Dark night for dictatorships
Join debates, see documentaries, hear music during the 'Dark night for dictatorships'
Throughout the night, messages of hardship and hope will balance each other as union leaders, journalists and Human Rights activists from Burma, Belo-Russia and Zimbabwe share their views on the current needs and prospects in their dictatorial nations.
Journalists and writers from the Netherlands will join in this debate while documentaries and various acts will present a more tangible notion of what the situation is actually like in these countries. A hopeful light will be shed by a Ukrainian activist who played a central role during the 2004 orange revolution.
The ‘Dark night for dictatorships’ will take place at the Nieuwspoort, Lange Poten 10, Den Haag.
Click here for the location.
The ‘night’ will be presented in English. There is no entrance fee, but please register by e-mail. Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, the name of the organization you represent (if relevant), address and telephone number.
27th of October 2005
Nieuwspoort, Lange Poten 10, Den Haag
This is an initiative of Zimbabwe Watch, Burma Centrum Netherlands, FNV Mondiaal and Free Voice.
Poverty History? Live8?
In The Independent - Remember Make Poverty History, anyone? It seems a long time ago that some 200,000 people flocked to Edinburgh to rally G8 leaders as part of an unprecedented campaign for global justice. That same day, 2 July, Bob Geldof organised free music concerts in nine countries under the Live8 banner. [..]
The coalition's anger has intensified over revelations about Live8's paternalistic treatment of African campaigners and their relationship to corporations operating on the continent. Firoze Manji, the co-director of Fahamu, an African social justice network and a member of G-Cap, recounts how the African coalition had planned a concert in Johannesburg in early July to be held in one of the townships. According to Manji, a meeting of Oxfam GB, Curtis, Geldof and Kumi Naidoo cancelled it in favour of Live8.
Geldof, having excluded African artists from the London concert, eventually gave his blessing to "Africa Calling", a hastily arranged concert in Cornwall. The sponsors included Nestlé, accused of benefiting from the HIV/Aids epidemic in Africa by selling more milk substitute products; Rio Tinto, the world's largest mining corporation, condemned for alleged human rights and environmental abuses; and Britain's biggest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems - which, according Mike Lewis of the UK's Campaign Against Arms Trade, is "fuelling conflicts across Africa". Criticism of MPH's celebrity set has particularly angered Oxfam, and insiders believe the agency will lead a breakaway from other MPH members once the coalition disbands early next year, taking Comic Relief and Bono's charity - Debt Aids Trade Africa - with it. Given Oxfam's free-trade solutions to Third World poverty, and - along with Curtis, Bono and Geldof - its leadership's close relationship to New Labour, this scenario could be an encouraging development for efforts to realign MPH with the "global justice movement". [..]
Military sweeps in Zimbabwe
"This time a thrashing; next time the dogs": persistent harassment of Zimbabwe's poor - Sokwanele Report: 24 October 2005
"... Consider the history of another - let's call him Thabo because he has not succumbed to death yet and therefore his identity must be protected in the police state that Zimbabwe has now become. Thabo is in his 60s. Our reporter saw him collecting a few plastic containers of water from a water pipe not far from where he had made a temporary (and well-concealed) shelter for himself in the bush. His parents came to what was then Rhodesia from Malawi half a century ago. When they died Thabo found employment as a security guard at Victoria Falls. There he met his bride-to-be whose home was at Nyathi. The couple married and went to live at Nyathi. However as the liberation war intensified Nyathi became an uncomfortable place to live with all the military activity in the area. Thabo and his wife therefore moved to Matobo on the other side of Bulawayo with their four children. They were happy enough living there, but after independence they found the area was being targeted by the notorious 5th Brigade. Mugabe's maniacal genocide programme, Gukurahundi, was just getting under way. The family moved back closer to Bulawayo and found shelter where they could, at Killarney. Thabo's wife has since died and his children left home, leaving this elderly widower to fend for himself as best he can. Then in June 2005 Mugabe's second military-style operation to remove the human "debris", code-named Operation Murambatsvina, swept through Killarney. As he watched his home of 20 years being razed to the ground by Mugabe's black-booted agents of terror, Thabo took to the bush where he remained in hiding for a number of weeks. While in hiding he did not even dare to light a fire to cook a meal for fear of alerting the riot police. During this time he lived off scraps of food, including a few stale buns, which he managed to scavenge off others almost as desperate as himself. Finally, having nowhere else and no one else, to turn to, Thabo returned to Killarney, rebuilding the shack which had once been home. It was a vain gesture of hope (or was it defiance?) for a few weeks later the Mugabe storm troops swept through the area again, destroying his and the few other shacks which had been re-occupied. Leaving Thabo with only the bush to call home." [..]
