 22, 09 11:11 PM
289.

Thanks for sharing. A picture really speaks a thousand words coupled with emotion. This is a great resource blog.

Posted by anil kumar December 23, 09 12:00 AM
290.

Paris Hilton is a pox on humanity, her picture definitely belongs among other causes of human suffering.

Posted by Team Valtrex December 23, 09 12:00 AM
291.

@dee....its the quality of death which matters and not the quantity....its who died what matters ..and not how many

Posted by jhdhuiehwuirurrhui December 23, 09 01:18 AM
292.

My God, no 33 is awfull

Posted by v December 23, 09 01:35 AM
293.

Great pictures, but surely there could be a balance between optimism and shock? it seems that there were many incredible images connected with the decade, images that inspire - the A380 ditching in the Hudson for example. But well done.

Posted by Stuart Price December 23, 09 02:59 AM
294.

i am so amazed and shocked to see the atrocities going on all over the world... i pray to the almighty to give us peace and harmony...for this we ourselves need to be strong from within..and dare to dream of a world free of caste,religion,hatred...and there be only love And care for all to make this world a beautiful place to live in...may god bless all..

Posted by Dr.D.Chatterjee December 23, 09 03:13 AM
295.

#6 hurts my heart.

Posted by Kyle December 23, 09 03:19 AM
296.

Heart rending scenes. 'The Iraqi woman wailing the death of her son' is the most cruel picture to my mind. What has the world been taken to?

Posted by Parvaiz December 23, 09 03:31 AM
297.

I love Big Picture but seriously; look outside the US once in a while. There's a whole world going on out there. America isn't at the centre, despite what their school system teaches.

Posted by C. Hanley December 23, 09 03:33 AM
298.

Fotos impressionantes!!!!


Um parabéns especial aos fotógrafos.


=D

Posted by Mário December 23, 09 07:17 AM
299.

The date for mumbai attacks is 26th of November not the 2nd..!!

Nice trying summing up.. but so many things happened that it would not have been possible to put all of them together in just 50 images.. Also no mention of Darfur..

Posted by asd December 23, 09 07:33 AM
300.

This selection ist not representatively reflecting the noughties. politically biased. and where are the pictures of the isreali/palestinian conflict?

the 9/11 picture shown ist a very bad picture. there are better ones.

Posted by Didi from Zurich December 23, 09 07:59 AM
301.

Most of us dont realise how lucky we are...

Posted by Scar Magrar December 23, 09 09:59 AM
302.

Arguably the most significant event of the past decade has been the Peak of Oil. The plateauing of the global supply and production of our most precious finite resource, lead to unstable spikes in energy & transportation costs. Owning a house in the 'burbs and the vehicles to drive there takes up the majority of middle class income, and doesn't leave a lot of room for other goods and services, a major factor going into the recession. Peak oil is also the most logical explanation for 9/11, invasion of Iraq et cetera... kudos to the photographer who can grab this all in one photograph.

Posted by Jordan Schroder December 23, 09 10:58 AM
303.

compare 8 and 24 its funny

Posted by Anonymous December 23, 09 02:35 PM
304.

12 was sad for me. when i looked at the kid's face, i felt a pang of sadness through me. 13 made feel angry. i wonder why no one commented on that. i felt like banging that woman. she was dragging the man like he was an animal( i bet she treats her poodle better than this).
i felt so sad seeing all the pictures that i dared not open the graphic pictures. i would not get sleep for 1 whole week if i did so.

@291 quantity is not important? only quality is important.? i bet your death will cause no greif for your quality is so cheap. i wonder from where you get these dump philosophy. i never thought there would be such big fools in the world.

Posted by rani December 23, 09 02:56 PM
305.

Great photos. Just wondering where the photo of an American standing in front of an Israeli tank wasn't included in the mix?

Posted by Jeff December 23, 09 03:12 PM
306.

So many childs in the count... Sad Sad world

Posted by Lou December 23, 09 03:57 PM
307.

what a f*cked up decade!
really shame!!!

Posted by Rodrigo December 23, 09 04:02 PM
308.

There are so many people here whose outrage about some of the events showcased here match mine... I can't say- "What are people doing? What is the world coming to? Is there no humanity left in the word??" when I see so many comments here filled with anger, hurt and grief.
So why are we still being subjected to views of this sort?

Posted by Harini December 23, 09 04:37 PM
309.

Super fotos!!!

Posted by Anonymous December 23, 09 05:54 PM
310.

Why Paris Hilton, of all people in this collection?

Posted by A.Rajalakshmi December 23, 09 10:51 PM
311.

What a collection of photos, all touches my nerves except the paris hilton that make no sense to be included.

Posted by Belen Dilla December 24, 09 01:30 AM
312.

So impressive.

Posted by ShrekinChina December 24, 09 01:58 AM
313.

Where are all the snaps from September 11th, India (Mumbai). As far as I could see only one pic. was there. The one of Kasab from Victoria Termial.

Posted by sofi December 24, 09 05:01 AM
314.

Tamil Eelam III freedom war photos are missing.

Posted by Manion December 24, 09 05:09 AM
315.

Most of these pictures are spectacular, but I wish there were pictures from the Athens Olympics of 2004, the opening ceremony was thrilling.

Paris Hilton? Seriously?

