Neena Haridas reviews the AIPAD Photography Show New York, which runs April 16-19, 2015, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. In the show, the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) brings together 89 leading fine art photography galleries from around the world. One of the highlights this year, she says, is the Latin American section, which features works by contemporary Cuban artists, such as Mario Algaze (on view at Throckmorton Fine Art). More Cuban works are being showcased at the Robert Mann Gallery, in “The Light in Cuban Eyes,” which coincides with AIPAD [see previous post New Book and Photography Exhibition: “The Light in Cuban Eyes”]. Haridas writes:

Cuba meets China, Europe meets Asia, portrait meets landscape, video meets still — the party is getting breathless in the home of legendary photographers, the United States. The AIPAD Photography Show New York which celebrates its 35th edition this year has conquered every corner of the world and it all comes together from April 16-19 at the Park Avenue Armory.

[. . .] Catherine Edelman, president of AIPAD and director of the Catherine Edelman Gallery, explains, “The AIPAD Photography Show New York is the longest running art fair in the world dedicated to the photo­graphic medium. At AIPAD, visi­tors can view some of the earliest prints ever made as well as pieces made this year. In one room, col­lectors, curators and the general public are invited to interact with dealers, who are experts in their field. The AIPAD has secured its position among art fairs as THE fair for photographic excellence.”

Whether you are a new initiate into the world of light and shade or a connoisseur, get framed whichever way, and remember that old over-used cliché: a picture speaks a thousand words. It is your own periscope into cultures, peoples and places that may seem far and remote.

The Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix, for instance, will present a one-person exhibition of the work of Luis González Palma, who “portrays the soul of a people” in his portraits of individuals of Mayan descent and others of mixed heritage in his native Guatemala. Using a range of exotic photographic techniques, collage elements, and painted surfaces, he seeks to find a bal­ance between magical realism and concretism, which uses mathemat­ical, graphic, and spatial elements.

One of the highlights this year is the Latin American section, which will bring out works by contemporary Cuban artists. These works are being showcased at Robert Mann Gallery, New York, in conjunction with its spring show, “The Light in Cuban Eyes,” which coincides with AIPAD.

Another Cuban-born photogra­pher in focus this season is Mario Algaze, known for his observant and witty street photography made in major capitals throughout Latin America. Several of his striking urban landscapes from Cuba and Peru (1999- 2002) will be on view at Throckmorton Fine Art, New York. Says Kraige Block, executive director, Throckmorton Fine Art, and vice-president, AIPAD, “We will be showing Algaze’s work concur­rently with AIPAD at our gallery. We represent a stable of 25 living artists and will incorporate some­thing from everyone at AIPAD.”

Block adds, “I think the fact that the organization went from a table top trade show in 1980 to one of the most important photography fairs in the world is a monumental achievement. As the organization has developed, we run the gamut of the history of photography from daguerreotypes and salt prints to the most technologically advanced digital imagery by some of today’s leading contemporary artists.” [. . .]

[Photo above by Cuban-born photographer Mario Algaze.]

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In “Emeline Michel loves to share,” Tequila Minsky writes about Haitian singer Emeline Michel’s many performances in New York (Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn) during the past month and a half. She recently joined guitarist Marc Ribot to perform songs by Frantz Casseus like “Merci Bon Dieu (Meci Bondyé),” “Adieu Foulard,” “Ti Zwazo” (Little Birds), and “Nan Fon Bwa” (Deep in the Woods). Michel is also getting ready for a one-month “Voice for Peace” trip in Haiti, with Haitian singers Beethova Obas and James Germain, starting April 16.

[. .. ] Whenever she performs, the Haitian-born singer entrances audiences with her mezzo-soprano range–from “deep deep low to falsetto.”

Songstress Emeline Michel likes to collaborate. During this recent flurry of gigs, Michel and guitarist Marc Ribot performed a program devoted to the songs of Haitian composer and guitarist Frantz Casseus.

In a setting more intimate than many other music venues, the evening was part of the Greenwich House Music School “Uncharted” concert series that runs through April. Rachel Black, director of the school, describes the series as an opportunity for musical artists to perform outside of their known genres or to collaborate with artists they’ve never performed with.

