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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Rasha Bamatraf #Yemen

Deciding to stand up for myself and to disrobe the labels of weakness and submission started initially when I realized that being a woman does not mean that I am weak. Continue

Slave and Prostitute in Dubai #Escortdubai

Varina. UAE, Dubai

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Ai Weiwei has closed his Danish exhibition early in protest at a new refugee law

The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has today announced he will be closing his Copenhagen exhibition early in protest at the Danish government’s new asylum seeker law.

Weiwei is angered by the fact that Denmark has just passed a law enabling it to seize valuables from refugees seeking asylum in the country. The law was passed on Tuesday and empowers the authorities to confiscate valuables worth more than £1020. While sentimental items such as wedding rings are exempt, other items such as mobile phones, watches and laptops can all be confiscated.

Announcing his decision to close Ruptures early, Weiwei posted a message on his Instagram with text explaining that he “regrets that the Danish parliament chooses to be in the forefront of symbolic and inhuman politics’. Weiwei has used his public profile to raise awareness of the Syrian refugee crisis for some time now. In December last year he visited a camp at Lesbos, and posed for pictures with the people there on his Instagram. He’s also set up a studio on the Greek island, which will produce projects about the refugee crisis – which has left an estimated 4.3 million Syrians displaced. Continue

Ci sono custodi che con gli occhi osservano e controllano!

Negli ultimi 3 anni di visite alla Tomba di Dante ci sono sempre stati aumenti da 300.000 nel 2012 a 536.925 nel 2015.
- Qual'è stato il meccanismo di conteggio delle visite?
- Ci sono custodi che con gli occhi osservano e controllano!
Maria Grazia Marini - Dirigente Servizio Turismo -

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Italy hides ancient Museum nudes to avoid offending Iran's president Hassan Rouhani

The s0-called "Capitoline Venus", an Antonine copy of a late hellenistic sculpture (Capitoline Museum) #Italy

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Any candidate can promise the moon #UnitedStates

Donald Trump leads the polls nationally and in most states in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. There are understandable reasons for his eminence, and he has shown impressive gut-level skill as a campaigner. But he is not deserving of conservative support in the caucuses and primaries. Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones.

Antonia Arslan - Il genocidio degli armeni

Il genocidio degli armeni è stato riconosciuto ormai dalla grandissima maggioranza degli storici. Non solo studiosi armeni, ma di tutti i Paesi. Le prove sono infinite, eppure la Turchia non lo ammette.

Città Meticcia - Newspaper intercultural #Italy

Year 14, Number 56
January 2016
Drafting c/o House of Culture, Square Gold Medals 4, 48122 Ravenna

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Ricardo Durán, periodista combatiente y revolucionario. #Venezuala

Honor y gloria camarada Ricardo Durán, periodista combatiente y revolucionario al servicio del pueblo!!
El periodista Ricardo Durán fue asesinado en horas de la madrugada de este miércoles cuando llegaba a su residencia en la parroquia Caricuao, Caracas.

Peter Dahlin - Swedish human rights campaigner 'confesses' crimes live on Chinese TV

#PeterDahlin #Beijng 

No to the World Economic Forum #Davos

"The dominant propaganda systems have appropriated the term 'globalization' to refer to the specific version of international economic integration that they favor, which privileges the rights of investors and lenders, those of people being incidental. In accord with this usage, those who favor a different form of international integration, which privileges the rights of human beings, become 'anti-globalist.' This is simply vulgar propaganda, like the term 'anti-Soviet' used by the most disgusting commissars to refer to dissidents. It is not only vulgar, but idiotic. Take the World Social Forum, called 'anti-globalization' in the propaganda system—which happens to include the media, the educated classes, etc., with rare exceptions. The WSF is a paradigm example of globalization. It is a gathering of huge numbers of people from all over the world, from just about every corner of life one can think of, apart from the extremely narrow highly privileged elites who meet at the competing World Economic Forum, and are called 'pro-globalization' by the propaganda system. An observer watching this farce from Mars would collapse in hysterical laughter at the antics of the educated classes."
Noam Chomsky

Monday, 18 January 2016

I am Tsai Ing-Wen, and I support marriage equality!

Historical change in Taiwan: Tsai Ing-Wen, a professor of Law at University for a while and chair woman of the Democratic Progresive Party, has been elected President of Taiwan.
She is the first female to obtain this position in a chinese country and the second in East Asia.

Portrait Arianna Huffington - DLD 16 Conference

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list.

She serves on several boards, including HuffPost’s partners in Spain, the newspaper EL PAÍS and its parent company PRISA; Onex; The Center for Public Integrity; and The Committee to Protect Journalists.