Posted by Serena December 24, 09 06:04 AM
316.

Hi,
Congratulations ! Great pictures and great choice.

May i suggest you to refer to 2 events :
- the prosecution of Milosevic and his death
- the fall and prosecution of Charles Taylor

wich at least could give some kind of hope in justice regarding to responsabilities of some atrocities of the previous decade.
Friendly

Frinedly

Posted by Anonymous December 24, 09 06:46 AM
317.

Am I the only sane one leaving comments? Obviously the news is saturated with sadness, war, despair and death. The only other thing that sells is sex and we have different sites and magazines to read for that. As much as everyone preaches about having peace on earth and all that, it just won't sell.

Posted by Calvin December 24, 09 07:01 AM
318.

FOTOGRAFIAS MUY REALEAS Y QUE DEMUESTRAN MOMENTOS VERDADERAMENTE DRAMANTICOS EN NUESTRA ACTUALIDAD MUNDIAL.

Posted by CARENJICA December 24, 09 09:35 AM
319.

El Salvador, lost many lifes after thier Natural disaster.

Posted by Mario December 24, 09 09:55 AM
320.

Whatever happened to the 5.2 earthquake that hit Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Kashmir on 8th of October 2005 and killed more than 80000?

Posted by Nab December 24, 09 04:04 PM
321.

What are we doing to the world?

Posted by tara December 24, 09 04:22 PM
322.

Paris Hilton doing anything at all is in any way worth remembering the decade for? Its news on the scale of the Tsunami, the Iraqi war or the first colored president in US history?

And an athlete wins a race? As if that doesnt happen more than once a decade? OK, if he had been born with polio or was blind, but he is just an athlete winning a race. Big deal.

47 is a stunningly beautiful photo. But again... are preparations for Ramadan in Indonesia actually news of the decade that gripped the world or had any form of impact on anybody at all? This doesnt happen every year for the past 800 years?

Please. Reality check.

Posted by Per Nordin December 24, 09 05:54 PM
323.

Excelent photos. Excetp #24. sahem on you for giving attention to that woman.

Posted by Joel December 24, 09 06:36 PM
324.

Agree with the people who said this before: did anything happened in Palestine/Lebanon in the past decade? how many people do Israelis need to kill for it gets its deserved attention?

Posted by Ali December 24, 09 10:18 PM
325.

Ten fingers. Count them. 1 to 10. Not 0 to 9. We don't have a finger numbered as zero. Same with the "zero" year that ends every decade, and the next one that starts a new decade. Yes, 1980 was still part of the seventies, 1990 part of the eighties, and so on. Peace, people!

Posted by JJ December 25, 09 02:57 AM
326.

Paris Hilton is included because she represents the celebrity obsession of the media this decade. Her photo is supposed to be the polar opposite of the Katrina photo before it. If you're disgusted by the Paris Hilton photo, good - that was the point!

Posted by Jackson December 25, 09 04:37 AM
327.

Well, I recently stumble over http://www.good.is/post/transparency-the-biggest-news-stories-of-the-year/
Where we in the rest of the reality can see that in USA for example Climate change is not on the list at all.
No wonder the international development in climate questions has come to a stop - at least for the moment.

WE Live under terror from the Industrial world, from the nuclear threat and what is the theme in most photos here? Religion and ethnic strife... American journalism can do better I think (and no you can't all the time blame the consumers)

Posted by Leif December 25, 09 09:25 AM
328.

I miss some photos from the Gaza-situation. It's been war there the entire decade, it should have been in the summary. And also, the olympics is never the most important thing in a decade...

Posted by Marx Lenin December 25, 09 03:24 PM
329.

cruel pics that shows how f*cked up our world is... shame on us. nothing to be proud of.

Posted by alex December 25, 09 04:56 PM
330.

thank you for the amazing photos again but the vast majorty of there photos show the death and destruction which has gone on over the last decade. there must of been photos which shows human kinds great succeses. if someone from the future looks at this in a hundred years time to see what this decade was all about then all they are going to see death and destruction.

Posted by loz December 25, 09 06:12 PM
331.

Too much photos of wars, I think there were a lot of good times too in this last ten years. Anyway good shots!!!

Posted by David December 25, 09 07:13 PM
332.

Re: picture of Dubai...
I think the point was to note how that city has become the new London/Paris/new york of the world. To see how many sky scrapers shoot up from a desert on the edge of a sea.

I also must agree that there were many other sad events missing as well as many happy events.

When will we start defining our great leaders and major events as the ones that benefit the most people, instead of the ones that kill the most?

What about the new schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan started by organizations like the Central Asia Institute, which locals build and defend with their lives?

What about the miracle cures scientists developed?

What about the pilot that saved so many lives by landing in the river instead of crashing on the ground?

What about when the government wasn't doing enough and civilians took busses and vans and rescued people in New Orleans and other cities affected by Katrina?

Maybe someone should do a special list of the good things people did.

Posted by Linda December 25, 09 08:34 PM
333.

Shame on the moslimes who kills on the name of god.

Posted by Anonymous December 25, 09 10:07 PM
334.

Shame on comment #333. Please refrain from perpetuating the racial/religious hatred that has led us into this mess in the first place. Shame on anybody who kills in the name of their God.
Shame on this decade.
Shame on our world.

