Thoughts on justice for Ayotzinapa and the unnamed others

in Mexico City

I sit at a computer in the office of the Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CPDPDH) where I volunteer once a week. Right now I am working on systematizing the documents for a case of femicide in the Estado de México. A woman murdered by her drunk, abusive husband, beaten, […]

Heidegger the Great Post-Colonial Arranger

in India

It’s harder to start a blog post than to end one. Nobody struggles with the second sentence though. Today I found out that freedom of speech is significantly curtailed in India. The country requests Facebook to remove content (usually criticism of the government or of a religion) more than any other—over 500,000 times in the […]

International encounter of popular resistance: recolonization and resistance in Latin America and the Caribbean

in Mexico City
Una tormenta de Sangre mancha la cara del pueblo

Encuentro Internacional de Resistencia Popular: Recolonización y Resistencia en América Latina y el Caribe Frente a la recolonización e imperialismo impuesto por los Estados Unidos, los corporaciones y las mega-industrias militares, energéticas, y agrícolas, organizaciones vinieron de todo el país al D.F. para construir resistencia. La conferencia, conducida por el Secretariado Internacional Cristiano de Solidaridad con los pueblos, Serapaz, […]

Goodbye Kate (but only for 3 weeks)

in Mexico City

  Last night we celebrated the end of Kate’s time as a volunteer in the Casa. We sat on the roof eating ice cream, sharing stories and memories of her time here and watching the sun set over the buildings and hills in the distance. We died of laughter listening to Kate recount a “Kate […]

King Solomon Made Himself a Chariot from the Wood of Lebanon

in India

Hello, Newman. Tomorrow is Diwali, the “¡festival of lights!” It’s a very important religious festival (though in India the religion-culture divide is even smaller than it is in the rest of the world) celebrating the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, truth over ignorance, etc. Might be jumping a gun a bit but […]

Ayotzinapa

in Mexico City

dear haverford (or whoever is reading…), have you heard about ayotzinapa? have you read about the missing students? that we are 43 less? have you seen pictures of the protests? of the palacio del gobierno in chilpancingo, guerrero, in flames? have you heard the voices of parents, friends, armed guerrillas, teachers and students demanding justice? […]

Washed Ashore on the Banks of Sweet Uncle

in India
Rickshaw

I’m back in Hyderabad, thankfully, after a long weekend in rural Andhra Pradesh visiting my boss Subha’s home village. Unsurprisingly, I’m sick—the Indian countryside is a hostile place, especially to foreigners and even more especially when it senses that one is looking into setting up a teensy-weensy colony (though I didn’t see any ivory when […]

Breakfast for water

in Mexico City

Last Saturday I woke up early to the sound of the stove lighting and quieted early morning laughter. My bedroom shares a wall with the kitchen and although it is loud, I like not having to rely on an alarm to awake me. I roll over every morning to the sun cascading over the brick […]

Untitled Dadaist Non-Transmission #1311

in India

I just got back from a trip to Chennai, where I was registering with the Immigration service and opening a bank account. I stayed at the SAATHII office there; they have a guest room above the office. I was told the room was on the top floor and was expecting a normal floor but the […]

Independence day questions

in Mexico City

Last night we celebrated independence day. We walked to Delegación Cuauhtemoc (the municipal gov’t building), pushing past swaths of people bathed in green white and red, kids begging their parents for sweets and adults slyly swigging from bottles. The delegation’s plaza was packed and pulsing to the rhythm of the salsa and cumbia music, bodies […]