Tagged: Seven things and people
Me too: tagged by Hassan :)
Seven things i plan to do
1. Live quiet - with stable fat webconnection - on Eolian island (above Palermo)
2. Pass the winter in New Delhi
3. Eat twelve eggplant dishes in Baghdad a.s.a.p.
4. Write three books
5. Quit smoking
6. Take capitalism personal and make money
7. Learn arabix
Seven things i can do
1. Stream the time, with you, you, you and you
2. Write poetry
3. Learn arabix
4. Take a walk in the park without umbrella while heavy rains...
5. Tick time away on the keyboard
6. Process quite some streams of information
7. Confuse some streams of information (recently: exchange Syria for Zimbabwe)
Seven things i can't do
1. Eat twelve eggplant dishes in Baghdad (now)
2. Quit smoking
3. End a war or two
4. Become a famous singer / tenor-saxophone player in a year
5. Install a significant amount of enlightened politicians throughout the world
6. Sit quiet and read that pile of waiting books
7. Exchange Syria with Zimbabwe
Seven things i say most often
1. ma porcamiseria!
2. how can people believe this shit?
3. it is very important!
4. nohh, this dark dutch weather...
5. hey, how are you?
6. brrrrr (cold)
7. we need humor!
Seven people i want to pass this tag to
1. Jaromil / Tazebao
2. Baghdad Dweller
5. A Free Writer
6. The Iraqi Roulette
7. Salam Pax
8. The Jarrars (4x :)
The empty centre of neoliberalism
Multitudes, Creative Organisation and the Precarious Condition of New
:: Dawn of the Organised Networks ::
Geert Lovink & Ned Rossiter
At first glance the concept of "organised networks" appears oxymoronic. In
technical terms, all networks are organised. There are founders, administrators,
moderators and active members who all take up roles. Think also back to the early
work on cybernetics and the "second order" cybernetics of Bateson and others.
Networks consist of mobile relations whose arrangement at any particular time is
shaped by the "constitutive outside" of feedback or noise. The order of
networks is made up of a continuum of relations governed by interests, passions,
affects and pragmatic necessities of different actors. The network of relations is
never static, but this is not to be mistaken for some kind of perpetual fluidity.
Ephemerality is not a condition to celebrate for those wishing to function as
Why should networks get organised? Isn't their chaotic, disorganised nature a good
thing that needs to be preserved? Why should the informal atmosphere of a network
be disturbed? Don't worry. Organised networks do not yet exist. The concept
presented here is to be read as a proposal, a draft, in the process of becoming
that needs active steering through disagreement and collective elaboration.
What it doesn't require is instant deconstruction. Everyone can do that. Needless
to say, organised networks have existed for centuries. Just think of the Jesuits.
The history of organised networks can and will be written, but that doesn't
advance our inquiry for now. The networks we are talking about here are specific
in that they are situated within digital media. They can be characterised by their
advanced irrelevance and invisibility for old media and p-in-p (people in power).
General network theory might be useful for enlightenment purposes, but it won't
answer the issues that new media based social networks face. Does it satisfy you
to know that molecules and DNA patterns also network? [..]
Read the whole at Nettime
Type 'Failure' in google:
A teacher asks her class: "If there are 5 birds sitting on a fence and you shoot one of them, how many will be left?" She calls on little Johnny.
"None, they all fly away with the first gunshot."
The teacher replies: "The correct answer is 4, but I like your thinking."
Then Little Johnny says: "I have a question for YOU. There are three women sitting on a bench having ice cream. One is delicately licking the sides of the triple scoop of ice cream. The second is gobbling down the top and sucking the cone. The third is biting off the top of the ice cream. Which one is married?"
The teacher, blushing a great deal, replies, "Well I suppose the one that's gobbled down the top and sucked the cone."
"The correct answer is the one with the wedding ring on... but I like your thinking."
Move your building!
What's in a woman's whigs' name...
I got mail: "Remember that HILARIOUS film "Wag the Dog"? You know - the one with the presidential aide (played by Robert De Niro) and the Hollywood producer (Dustin Hoffman) who cook up an imaginary conflict with ALBANIA, then produce it with sets actors etc and finally successfully beam it straight into America's consciousness so as to distract public opinion from a nasty sex scandal involving the President and thereby secure his reelection.
WELL, the real-life equivalent to all that (minus the sex scandal) in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of "Mess'o Potamia" (to quote the brilliant Jon Stewart's The Daily Show - check it out on Crooks and Liars) was called the White House Irak Group or WHIG and you can find a list of all the little De Niros and Hoffmans HERE: WHIG"
To 'The Iraqi Roulette'
From Hassan and me: This post is to the Iraqi Roulette.. I know your blog is not appearing anymore. I haven't found any email address or any other contact information. So this is the only way I could help you. I hope you read this post. Look, your problem is really simple. All you have to do is to select a new template. Sign in then choose your blog, then choose template from the bar above, click on "pick new". And welcome back. Your posts are not lost. They will reappear once you choose a new template. I hope for your sake that you read this. If you want any more help, go to my blog and leave me a comment...