Incredible photographs that capture a decidedly un-incredible 10 years...

Posted by Anonymous December 25, 09 11:09 PM
335.

Definitely a very gloomy view of the our past decade. It's always the worst of times that stands out. It has been quite tumultuous. Let's hope the next decade will be better.

Posted by Anonymous December 26, 09 12:10 AM
336.

What a brilliant site! Just incredible. it's exactly what i was looking for..high quality and relevant images with good text and selections...
awesome job..I cannot thank you enough for keeping this site free

Posted by aneesh December 26, 09 01:20 AM
337.

stunning, we are so stupid (mankind), killing each others under several motivations, but in the end, killing is stupid.

Posted by luis espejel December 26, 09 03:37 AM
338.

The past decade was not all that bad. I hope there is a separate list for the good times of 00's. We should end the year and the decade in a positive manner.

Posted by Matt December 26, 09 04:13 AM
339.

Retrospectiva com a sensibilidade da fotografia.Muito bom.

Posted by joão bosco de castro siqueira junior December 26, 09 09:14 AM
340.

I can feel the world comming to an end and it is to blame on us as we created this all hatred ,ugliess,poverty and trying to prove who is better than who...

Posted by zebian December 26, 09 01:21 PM
341.

We really cannot speak of the past decade without mentioning Darfur. Omitting it from this list reiterates how removed we are from that conflict.

Posted by MHM December 26, 09 01:27 PM
342.

As for the Paris Hilton photo, they're not trying to say something about Paris Hilton, they're trying to say how messed up our society is. In our American society we are absolutely obsessed with looks and sex. Out of all the death war and famine in our world, all many Americans can think of is something as meaningless as "Who's wearing what?" or "What's up with Tiger?" We Americans have our priorities seriously out of order.

Posted by Anonymous December 26, 09 07:50 PM
343.

It is a very impressive ad interesting selection. What that came to my mind and I would have liked to see in the selection are: Gaza war,2003 Bam (Iran) earthquake, Laquila (Italy) earthquake.

Posted by Spacend December 26, 09 08:34 PM
344.

Where are the photos of Darfur?

Posted by Emily December 26, 09 09:48 PM
345.

I am heart broken by many of these photos. Where is the love in this world? Where is humanity? I am so ashamed of what we have done and are doing to people.

Posted by Anonymouse December 26, 09 11:04 PM
346.

To those complaining about Gaza not being featured:

Muslims have been blowing themselves and innocent jews up ever since the muslim world sold "their land" to the UN in order for the jews to get their original home country back. It's nothing specific for the 2000's.

In fact, remove muslims from the equation and almost all of the pictures in this presentation would not exist.

Time for the world to realize the common denominator in most wars, conflicts, violence and death. Hint: it's not the US or Israel.

Asia is an overpopulated, poor, violent part of the world that still exists in the 1800's.

Posted by Mr Truth December 27, 09 02:44 AM
347.

Sajnálat az ártatlanokért és a reményvesztett családokért

Posted by Pipacs December 27, 09 06:00 AM
348.

Where are the photos from Palestina?

Posted by me.myself December 27, 09 07:48 AM
349.

where are the bombs that hit baghdad, gaza, lebenon which had wishes written on them by israeli and american children?

Posted by Anonymous December 27, 09 08:06 AM
350.

Alan...thanks for the fine effort. To me, number 38 stands as a symbol not only for the noughties, but for the ages -- all of these pictures tell tremendous stories, but No. 38 REALLY tells a story.

Posted by Old Gringo December 27, 09 12:34 PM
351.

#33: Truly shocking, a mother losing her son :(

Posted by Anonymus December 27, 09 02:10 PM
352.

wow, how thoroughly depressing. Can we have a display of not-so-gloomy photos of the decade?

(The person falling from WTC should have a graphic warning. The impending certain death is almost a worse thing to see than a dead body.)

Posted by june December 27, 09 03:15 PM
353.

@346
The muslims have been killing INNOCENT jews? i wonder how they are innocent. there have been only about 30 deaths or something of the jews. about 1000s of palestinians have been killed. and by whom? by the INNOCENT jews.
the war and its destruction have been caused by america and israel along with their allies. and they are innocent? its funny how some ignorant people claim innocence to the murderers.

Posted by ranbuan December 27, 09 04:29 PM
354.

I think that there were too many pictures from 2009 in this representation of the decade.

Posted by Timo van Holland December 27, 09 09:44 PM
355.

what a hell the decade was, terrorist came, war started and last forever, temprature got high, ice dissovled, H5N1, H1N1, SARS broke, earthqukes, tsunami, vocano killed lives, MJ died and China rise, and then 2012 comes

Posted by Oscar December 28, 09 01:19 AM
356.

where is photo of Gaza's massacre... shame

Posted by Hussam December 28, 09 01:43 AM
357.

No. 28: An African is shown to be would be immigrant.

No. 36 A Kenyan boy screams as he sees Kenyan policeman with a baton approach the door of his home in the Kibera slum of Nairobi 17 January 2008.

These and many more

I told you Americans love symbolism and by symbolism they are likening India to Africa.

Posted by Anonymous December 28, 09 02:21 AM
358.

I don't think this is US centric.

