martes, agosto 30, 2016

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Walter Mosley on Empire, English, and Beethoven

"On this week’s podcast, we welcome basketball legend, activist, and bestselling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who came to the Library this summer for a conversation with his hero, critically acclaimed author Walter Mosley. In this thought-provoking conversation, Abdul-Jabbar and Mosley talk about fiction, racial injustice, and the nature of truth."

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sábado, agosto 27, 2016

Writer's Voice with Francesca Rheannon: Ted Rall, TRUMP & Ken Silverstein on the Clinton Foundation

Ted Rall talks about his new book, Trump. Then, new revelations indicate serious conflicts of interest between Hilary’s State Department and the Clinton Foundation. In light of renewed scrutiny of the foundation, we talk with investigative reporter Ken Silverstein about his 2015 article for Harper’s Magazine, “Shaky Foundations.”

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jueves, agosto 25, 2016


Novelist's 'Disgruntled' Heroine Is Drawn From Her Own Childhood

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies in for Terry Gross. Today we're going to listen to Terry's interview with Asali Solomon, whose novel's about a girl growing up in the '80s the daughter of black nationalist, Afrocentric parents. The book, "Disgruntled," is now out in paperback. Its main character, Kenya, feels like an outsider in her neighborhood school in West Philadelphia because she's such a dedicated student. But when she's sent to a private school, she's an outsider because she's one of the few African-American students. She feels guilty she's not measuring up to the model she thinks she's supposed to be portraying, the brilliant black girl, heir to those brave children in the South who'd shine their shoes each morning, only to get kicked and spat on in their fight for a good education. Many of the suburban white students assume everyone in Kenya's neighborhood is on welfare.

The novel's rich with observations about race, class, the impact of divorce on a child and growing up with a father sometimes uses his politics to justify irresponsible behavior. "Disgruntled" is Asali Solomon's first novel. Her previous book, "Get Down," is a collection of short stories. In 2007, she was named one of the National Book Foundation's 5 under 35. She teaches English literature and creative writing at Haverford College. Terry spoke to her last year.

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martes, agosto 23, 2016

The art of editing – Guardian books podcast

As the digital revolution sweeps through publishing, is editing in decline? We find out how the 21st-century editor works, with Diana Athill, Matt Weiland, Karolina Sutton and many more
The upheavals of the information age have transformed traditional publishing, a revolution that has arrived along with a rumble of complaint from critics over editorial standards. But is the art of editing in decline? And if editors are under pressure in the 21st century, if the quiet business of improving a manuscript is simply out of tune with our always-on world, then how does that affect the books on our shelves? What, indeed, do editors actually do all day?
Diana Athill, Matt Weiland and Francesca Main explore how editing combines talent spotting, cheerleading, project management and a close engagement with the text, while the critics Alex Clark and DJ Taylor examine the strains on contemporary publishers. Literary agent Karolina Sutton describes a profession transformed, while Kathryn Sutherland offers a historical perspective and translation specialists Stefan and Tara Tobler consider the wider world.
Reading list
Stet by Diana Athill (Granta)
The Prose Factory by DJ Taylor (Chatto and Windus)

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lunes, agosto 22, 2016

Documental sobre Vieques

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domingo, agosto 21, 2016

Nuevos acuerdos de comercio legalizan el robo corporativo y vuelven ilegales las semillas campesinas

"Desde 2001, GRAIN le ha seguido la pista al modo en que los llamados acuerdos de libre comercio (TLC), negociados por fuera de la Organización Mundial de Comercio (OMC) y con mucha secrecía, se están utilizando para ir más allá de los estándares internacionales existentes sobre el patentamiento de formas de vida. En este documento, actualizamos la información que tenemos sobre los TLC que están legalizando el robo perpetrado por las corporaciones mientras amenazan la capacidad de los campesinos para guardar, producir e intercambiar semillas en todo el mundo."

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viernes, agosto 19, 2016

Music recorded on cell phones

Recorded in New York City for Pitchfork Radio & Sonos. Tracklist and more information available here:

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Desobediencia y dominó #NoalaJunta

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jueves, agosto 18, 2016


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Lynda Barry on Bullseye

Lynda Barry on finding your creativity and working with preschool children

Lynda Barry is a self-identified "freak", a cartoonist, a writer, and for the last couple of years, she's also been a college professor teaching interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin.
What does that mean? Well, she encourages students to abandon their fears of creating and embrace their work and process.
Lynda talks with us about using monsters as a tool, why we're sometimes afraid to draw, and working with Matt Groening in high school.
Lynda Barry’s book The Greatest of Marlys is now available in hardback

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No te quedes callado, protesta!

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martes, agosto 16, 2016

Nikki Glaser on Bullseye
Bullseye with Jesse ThornNikki Glaser on developing a sex-comedy talk show, giving relationship advice, and working in uncomfortable situationsNikki Glaser is a comedian and host of...

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

Nikki Glaser on developing a sex-comedy talk show, giving relationship advice, and working in uncomfortable situations

Nikki Glaser is a comedian and host of the Comedy Central series Not Safe with Nikki Glaser. She find humor in talking honestly about sex. On her show, she’s hooked up her friends to a lie detector and asks them about their sex lives, stayed inside of a strip club for 24 hours, attended a foot fetish party, and so much more.
Nikki sits down with Jesse to talk about developing her Comedy Central show with her boyfriend, even when they were in the middle of a breakup. They also chat about working for MTV, going to Trump rallies, and why she just can’t have as much fun at pools any more.
Nikki Glaser’s show is called Not Safe with Nikki Glaser.

