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Monday, February 28, 2005
  Incommunicado
News flows in on the violent attack today in Hilla, Iraq. I wonder why it is called Hilla now; Ziad just told me it is the other, old name for Babel. The impact of this attack makes me think of the attack on the UN in which Sergio de Mello was catastrophically killed. What is this blowing up people in the first place? There's no sense other than chaos and fear. And in the second place this is a suicide attack against queing up jobless people. It is an offence (out of the many) for human intelligence.
Some other news that I am attached to these days comes from Lebanon where developments go fast!

And something stimulating & creative about internet cultures:
Beyond a Politics of Communication Rights
"After the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the bilateral order, the discourse of human rights has become an important ’placeholder’ for agendas of social change and transformation that are no longer articulated in ’hird worldist’ or ’tricontinentalist’ terms. In the field of communication and information, major NGOs and their network ’campaigns’ have also decided to approach WSIS-related issues by calling for 'new rights' http://www.crisinfo.org, http://www.communicationrights.org. But when info-politics are approached in the general context of a politics of human rights, what happens to the tactical and interventionist perspectives and practices developed by media activists? What is the role of autonomous efforts like ’We Seize’ http://www.geneva03.org in articulating an alternative politics of information? And what can be learned from the demise of the originally third-worldist project of a New World Information and Communication Order, beyond an embrace of the new politics of human rights?"

more on: http://www.incommunicado.info/
 
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