Thursday, March 30, 2006
  Hacemos DJ's! Hacemos musica!
Frekuensia Kolombiana explores traditional forms of Columbian music and their relation to hiphop.

This documentary is a representation of the Voice of the Colombian street.

Discover through the lyrics of Camajan Club, Por razones de Estado, Zona Marginal and others, the lucid consciousness of a youth that through art seeks to awaken and renew its society.

  Yahoo - China
Not isaacmao.com isaac's backup site. If you were redirected from accessing www.isaacmao.com, it means the isaacmao.com is still being blocked
Monday, March 27, 2006
  Remote meditterranean island
Lampedusa, sound and vision
a disturbingly beautiful project about the ‘two sides’ of the island, by Frederico Baronello & Takuji Togo.

Lampedusa is the southernmost summer resort island of Italy, a border between Europe and Africa. Since over a decade a massive and constant influx of immigrants who try to enter the country arriving on small boats from the coast of North Africa. The CPT (Centre for the Immigrants’ First Acceptance) is a detention house next to the airport of Lampedusa. Here, foreigners who have been denied refugee status are sent back to Libya, and arriving tourists are welcomed to visit the island. There is also a space of the island cemetery dedicated to the refugees, many of whom died trying to make the journey across the Mediterranean to Europe.

Tomasi di Lampedusa, whose grandfather was the prince of Lampedusa, wrote the famous novel Il Gattopardo (The Leopard, 1958)
Sunday, March 26, 2006
  Armenian priest blogging testimonies, from Rwanda
Onnik posted about it

-- Systematic documentation of the Armenian Genocide didn’t take place until five or six decades after the event – when many of the survivors were getting old and, unfortunately, many were no longer there to witness to the events. What would have happened if a Don Miller were documenting Armenian voices in 1927? Can you imagine if there were hundreds of thousands of voices attesting to the atrocities? So the work of documentation today in Rwanda has to be on equal par with all the other programs that are in place. --

Father Vazken’s blog is online at http://dervaz.blogspot.com/
Maybe the best written and played, most exciting, beautiful, and unbelievable mysterious of tv shows i ever saw.
Every time i watch it my hands get all sweaty, and my heart beats a wild drum.
Am hooked to it.
Every time when a part is finished, i nearly can't bear that.
I don't accept.
Want it just to go on and on. I need to know how it goes on! Cannot wait until next week.
In fact i just read a comment, "I am so very dissappointed in the cancelling of this show. Man, I dont even need my TV any more."

I want Carnivale, and nothing but the whole


Friday, March 24, 2006
  Streamtime, Halabja

Streamtime started first webradio transmissions in Iraq from Halabja in June 2004
  Strange atmosphere around... Squadra che vince non si cambia...?
Paranoia around Italian upcoming elections on the 9th of April, and electronic ways of voting... remember the Diebold case in the US?

Marco Travaglio su Berlusconi, l'inventore di Forza Italia Dell'Utri, Andreotti, la Buongiorno e la fecondazione assistita, Totti, Santoro, Caselli, il pool di giudici antimafia che nel Palermo ora devono combattere l'al-Qaida ed intorni.

Un video Italiano
  Paris <---> Naples
Dalla Sorbona in rivolta,
venerdi 24 marzo 2006, ore 16.30

Aula matteo ripa
Università Orientale, palazzo Giusso, largo s.giovanni maggiore:

Parigi <---> Napoli --
Videoconferenza dall'università Paris8 (Saint Denis)
cpe e legge 30, l'europa precarizzata

streaming audio in diretta su http://www.radioazioni.tk
e in diretta video su insu^tv VHF 19-98

Wednesday, March 22, 2006
  Fishy Onion
February - March
While it's normal to harbor some resentment after a long and drawn-out divorce,
the stars are still of the opinion that your latest roller-coaster-ride design is really petty.

  Diebold systems were safe and reliable. But for who?!

SAN FRANCISCO, March 21 (Reuters) - Some California voters and activist groups sued the state's top election official on Tuesday in an effort to reverse the certification of certain electronic voting machines made by Diebold Inc. (DBD.N: Quote, Profile, Research).

