Monthly Archives: October 2010

Blasphemies for San Simón

Pilgrims, we enter your sanctum through a courtyard of hungry kittens, unstable helices of flies, hermetic diagrams on the walls glimpsed in passing. Within you reign imperious over the ghosts of a thousand melted prayers. Your priest stirs the charring … Continue reading

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Community consultation tomorrow in Santa Cruz del Quiché, Guatemala

Update, 25 October: Consulta results in unanimous rejection of mining and natural resource exploitation on indigenous territory.  James Rodriguez has published a photo essay on his blog MiMundo (in Spanish, English version here). Tomorrow, Friday October 22, residents of the … Continue reading

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Lisandro, your heart flourishes!

“Protesting through art is different. It’s visual, and aural.  It’s much more complete.  In art, you can’t walk around with a combat-hardened face saying, ‘I am strong!  We must do this!’  No.  One must have even deeper feelings about the … Continue reading

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Mario Vargas Llosa: The intellectual defense of liberal racism in Latin America

In the weeks since the announcement of the recipients of the 2010 Nobel Prizes, the Latin American novelist and essayist Mario Vargas Llosa has been inescapable in the international media. He may indeed deserve the Nobel in Literature for his … Continue reading

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The clouds in Guatemala

In Guatemala the clouds slide down the skirts of the volcanoes into the caldera lake, rustling and roaring with the rain approaching— We swam this morning off the rocks, you floated away around an outcrop and I was alone with … Continue reading

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