BTW just as we are not much interested in rest of the world, you too will find it hard to be interested in us.

Posted by Nervous December 28, 09 02:45 AM
359.

Who's hidden behind the most dramatic and painful pictures that characterize the pessimistic aspect of the past decade, triggering an even worse new decade full of migrants ,orphelins, mentally and phisically disabled most of whom potentially will end as terrorists ? USA and its war industries ??

Posted by UNKNOWN December 28, 09 03:45 AM
360.

@353
Strapping a bomb to your waist and stepping aboard a bus with women and children is killing innocent people. Strapping a bomb to your chest and detonating it in a café with women and children is killing innocent people. Retaliating might also be killing innocent people, but at least there is a reason for the killing.

I don't know where you got the number 30 from, probably some antisemitic muslim propaganda, but that's usually the number of innocent people dying in a normal suicide attack. You know, the kind of attack the muslims love doing. And there have been a lot of them.

You say "the war and its destruction caused by America/Israel and their allies" as if it was true. Where are all these wars? What is the common denominator? Islam. All these wars you think America is to blame for, all take part in muslim parts of the world. Interesting how you can take America out of the equation and there will still be war, conflict, violence, death and destruction in those parts of the world. That's what Islam is.

The muslim world have been killing innocent people ever since the UN gave the jews their own land back in 1949. What Israel have done is to defend themselves, and what the US have done is to support the only side in that conflict that is recognized by the UN as a legitimate entity.

But if you want to bring up other stuff that weren't featured in this photo blog: how about the fact that your beloved and innocent "Palestine" elected a terrorist organization?

Posted by Mr Truth December 28, 09 05:30 AM
361.

RIP Dhiya Thamer.

Posted by Astrid December 28, 09 05:56 AM
362.

That was truly depressing! Picture #33 just broke my heart. I cannot forward these pictures to anybody - just too sad! Granted we have no control over natural disasters, but the terrorism and the wars have got to stop! At this rate we are going to self-destruct in a very short period of time. Over-population has created many of these problems. The planet has only enough resources to sustain life. Just think what God must be contemplating for our future. Hell must be a pretty big place and it is going to have to expand. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior! We must take more care in whom we elect into government and we need to clean house of those who are abusing the system just to serve their own interests. The world is a selfish, greedy , corrupt place and the clock is ticking on our futures!

Posted by Greg Landig December 28, 09 10:48 AM
363.

Goor riddance to a shameful decade that demonstrated so clearly the horrors that human beings can inflict upon each other. The dawn of the 21st century promised so much and delivered so little. Heartbreaking images.

Posted by TMCD December 28, 09 01:34 PM
364.

i would say no.33 is one of the most sad and tragic photos i have ever seen. But i think you have put together a very comprehensive archive of photo journalism of the past 10 years, however, there was not much mentioned in terms of European politics, as i did not see one image concerning the rioting in Greece or any thing really to do with British politics. Which to me is very significant part of the past ten years, as i think american international policy has had a massive effect on how European nations have dealt with many of the issues confronting them.

Posted by tom December 28, 09 02:09 PM
365.

Mr. SATAN must be looking at this and saying "Mission Accomplished". Its sad where our media is going these days they just want to show bad things, I think Mr. SATAN and Media has joined their hands.
And Guys seriously PARIS is a blast(terror) in her own way so I think her picture is justified here. It seems Mr. Satan Likes her.

One more thing Lets just stop having kids, In that way there will be no Humans on planet earth, atleast animals will be able to live peacefully.

Chow

Posted by Anonymous December 28, 09 04:51 PM
366.

I don't think there is anything new here. Atrocities have always been throughout history just that technology had not advanced to the point of instant photos and journalism that is sent around the world with a mere click of a key on an iphone. Also we are a much smaller world today --- a much more heavily populated world that is in constant contact by technology and the ability to connect physically in mere hours by just hopping a plane.

There is much that is being done that is good. Again, nothing new there either but it would have been nice to have seen some of the "salvations" of our time. Oh, but of course ... those of us who are aghast at the atrocities would not be so galvanized by the goodness. When casting your stone, look first to yourself.

Posted by anonymous December 28, 09 05:37 PM
367.

Some of the pictures are indeed heart shattering. But most are of American perspective.

Major events like Iran presidential elections & the 8th Oct, 2005 Earthquake in Pakistan are missing. Nearly 79,000 people died.

Posted by AJ December 29, 09 03:53 AM
368.

Reflects all colours of human life in contemporary times.
But one thing is surely demonstrated the indomitable exuberance of human sprit.

Posted by Sabyasachi December 29, 09 05:38 AM
369.

12 is one of the best pictures I've ever seen. It has been with me since I first saw it when it was published.

38 is the first time I've seen this one but its very very powerful

43 nicely captures the feeling of that opening ceremony when China screamed out at the world "THERE ARE A LOT OF US!"

Posted by japansen December 29, 09 10:33 AM
370.

@ 360 mr truth. get out of your cave, wake up, stop babbling.

-great pictures, it's good they remembered medellin.

Posted by juancs December 29, 09 12:36 PM
371.

this is discusing, OH GOD HELP US

Posted by dil dossa December 29, 09 03:18 PM
372.

