Topics : “It’s out of the question to change the location of Turkish observation points,” Kalin said, referring to Turkish military outposts that have the task of monitoring a cease-fire in Idlib under a deal with Russia and Iran. “We will keep reinforcing the area. There’s no doubt that Turkey will respond to attacks in Idlib in the strongest way.”The standoff between the two regional powerbrokers is threatening a rupture in their uneasy relationship and prompting Turkey to reboot ties with the US after years of tensions. Erdogan has threatened to use force before the end of February if Syrian forces don’t withdraw from the vicinity of four Turkish military outposts or stage a new attack on Turkish forces who suffered 14 dead earlier this month.‘Tough Guy’Trump called Erdogan a “tough guy” who doesn’t want people to be killed in great numbers, adding that he has a “a good relationship” with Erdogan. Turkey has started a mass deployment of tanks, commandos and armored personnel carriers in Idlib to stop the advance of Syrian forces. The offensive triggered an exodus of hundreds of thousands of people in cold weather toward neighboring Turkey, which already hosts the largest number of refugees in the world.Turkey has now sealed off the entire Syrian border with high cement walls and is building houses within Syria to shelter new refugees beyond its border. Towns and displacement camps west of Aleppo were hit by shelling in recent days, and roads are packed with vehicles, according to disaster-relief group Medecins Sans Frontieres.“The people fleeing north are being squeezed into a territory that is getting smaller and smaller” between the front line to the east and the closed Turkish border to the west, Julien Delozanne, MSF head of mission for Syria, said Tuesday in an emailed statement. A new influx of people to the area will make the already harsh living conditions in the camps “even worse” he said.“Attacks are now taking place in areas that were previously considered to be safe,” Delozanne said. Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are teaming up to stop Russian-backed attacks on Syria’s last rebel stronghold after Turkey rejected a proposal by Moscow to relocate its troops in Idlib.“We are working together on seeing what can be done,” the US president said at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Tuesday, according to C-SPAN. “You have a lot of warring going on right now.”Only hours earlier, Turkey refused a plan outlined by Russia that included a map with a proposed relocation of Turkish troops in Syria’s opposition-controlled Idlib province. Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for Erdogan, said two days of talks in Moscow yielded “no satisfactory result.”
On Tuesday, the Annenberg School of Journalism and the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy hosted “Through Her Lens: Women & Photojournalism,” an event that explored the role of photojournalists and evaluated the opportunities and challenges females face in pursuing careers in photojournalism.Girl Power · From left to right: Lori Shepler, Marissa Roth, Pamela Peters and Barbara Davidson spoke with students about their experiences and challenges they faced as female photojournalists. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanPulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times staff photographer Barbara Davidson, award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer Marissa Roth, multimedia documentarian Pamela Peters and award-winning photographer and author Lori Shepler were among the featured guest speakers headlining the event.USC professor Geoffrey Cowan opened the panel humorously with the question, “Do female photographers shoot in a different eye?”Davidson then started the discussion by presenting her photos that were taken in Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Israel, Gaza and Bosnia. She wanted to empower the victims of humanitarian crises such as war through her photographs.Barbara Davidson, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, a 2011 National Emmy and the 2006 “Newspaper Photographer of The Year,” has been a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times since 2007.Though she has experienced many traumatic events through her camera lens, Davidson stressed the importance of remaining professional.“My role as a photojournalist is to educate,” Davidson said. “If I am not able to put myself together, I am not doing my job. The photography is just a small part in this picture. Listening to their stories and riding the journey with them are the main purposes of documenting.”Inspired by the 1961 film The Exiles, Pamela Peters had a similar vision. With her photographs, she wanted to accurately portray the lives of the Native Americans who live in cities.“I wanted to create accurate and humanistic images of young Native Americans in Los Angeles that had never been in mainstream movies in Hollywood,” Peters said.The discussion was later followed by a Q&A session. Questions were mostly centered on whether women took photographs differently and whether they had encountered sexism in the news.“Stereotypes are out there but you just have to be professional,” Roth said. “Competition in the industry was challenging earlier on, but as long as you are professional, you can overcome these obstacles.”The female photojournalists argued that they could offer unique perspectives to topics that are typically considered masculine, such as sports.“I believe that women can bring unique perspectives to many topics,” Shepler said. “[A] camera is just a tool. People think that my pictures are different because I am there to capture emotions and that makes me so much better.”Audience member Ewa Glowaczewska was thrilled to finally meet the award-winning Barbara Davidson.“I am currently not enrolled in USC but in Santa Monica College,” Glowaczewska said. “My biggest passion is photojournalism and I found Barbara Davidson on Annenberg’s website which inspired me to attend this event. I am seeking a career in photojournalism and this is a perfect opportunity for me.”Taoran Zhou, a first-year graduate student studying communication management, thought the forum provided many valuable insights with regards to women and their leadership in journalism.“I am interested in gender when I do my research in journalism so I am very glad to understand how photographers see the world and how they interpret opinions about women,” Zhou said.