Monthly Archives: January 2008

Another Tack: The ghost of Rosa Luxemburg

Prima facie there should be nowhere more unlikely for communist icon Rosa Luxemburg’s ghost to haunt than Israel. For inveterate ideological internationalists like Rosa, Zionism was anathema. Though rifle-butted to death in 1919 by German nationalists and reviled as a Jew (with her revolutionary doctrines falsely ascribed to all Jews), Rosa’s antipathy to Jewish causes was a near-boastful expression of alienation from her own Jewish roots. Continue reading → Posted in Another Tack | 1 Reply Read More »

Citizen Uganda: Smart and very, very pretty

To scroll down the main page of Citizen Uganda is to indulge in a visual symphony: carefully selected photos align harmoniously with well-crafted blocks of text. Thick lines in complementary colors separate commentary from current events. Trios of links gracefully rotate, gliding from entertainment tips to featured blogs to Africa-focused videos and back again with the ease of a concert harpist trailing her Read More »

Guatemala: Esquipulas and Rabinal, Two Symbols of Peace

Photo by Renata Ávila of Cofradía en Rabinal Two villages in Guatemala celebrate very important festivities in January. These feasts are “Esquipulas” and “Rabinal”. Esquipulas has become a transnational celebration and attracts devoted pilgrims that arrive from other countries in order to venerate an image of a Black Christ. This was also the symbol of the Peace Negotiations througout Central America. The image of Christ in Esquipulas is a special one as Hecho en Guatemala [es] explained on his post ... Read More »

Bread and art for Nicaragua

“Art and culture are just as important as eating and drinking. Culture forms identity, it gives us roots – Art gives us wings.” Casa de los Tres Mundos According to this conviction the European umbrella NGO Pan y Arte (Bread and Art) promotes various independently organized cultural projects in Nicaragua since over fifteen years. Especially children need more than the satisfaction of material needs, so that they grow up to independent personalities. Read More »

Cyprus: Reversing the Drift to Partition

Europe Report N°190 10 Jan 2008 – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS One more major effort, strongly encouraged by the UN and European Union (EU), should be made in 2008 to resolve the long-running dispute between ethnic Greeks and Turks on Cyprus and achieve a comprehensive settlement to reunify the island. All sides have much to gain from such a settlement. For the Greek Cypriots, it would end lingering insecurity, give them access to the Turkish economy, the most dynamic in ... Read More »

Chypre : Stopper la dérive vers la partition

Rapport Europe N°190 10 janv. 2008 – SYNTHESE ET RECOMMANDATIONS Il serait bon que, en 2008, un effort particulier soit fait, avec les encouragements soutenus des Nations unies et de l’Union européenne (UE), pour mettre un terme à la querelle qui oppose de longue date Grecs et Turcs à propos de Chypre et aboutir à un règlement global de réunification de cette île. Toutes les parties auraient à y gagner. Pour les Chypriotes grecs, cela mettrait un terme à une ... Read More »

Kıbrıs: Bölünme Sürecini Durdurmak

Avrupa Raporu N° 190 10 janv. 2008 ÖZET VE ÖNERİLER 2008 yılında Birleşmiş Milletler ve Avrupa Birliği’nin (AB) teşvikiyle Kıbrıslı Türk ve Rumlar arasında uzun yıllardır süregelen anlaşmazlığı çözmek amacıyla bir büyük çaba daha sarf edilmeli ve adanın tekrar birleşmesi için kapsamlı bir çözüme ulaşılmalı. Tüm tarafların böyle bir çözümden kazanacakları çok şey var. Kıbrıslı Rumlar için bu çözüm, süregelen güvensizlik durumunun sona ermesini, bölgede en dinamik durumda olan Türkiye ekonomisine erişimi ve Doğu Akdeniz’in merkezi durumuna gelmesiyle hizmet endüstrisinin ... Read More »

Κύπρος: Αναστροφή της διολίσθησης προς τη διχοτόμηση

Europe Report N°190 10 Jan 2008 – ΣΥΝΟΨΗ ΚΑΙ ΕΙΣΗΓΗΣΕΙΣ Το 2008 πρέπει να καταβληθεί άλλη μία μείζων προσπάθεια, με την έντονη ενθάρρυνση των Ηνωμένων Εθνών (ΟΗΕ) και της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης (ΕΕ), για να επιλυθεί η μακροχρόνια διένεξη μεταξύ των μελών των εθνοτήτων, ελληνικής και τουρκικής στην Κύπρο και να επιτευχθεί συνολική διευθέτηση για να ενοποιηθεί ξανά το νησί. Όλες οι πλευρές έχουν πολλά να κερδίσουν από μια τέτοια διευθέτηση. Για τους Ελληνοκυπρίους, θα έδινε τέλος στη χρονίζουσα ανασφάλεια, θα ... Read More »

Solar is Waiting in the Wings

Three energy experts over at Scientific American just hatched a grand plan to dethrone coal, oil, gas, and nuclear power from their posts as reigning energy giants in the U.S. The authors conclude that by 2050, solar power could end U.S. dependence on foreign oil and slash greenhouse gas emissions. They write, Solar energy’s potential is off the chart. The energy in sunlight striking the earth for 40 minutes is equivalent to global energy consumption for a year. The U.S. ... Read More »