The suit, filed in Superior Court in San Francisco, is the latest salvo in an ongoing dispute about the security of Diebold electronic voting machines, focused on Diebold's TSX touch-screen system.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006
  To confirm the beginning of a global systemic crisis

USA-Dollar-Iran / Confirmation of Global Systemic Crisis end of March 2006
Nine indicators prove that the crisis is unfolding

Nine indicators enable LEAP/E2020 to confirm the beginning of a global systemic crisis by the end of March 2006. These indicators are described in this month’s GlobalEurope Anticipation Bulletin- coordinated by Franck Biancheri – and 5 of them are presented in this public communication. Recent international trends affecting the international financial system in particular, as well as preoccupying trends in the US, namely as concerns the reliability of statistics on the US economy[1], have brought our research team to conclude that this global systemic crisis is already unfolding.

Sunday, March 19, 2006
  ChanChan Cubana

U.S. Initiates Legal Processes Against Christian Group that Marched to Guantánamo

Seven individuals from Witness Against Torture, a group protesting the denial of rights to prisoners at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, were served papers by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) last week. The group of twenty-four U.S. Christians marched over 60 miles to the Naval Base in an attempt to practice the Christian act of prisoner visitation. The group camped and fasted for four days at the gate of the militarized zone while awaiting access to the base. [..]
As the U.S. prohibits travel to Cuba, Witness Against Torture members risk a maxiumum of 10 years in prison or a $250,00 fine for their actions to bring attention to U.S. practices in Guantánamo.
On the Blagblagblag

In Amsterdam yesterday there was a manifestation against censorship and the rising number of political prisoners in the Cuba outside Guantánamo. The manifestation remembered 75 writers, journalists and unionists, imprisoned 3 years ago. Amnesty International in the meantime mentions torture in Cuban prisons.

Ahh, well, it's all just Rice'nBeans!

Sabah Al-Khair
21 century...

Our communication - Wireless

Our dress - Topless

Our telephone - Cordless

Our cooking - Fireless

Our youth - Jobless

Our food - Fatless

Our labour - Effortless

Our conduct - Worthless

Our relation - Loveless

Our attitude - Careless

Our feelings - Heartless

Our politics - Shameless

Our education - Valueless

Our follies - Countless

Our arguments - Baseless

Our boss - Brainless

Our Job - Thankless

Our Salary - Very less
Saturday, March 18, 2006
  Manifestación en línea
Too late!
  The most dangerous political phenomenon in Europe

-- Berlusconi is the most dangerous political phenomenon in Europe. He represents the most serious threat to democracy in western Europe since 1945. It might be argued that the far right as represented by such openly racist and xenophobic figures as Jean-Marie Le Pen and Jörg Haider poses a more serious danger, but such figures remain relative outsiders in the European political scene. Berlusconi does not. During his two spells as prime minister there has been a very serious erosion of the quality of Italian democracy and the tone of public life.

Democracy depends upon the separation of political, economic, cultural and judicial power. Berlusconi's ownership of the major television channels - and his control of the state-owned network, Rai, during his premiership - together with his willingness to use this media power for his own naked political ambitions, has undermined democracy. Further, he has changed the laws of the land at will - using his majority in parliament - to protect his personal interests and save himself from the courts.

The connection between Berlusconi and Italian fascism is not difficult to decipher. --

In The Guardian
Thursday, March 16, 2006
  Blogging as Demosphere
Article 2: The Demosphere
What is this international digital democracy network? It is the Demosphere. It is an informal network of blogs, websites, and digital citizens who support democracy and want to empower local democracy activists. It is a digital ecosystem. The pieces exist, but they are not yet connected. A digital network for democracy must be created. It will be created by individuals who believe in the network and who inform others about it and connect them to it.

Article 3: The Role of Bloggers
Some of the most powerful bridge activists in this movement will be bloggers. There are three basic components to power for any democracy movement: money, message, and organization. Blogs are great ways to marshall all three. Blogs make possible politics at the speed of thought.