Accomplished guitarist Marc Ribot, well known in the downtown music scene (Black says he’s a “guitar god”) started off the evening performing a number of Casseus pieces before Michel joined him on stage. “This is our first dance together,” said the songstress.

Ribot has a long history with Haitian music. When in high school, he studied classical guitar with master musician Casseus who fused European classical tradition with his native Haitian folk elements. In 1993, Ribot recorded the album ‘Marc Ribot Plays Solo Guitar Works of Frantz Casseus’. What symmetry to this program–in a music school, Ribot performed a tribute to his music teacher and during the centennial year of his birth.

Emeline joined Ribot, singing four songs from the Casseus repertoire including the classic (Meci Bondyé) Merci Bon Dieu that was also recorded by Harry Belafonte.

She explained in part the meaning of another song, ‘Adieu Foulard,’ “A foulard is the scarf worn by the women in the West Indian colonized countries and the song references when their lovers left returning to their origin countries.” She adds, “The song is part of our historical voice.”

Emeline sang Ti Zwazo (Little Bird); “a children’s song” says the singer. The audience caught on quickly joining her with the refrain, ‘brik kolon brik.’ Like a fairy tale in song with a “dramatic story,” it conjures scary images–the fiyét lalo, female macoutes, who eat little children. “I love this song because it’s part of the country’s musical patrimony,” says Michel.

She also sang Nan Fon Bwa (Deep in the Wood), also known as Yanvalou that alludes to overwhelming nature and its soothing quality.

[. . .] A current exciting Michel/Ribot collaborative project will result in a CD of Casseus songs that they will record later this year. “It’s a way to preserve this music for children (the next generation).”

As for Michel’s schedule, she’s getting ready for a one-month “Voice for Peace” trip in Haiti, which is another creative collaboration. With Haitian singers Beethova Obas and James Germain, Emeline will travel to all parts of Haiti starting April 16 to work with youth. “We’ll be writing and creating songs with them,” she says of the project she has long wanted to do. The United Nations and several cultural organizations in Haiti are sponsoring the project.

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Yandel’s concert special titled “Yandel: Legacy – De Líder a Leyenda Tour” on HBO Latino premiered recently, María ELena Espejo reports for The Latin Post.

 According to Billboard, the reggaeton singer, whose real name is Llandel Veguilla Malavé Salazar, was a part of the duo Wisin & Yandel alongside Juan Luis Morera Luna. The pair separated in 2013 and has since moved on to become solo artists.

“This was my first concert [as a solo act],” Yandel told Billboard, referring to the documentary. “With the duo, I did 17 sold-out performances at the arena and, for this concert, I wanted to make sure that everything was perfect.”

Prior to the concert, HBO Latino also aired a half-hour special titled “Yandel: Camino al Concierto” or “Yandel: Road to the Concert” 30 minutes before the show, Billboard noted.

The Puerto Rican singer also revealed that the concert served as a turning point in his career in an effort to establish himself as a solo artist, the news outlet noted. The concert was filmed at Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, last fall. Aside from Yandel’s concert special, HBO Latino also featured other Hispanic artists such as Shakira, Thalia, Carlos Santana, and Romeo Santos, Fox News Latino wrote.

Providing a behind-the-scenes peek, Yandel said in a special screening of the documentary that the concert special holds much significance for him because his family was a part of it.

“Those were nice times I spent, even my family was there – you can see my kids in the documentary, too. I’ll be in Isla Verde, I’ll be in San Juan, and I’m going to show a bit of El Morro, play some pool. I will do a little bit of everything,” the 38-year-old musician said, as reported by Fox News Latino.

“Yandel: Legacy – De Líder a Leyenda Tour” opened on HBO Latino at 8 PM ET on April 10, Billboard noted. Wisin, Tego Calderón, Farruko, and salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa also made cameos in the documentary to support Yandel. New York-based DJ Alex Sensation, actor J.W. Cortes, and rapper 50 Cent was also featured in the concert special, Fox News Latino added.

Yandel also revealed that he is enjoying his career as a solo artist because he can make his “own decisions” and do the music that he likes, Fox News Latino wrote. However, he also admits that establishing his own music signature is not that easy.

“The music is the heart of my success. The movements that I’ve done are very interesting,” he told Billboard. Yandel’s first solo album, “De Lider a Leyenda,” debuted at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums on 2013. He is also set to release a new record in November titled “Dangerous,” with the single “Calentura” already out.

