domingo, 12 de novembro de 2017

Hoje é dia de Paulinho da Viola

Paulinho da Viola

"Paradises of the earth", Part 1: Gabes

Defying the artificial borders that divide them, a “solidarity caravan” of North African activists embarks on an unlikely trip to visit Tunisian communities fighting social and environmental injustice. As their white bus skirts across southern Tunisia’s arid landscape, they stop by three towns deeply affected by the country’s rabid phosphate industry and one where farmers have successfully taken back their lands. Not coincidentally, these towns are also the cradles of the 2011 revolutions which swept through their countries. For many in this caravan, these uprisings failed to not only confront oppressive socio-economic conditions in which their people lived for decades, but also environmental ones. Like many other places in the world, North Africa, has seen its resources plundered by extractivist industries which plow through the natural landscape. Often anchoring itself by making poor communities dependent on polluting industries, extractivism maintains the accumulation of capital by sacrificing people and nature. It destroys the ecosystems in its path, displacing people and leaving those who remain with nothing more than toxic waste. For this solidarity caravan, these polluting industries are just one aspect of the neocolonialism that subjugates their peoples. Each of the four episodes focuses on a different town: the polluted coastal oasis of Gabes; the dusty phosphate mining towns of Redeyef and Oum Laarayes and, finally the hope-filled experience of the collectivised lands in Djemna.

Part 1: Gabes - قابس (English subtitles) from Paradises of the Earth on Vimeo.

quinta-feira, 9 de novembro de 2017

Hoje é dia de Dylan Thomas

"The Most Influential Images of All Time" - 20: Unknown photographer

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper - Unknown

It’s the most perilous yet playful lunch break ever captured: 11 men casually eating, chatting and sneaking a smoke as if they weren’t 840 feet above Manhattan with nothing but a thin beam keeping them aloft. That comfort is real; the men are among the construction workers who helped build Rockefeller Center. But the picture, taken on the 69th floor of the flagship RCA Building (now the GE Building), was staged as part of a promotional campaign for the massive skyscraper complex. While the photographer and the identities of most of the subjects remain a mystery—the photographers Charles C. Ebbets, Thomas Kelley and William Leftwich were all present that day, and it’s not known which one took it—there isn’t an ironworker in New York City who doesn’t see the picture as a badge of their bold tribe. In that way they are not alone. By thumbing its nose at both danger and the Depression, Lunch Atop a Skyscraper came to symbolize American resilience and ambition at a time when both were desperately needed. It has since become an iconic emblem of the city in which it was taken, affirming the romantic belief that New York is a place unafraid to tackle projects that would cow less brazen cities. And like all symbols in a city built on hustle, Lunch Atop a Skyscraper has spawned its own economy. It is the Corbis photo agency’s most reproduced image. And good luck walking through Times Square without someone hawking it on a mug, magnet or T-shirt.

"The Germans are making contingency plans for the collapse of Europe. Let’s hope we are, too" - Paul Mason

A leaked defence document has revealed the country’s worries about the breakup of the global order – a scenario with serious consequences for post-Brexit Britain

segunda-feira, 6 de novembro de 2017

"This is not just about Catalonia. This is about democracy itself" - Carles Puigdemont

Spain has imposed a political agenda that goes against the will of the majority of Catalans. We will defend our rights to the end

Hoje é dia de Sophia de Mello Breyner

Esta Gente

Esta gente cujo rosto
Às vezes luminoso
E outras vezes tosco

Ora me lembra escravos
Ora me lembra reis

Faz renascer meu gosto
De luta e de combate
Contra o abutre e a cobra
O porco e o milhafre

Pois a gente que tem
O rosto desenhado
Por paciência e fome
É a gente em quem
Um país ocupado
Escreve o seu nome

E em frente desta gente
Ignorada e pisada
Como a pedra do chão
E mais do que a pedra
Humilhada e calcada

Meu canto se renova
E recomeço a busca
De um país liberto
De uma vida limpa
E de um tempo justo

Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, in Geografia