Wow, allot of horrific things happend in the last 10 yrs, but they have left out some things out. I cannot believe we would even acknowledge Paris Hilton the only thing she has done is made a handful of 13yr old boys realize they can get a hard on. I think that the world is a sick place but allot of sick things have happed from the beggining of time, unfourtanly we get to say that we witnessed some horrific things. One thing that I think they left out which effect my life and 1000's of other is the HUGE fires of 2003, it destroyed many forests, and houses as well as full towns, it affected almost all of BC and lots of other place as well. I just want to so RIP to everyone who has lost their lives it the last 10 yrs.

Posted by Concerned December 29, 09 08:03 PM
373.

News Dominated by Asia incidents missed out the Benazir Bhutto's assasination, India & China's domination in the gloomy economy, Copenhagen's climate summit to name a few.

Posted by Shailendra Malik December 30, 09 01:57 AM
374.

@Mr. Truth --- Dude, do u have any idea wat the hell u r talking about???
"Asia is a violent part of the world... "????? I mean seriously dude are u retarded????
Ever Heard of The Dalai Lama or Gautama Buddha or Mahatama Gandhi????
Does "colonization" ring any bells??? and Who dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima????The World Wars and God knws wat else...
You are seriously dumb man!!!

Posted by JB December 30, 09 04:28 AM
375.

Americans think that they are the center of the world. A major percentage of Americans even don't know anything about what's happening outside their country.

Posted by someone December 30, 09 05:52 AM
376.

#36 & 38!!!
Thank you Alan and thanks to all photographers who are giving us a testimony of what we are and what we make out of this planet.
Many thanks to you, E, for letting me know about such a great site!
May 2010 be -at least a little bit- better!
Peace,
Astu

Posted by Astu December 30, 09 09:33 AM
377.

@ 374
Mr. Truth may not be specific with his Geography: It is not Asia that's a violent part of the world, it is the Middle East, which includes parts of Asia, Africa and Europe.
And he is correctly stating that practically ALL of this decade's terror was initiated by followers of the Islamic faith. Remove that, and you can eliminate pictures number 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 (Yes, the Chechnya conflict too is a conflict between Muslims and Christians), 18, 19, 25, 33, 41, 46, 50 (Iran is the #1 financier of Muslim terror and this picture gives us a glimpse into the next decade: the free-world's success, or failure, in stopping Iran's nuclear plans).

Posted by Dawn December 30, 09 11:03 AM
378.

Maybe we should commit Co2-suicide. Humanity died long ago.

Planet A: Oh you look bad, what u got?
Planet B: Pahh! I´m suffering, i got a disease named Homo Sapiens.
Planet A: Oh don´t worry, that´s temporary.

Posted by sj1 December 30, 09 12:31 PM
379.

Congratulations to all the brave photographers in wars and other conflicts that help bringing the truth and the horror that humans are capable of in name of greed.

Posted by Tove Dahlstrom December 30, 09 12:59 PM
380.

Rather than the shot of Bush in his flight suit, a more appropriate one from that photo op should have been the one where he is speaking in front ofthe "mission Accomplished " banner the White House had the U.S. Navy hang on the aircraft carrier's superstructure.

Posted by Daniel Plainview December 30, 09 01:19 PM
381.

ésto abre los ojos.......

:(

Posted by pericodelgado December 30, 09 10:08 PM
382.

heart wrenching...& extremely sad...

Posted by Anonymous December 31, 09 02:41 AM
383.

Its useless to tell the US ppl to think strategies to unite the world rather than divide them. It looks like that the whole decade was dedicated to ruin the world. Where are the goddamn energy, environment, children, technical breakthroughs photographs.. I rate the collection of photographs as immature and unprofessional.

Posted by Peacebuddy, India December 31, 09 06:00 AM
384.

a very american point of view. partly a great collection, but less pictures from the "big" events not affecting the US. Beslan kidnapping for example... etc.

Posted by keks December 31, 09 06:07 AM
385.

Excelentes escolhas. Fotos que retraram uma década onde o homem desrespeitou o seu próximo, a natureza e as Leis de DEUS!!!!

Posted by Carlos Kamarowski Jr December 31, 09 11:03 AM
386.

Crazy and beauty world.

Posted by Guille December 31, 09 01:06 PM
387.

where's the miracle on the hudson photo?

Posted by jon December 31, 09 02:30 PM
388.

I don't see why so many people are so negative about the decade. Yes there were a lot of bad global things that have happened, but what good has resulted from them, what have we learned, how have we improved. It was great decade that included ups and downs, but let's focus on the ups.

Posted by tion December 31, 09 03:23 PM
389.

Excellent choices. Pictures that portray a decade where the man failed his neighbor, the nature and the Laws of God!!

Posted by Carlos Kamarowski Jr December 31, 09 03:43 PM
390.

I hope this is biased...i don't really care why it is. All i know is looking back over the past 10 years...looking at the events of my life, versus the events of the world, i can see nothing but heartbreak, pain and loss.

f u, "noughties"...may we never see you again...

Posted by Michael December 31, 09 06:11 PM
391.

the world could be so much better, if the US just stay in the US.... nobody needs U anywhere else... just get your oil in ur own country........

Posted by macker January 1, 10 12:43 AM
392.

Amazing selection, shocking and stunning pictures of 2010's facts.