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Posted by: lisaparavisini | April 13, 2015



Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) , a New York based non-profit organization is proud to announce theThird Biennial Haiti Film Fest taking place in venues throughout the city and kicking things off with theHaiti Film Fest Opening Night on Thursday, May 7th at DROM NYC, as Black Star News reports.

Hosted by Haitian radio personality, Carel Pedre and featuring a selection of short films and performances by Sanba Zao of Lakou Mizik and Ioan Delice , NewYork’s newest and hottest underground rap artist. Tickets available here:

Established in 2011, Haiti Film Fest engages Haitians and non-Haitians alike with pressing issues in contemporary Haitian and Diaspora Communities. The festival showcases the emerging talent in Haitian communities, and features provocative and innovative storytelling via narrative films, documentaries,feature-length projects and short films that depict the diversity, depth and vibrant spirit of contemporary Haitian cinema.

As a part of Haitian Heritage month this May, HCX will present over 15 screenings in venues throughoutNew York City showcasing a variety of documentary, feature and short films exploring subjects such as exile, memory, and cultural heritage. Expanded post-film discussions will provide the sizeable and diverse audience, of Haitians and non-Haitians, the opportunity to learn from filmmakers about theirinspiration, techniques, and obstacles.

Scholars will also be invited to expand upon the humanities and social themes presented through thefilms.

Over its first two installments, Haiti Film Fest has drawn thousands of attendees and expects the 3 rd Biennial Haiti Film Fest to attract an audience of approximately 2,000 individuals, including Haitians and Haitian Americans, culture lovers, and cinéphiles. HCX has assembled a distinguished team of film aficionados to help shape and guide this year’s festival, including renowned writer Edwidge Danticat , filmmakers Jonathan Demme and Jerry Lamothe, and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr .

Michèle Stephenson , a Haitian-American documentary filmmaker, who previously chaired the Haiti Film Fest and is currently on the Advisory Committee, shared this about the festival: “It has been an awe-inspiring delight to witness the festival flourish year after year. And this time, it’s even bigger, with screenings across New York City and a diversity of voices and visions that won’t disappoint. This week isthe time to soak in some culture and be proud. Congratulations Haiti Cultural Exchange!”

2015 Haiti Film Fest Advisory Committee members also include: Arnold Antonin, Fritz Archer, Marc Baptiste, David Bell, Edwidge Danticat, Jonathan Demme, Guetty Felin, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Curtis John, Jerry Lamothe, Anne Lescot, Michelle Materre, Patrick Ulysse, Marc Henry Valmond, and Frantz Voltaire.

The Haiti Film Fest is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and Con Edison.

Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) was founded in 2009 to develop, present and promote the culturalexpressions of the Haitian people. HCX seeks to raise awareness of social issues and foster cultural understanding and appreciation through programs in the arts, education and public affairs.

For Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact: Erika Pettersen, Development Manager

A complete 2015 Haiti Film Fest schedule follows. For more information on this year’s Haiti

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Franco Ordonez McClatchy writes that, according to a new Pew Research Center study, one in three black residents in Miami is now an immigrant, a reflection of a nationwide trend that shows immigrants making up a rising share of the country’s black population. According to the article, most of the black migration in Miami has come from the Caribbean, especially Haiti and Jamaica, where President Barack Obama traveled this week on the first presidential visit in three decades.

“We are not just nations, we’re also neighbors,” Obama told the enthusiastic crowd at the University of West Indies in Jamaica. “Tens of millions of Americans are bound to the Caribbean and the Americas through ties of commerce, but also ties of kin. More than 1 million Americans trace their ancestry to Jamaica.”

The number of black immigrants in the United States has more than quadrupled since 1980. The growth is expected to continue. The Census Bureau projects that by 2060, 16.5 percent of U.S. blacks will be immigrants. In all, there are 3.8 million black immigrants in the country today. And that number is expected to reach 11.9 million by 2060.

The Miami metropolitan area has the largest share of black immigrants. Thirty four percent of Miami’s black population are immigrants compared to 28 percent in New York and 15 percent in Washington.

More than 28,000 native-born Jamaicans live in Miami-Dade County. But it’s not the greatest source of black immigrants. That honor goes to Haiti — with more than 70,000 residents — which accounts for nearly half of the black immigrant population in the Miami metro area.