Bukaka Spat Here
... a disposable piece of anti-literature which combines wild flights of fantasy, Bataillean erotic excess, half-baked poetry and ‘primitive’ illustrations with sober theories of cultural and social revolution. Its accomplishment is to create a book which is non-serious and unimpressive in its style, yet imaginative and inspiring in its political passion. (Mute)
A: Bukaka is a relentless, tasteless, walking revolution, she spits and swallows, is weak and indestructible. Her philosophy does not quote Foucault and other dead white male jerks: it is barboodas, klikusha, pfush. She has no footnotes. Blood, spit and cum boil where she walks. Would make an excellent weekly comic. I know you are not Raymond Pettibon: he never did anything that exciting.
A&B: No, Bukaka is not really a comic book with a savage and sexy heroine but rather the story of a mad and oppressed migrant who tries to find radical political methodologies and ways of living. It is more a metaphoric portrait of a current left activist than a spitting machine. It is a story of personal and ideological disasters, a story of a naïve but brave soul who can’t obey to a world of masters and slaves. As well it is a metaphor for the danger of discourses and how these discourses exist in bodies. Besides, this book is about the impossibility of any ‘literature’, any aesthetics now.
Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz are poets, caricaturists, novelists, theorists, percussionists, interventionists, artists, singers, non-professional wrestlers and authors of extraordinary tracts such as Was tun? (Edition Selene, 1999) and Demolish Serious Culture!!! (Edition Selene, 2000), much quoted acts such as obliterating official graffiti on the Berlin Wall with grey paint or screaming loudly in the palaces of contemporary art. Click the Bukaka Spat here to read some more
Once upon a time.. somewhere in Africa
Tribe and Proliferation of guns to terrorise neighbours (nov. 2004)
By Peter Wadri
"The Karamonjong one of Africa’s notorious tribes and proliferation of guns for terrorizing their neighbours. ---The art of scaling down on African tribal skirmishes.
The Karamojong tribe, one of few African tribes that have continued to live in an 18th century lifestyle, has continued with barbaric acts of raiding their neighbours (tribes) and gone on practicing this at the expense of their own clan members.
Karamojong from Karamoja located in the North Eastern part of Uganda (small East African country) are a normadic tribe whose livelihood depends on keeping cattle. Located in a 27,200 square kilometer area of semi-arid savannah, bush and mountains, the region has dominant groups including the Dodoth in the north, the Jie in the central region, and, in the south, a cluster of closely related ethnic groups known as Bokora, Matheniko, and Pian all of whom are referred to generally as the Karimojong in the Karamoja Region
As described, the area has an ecological feature as a semi-arid living, varying rain pattern, mostly during June and September. This leaves the area greatly exposed to drought and therefore failing crop production, providing them with minimal options regarding livestock maintenance." [..] Read it here
ScratchWorx launchparty / Connected! LiveArt
Waag Society presents the ScratchWorx launchparty and the catalogue Connected! LiveArt
Friday the 7th of October @ Club 11
5.00 PM Spectacular ScratchWorx performance by kids and the ScratchWorx team, guests
6.00 PM Presentation of Connected! LiveArt catalogue
ScratchWorx is an audiovisual live performance vj/dj tool for young people. With their own images and music they are able to produce their own perfomance, mixed on the ScratchWorx console.
ScratchWorx is used in secondary schools in arts and culture-courses and at cultural youth-events. From October onwards ScratchWorx is used in the ?Hier Sta Ik? theatertour of Dutch/Marroccan Rap-artist Ali B. http://scratchworx.waag.org
ScratchWorx is an application that is developed in the MultimediaN research-program where knowledge-institutes, companies and social institutions co-operate to develop high level multimedia applications. http://www.multimedian.nl
Right after the event there is the presentation of ?Connected! Live Art? catalogue, the documentation of the Connected! Program thet enabled artists to experiment with networked art. http://connected.waag.org
Club 11_bar_restaurant_club, Oosterdokskade 3-5, Post CS, Amsterdam
Geek cavalries turn post-Katrina landscape...
... into wireless lab
Jebba's (AP) — Hours after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast and knocked out telecommunications across much of the region, Mac Dearman visited shelters in northern Louisiana to connect telephones.
Dearman doesn’t work for a phone company.
[..] Just as Katrina proved the vulnerability of traditional telephone and cellular networks, it also showed how Internet-based technologies could be used to speedily re-establish links with the outside world. [..] “It’s pretty clear that it was the folks out in the field who did some amazing heroics to get communications back up,”“We need to move toward a system where people are empowered to do what they can do.” said Carl Malamud, chief technology officer of the Center for American Progress think tank. [..] Read it on the Blag
La mesa y el mar y ... el viejo marinaio
Sweet, sweet America!(music + literairy fragments of american popculture + there is an english section)
with a special wink to The Kid