It's a Wiki!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006
  Anything to do with freedom?
Why We Fight (5 out of 5 stars)
Starring John McCain and Gore Vidal. Directed by Eugene Jarecki.

In this month’s “Vanity Fair,” author James Wolcott dedicates his entire column to Eugene Jarecki’s astounding documentary “Why We Fight” in an attempt to understand the current state of fear in American society. But the film itself is much more complex and provocative than that, offering details and insight into the U.S.’s war-making machine that’s been causing havoc in the world since World War II.
Exposing the war machine
  Gugulethu (60)
- Widowed businesswoman - Mother of 4 -
Konke esakuthenjiswa ngo 1980 akwenzakalanga yonke into ikhwela nsuku zonke. Kusukela khona lithathwa lelo lizwe sibi sesawudo liyadula, into eyayengancitshwanwa. Pho ke, izithembiso zika 1980 zingaphi? Ukuhlupheka kumandla! Ngakho ke asilayo enye into esingayenza phandle kokuthi sibaphe ubunzima obukhulu ngokutshengisela imihla ngemihla, sale sisezitaladeni ngoba ukukhulumisana labo laba Bantu akutshintshi lutho. Omama yibo abahlupheka okwedlula wonke umuntu kuleli lizwe, yibo abanakekela abantwana ikakhulu ekuguleni njengoba umkhuhlane ubhahile. Ukudla, lemithi akukho, lalawo maphilisi okuthiwa ngama Anti-Retroviral Drugs aya kwabalutshwana abangani lezihlobo. Thina omama yithi kuphela esingaletha lokhu kwahluka. Ngithi Phambili ngokutshengisela. Interviewer: Ngemva kwalokhu kuxoxa obekusobala ukuthi lumama ubesizwa ubuhlungu ngimbuzile ukuthi yena uthini ngaleli langa lokujabulela inkululeko? UGugulethu Uthe lothu, weza lemfanekiso yakhe ekuphileni kwakhe ngemva kwe Independence lakusukela ku 1980 echasisa ngezinyembezi uthe "Mina ngithi langalezi -nhlupho eziya phambili."
Sunday, March 12, 2006
  Beyond China and Internet Gang of Four
There are over 500 customers for Microsoft in Zimbabwe, as the country’s business systems are one of the most efficiently managed on the continent.
Software products have become so integral in business management as they enhance efficiency and allow critical financial, manufacturing, distribution, customer management, supply chain and e-commerce data to be rolled into one streamline solution.

Increased investments into ICT programmes into Africa in general and Zimbabwe in particular could help in bridging the digital divide that has caused fundamental administrative problems, especially for business.

And this:
One of our most laudable national goals is the export of free speech and free information, yet American companies are selling censorship.
While some advocates of technology rights have proposed consumer boycotts and Congressional action to pressure these firms into responsible conduct, a good first step would be adding filtering technologies to the United States Munitions List, an index of products for which exporters have to file papers with the State Department. While this won't end such sales, it will bring them to light and give the public and lawmakers a better basis on which to consider stronger steps.

If American companies are already obligated to disclose the sale of bombs and guns to repressive regimes, why not censorware?

Saturday, March 11, 2006
  Simplistic discourse around 'free expression'
Don't be silenced by extremists
A plea from 11 Canadian Muslim academics and activists:
Feb. 28, 2006. 10:37 AM

-- For too long the media have created an image that portrays
communities from the Muslim world as a monolith entity, best
represented by extremists.

The media have created a false dichotomy that pits these Muslim
extremists against the West. The fact is that in all Muslim
countries, progressive citizens are trying to break loose from the
tyranny of the autocrats and clerics and wish to develop a civil
society where citizenship is based not on inherited race or religion,
but the equality of all, irrespective of faith, race, sexuality or

In Tehran today, the city's bus drivers are on strike. Thousands have
been arrested; entire families have disappeared. Yet, this has not
made a blip in the western media.