The Pew study notes that most of the nation’s 40 million U.S. -born blacks are descendants of slaves. But when slavery was made illegal, the flow of black people in the United States “dropped to a trickle” of Caribbean immigrants, the report found. The modern wave of black immigration was set off by various immigration laws, including those that sought to increase the number of immigrants from underrepresented countries. Much of the recent growth has been driven by African nations. Africans now make up 36 percent of the total foreign-born black population compared to just 7 percent in 1980.

Unlike places like California and Georgia where Mexican and Central American immigrants have dominated immigrant growth, Florida has always been its own special melting pot. The Sunshine state draws its immigrants from all over globe, from Africa to Colombia to Cuba to Russia.

“It’s a place that is diverse in its immigrant stock in a way that other parts of the country aren’t necessarily diverse,” said Mark Lopez, director of Hispanic research at the Pew Research Center.

The growth is not surprising to Eddy Edwards, a Miami businessman and organizer of the Jamaican Jerk Festival. He sees Obama’s visit to Jamaica as sign of the island community’s growing clout in the United States. He rattles off a list of influential leaders with Jamaican roots, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell and musician/activist Harry Belafonte. [. . .]

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Posted by: lisaparavisini | April 13, 2015

Migration, Geopolitics and Global Art: Puerto Rico as Context


Migración, Geopolítica y Arte Global: Puerto Rico como el Contexto

1st Plastic Arts Congress sponsored by the Institute ot Puerto Rican Culture

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

April 17-18, 2015

The Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP) is hosting the First Congress of Plastic Arts on April 17 and 18 at the Teatro del Museo de San Juan, coinciding with the 16th National Exhibit, under the title “Migration, Geopolitics and Global Art: Puerto Rico as Context.”

the topic brings together the work of artists Olga Albizu and Zilia Sánchez, to whom it is dedicated. The events will take place at the Arsenal of the Spanish Navy in Old San Juan and the Casa Blanca Museum. The ICP will publish a volume gathering the papers presented.

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Posted by: lisaparavisini | April 13, 2015

Mining in Haiti on Hold Amid Uncertainty and Opposition


The 50-year-old man from the village scrambled up a grassy hill to ask the onsite manager of a U.S. mining company for work. Joseph Tony had heard VCS Mining Inc. was bringing jobs, along with paved roads and electricity, to this corner of rural northern Haiti, the Associated Press reports. “Everybody is waiting,” he said.

But Williamcite Noel, the only VCS employee in Haiti, had nothing to offer. Although the company received one of two government gold mining permits in December 2012, its Morne Bossa project was frozen two months later when Parliament imposed a moratorium on mining activity amid deep concern about the country’s capacity to regulate such a complex industry.

Mining had been seen as a potential new source of revenue and jobs for impoverished Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake devastated the capital in the south. Companies spent $30 million prospecting, with the encouragement of a government eager to bring development to the countryside, where most people get by on subsistence farming and lack even basic services.

But the new era in mining that some had predicted remains out of reach because the Haiti has been unable to enact a revised mining law establishing such fundamental issues as the environmental regulations and royalty revenues.

Now it’s too late for this government. The administration of President Michel Martelly, a musician who had little support in the Senate and Chamber of Deputies when he took office in May 2011, was unable to get the law completed and passed before Parliament was dissolved in January. The prospects when a new government takes over next year are uncertain.

“Everything is being put on hold,” said Tucker Barrie, vice president of exploration for Majescor Resources Inc., a Canadian company that received the other production permit, for two concessions north of Morne Bossa.

Majescor once had up to 100 workers in Haiti assisting with its exploration, but went down to a single caretaker. After spending $5 million, the company last month turned over its stake to its Haitian subsidiary in exchange for a share of any future royalties. Barrie said that will require the local firm to find a new partner or outside capital.

“There will be little interest until the mining law issues are resolved,” he said.

Mining giant Newmont Mining Corp., which was studying Haiti for potential sites in partnership with Eurasian Minerals Inc., suspended active exploration in the country in 2012, according to spokesman Omar Jabara.

Before the post-quake mining push, the mineral extraction industry had been dormant in Haiti since a copper mine near Gonaives closed in the 1970s. The country is believed to have the same veins of copper and gold found across the border in the Dominican Republic and could yield an estimated $20 billion in gold and other metals.

