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This article goes behind the scenes of a pretty dramatic photo, taken at a student protest, which appeared on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle. Apparently it wasn't as dramatic as it originally appeared - most of it was staged...

It's an interesting article, but this is nothing unusual. Consder the famous photograph of Saddam's statue being toppled: http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/04/0...rq.statue/

... and the barely less-famous wider view of the same scene: http://dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/63998

I think the language in the Protest Photo article is more illuminating than the photograph: the author decries 'communist groups that have been organizing rallies for decades'. Taking the analysis further, and this is a direct quotation, the author/photographer declares of the subject: "the girl was part of a group of naive teenagers recruited by Communist activists to wear terrorist-style bandannas".

Naive teenagers.
Communist Activists.

I could go on, but won't.