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JR: Exposition in Paris [Dailymotion]

In Artsy Fartsy, Europa, World News on March 24, 2010 at 1:06 am

if you’ve checked the About page on aplaceforpeace then you know I’m a JR fan. this time he hit Paris, and as usual, he hit big. the video says it all.



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Having presented his portraits of women in Brazil, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, India, Belgium, Britain and other countries, JR is showing the whole of his Women exhibition for the first time.


Profile: Dignidade Rebelde

In Artsy Fartsy, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on March 24, 2010 at 1:04 am

I was blessed with the opportunity to see some of their work on display at UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Community Center. Phenomenal, versatile, beautiful. to say the least. do yourself a favor and check them out.



“Dignidad Rebelde is a graphic arts collaboration between Oakland-based artist-activists Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes.  We believe that art can be an empowering reflection of community struggles, dreams and visions.  Following principles of Xicanisma and Zapatismo, we create work that translates people’s stories into art that can be put back into the hands of the communities who inspire it.

We recognize that the history of the majority of people worldwide is a history of colonialism, genocide, and exploitation.  Our art is grounded in Third World and indigenous movements that build people’s power to transform the conditions of fragmentation, displacement and loss of culture that result from this history.  Representing these movements through visual art means connecting struggles through our work and seeking to inspire solidarity among communities of struggle worldwide.”

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The New Sexism [TIME]

In Americas (North), Miscellaneous, World News on March 24, 2010 at 12:51 am
Interesting that they don’t make more note of the fact that you could supplant the word sexism for racism and would still be conceptually spot on.
I’d like to dedicate this post to miriam, my personal black feminism educator ;-D

Do shows like The Bachelor, above, promote sexist stereotypes like the view that women are man-obsessed?

Women have come a long way, baby, but not as far as we’d like to think. That’s the provocative message of the new book Enlightened Sexism. The blatant discrimination of eras past, says author Susan Douglas, has been supplanted by a more insidious form of bias, which suggests that sexist messages are O.K. if couched in irony. (It’s fine to enjoy watching catty contestants on The Bachelor snipe at one another — because, come on, we all know most women aren’t like that. Ha-ha. Right?) Douglas talked to TIME about the economic plight of women today, the dangers of powerful female TV characters and the future of feminism.

What is enlightened sexism?
[It’s] a new, subtle form of sexism. It insists that full equality for women has been achieved, and therefore we don’t need feminism anymore. So it’s O.K. to resurrect retrograde, sexist images of women in the media, all with a wink and a laugh.(See TIME’s covers on women.)

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Non-Violence in Palestine []

In Middle East, Miscellaneous, World News on March 24, 2010 at 12:39 am

I stumbled upon this blog, rather this post, a couple weeks ago while I was signing in to my own. Thought it was interesting so of course, I had to share.



Last night I had a very interesting conversation with a friend about the use of non-violence in the Palestinian resistance.  My friend, whose father was an active member of the non-violent movement in the US, believed that the Palestinians who used any form of violence against Israel – from throwing stones to launching missiles – were undermining the Palestinian cause.  By his own admission, my friend is not an active follower of the conflict and was basing his opinions more on his father’s activities and his recollections of the resistance movement in South Africa, thus his opinions reveal a lot about popular American opinion.

Our conversation reminded me a post by our friends over at Blogging the Casbah where Abu G wrote about his experiences at Palestinian protests.  Palestinian stones were met with tear gas and rubber bullets.  There was a nice little debate about the symbolic nature of stone throwing – to summarize, throwing a stone does little damage but physically demonstrates a rejection of Israeli occupation.  One commenter noted that Palestinians have branded themselves as “stone-throwers who occasionally explode themselves on checkpoints.”  Similarly, my friend last night made the acute observation that, in the minds of Americans, one Palestinian throwing stones forces the entire population into that stereotype.

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Burma: 19 Years of Protest [TIME]

In Asia, History, World News on March 24, 2010 at 12:29 am


The Opposition Leader
Aung San Suu Kyi has lived under house arrest for 12 of the last 18 years. She is the leader of the National League for Democracy, which achieved a decisive victory in the last national election, held in 1990. The junta has refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of that vote.


The 8888 Uprising
The current democracy movement in Burma draws inspiration from a series of mass demonstrations culminated on August 8, 1988 (8/8/88 – a day deemed auspicious).


The 8888 Uprisings drew fuel, in part, from anger over the killing of a student activist who had protested the demonetization of Burma’s currency, which wiped out the savings of most Burmese.

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Myanmar Bars Suu Kyi from Polls [Al Jazeera]

In Asia, World News on March 24, 2010 at 12:12 am

”]Myanmar’s military government has announced a new election law that bars Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s detained opposition leader, from standing in polls expected later this year.

The Political Parties Registration Law, published in state-run newspapers on Wednesday, excludes anyone convicted of a crime from joining a political party and thus, from contesting in elections.

The law could also disqualify about 2,100 political prisoners that human rights groups say the military government has jailed.

Nyan Win, one of Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers and a senior member of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party, said the new law also bars people who have lodged an appeal against a conviction, a provision which he said “clearly refers” to the Nobel Peace Laureate.

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The Timeless, Ubiquitous AK-47 [TIME]

In History, Technology, World News on March 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

As anyone who frequents aplaceforpeace knows, I absolutely love’s photo essays. They’re a quick way to glean some history and the photographs are usually pretty amazing. This essay is no different and in fact has got some quite stunning photographs that I think really force us to reconsider our stereotypical ideas of the kinds of people we think carry, and use, guns.