Angelo Viard, the Haitian-American president of VCS, pledged to hire locals, pave roads and bring electricity to the village near his 31-acre claim on the hill known as Morne Bossa. The company built a basketball court and sponsored a soccer tournament, and Tony said that generated goodwill. “People have a lot of hope in the company,” he said.

Many Haitians are not eager to see the development of mining, skeptical of an industry that could pollute a country with a history of weak regulation and environmental problems. Camille Chalmers, an economics professor and member of an advocacy group called the Mining Justice Collective, said any potential benefits for Haitian workers are vastly overstated.

“All the important jobs, with decent salaries, will go to people from abroad,” said Chalmers, who has tracked the industry with lawyers from New York University’s Global Justice Clinic. “The paved roads and the electricity are for the mines, not for the people.”

Chalmers said the delay is good. “We would need a moratorium of at least 10 years to really create the conditions that would enable rational regulation of the industry in the public’s interest,” he said.

Critics also fear mining companies will have undue influence in a country long plagued by corruption. VCS fended off charges of buying influence after a press release about an upcoming book by author Peter Schweizer reported that the company had named to its board of directors Tony Rodham, a brother of Hillary Rodham Clinton, and ex-Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, who was co-chairman of a reconstruction commission with former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Viard said Bellerive and Rodham are advisers, not board members, and they were brought in after he already had the permit. “Mr. Rodham is a person who knows the industry and the financial world and may be able to point us to some party who may be interested in investing.”

He said the country’s uncertain political climate has scared away potential partners. “Any investors we talk to, they say ‘It sounds like a great project but it is Haiti,'” said Viard. “People look at the instability, they look at the history.”

Bellerive said he is an unpaid adviser, and Haiti should consider mining only if it can ensure that the environment will be protected, local communities are developed in conjunction with any mining and the government is fairly compensated. “I am not really sure we are prepared to face all those issues right now,” he said.

Members of Parliament agreed, passing the resolution in December 2012 that halted mining activity after ruling that the permits already issued weren’t legal. The government began working on new regulations with help from the World Bank, but critics say the process was being done without sufficient public input and that the draft was never publicly released.

A standoff between Martelly and the Senate over the legislation needed to schedule elections dragged on until Parliament was dissolved in January, ending prospects not just for the mining law but any other significant legislation. Legislative elections are scheduled for August and a presidential election for October.

The new Parliament won’t be seated until next January, followed by a new president, who will then nominate a new prime minister and Cabinet in a process that typically takes several months in Haiti.  No one knows when, or even if, the new government will submit mining legislation.

In the meantime, Tony and others like him say they will be waiting for mining jobs and the infrastructure that would have to come with it. “The mine should be exploited so this area can be developed,” he says. “It can’t stay like this.”

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Posted by: ivetteromero | April 13, 2015

Singer Marc Anthony opens orphanage in Colombia


Puerto Rican singer Marc Anthony inaugurated the Victor Tamayo Orphanage in the Caribbean city of Barranquilla in northern Colombia, which will initially benefit 100 poor children, according to EFE. The artists said the institution “will give these kids the chance to lead a decent life.”

“You have no idea how moved I am to share this moment with you. This dream began years ago at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic – that day I committed myself and I’m so happy to be able to help,” the singer said during the inauguration ceremony of the shelter.

[. . .] Barranquilla Mayor Elsa Noguera noted the choice of her city for developing this project, and thanked the Puerto Rican vocalist for his support.

“We thank Marc Anthony and everyone who contributed to making this project a reality, because of their concern for children that for some reason lack the care they need, and can now live in these beautiful facilities,” Noguera said.

At the same ceremony, the mayor decreed the title of “Illustrious Son” for Marc Anthony and awarded him the City of Barranquilla Gold Medal.

At the orphanage, which began construction on Aug. 14, 2014, children will be provided with a home, education, food and recreation.

The home is a project of the Maestro Cares Foundation created in 2012 by Marc Anthony and entrepreneur Henry Cardenas to improve the quality of life for needy young orphans in Latin America. [. . .]

