Friday, May 17, 2013
By Eduardo Galeano
«Sleeping, she saw us. Helena dreamt that we were queuing in an airport the same as all airports and we were made to pass, through a machine, our pillows. In each pillow, the pillow from last night, the machine read the dreams. It was a dangerous dream detecting machine for the safety of the general public. »
Read "The World"
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
On Monday , May 13, 2013 Eduvardo Galeano, the renowned Uruguayan writer read excerpts of his new book "Children of the Days, A Calendar of Human History at Chicago History Museum. The program was funded by Lannan Foundation, presented by Haymarket Books and Nation Books, co-sponsored by Institute Cervantes and International Latino Cultural Center.
He, like the great American legendary intellectual Gore Vidal spoke about historical amnesia...
Gore Vidal, our greatest thinker of our time...
Read excerpts of Children of the Days.
Nature Is Not Mute
Reality paints still-lifes.
Disasters are called natural, as if nature were the executioner and not the victim.
Meanwhile the climate goes haywire and we do, too.
Today is World Environment Day. A good day to celebrate the new constitution of Ecuador, which in the year 2008, for the first time in the history of the world, recognized nature as a subject with rights.
It seems strange, this notion that nature has rights as if it were a person. But in the United States it seems perfectly normal that big companies have human rights. They do, ever since a Supreme Court decision in 1886.
If nature were a bank, they would have already rescued it.
Tonga: The Last Place on Earth, an outstanding documentary by Phil Travis
"Tonga is a peaceful island nation, as distant from modernity as it is physically from the western world. Ethnic Tongans convicted of murder, gang violence and other serious crimes, are being deported from the United States to Tonga. Forced to leave behind spouses, children, and family, these convicts are sent to a homeland many know nothing about. Will they adapt and survive in a community that is wary to have them? And how will the influx of these hardened criminals change Tonga: The Last Place on Earth?"
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Read and listen in Democracy Now: "Today’s global May Day actions include a march of thousands of workers in Bangladesh demanding workplace safety following last week’s factory collapse that left more than 400 dead and 150 missing. The collapse is now being described as the deadliest accident in the history of the garment industry and marked Bangladesh’s third industrial accident in five months. The building’s owner has been arrested, and a Bangladeshi court has frozen the assets of the owners of the five garment factories that were inside. Most of the workers reportedly earned an average annual salary of $38 a month — roughly 21 cents an hour — to make apparel for a number of Western companies."