Monthly Archives: June 2013

Joe Odd

While living in Phnom Penh I got to know this artist, Nic Grey. Came across his work in Java Arts during the last day of his first exhibition there. Was swept off my feet. He is soon opening an exhibition about … Continue reading

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addicts

Sorry, I’m doing it again, and not only that, it’s the second post by Joris Luyendijk that I re-blog. The text below is from his Guardian Banking blog, but the title of the shorter Dutch version published as a column in the … Continue reading

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visualizing corruption

The recent  release by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists  of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts, that expose hidden dealings of politicians, con men and the mega-rich the world over connects so many of my fancies that I cannot let … Continue reading

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an African race

As an armchair trail runner I come across a lot of video by enthusiastic amateurs  and by professional PR machines. For those in the know, the words Kilian and Salomon will be enough. Although I feel that lots of what’s entering the … Continue reading

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clubbing along Egypt’s class lines

My kind of clubbing in Cairo is sportive. Difficult to do anything sportive without entering a club here. What I do to get some running in is go to the Gezirah sporting club, which is the largest bit of open … Continue reading

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getting through the day the male way

waking up, not easy.

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the sunset limited

Saw an amazing movie yesterday, the sunset limited, based on a play by Cormac McCarthy (who also did the screen play for the film). Wasn’t planned, just happened to be on TV. But was a memorable and thought-provoking experience that I can … Continue reading

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Egypt’s culture wars

I always start my day with coffee and several online newspapers, a local one, and Dutch ones, and whatever else they may link me to. That makes me a sucker for many reasons. The world of news has preciously little … Continue reading

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music as the pulse of Egyptian times

I’ve written earlier about Egypt and the arts. Sadly, its role as the cultural center of the region is history, the avantgarde has moved elsewhere (I am told). Decades of joyless and imagination empty autocracy fed the take over of … Continue reading

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scary storytelling

I love good stories. My second grade teacher at primary was a storyteller. Every day, when we had earned it through good behaviour, he would end instruction with the next episode of an ongoing tale about dwarfs. Sat on his … Continue reading

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truth doesn’t matter

it’s a truth that no one wants to know. Amazing, but true. Some years ago I read Greg Palast‘s the best democracy money can buy. Couldn’t believe it, but could believe even less that an indictment like this doesn’t change … Continue reading

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the deafening silence of Aung San Suu Kyi

That’s the powerful title of an opinion piece (sorry in Dutch) by Nourdeen Wildeman, a Muslim who converted from Christianity. It’s about the Nobel prize winner’s refusal to speak out about the Rohingya issue. The analysis points out two things that don’t … Continue reading

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why democratic revolutions often fail

The short answer is because means matter. But first a bit about democracy. Very fuzzy concept. All concepts are, so that doesn’t make it stand out, but this one is particularly fuzzy and that may require some explicit attention. Fuzzy, … Continue reading

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