I want to know where is Darfur, where is Gaza, where is US/Mexico border pictures are. They simply can not be avoided from this retrospective and from our hearts.

Comment about #38: it is a historical question in Brazil. As the northern colonization did not support the indigenes, they do not have a land. And their protests "bother" the government, instead of making they see that every human have the entire right of a house and a place to grow their children safely. But it is all much more complicated situation and many facts are hidden between my words. The sad truth is: Brazilian government is worried in our economical boom. Not worried in solving our hundred-years social problems.

Anyway, congratulations for the team which choose the pictures and, of course, for all the photographers who gave this gift for my eyes and soul.

Posted by João Pedro Silveira Martins January 1, 10 10:23 AM
393.

très belles photos ... ma préféré étant celle montrant nos soldats français prenant d'assaut une barque de pirates somaliens... Regardez-moi ce FAMAS!!!!!!!!

Posted by edouard January 1, 10 04:47 PM
394.

I jus have cried watching these images ....

Why is our World so rough &CREAZY ?

When will all these horros stop ???

Let's ACT ALL TOGETHER to FREE MANKIND from EVIL & WALK QUIETLY TOWARD PEACE, LOVE & HARMONY §§§

PRAY "GOD" to PUSH HUMAN HEARTS In THAT ONLY DIRECTION ***

Posted by Maryline1971 January 1, 10 05:19 PM
395.

MEU SONHO É QUE EM 2020 POSSAM SER PUBLICADAS FOTOS QUE NÃO MOSTREM TANTA TRISTEZA E TANTO ÓDIO DO HOMEM PARA O PRÓPRIO HOMEM E QUE SEJA ESQUECIDA A FRASE "HOMO HOMINIS LUPUS EST"

Posted by josé antonio Buher Machado January 1, 10 08:56 PM
396.

Pretty poor by Boston's standards.

Waaay too many negative things displayed, and worse, WAY, WAY too many pics of the war on terror. There were so many good things missed out - like say India's democratic elections - the largest in the world, several great developments in China, developments in Dubai (Burj Dubai).

This is almost a random collection. Paris Hilton? Dont tell me!

Posted by Arun January 1, 10 11:08 PM
397.

impresionante, muy buena produccion

Posted by Samu January 2, 10 12:21 AM
398.

Keep scrolling up and down between #42 and #44 . You would see #43 move sideways.

Posted by Abdul Kadir January 2, 10 04:51 AM
399.

É horrível como a guerra tenha ganho tanto espaço. Mas pensando bem talvez a violência seja uma das coisas que mais desperte emoções nas pessoas, sejam essas emoções ruins ou boas.

Posted by Vinicius January 2, 10 12:36 PM
400.

Who chose these pictures? I think this is totally wrong! I want to make a different collection of pictures with all the positive events of last decade...!

Posted by Elina January 3, 10 04:00 AM
401.

All are very depressing...especially that stupid Hilton idiot.

Posted by Steve Crutchfield January 3, 10 03:18 PM
402.

Awesome collection of photos and I am glad the Globe did not shy away from showing the sorrow and h0rror as well. It's been a violent decade. Thank You Osama Bin Laden and George Bush.

whoever did this compilation, my hats off to him

Posted by antonio olmos January 3, 10 04:49 PM
403.

I get the inclusion of the Hilton picture - the oughts saw the dramatic rise of a huger for immediate tabloid gratification and the resulting kind of disposable (or at least, famous for little reason) celebrity culture. Paris Hilton wouldn't be the "icon" she is today if we hadn't made her so over the last 10 years.

What's needed are more photos of Katrina please, specifically one or two which do more than illuminate the catastrophic damage done to life and limb (as does the photo pictured). We must be reminded of images that encapsulate (1.) what an unnecessary MAN-MADE disaster this was thanks to The Arrmy Corps of Engineers; and( 2.) the unimaginably laconic response to the displaced by the Federal Government. Thank you.

Posted by Anonymous January 4, 10 12:48 PM
404.

I agree with many other posters, Paris didn't deserve to be in here. If anything, she should be behind the "objectionable" filter.

Would have rather seen any of the other iconic women of the past decade, many of which you already have images of.

Posted by Dave January 4, 10 05:09 PM
405.

Pena tanta pena por comprobar una vez màs la grave pandemia de ignorancia, violencia e indiferencia del genero humano.

Posted by Mario January 4, 10 05:58 PM
406.

Great snapshots, while the choice seems to be a bit biased by US view of the world.
And, hey, how is it possible there are some photos censored?!

Posted by Thomas January 5, 10 03:12 AM
407.

the defenseless children suffering in an adult world - this is shameful as we go on proving how unreliable we are in saving those that we bring into this world. the murders, rapes, destruction paint a desolate and hopeless pitcure. and the contrast it has to our social networking - based / regular lives is overwhelming.

Posted by anusuya mitra January 5, 10 03:15 AM
408.

The visual of mother caressing her dying child moved me completely. I kept staring them.

Posted by Urvashi January 5, 10 05:35 AM
409.

Did any1 notice the 'unknown object' at the top left corner of the photo of the soldiers hanging & burned?

Excellent pics, we have such a beautiful Earth, shame about the occupants (us!)

Posted by Colonel * January 5, 10 06:10 AM
410.