(p.s. gotta love that the ethiopian villageman accessorized his AK! #swagup!)



A brief survey of the cheap and reliable gun of choice for both terrorists and freedom fighters.


Prague, 1968
Designed by a young Russian tank commander named Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK-47 assault rifle has attained iconic martial status all over the world. In the photo above, Soviet-led forces, armed with the rifle, crush a reform movement in Czechoslovakia.


Zagros Mountains, Northern Iraq, 1979
Kalashnikov’s design won a state competition in 1947 (thus the name AK-47) and went into mass production two years later. During the deep freeze of the Cold War, the Soviet Union began pouring the guns and its manufacturing know-how into almost 20 spheres of influence, including Iraq. Here, a Kurdish girl in northern Iraq uses the gun to protect her family from an attack by the Iraqi military.

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Made in Africa: Sawa Shoes [Fader]

In Africa, Fashion on March 23, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Feted as the first 100% authentic African-made sneaker, Sawa shoes had their official worldwide launch today [March 4th]. The label’s assembly line spreads a little love at all four corners of the continent: the laces are made in Tunisia, the rubber soles in Egypt, the leather in Nigeria, the canvas in Cameroon, the packaging in South Africa and the final product is cooked up by craftsmen in Cameroon. For now the kicks will be available at Soula in Brooklyn and Dover Street Market in London (probably one of the best stores ever)—Comme des Garçons has put in an order too. An online shop featuring the footwear and other Sawa-related treats is also in the works, and their African school notebooks will probably replace our obsession with French scribble pads as soon as it goes live.

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The politics of repression in China [The Economist]

In Asia, World News on March 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm

What are they afraid of?

The economy is booming and politics stable. Yet China’s leaders seem edgy.

“THE forces pulling China toward integration and openness are more powerful today than ever before,” said President Bill Clinton in 1999. China then, though battered by the Asian financial crisis, was busy dismantling state-owned enterprises and pushing for admission to the World Trade Organisation. Today, however, those forces look much weaker.

A spate of recent events, from the heavy jail sentences passed on human-rights activists to an undiplomatic obduracy at the climate-change negotiations in Copenhagen last December, invite questions about the thinking of China’s leaders. Has their view of the outside world and dissent at home changed? Or were the forces detected by Mr Clinton and so many others after all not pulling so hard in the direction they were expecting?

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Black History Month continued (part X) …Malcolm X

In Americas (North), History, World News on March 8, 2010 at 1:32 am

it’s almost insulting that the FBI couldn’t, or didn’t, find agents with intellectual ability any where NEAR his. no anger, just logic, he evades every question and gets them to expose their weak strategy, one that while possibly working on men of lesser intellect proves fruitless against his moral, psychological, analytical and everything-bomb-ical superiority. BEAST!



Black History Month continued (part IX) + Fun Fridays!: The Unseen Lauryn

In Fun Fridays!, History, Music, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on March 5, 2010 at 3:50 am

Lauryn Hill had a recurring role on As the World Turns when she was in high school???  She was on amateur night at the Apollo when she was only 13 years old and was BOOed??????  (okay admittedly her vocals in the second video are no where NEAR what they are now- apparently though something huge happened in the gap between middle and high school cause she kills it 3 years later in the second video).

no mater what: lauryn hill = the best (unplugged included, dont eeeeven get it twisted).



Black History Month continued (part VIII)…

In History, Music, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on March 5, 2010 at 3:39 am


huge ups to Diesel, a true hood-telectual (hood + intellectual for you non-telectuals) for showing me this, and many other great things.



In 1992, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement invited Tupac to speak at it’s banquet in Atlanta. This is one of Tupac’s first recorded speeches.

Black History Month continued (part VII)…

In History, Movies, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on March 5, 2010 at 3:28 am

undoubtedly a living legend as evinced by the fact that people usually say “so and so is the michael jordon of…” to make a point about how great and clearly superior someone or something is at any given thing. check parts 2-7 after the jump.



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Black History Month continued (part VI)…

In Africa, History, Music, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace, World News on March 5, 2010 at 3:20 am

An awesome documentary about the late GREAT Fela Kuti complete w/ first hand interviews and performance footage. Makes you wonder: how different would things be if the greatest musicians ran the country? How different would the world be if presidential candidates could conduct interviews in their speedo underwear?  #justsayin

catch the rest after the jump. {thanks buchu for putting me on game about fela, and mickey for showing me this documentary!}



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Black History Month continued (part VI)…

In Americas (North), Artsy Fartsy, History, World News on March 5, 2010 at 3:11 am

I remember years ago before the first episode of Def Poetry Jam ever aired, I was leaving the Magic Johnson’s Theatre (yes, don’t play me, MJ’s theatre used to crack) and someone handed me a promotional cd for the show. I never listen to those (and yeah yeah yeah i know im prob missing out on a lot of undiscovered hot fiyah because of it) so of course it sat collecting dust on my desk for a while. Anyway long story short, this was one of the two poems on disc (consider the magnitude of that- of all the amazing poems aired they chose this as one of two to promote the show). Needless to say i listened to it like a million times, and its def one of my favorite poems, so imagine my surprise when my uber legit intro to creative writing professor (totally down sweet white lady from new mexico) played this for the class last year. Its so bomb i couldnt just give you the video but had to too print the words (after the jump) just so you dont miss anything since in all likelyhood you wont listen to it as many times as i have.



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