Category: travel

These are entries that I post either during a trip or in preparation of a specific trip.

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Textilográfica: performative banner creation in Santiago de Chile

In less than 2 weeks, I’m heading to Chile for a one-week conference, but I’m staying for a month. It’s the 10th “Encuentro” conference titled: eX-céntrico: dissidence, sovereignties, performance. During the conference, I have a street performance scheduled within the Arte-acción de calle: Resistencia en las periferias urbanas (Street-Art Action: Resistance in Urban Peripheries). The Arte-acción de calle I’ve planned is scheduled on July 21 at 16h15 in Parque André Jarlan in the Santiago neighbourhood of La Comuna Pedro Aguirre Cerda. The plan is to spray paint a 10ft x 6ft banner that expresses solidarity with the Chilean student movement. The...

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Southern Sudan Referendum Rules for Out-of-Country Registration & Voting

[Montréal, Québec, Canada -7°C] Registration for Southern Sudan’s self-determination referendum begins today and continues until December 1, 2010. According to the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) website, registration and voting centers have been established in 8 countries “with the largest numbers of Southern Sudanese living outside Sudan.” The countries are Australia, Canada (Toronto and Calgary), Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA). The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will be assisting the SSRC at its request in organizing the OCV.” To be eligible to participate in the January 9, 2011 referendum, voters...

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Soldier Poet Writes Music with AKAI LPK25 During Afghanistan Deployment

[Kandahar, Afghanistan 38°C] All these songs were written and recorded while deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 using AKAI’s LPK25 mini synth and Logic Pro. The LPK is smaller than a laptop and was something I could fit in my ruck. I basically carried it with me everywhere I went. It was like the best $75 bucks I ever spent. All these tracks were recorded using the LPK , including the drum parts which I tapped out using ultra-beat. The next step is now that I am home (on leave) is to pick up my bass and record the bass parts...

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Voting Begins in Sudan Despite Rigging Accusations and Boycott

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 10°C] Today is election day in Sudan, the first of three days of polling. It is the first multi-party elections in Sudan since 1986, three years before the 1989 coup-d’état that brought Omar al-Bashir’s National Islamic Front – NIF (later renamed the National Congress Party – NCP) party to power. It has been five years since the end of a 21-year civil war between the government of Sudan and the southern SPLM rebels that killed two million people and displaced more than four million others in Africa’s largest country. According to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the people...

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Election Ballots Printed by Sudan’s Currency Printer Controversial

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 6°C] Sudan’s first elections in 24 years are set to begin in less than 22 days. And not without major controversy. The logistical challenges faced by Sudan’s National Election Commission (NEC) and organizations providing support toward the elections are staggering. According to the a UNifeed report, “The first batch of ballot papers was airlifted to Sudan’s southern capital city Juba, on Friday [March 12, 2010].” The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is providing logistical support to the National Elections Commission for printing and distributing the estimated 180 million ballot papers to the “close to 15,000 polling centers...

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Lost Boys Hopeful to Rebuild South Sudan

[Montréal, Québec, Canada -2°C] I can imagine the emotional depth and confused sense of belonging/alienation that must come from a return visit to one’s homeland ofter a very long and forced exile. At least I think I can. The documentary film by Jen Marlowe, Rebuilding Hope, offers a glimpse of estrangement as it collides with the nostalgia from a childhood torn appart by a 21-year civil war. Chris Koor Garang, Gabriel Bol Deng and Garang Mayuol, the film’s three characters, return home to Southern Sudan to find themselves, to look for their families and to help rebuild their communities now...

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Perspective: Sudan – Land of Water and Thirst; War and Peace

[Montréal, Québec, Canada -9°C] Below is a first post that was not written in-house. It was taken from another source. It is the first article I read that discusses so eloquently the water conundrum in Sudan. —- Perspective: Sudan – Land of Water and Thirst; War and Peace by Dr. Paul J. Sullivan as a Special to the Circle of Blue Water News. As we approach the January 2011 date for the referendum on the south, and as we see Darfur seemingly in an eerily, but uncertain, peaceful period, we need to look at the water situation in Sudan. Water...

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Southern Sudan: Oil Exploitation vs Wildlife Protection

[Montréal, Québec, Canada -2°C] Before the last civil war started in Sudan in 1983, the country’s protected areas, according to the Wildlife Conservaton Society, “supported some of the most spectacular and important wildlife populations in Africa, and hosted the second largest wildlife migration in the world.” According to their website, “During an aerial survey, more than 1.3 million white-eared kob, tiang (African antelope), and mongalla gazelle are thriving in Southern Sudan.” And apparently, an estimated 8,000 elephants are located within the Jonglei region and particularly in Boma National Park. This seems like such good news considering that all other information...

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Logistical Challenges Facing Sudan Elections

[Juba, Southern Sudan  26ºC] The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed by the Khartoum regime in the north and rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), based in the south of Sudan, is approaching a decisive and possibly its most difficult-to-implement phase so far: the April 2010 elections. The National Election Commission (NEC) and United Nations (UN) kicked off the largest ever registration of voters in Sudan ahead of April elections, one year later than the what the CPA had proposed. Over 5,000 registration personnel throughout all of Sudan will be registering voters in over 700 election constituencies. Sudan is Africa’s largest...

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Berlin, Check Point Charlie, and Giant-Puppet Theatre

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 16°C] Since my first visit to (East and West) Berlin in 1985, the city has never fully escaped my imagination. I remember walking up one of the platforms on the Western side of the wall near Potsdamer Platz to peer over the reinforced concrete barrier to get a glimpse behind the Iron Curtain. I remember at the time, how dangerous it felt to take a glimpse inside  of what looked like a prison, heavily guarded by armed soldiers from nearby watch towers. I remember later urinating on the wall as a symbolic gesture of defiance towards a...