If the same bus drivers were burning books or embassies, this would
certainly be on the evening news. This is an appalling example that
only outrageous, violent expressions of faith by Muslim extremists
are taken as the aspirations of people from Islamic societies. --

-- at Nettime --

  Build antennas
Dharamsala Wireless-Mesh Community Network
-- Power consumption of a Mesh-Router is less then 4watt making them ideal devices to be solar powered, and indeed many of our units in Dharamsala are power solely by small solar panels. Solar power in combination with small antennas, suggest that such a network is ideal for disaster areas, as it very likely to survive when all other communication infrastructure is damaged. --
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
  Ali Farka Touré died yesterday
Malinese musician Ali Farka Touré died yesterday.

I love his music, very, very much.

Listen here to some piece of 'Roucky'

In Italy International womensday goes accompanied with mimosa flowers.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Monday, March 06, 2006

I rarely write in Dutch anymore, but now I gave it a try. It has been a long time. So, for Dutch readers: 'Schelden doet geen zeer, slaan veel meer.'

  On Dissent, Dissenters and Petrification of Politics
"Why are we – people who feel that there ought to be some space for disagreement in a democratic society, and more so in a dialogue between the world's two largest democracies -- so completely, unequivocally, undeniably, helpless? Why was there an utter absence of radical energy in the anti-Bush protests in Delhi?

March 02, 2006.

"Today the Indian government signed an agreement with US President George W. Bush that would, if passed by the American Congress, allow unprecedented Indo-US cooperation on nuclear energy. The Indian stock market went through the roof. Indian television channels and newspapers could barely contain their euphoria.

Nay-sayers, of which there are always some to be found, even in these times of near-total consensus between all shades of political opinion on practically all matters of any importance to the world, took out a protest demonstration in the heart of official Delhi, on Parliament Street."
[Whole article on E-Social Sciences, free subscribtion]

Sunday, March 05, 2006
  Bush arrived with 16 dogs, officers of the U.S. A
"Well, I must say that it's been one of the weirdest times I’ve lived through, because on the streets, you have these hundreds of thousands of people protesting, and you have -- we have a government that’s been so obsequious that it makes your skin crawl, and we have stories in the corporate press in India which are unbelievable about how Bush arrived with 16 dogs that are staying in a five-star hotel and are not to be referred to as dogs, because they're actually officers of the U.S. Army. We have stories about, you know -- the front-page story today in the major newspaper is about Laura Bush shooting with Boombah the bear and Aanchoo and Chamki, and the front-page story is why Bush missed his dessert at the banquet, and this whole nuclear deal, obviously, which sounds to me a bit like, you know, some -- I mean, I hate to be so rude, but it sounds like sort of like pimps negotiating how somebody should act with their client." [..]
Saturday, March 04, 2006
  Le Nuvole
certe volte si fermano

snow and freeze outside, home-cinema days, watching:

- Viva Zapatero
- Surplus
- L'altro terrorismo
- 911 Loose Change 2nd Edition
- 9/11 Revisited
Thursday, March 02, 2006
  Free Speak inna Free World
Nettime - from Franco Berardi Bifo, Marco Jacquemet and Giancarlo Vitali, 
authors of the book TELESTREET: A Non-Regulated Imaginative Machine

In June 2002, in Bologna (Italy), OrfeoTV was born and in the following months
in various Italian cities street televisions were disseminated, giving life to
the Telestreet network.

On March 8, 2006, in the city of Padua, where the book was printed for its Italian
edition, the authors must appear before a judge in order to respond to the
accusation of defamation leveled by Federico Confalonieri.
As the head of Mediaset, feeling himself defamed by the book and thinking the
interests of his business gravely wounded (interests that, in the stock market,
will have supposedly suffered moral and material damage as a
result of the book), Confalonieri asked that the authors of said book be prosecuted
both criminally and civilly.

The owners of Mediaset and the government, who for years have accused their
adversaries of using the legal system against them, now turn to the same system
to ask it to prosecute the freedom of expression. Those who for decades have daily
gathered together millions of people in front of their uninterrupted emission of
brain-clogging electronic signals, bring to the courts the authors of a book that
speaks only of non-regulated imagination. [..]
You know Stone's 'Hidden History of the Korean War'?

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