22/03/2012

Photos from recent Alternative World Water Forum- Marseille, France.

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From the 14-17th of March, 2012, thousands gathered in Marseille, France for both the official World Water Forum and the alternative FAME2012 forum.  Here a few photos from both the FAME2012 plenaries and Saturday’s protests through the streets of Marseille.

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28/02/2012

A Portrait of Education in Equatorial Guinea

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A Portrait of Education in Equatorial Guinea

William Sands for the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

Far too few resources have been invested in Equatorial Guinea’s national education system.  For a country with a per capita GDP of $30,000, conditions in Equato-Guinean schools should be significantly better than they are. Of the regime’s national budget in 2009 only 1.97% was spent on education.  As a result many of the country’s schools are overpopulated and understaffed, there are few education materials and many teachers complain of not being paid and the lack of any institutional support.  It is estimated that less than 65% of enrolled primary school students attend classes, which often results in students being forced to repeat grades.  This coupled with the fact that many students enter the education system late, means that an estimated 83% of the student population is overage for their given grade.

27/02/2012

Killing Me Softly- Portrait of the Opposition in Equatorial Guinea (slideshow I did for the Pulitzer Center)

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Published February 15, 2012

WILLIAM SANDS, FOR THE PULITZER CENTER, MALABO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Marcial Abaga Barril is one of the few opposition activists in Equatorial Guinea. As member of CPDS (Convergencia Para la Democracia Social), the only legitimate national opposition party, Barril has been arbitrarily detained and tortured on several occasions. He joined the opposition after the regime murdered his father, and says that at first he was consumed by a desire for revenge. That desire guided his struggle for many years, but today he says he believes in justice and looks toward building a new democratic Equatorial Guinea. He hopes that maybe his grandchildren can live better lives than his.

Even after having been tortured Barril shows little fear of the regime. He speaks loudly and seems at a total disregard for his surroundings whether he’s in a taxi, on his porch, or walking home.

“What can they do to me now? They’ve tortured me, they’ve broken into my home. Now the only thing left is to kill me, because they know I won’t be quiet. I won’t stop,” he says.

Barril says he’s been given a slow death sentence. Blacklisted by the regime, he lives in a state of constant instability. He is forced to feed his family with the pay from one odd job to the next, and its obvious he fears for the future of his children. With no real work, Barril spends the majority of his time with friends and family, on the phone organizing, or moving from one CPDS gathering to the next.

Instability and unemployment are the regime’s best weapons against the opposition and, as Barril laments, leave no opportunity for the creation of a real democratic process in Equatorial Guinea. But, he quickly laughs off the enormous challenge of his mission and smiles at the hand he’s been dealt. For Barril and other members of the opposition, their best weapons against the regime are their sincerity and conviction.

13/10/2011

Old School Malcolm X Video

by anekdotales

I found this the other day.  It seemed worth hearing voices from the past as we start to look forward.

09/10/2011

postcards from latin america- a love affair

by anekdotales

ever since i was a little kid i’ve been living/traveling in latin america. its become a love affair. no matter how many visits i’m always excited get back.  these are collection of postcard-esque fotos from bolivia, chile, nicaragua, and costa rica from the last 10 years…. just snapshots. not much more to it.

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22/09/2011

Troy Davis. Dead. Its a Sad Day for Logic.

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17/07/2011

The Indignant – People & Power – Al Jazeera English

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this al jazeera people and power episode does a really good job at giving a basic introduction and contextualization… although i think there are forces their analysis doesn’t take into account.

17/07/2011

jesus camp- the indoctrination of america’s youth

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heavy. heavy. HEAVY!

 

17/07/2011

2D-Sastres BCN Look book-Catalogue for 2011

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so i just got finished editing these photos and organizing them to create this lookbook-catalogue for 2D-Sastres BCN.  they are a small family business that uses upcycled materials and fabrics bought in local Barcelona flea markets to make really awsome bags.. so check them out here in this PDF… 2D-Sastres BCN

22/06/2011

la escola mediterrania- “without a school, there is no neighborhood”

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Barracones- Un Barrio en Resistencia.