PARIS HILTON ??!!!


I think

BRITNEY SPEARS DESERVES A SPOT !!

Posted by TOM January 5, 10 07:34 AM
411.

So much happened in this past decade that it would be impossible to compress it all into just 50 photos. The Big Picture failed miserably in portraying the decade as a whole, however, it did showcase some really fine photojournalism, with many iconic and powerful photographs.

Posted by Siguy January 5, 10 08:06 PM
412.

what about the coup in Honduras?/a relapse of military terror and dictatorship in South America. I know a lot has happened all over the world in the past decade but why is South America so underrepresented?

Posted by Anonymous January 5, 10 10:19 PM
413.

Paris HIlton? WHHHHHAAAAAAAATTTT??

Posted by Luciano Barbosa January 6, 10 07:15 AM
414.

Excellent photographs. Kindly add some hope, kindness and happiness.

Posted by amarendra January 6, 10 11:11 AM
415.

Just a thought, but the floods during the summer of '08 in the midwest was quite a story as well. I remember seeing a photo piece in this section about it after the fact. Those floods put at least a few hundred thousand out of homes for months.

Posted by Stephan January 6, 10 09:20 PM
416.

What an awful bunch of comments. Even if you cannot write in English or spell at all, or have a clue about grammer, you could at least try to say something a) new, b) intelligent or c) interesting. It is enough to make one weep to think this is representative of people who patently believe themselves to be educated and well-informed.

People with opinions based on no actual information (other than media copy) are going to be the death of us all.

MYTAG: What a way to run a planet

Posted by mac the fork January 6, 10 11:02 PM
417.

unbeleivable

Posted by Rajesh January 6, 10 11:48 PM
418.

What a depressing batch of photos. It's sad that this is what we do to each other and to the planet. I'm not one to hide my head in the sand, but seeing these photos as a representation of the last 10 years is a sad statement on mankind.

I wish I could believe that the next 10 years will be better.

Posted by Art January 7, 10 12:41 AM
419.

Who ever said "One picture is worth a thousand words", couldn't have said it any better.

Big Picture always wins hands down.

Though selection of images is debatable, each of those images, do say a story.

Kudos.

Posted by Mallikarjuna January 7, 10 03:14 AM
420.

Nothing more to comment.
Thank you for this treat.

Posted by Leslie Isaac January 8, 10 03:29 AM
421.

"Reality check" to you, 'Per Nodin' on December 24 - "colored president"?!! Are you freakin' kidding me?! How more racist can you be?!

Posted by Someone from the 21st century January 8, 10 08:46 AM
422.

I am disgusted with everyone's post's that are asking "where is this and where are the pictures of that" ....really the only questions we should be asking are where are the pictures of the love and humanity and the joy...there is both good and evil in this world and after viewing these pictures, I am going to put a little more effort into the good, if everyone just acted a little less selfish, the world would be a brighter place....

Posted by Anonymous January 8, 10 04:35 PM
423.

#33, no words.

Posted by Nikita January 9, 10 02:30 AM
424.

The Boston's The Big Picture is amazing but this particular set is too much USA centrist for a "decade in news".

Posted by Silveira Neto January 12, 10 11:33 AM
425.

Selection of images is debatable but each of them does have a meaning. The title should be changed to 'The decade from U.S. viewpoint'

Posted by Anonymous January 14, 10 05:39 AM
426.

Excellent as far as photographs are concerned.What an improvement inthe technique of photography.

Posted by Kalyan Mukherjee January 18, 10 05:44 PM
427.

How about publishing some fotos of aid reaching countries in need, for example the amazing international response to certain natural disasters, or wars... We can shows how we care for each other, not how we hate each other. Also, in the beginning I thought this journalist was all about the US, but it actually shows how much the US has influenced the rest of the world in the beginning of the 2000's, and if you take a closer look, all the pictures about the US are related to war until Obama shows up... Does this mean things are changing finally?

Hope So...

Posted by Stefan Kinsman January 19, 10 05:05 PM
428.

The whole history of humankind is filled with unspeakable horror, unnecessary misery and bloodshed. One can only pray that powers that be will learn, sooner than later, to spend their energies on peace processes so that the citizens of the world can leave in a peaceful environment founded on equality and justice.

Posted by Prof. Anil Sarwal January 20, 10 01:40 AM
429.

No. 12, the Iraqi POW with his son behind barbed wire, is one of the most moving photos I've ever seen. It shows love & humanity surviving amidst the inhumanity of war. Apparently it was the World Press Photo of the Year in 2003, a well-deserved honor.

Posted by phil January 21, 10 09:17 PM
430.

Regarding #18, 192 people were killed in the explosions and the three trains were suburban ones.

Posted by Anonymous January 25, 10 05:35 AM
431.

Its fine posting such photographs for making the people of the globe realize where they are. But Later Please post the positive ones alone in a encouraging tone. Thank U!

Posted by Angel Grace Mary January 26, 10 03:28 AM
432.

You show Paris Hilton but not Pope John Paul II? Very perturbing.

Posted by Anonymous January 26, 10 10:52 PM
433.

wow

Posted by Anonymous January 27, 10 09:56 AM
434.

shame on unhuman human race

Posted by iggy January 27, 10 04:55 PM
435.