Posted by: lisaparavisini | April 13, 2015

Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan Voice of Anti-Capitalism, Is Dead at 74


Eduardo Galeano, the Uruguayan writer who blended literature, journalism and political satire in reflecting on the vagaries, injustices and small victories of history, died on Monday in Montevideo,Uruguay. He was 74, as Simon Romero reports in this obituary for the New York Times.

The cause was complications from lung cancer, said his sister Teté Hughes.

Of his more than 30 books Mr. Galeano is remembered chiefly for “The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent,” an unsparing critique, published in 1971, of the exploitation of Latin America by European powers and the United States.

Banned under right-wing military dictatorships in Latin America in the 1970s, it became a canonical text of anti-colonialism and anti-capitalism and a much-read underground literary work in parts of the region, much like samizdat publications in the Soviet Union. “Open Veins,” as it is widely called, gained traction again in recent years after Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan leader who died in 2013, gave a copy to President Obama when they met in 2009. It soon appeared briefly on best-seller lists and has sold more than a million copies worldwide.

But Mr. Galeano stunned many of his supporters on the left as well as his critics on the right when he disavowed the book, saying that it was poorly written and that his views of the human condition had grown more complex.


“I wouldn’t be capable of reading this book again; I’d keel over,” Mr. Galeano said at a book fair in Brazil. “For me, this prose of the traditional left is extremely leaden, and my physique can’t tolerate it.”

Mr. Galeano seemed to regret that “Open Veins” had overshadowed his vast body of other works on subjects ranging from soccer to pre-Columbian history. A former bank teller, sign painter and newspaperman, he was also a caricaturist who often organized his tales around his own illustrations.

Eduardo Germán María Hughes Galeano was born in Montevideo on April 13, 1940, when many in Uruguay, the small cattle-ranching nation sandwiched between Brazil and Argentina, still remembered their leaders forging one of the world’s first welfare states in the early 20th century. His father was a civil servant, and his mother managed a bookstore.

Mr. Galeano began dabbling in journalism as a teenager, sending articles to El Sol, a publication of Uruguay’s Socialist Party, signing them as “Gius,” a pseudonym approximating the pronunciation in Spanish of his paternal surname, Hughes. (His father’s family had Welsh origins.) He adopted his maternal surname, Galeano, when his professional writing career began taking off.

Mr. Galeano was imprisoned in 1973 after a coup d’état opened the way for the rule of a military junta in Uruguay. Mr. Galeano went into exile in Argentina, where he founded Crisis, a cultural and political magazine. He moved to Spain in 1976, when a coup in Argentina triggered an exceptionally brutal dictatorship that lasted until 1983.

Returning to Uruguay when democracy was re-established in 1985, Mr. Galeano helped found another leftist weekly magazine, Brecha. Around that time he produced “Memory of Fire,” a trilogy about Latin American history.

His writing by then had acquired a new lyricism reflecting his honing of an innovative technique combining philosophical musings with autobiographical vignettes. But he remained passionate about history. In one book, “Soccer in Sun and Shadow” (1995), about soccer’s global reach, he chronicled the Soccer War, a conflict between El Salvador and Honduras that coincided with rioting that erupted in 1969 around the time of a qualifying round for the 1970 World Cup.

“The lords of land and war did not lose a drop of blood, while two barefoot peoples avenged their identical misfortunes by killing each other with abandon,” he wrote.

Mr. Galeano remained a prominent voice on the left in Latin America as his work resonated with new generations of writers and artists. Last year, the Puerto Rican hip-hop duo Calle 13 released a digitized rendering of Mr. Galeano reading from his story “The Trip” as part of their album “Multi_Viral.”

Mr. Galeano is survived by his wife, Helena Villagra, and three children. Two previous marriages ended in divorce. Even as his writing grew more experimental, Mr. Galeano credited his fascination with interpreting history to his origins in journalism. “I think every written message forms part of literature, even the graffiti on the walls,” Mr. Galeano told the Spanish newspaper El País in 2010.

“I’ve been writing more books than articles for some time now, but I trained as a journalist, and that factory stamp is still on me,” he added. “I thank journalism for keeping me from contemplating the labyrinths of my own bellybutton.”

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Posted by: lisaparavisini | April 12, 2015

Bermuda ‘Trash Art’ Shown At United Nations


Every year, students create art from beach plastics as part of a Keep Bermuda Beautiful education program, and this year one of the trash art pieces was selected to be part of a presentation at the UNEP Marine Litter Conference at the United Nations, reports.

