- By James DownieJames Downie is an editorial researcher at FP.
As we all know, photos are a key part of showing the public who a politician is and what he/she stands for. This weekend, ten years after becoming Boris Yeltsin’s heir, Vladimir Putin posed for another set of mostly-shirtless vacation photographs (and a video here). I’ve been lucky enough to receive secret memos pairing these photos with the specific messages Putin’s handlers wanted to send.
“Can build his own fire…with the help of 8 people and two boats.”
“Forces rivers to flow backwards with his mind”
“Remembers to remove his shirt when lost”
“Kind and sensitive to his trusty steed…and owns a killer pair of Foakleys”
“Is a freakin’ sea monster”
More seriously, the Moscow Times points out the collapse of the Russian economy and oil prices have barely affected Putin’s popularity among Russians (H/T to MW).
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Blake Hounshell is managing editor at Foreign Policy, having formerly been Web editor. Hounshell oversees ForeignPolicy.com and has commissioned and edited numerous cover stories for the print magazine, including National Magazine Award finalist "Why Do They Hate Us?" by Mona Eltahawy. He also edits The Cable, FP's first foray into daily original reporting, and was editor of Colum Lynch's Turtle Bay, which in 2011 won a National Magazine award for best reporting in a digital format.
Blake joined Foreign Policy in 2006 after living in Cairo, where he studied Arabic, missed his Steelers finally win one for the thumb, and worked for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. Blake was a 2011 finalist for the Livingston Awards prize for young journalists for his reporting on the Arab uprisings, and his Twitter feed was named one of Time magazine's "140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011." Under his leadership, in 2008, Passport, FP's flagship blog, won Media Industry Newsletter's "Best of the Web" award in the blog category. Along with Elizabeth Dickinson, he edited Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, the memoirs of former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
A graduate of Yale University, Blake speaks mangled Arabic and French, is an avid runner, and lives in Washington with his wife, musician Sandy Choi, and their toddler, David. Follow him on Twitter @blakehounshell.| Passport |