HUMANITY!WHERE ARE YOU?WAKE UP!SHAKE YOURSELF UP!OTHERWISE IT IS SHEER DESTRUCTION AND DOOM YOU ARE BOUND TO BRING AROUND!WHAT DID THEY MAKE OUT OF YOU?
A HORRIFIC AND SHAMEFULPARODY OF HUMANS.SHAME ON ALL THAT IS BROUGHT THROUGH THE INSANE AND SHAMEFUL,UNCIVILIZED AND UNSPEAKABLE AMERICAN/WESTERN GLOBOLISATION ''CIVILAZING'' MODEL!IT IS THE REAL CURSE ,DIABOLIC AND INDECENT MODEL STRIPPING HUMANS OF THEIR HUMANITY WELL ONLY AFTER LESS THAN 3 CENTURIES OF HISTORY ,AMERICA ANDITS MAIN ALLY ARE DESTROYING EVERY DECENT PRINCIPLE AND VALUE AND ABOVE ALL ALLCIVILISED EXPRESSION OF HUMAN KIND.WHAT A MESS !ALL THAT IN THE NAME OF THE FAKE ''CIVILISED ''MODELS AND ''PROGRESS'' !LIES AND ORGANISED CRIME AND DESTRUCTION BY ALL MEANSIN THE NAME OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY!!!!!WELL I WISH WE COULD BE SET FREE FROM IT RIGHT AWAY BECAUSE THE WHOLE PLANET IS DYING,SUFFOCATED !

Posted by Anonymous January 27, 10 09:57 PM
436.

I liked it. So much useful material. I read with great interest.

Posted by generic prescription drugs March 8, 10 04:58 AM
437.

42 # awesome photo this is showing the reality of there life ..... how pathetic it was ... i cant imagine more ....

Posted by vish prasadu March 16, 10 07:54 AM
438.

hi everyone,
its high time that we woke up. ignite ur mind with revolutionising ideas.dont be a rebel. do things simply to make ur mark on this world.just give a spark of change ... i bet there will be millions waiting to support u.lets all join together to create the change that we wish to teach people! god bless us all...........

Posted by sofia March 21, 10 12:00 PM
439.

Where are the photos of Darfur? [2] I missed it too!

Posted by Kleiner March 26, 10 07:15 PM
440.

I think it's just ridiculous that paris hilton made this list. it's almost a mockery of real news. that woman should not be indulged.

Posted by confused April 3, 10 08:16 PM
441.

The world is going crazy!

Posted by Thanh Le April 13, 10 11:04 PM
442.

hello guys

I just want to say hi

Posted by superlearnmathngentot July 16, 10 01:55 AM
443.

These were phenomenal, yet heartbreaking photos. I'd say you missed the Gaza War, or just a photo of Palestine in general. They've been through so much- God help the innocent people of Palestine.

Posted by Jenine August 21, 10 08:03 AM
444.


Пропущено маломальски запятых, однако для интересность сообщения это никак не повлияло

Posted by FedDyeneSmono October 6, 10 01:47 AM
445.


Знакомый посоветовал приходить для этот блог и явно не зря.

Posted by FedDyeneSmono October 6, 10 08:23 PM
446.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR REMINDING ME WHO I AM

GOD

bitra17
NOW I LL JUST NEED SOME MONEY TO GET THE WORLD OUT OF CRISIS IM HUMAN NOW

Posted by kRIS October 30, 10 02:17 PM
447.

not cool

Posted by the master November 2, 10 01:36 PM
448.

Улёт!

Posted by Ediddisloli November 25, 10 05:54 PM
449.

Beautiful selection, very moving. Everything was meaningfully and thoughtfully placed - stirred up a lot of emotions for me. Some of the most difficult to look at were also the most visually stunning - #6, 12, 16, 33, and 38 stand out.

Small point - Paris Hilton was perfectly placed for comparison purposes. Complete frivolity amidst suffering, two completely different worlds that are not so far away from each other.

Posted by Megan December 19, 10 11:37 PM
450.

Is there a hope for humanity

Posted by Rajagopal January 1, 11 07:01 AM
451.

Very artistic pictures...although very sad and chocking. They re a reminder of passed us by... T_T

Posted by Isa January 2, 11 09:35 AM
452.

Too pessimistic! Too American-oriented! The world has moments of sacrifice, of creation, of hope, of future. The photographers are to be congratulated, but the choice of sub-human cruelty and pessimism by the collection of photos is not representative of the last decade. There should be a glimmer of hope, of tomorrow with sunshine, with scientists discovering cures for diseases, with desalination of deserts, with beautiful creations in all forms of arts-paintings, sculpture, theatre, movies, books. Enough of darkness. Let there be light! Solette Eliezer-Athens Greece

Posted by Solette Eliezer February 24, 11 12:42 AM
453.

Did somebody really say nobody wants help from the U.S and that we need to stay in our own country? That's hilarious because it seems to me, the U.S is always the first to be asked for help. Like in Japan, Haiti, and now in Libya. We are always the first to respond to atrocities being committed and disasters throughout the world. Yah, we are soooo evil. Where would this world be if the U.S didn't step in? We would all be likely speaking German for one.

Posted by petey March 24, 11 05:58 AM
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