The artwork — by Prospect Primary School’s Alaysia Swan, Khamanie Pitt-Nesbitt, Alziae Burgess and A’Vari Raynor-Hall who were assisted by Brittney Ferreira from the Bermuda High School — was shown at the UN on April 9th.

A spokesperson said, “The global problem of marine litter directly affects Bermuda and has been a focus for more than two decades. Over the past few years, KBB has developed a series of primary school level science lessons to help the students understand the serious effects of litter on the environment, both litter on the land and litter in the sea.

“The lessons include classroom learning, a field trip to the beach to examine debris that has washed ashore, and a fun and creative project to create art from trash, specifically beach plastics. One of the trash art pieces was selected to be part of a presentation at the UNEP Marine Litter Conference at the United Nations held last Thursday, April 9.

The opportunity arose when the Swiss-based Race for Water team visited Bermuda at the beginning of this month, and KBB Executive Director Anne Hyde showed Race for Water Founder, Marco Simeoni, several of the trash art creations.

“He was intrigued,” said Ms. Hyde, “as this was representative of what the students in Bermuda were learning about the ocean that surrounds them. He wanted to select one of them to give as a gift and display it at the UN Conference. A favorite piece called “Franklin the Turtle” which has been a part of KBB’s collection since 2013 was chosen.

The students who created “Franklin the Turtle” are Alaysia Swan, Khamanie Pitt-Nesbitt, Alziae Burgess and A’Vari Raynor-Hall from Prospect Primary School, and they were assisted by Brittney Ferreira from the Bermuda High School who was completing her IB project on marine debris.

Franklin was stowed on board the 70-foot trimaran “Odyssey” which is a fast racing boat that Race for Water have chosen for their journey to visit all five oceans of the world in 300 days.

Their awareness-building and research-based mission is “a race against time to save the oceans from plastic pollution”. The Fairmont Hamilton Princess hosted the expedition team while they were here.

On April 6 the sailors and Franklin, the stow-away, headed to their next stop at New York City where Race for Water Foundation had been invited to present to the UN. Franklin was given as a gift to Patricia Beneke, the Regional Director for North America of the United Nations Environmental Program [UNEP].

Bermuda is uniquely located in the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic oceanic gyre. A gyre is a series of currents that circle around the ocean creating a vortex. Bermuda is in the vortex and gets more than its share of ocean debris washing ashore, mostly plastics which have travelled from hundreds of miles away from other countries.

Sometimes sunlight and wave action breaks the plastic item into small fragments, called “micro-plastics”, and other times the whole plastic object washes up on Bermuda’s beaches, particularly after storms.

According to Captain Charles Moore, who is credited with discovering “the Great Pacific Garbage Patch” and who visited Bermuda in April 2012, the most prevalent and long-lasting items are plastic bottle caps. These are displayed on “Franklin the Turtle’s” back. Turtles often mistake floating plastic bags for their favorite food – jellyfish, and die as a result of ingesting the plastic bag. A bit of the plastic bag hangs out of “Franklin’s” mouth.

In 2010, KBB and other environmental organization formed the Bermuda Marine Debris Taskforce to study the problem of ocean plastic pollution and help develop local initiatives. While most of the marine debris is from other countries, some of it is from careless littering right here in Bermuda.

Other members of the Taskforce are Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo, BIOS, Bermuda National Trust, Greenrock, BUEI, BEST, Mrs. Judie Clee, Bermuda Ocean Explorers, Bermuda College Science Department and the Government Departments of Waste Management and Conservation Services.

The Bermuda Marine Debris Taskforce has recently completed a 5-year study from scientific data gathered at six study beaches in various locations around Bermuda. The report will be released later this year and the information is expected to be shared locally and globally.

“Bermuda often plays a part in ocean research because of its isolated location and the researcher’s ability to reach deep water just a short distance from Bermuda’s shores. Bermuda has had many research expeditions visit. Benefits are the opportunity for face-to-face exchange, and growing a global network of knowledge, data and solutions,” the spokesperson added.

“KBB is excited to play a part in the global picture and would like to thank the students who created “Franklin the Turtle”. The Conference participants were delighted by his unexpected arrival and it created a memorable moment that day at the UN.”

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