segunda-feira, 20 de novembro de 2017
domingo, 19 de novembro de 2017
We will never know whether greater honesty on the part of mainstream politicians and technocrats would have spared us the rise of nativist demagogues like Donald Trump in the US or Marine Le Pen in France. What is clear is that lack of candor in the past has come at a steep price.
While it is worth discussing whether the missile in the November 4 attack came from Iran in the first place, the outcome is unarguable. It has dramatically worsened an already abysmal situation.
quinta-feira, 16 de novembro de 2017
A college campus project showed me how anonymity can give survivors critical freedom to tell their truth, free from judgement or interruption.
There is a growing atmosphere of hatred in which anyone who opposes the current government is labeled the ‘worst sort’, or even ‘Soviet murderers’.
terça-feira, 14 de novembro de 2017
On November 8, members voted an overwhelming 'YES!' to the proposal that DiEM25 should be able to compete in elections includng the European elections of 2019, while remaining a movement.
domingo, 12 de novembro de 2017
Defying the artificial borders that divide them, a “solidarity caravan” of North African activists embarks on an unlikely trip to visit Tunisian communities fighting social and environmental injustice. As their white bus skirts across southern Tunisia’s arid landscape, they stop by three towns deeply affected by the country’s rabid phosphate industry and one where farmers have successfully taken back their lands. Not coincidentally, these towns are also the cradles of the 2011 revolutions which swept through their countries. For many in this caravan, these uprisings failed to not only confront oppressive socio-economic conditions in which their people lived for decades, but also environmental ones. Like many other places in the world, North Africa, has seen its resources plundered by extractivist industries which plow through the natural landscape. Often anchoring itself by making poor communities dependent on polluting industries, extractivism maintains the accumulation of capital by sacrificing people and nature. It destroys the ecosystems in its path, displacing people and leaving those who remain with nothing more than toxic waste. For this solidarity caravan, these polluting industries are just one aspect of the neocolonialism that subjugates their peoples. Each of the four episodes focuses on a different town: the polluted coastal oasis of Gabes; the dusty phosphate mining towns of Redeyef and Oum Laarayes and, finally the hope-filled experience of the collectivised lands in Djemna.
quinta-feira, 9 de novembro de 2017
Lunch Atop a Skyscraper - Unknown
It’s the most perilous yet playful lunch break ever captured: 11 men casually eating, chatting and sneaking a smoke as if they weren’t 840 feet above Manhattan with nothing but a thin beam keeping them aloft. That comfort is real; the men are among the construction workers who helped build Rockefeller Center. But the picture, taken on the 69th floor of the flagship RCA Building (now the GE Building), was staged as part of a promotional campaign for the massive skyscraper complex. While the photographer and the identities of most of the subjects remain a mystery—the photographers Charles C. Ebbets, Thomas Kelley and William Leftwich were all present that day, and it’s not known which one took it—there isn’t an ironworker in New York City who doesn’t see the picture as a badge of their bold tribe. In that way they are not alone. By thumbing its nose at both danger and the Depression, Lunch Atop a Skyscraper came to symbolize American resilience and ambition at a time when both were desperately needed. It has since become an iconic emblem of the city in which it was taken, affirming the romantic belief that New York is a place unafraid to tackle projects that would cow less brazen cities. And like all symbols in a city built on hustle, Lunch Atop a Skyscraper has spawned its own economy. It is the Corbis photo agency’s most reproduced image. And good luck walking through Times Square without someone hawking it on a mug, magnet or T-shirt.
"The Germans are making contingency plans for the collapse of Europe. Let’s hope we are, too" - Paul Mason
segunda-feira, 6 de novembro de 2017
Spain has imposed a political agenda that goes against the will of the majority of Catalans. We will defend our rights to the end
Esta gente cujo rosto
Às vezes luminoso
E outras vezes tosco
Ora me lembra escravos
Ora me lembra reis
Faz renascer meu gosto
De luta e de combate
Contra o abutre e a cobra
O porco e o milhafre
Pois a gente que tem
O rosto desenhado
Por paciência e fome
É a gente em quem
Um país ocupado
Escreve o seu nome
E em frente desta gente
Ignorada e pisada
Como a pedra do chão
E mais do que a pedra
Humilhada e calcada
Meu canto se renova
E recomeço a busca
De um país liberto
De uma vida limpa
E de um tempo justo
Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, in Geografia
domingo, 5 de novembro de 2017
Files from offshore law firm show financial dealings of the Queen, big multinationals and members of Donald Trump’s cabinet
The Russian state’s mass expansion of surveillance online and offline is not making citizens any safer.
sexta-feira, 3 de novembro de 2017
Just as Germany’s rapid ascent prior to WWI spurred a “triple entente” among France, Russia, and the UK, China’s increasingly aggressive behavior is creating strong impetus for the Asia-Pacific democracies to build a more powerful strategic coalition. This goal should become the centerpiece of these countries' regional policies.