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Letters from the Mountains of Aleppo. Syria.

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Syria- Not just a Frontline



November 17th 2012. Remembering the 1973 Athens Polytechnic uprising and the subsequent massacre.

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NOVEMBER 17 2012 Athens, Greece.

39 years ago on this day the Greek Military Junta sent a tank into the Polytechnic University to quell a student uprising that had already been going on for 3 days.  After breaking down the gates of the university soldiers opened fire on those inside.  Officially the government claimed only some 40 people were killed, while more accurate estimations are closer to 150 dead.  Martial law was declared and military units patrolled Athens all night beating, torturing, and meting out summary executions.  However the students and Greek civil society would have the last laugh.  The polytechnic uprising signalled the beginning of the end of the Military Junta.  Years later an underground armed struggle group would take on the name November 17th in memory of the democracy movement’s martyrs.

This year thousands of students, and members of the general population marched from the Polytechnic University through downtown Athens, and Syntagma Square and in front of Parliament. As is the tradition the march continued on to the American Embassy, the historic destination.  The American government supported the Junta both logistically and publicly as part of it’s broader Cold War strategy.   This year the march didn’t stop at the American embassy, instead it moved on to the Israeli Embassy in a show of solidarity with the Palestinian population and as a show of protest to the recent escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip.


Chop My Money Multimedia

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Chop My Money- Sipopo Resort in Equatorial Guinea from William Sands on Vimeo.


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.

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