Her 14th book, THRIVE: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Portrait Michele De Lucchi - DLD 16 Conference

Mi piacerebbe dire senza pudore che amo appassionatamente la tecnologia e che senza non saprei vivere. Michele De Lucchi (da una foto di Elliot Erwitt)

Portrait David Agus - DLD 16 Conference

David Agus is one of the world’s leading doctors and pioneering biomedical researchers. Over the past twenty years, he has received acclaim for his innovations in medicine and contributions to new technologies, which continue to change the perception of health and empower people around the world to maintain healthy lives.

Dr. Agus is professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California, where he leads USC’s Westside Cancer Center and Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. He serves as a CBS News contributor. An international leader in new technologies and approaches for personalized healthcare, he cofounded two revolutionary companies: Navigenics and Applied Proteomics.

Dr. Agus’ first book, The End of Illness, was published in 2012 and is a New York Times #1 and international best seller, and subject of a PBS special. His second book, New York Times best selling A Short Guide to a Long Life, was published January 2014, and his newest book The Lucky Years: How to thrive in the brave new world of health was published January 5, 2016.

Portrait Chris Altchek - DLD 16 Conference

Chris Altchek is CEO and co-founder of Mic, a leading news and media company for young people. Each month, more than 22 million readers rely on Mic’s unique sensibility to stay informed and make sense of the world. From global affairs and politics to technology and science to sports and music, Mic offers insightful stories and compelling perspectives on the issues that define a generation.

Before starting Mic, Altchek worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. Earlier experiences include policy work for the National Economic Council at the White House, political organizing for the Service Employees International Union, and voter outreach for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s successful 2009 re-election. Altchek was named to the 2014 Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list.

MLK Day 2016 Martin Luther King

Join one of the nation's largest days of service on January 18, 2016.

Portrait Scott Galloway - DLD 16 Conference

How can you compite with a giant that doesn't want to make money, that's @amazon? Great talk about brands at #DLD16 - Scott Galloway

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Edward Snowden Bust to Join Activist Art Exhibit at Brooklyn Museum

A bust, once busted, is now moving to theBrooklyn Museum.
A statue of Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower living in exile in Russia, confiscated last year by police from Fort Greene Park is joining an exhibit dedicated to artwork and social change, the museum said.
The Snowden bust will move to the Sackler Center for Feminist Art on Feb. 17 as part of the second phase of the months-long "Agitprop!" exhibit. It, along with work by 20 artists, will join the show celebrating “the legacy and continued power of politically engaged art,” a statement on the exhibit read. Continue
Source: Rachel Holliday Smith

Friday, 15 January 2016

Terrorist Propaganda #Turkey

Investigation warrant has been issued for 21 academics from Kocaeli University who have signed the declaration titled ‘We will not be a party to this crime’, 12 of them have been taken under custody

Investigation warrant has been issued for 21 academics from Kocaeli University who have signed the declaration titled “We will not be a party to this crime”, 12 of them have been taken under custody.

According to the report of Hürriyet daily, within the investigation conducted by the Kocaeli Chief Public Prosecution, the academics have been taken into custody on grounds of “overtly insulting the Turkish nation, the State of the Republic of Turkey, Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the Government of Republic of Turkey and the judicial organs of the state and to “propagandize for the terrorist organization”. Police teams have taken 12 of the academics into custody, investigation procedures concerning the other nine are ongoing. Continue

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Samar Badawi. Saudi Arabia has just jailed one of its most prominent women’s rights activists

Samar Badawi is the ex-wife of influential human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-khair, and according to activists has been accused of running his Twitter account after he was jailed in 2014. #SaudiArabia

Angoulême Festival of Comics Drops Sodastream

Dear friends,

Amidst righteous anger surrounding the Angoulême FIBD selection of an all-male slate of nominees for its 2016 Grand Prix, we are happy to inform you that there is an important victory that we can all claim responsibility for: after two intense campaigns, the FIBD has dropped Sodastream as a partner for its 2016 edition.

Your support and your voices have achieved a small but tangible victory, a small but tangible signal at the dawn of the new year, to warm the hearts of people in the Gaza winter, where the heat system has not been repaired since the last deadly attack by the Israeli army. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement gives us hope.

We are so grateful for your efforts and your willingness to defend Palestinian rights, and we send our support, solidarity, and wishes of similar victory to BD égalité, organizers of the current boycott efforts surrounding Angoulême FIBD.

We now look to the rest of the comic book industry, around the world, to take note of these efforts and their outcome: together we can make a change.

Full press release here:

Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki #Iran

Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki is an Iranian blogger and political dissident who was imprisoned in 2009 for his role in the post-election riots that erupted in Iran. He also wrote under the pen name Babak Khorramdin. Continue

Monday, 11 January 2016

David Bowie #England

I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Friday, 8 January 2016

Conversazioni poetiche per Ashraf Fayadh #SaudiArabia

Un piccolo gesto per sostenere Ashraf Fayadh, poeta e artista condannato a morte per decapitazione in Arabia Saudita. 