In preparation for the 1992 summer olympics Barcelona underwent a dramatic restructuring of the urban landscape.   Four of the city’s most marginalized districts were chosen for the construction of olympic facilities.  The olympic village or Villa Olympica, was constructed over the course of a few months, and the then abandoned port was transformed into various kilometers of artificial beachfront.  Subsequent to the Olympics, Barcelona went through a boom of real estate speculation.  Cheap credit and a growing tourist industry made land value sky-rocket. As a result those living in the neighborhoods that had originally been chosen to host the olympic facilities, now found themselves being pushed out of their communities- unable to pay increasing premiums on their housing rentals.

Between the artificial beaches and the olympic port is the neighborhood of Barceloneta.  Once it was inhabited by the city’s fisherman and their families.  Waves of immigration first from other parts of Spain and currently from all over the world have added diversity to the neighborhood’s character.  However in much the same way that other neighborhoods in the center of the city have suffered from land speculation and gentrification, Barceloneta has become prime real estate considering its proximity to the beaches. Those neighbors who haven’t already abandoned the neighborhood are subject to a constant onslaught of tourists and real estate speculators.

The impetus to change the neighborhood is strong, and one of the first things to be affected by this wave of gentrification has been the neighborhood’s public works.  More specifically, the community’s schools.  Escola Mediterranea, a primary school, has been without a permanent building for the passed 4 years.  Classes are currently being held in a temporary facility that was designed to last 2 years.   The Ajuntamento has approved the construction of the new facility but has not yet released the necessary capital.  In short, for the speculators and city planners there is little need for a primary school in a neighborhood ultimately designed to become another hub of Barcelona’s tourist industry.  New construction in the neighborhood is focused on hotels, single short term apartments, parking, etc.  As a result,  those in power have taken the public funds destined for Escola Mediterranea hostage in an attempt to tire the neighborhood’s resistance and will power.

Yet Barceloneta resists, and the families of the Escola Mediterranea are not willing to give up their neighborhood without a fight.

 

Barracones-Un barrio en Resistencia.

En preparación para las Olimpiadas de 1992, Barcelona sufrió una dramática reestructuración del paisaje urbano. Cuatro de los barrios más marginados de la ciudad fueron elegidos para la construcción de las instalaciones olímpicas. La Villa Olímpica, fue construido en el transcurso de unos meses, y luego el puerto se transformó en varios kilómetros de playa artificial. Con posterioridad a los Juegos Olímpicos, Barcelona pasó por un auge de la especulación inmobiliaria. El crédito barato y una industria turística hizo crecer el valor de la tierra de una manera exagerado. Como resultado, los que viven en los barrios que habían sido originalmente elegido para albergar las instalaciones olímpicas, ahora se vieron empujados fuera de sus comunidades-no pueden pagar las primas el aumento en el alquiler de su vivienda.

Entre las playas artificiales y el puerto olímpico es el barrio de la Barceloneta. Una vez fue habitada por los pescadores de la ciudad y sus familias. Olas de inmigración, primera de otras partes de España y en la actualidad de todo el mundo se han añadido la diversidad como caracter de la vecindad. Sin embargo, en la misma manera que otros barrios en el centro de la ciudad han sufrido de la especulación de la tierra, la Barceloneta se ha convertido en una zona inmobiliaria de alta valor teniendo en cuenta su proximidad a las playas. Los vecinos que todavía no han abandonado la zona están sujetos a un ataque constante de turistas y especuladores.

El ímpetu para cambiar la zona es fuerte, y una de las primeras cosas que se verán afectados por esta ola de gentrificación ha sido las obras públicas del barrio. Más concretamente, las escuelas de la comunidad. Escuela Mediterranea, una escuela primaria, ha estado sin un edificio permanente para el pasado 4 años.  En la actualidad se hacen las clases en un centro temporal que fue diseñado para durar dos años. El Ajuntamento ha aprobado la construcción de la nueva instalación, pero no ha emitido aún el capital necesario. En resumen, para los especuladores y los planificadores de la ciudad hay poca necesidad de una escuela primaria en un barrio que lo están convergiendo en otro centro de la industria turística Barcelones. La mayoridad de construcción nuevo en el barrio se centra en hoteles, apartamentos individuales a corto plazo, aparcamiento, etc.  Aquellos en el poder han tenido los fondos públicos destinados a la Escuela Mediterránea de rehenes en un intento de cansar la fuerza de voluntad del barrio.

Sin embargo, se resiste la Barceloneta, y las familias de la Escuela Mediterránea no están dispuestos a renunciar a su barrio sin una lucha.

 

short made by the parents’ association of la escola mediterrania.

 

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