Il caso

Ashraf Fayadh, poeta, curatore e artista di origine palestinese, nato e residente in Arabia Saudita, è detenuto da oltre due anni nel carcere di Abha, in Arabia Saudita. Fayadh, che fa parte del collettivo di artisti di Edge of Arabia e che nel 2013 è stato tra i curatori della mostra Rhizoma alla Biennale di Venezia, nel 2014 è stato arrestato nella città di Abha dalla polizia religiosa saudita con l’accusa di apostasia e di diffusione dell’ateismo con la sua raccolta poetica Le istruzioni sono all’interno (Dar al-Farabi, Beirut, 2007). A novembre del 2015 il poeta è stato condannato a morte per decapitazione da un tribunale saudita. Fayadh, che nei due anni di detenzione non ha mai potuto consultare un legale, ha sempre respinto tutte le accuse. Nel mese di dicembre ha presentato appello sostenendo che le accuse fossero viziate da falsità e che non fossero supportate da prove. Ha anche affermato di essere un credente musulmano, respingendo così le accuse di aver rinunciato alla fede nell’Islam.
Nel corso del 2015 molte sono state le iniziative internazionali per richiamare l’attenzione dell’opinione pubblica sul caso di Ashraf Fayadh e chiedere alle autorità saudite il suo rilascio. Nel dicembre 2015, il Festival Internazionale di Letteratura di Berlino ha lanciato un appello a individui, associazioni e organizzazioni a mobilitarsi per il 14 gennaio, data in cui in tutto il mondo si svolgeranno reading poetici e incontri a sostegno di Ashraf e della libertà di espressione.
Anche Ravenna ha risposto all'appello: grazie alla voce di Tahar Lamri, che leggerà in arabo le poesie di Fayadh e dei lettori che si avvicenderanno da Mirada il 14 gennaio anche la nostra città contribuirà con un'azione per sostenere la moratoria in favore dell'intellettuale ingiustamente imprigionato e condannato alla pena capitale. Sarà presente Amnesty Internationalgruppo di Ravenna che raccoglie le firme per fermare questo delitto. Tutti i cittadini e le cittadine sono invitate a partecipare e firmare.

Info sulla campagna del Festival di Berlino:
L’appello di Amnesty:

Comunicato Stampa
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Kurdish women killed #Kurds


Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Boycott of the Angouleme Grand Prix #France

With the announcement today of nomination for the Grand Prix d'Angoulême 2016 - and award for which we comics creators are asked to vote - the ax fell :

30 names, 0 women. Continue

ISIS will arrest me and kill me. Ruqia Hassan

The last words Syrian journalist Ruqia Hassan wrote were: "ISIS will arrest me and kill me"
Ruqia Hassan - Nissan Ibrahim

Gisela Mota #Mexico

Mayor of Mexican city of Temixco murdered one day after she took office

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Please allow me to introduce myself, I am Mrs Nusra Ahmad, the mother of Ali Mohammed Al-Nimr...

"Qual è la ricompensa?”, mi chiedono a volte nelle interviste, riferendosi al fatto che per questo lavoro spesso non sono pagato. Ecco, per me questa è la ricompensa. La lettera di una madre, quella di Ali Mohammed Al-Nimr e altre 5 madri di altrettanti giovani che in Arabia Saudita stanno aspettando la sentenza di morte. Dicono “Il tuo sforzo onorevole di salvare i nostri ragazzi dall’esecuzione, è qualcosa per cui noi ti saremo per sempre grate”. Non esiste una ricompensa più importante, sapere che le nostre piccole azioni, come disegnare ad esempio, possono essere perlomeno di conforto se non di aiuto. Fare ciascuno la propria parte e agire porta a incommensurabili ricompense. #saudiarabia #arabiasaudita


Dear Mr. Gianluca Costantini,

Please allow me to introduce myself, I am Mrs Nusra Ahmad, the mother of Ali Mohammed Al-Nimr, the young Saudi youth who has been sentenced to death.

I am writing to personally wish you a happy new year, and wish to personally deliver the attached letter to you on behalf of myself, and the 5 mothers of the other youth whose are also awaiting execution along with my son Ali.

Your honourable effort to save our boys from execution, is something that we will remain forever grateful for, therefore please consider this joint letter a small token of our appreciation.

Kind Regards

Mrs Nusra Al-Ahmad
(The mother of Ali Mohammed Al-Nimr).

Monday, 4 January 2016

Ai Weiwei in Lesbo #Greece

The border is not in #Lesbos, it really is in our minds and in our hearts!

Awakening is not suppressible!! #SaudiArabia

Saudi Arabia exectes 47 person, including the shiite leade Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.