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lunes, agosto 15, 2016

David Bollier on Writer’s Voice With Francesca Rhiannon

For the vast majority of human history, the dominant economic system was the commons. In fact, many anthropologists believe that it was our ability to cooperate in using shared resources that drove our evolution, including the development of language.

So how did such a fundamental mode of human behavior fall into such disuse — and even ill repute? We hear a lot about the “tragedy of the commons” and nothing about its incredible success, even where practiced in our capitalism-dominated world. And just as an aside — what about the tragedy of private enterprise? You don’t have to look very far to see how putting private profits over social needs is bringing us to the brink of planet-wide disaster.

David Bollier is at the forefront of the modern commoning movement. He was part of the first effort to establish an international legal framework for the commons and is the author of several previous books about the movement. We’ve talked with him about some of them previously on this show.

Bollier’s new book, co-edited with Silke Helfrich, is Patterns of Commoning. Collecting contributions from Commoners around the world, it richly demonstrates the vitality of the movement and its expansion into multiple arenas, from seed banking to free and open source software.

The book covers neighborhood commons, both urban and rural (like the Potato Park of Peru, pictured above); arts and culture commons, technology commons, exchange and credit commons and biocultural commons. In its pages, a new, more convivial and sustainable means of organizing our economy comes to life.

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Presentación del libro de Angel Agosto

domingo, agosto 14, 2016

Nicholas Schou on Counterpunch Radio

Nicholas Schou – Episode 52

This week Eric sits down with author Nicholas Schou to discuss his new bookSpooked: How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood. Eric and Nick explore the history of CIA manipulation of the media going back decades, and how it has evolved into the propaganda consensus we see today. The conversation touches on everything from Nicaragua and the Reagan counter-revolution to the sycophantic relationship between Hollywood and Langley. From Robert Parry to Robert Kagan, from South Vietnam to Baghdad, the story of CIA information warfare is a long and sordid one, and Schou's new book is an important contribution in telling it.
Musical Interlude: Wire - I Am the Fly

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sábado, agosto 13, 2016

Argentina declassified

‘Declassified Diplomacy’: Argentina
Declassified U.S. Records Highlight Argentine Military Abuses, Internal Carter White House Debate over Human Rights Policy
Kissinger Sought to Undermine Human Rights Message in Argentina
1,078 Pages of Records, mostly from Carter Presidential Library, Published
Obama Administration Credited with Important “Act of Declassified Diplomacy”

Washington, D.C., August 11, 2016 – In September 1980, the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires transmitted a detailed six-page cable, entitled “The Tactic of Disappearance,” to the State Department. Although the Argentine military regime had already “won the ‘dirty war,’” the cable stated, the military would not cease using “disappearance” as its preferred form of repression. “This unwillingness does not reflect simple bloody-mindedness by unthinking military men,” the Embassy reported in its comprehensive effort to explain the institutional mindset behind this horrific atrocity. (At least 22,000 people were “disappeared” during the first three years of the dictatorship.) “The military’s commitment to this method is profoundly rooted in elements that range from effectiveness through expediency to cultural bias.” The Embassy recommended enlisting the Vatican to advocate for ending these abuses in Argentina. “Getting the authorities to abandon this tactic will be an uphill battle. We must try.”
The “Tactic of Disappearance” cable was among 1,078 pages of formerly secret records released by the Obama administration this week; this special presidential declassification represents “the first tranche” of thousands of records, among them intelligence reporting from the CIA and Defense Department, that President Obama promised Argentines would be released in the coming months. “I believe we have a responsibility to confront the past with honesty and transparency,” Obama stated during a visit with human rights victims and activists in Buenos Aires on March 24, 2016, the 40th anniversary of the military coup.


Fidel en La pupila

En nuestro programa de televisión La pupila asombrada dedicamos esta emisión a celebrar el cumpleaños 90 de Fidel. Mostramos un Fidel jugando béisbol con los campesinos, desayunando arroz ensopado y explicando por qué prefiere pasar el 90% del tiempo fuera de las oficinas, siempre en contacto con el pueblo.

El centro del programa lo ocupa el documental de Saúl Landau The Ugly Truth, donde aparecen imágenes poco vistas de Fidel en 1969, recorriendo una Cuba profunda y en transformación. También compartimos realizaciones de Roberto Chile y Santiago Álvarez y una investigación de la televisora británica Channel 4 sobre los 638 intentos de asesinar al líder de la Revolución cubana.

La música  está a cargo de Silvio Rodríguez, Santiago Feliú, Sara González y jóvenes trovadores que acompañaron la visita de Fidel al Centro Pablo de la Torriente Brau. Un recorrido virtual por Birán, lugar de nacimiento de Fidel, Raúl y sus hermanos es el tema de la sección Dale clic.

Aquí el video íntegro.

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Cumpleaños, 1ro de agosto 2016

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jueves, agosto 11, 2016

Brasil Music Exchange: Episode One - The Guardian Music Podcast

Welcome to the Brasil Music Exchange! For those of you who have Olympic Fever or simply love that summer sound, this is a must. Twice a week the incredible Jody Gillett will bring you the very best in new and emerging Brazilian music: from jazz to pop, bass, rock and hip hop, there’s something for everyone. For one sweet hour you can fully immerse yourself in all things Brazil and maybe discover your new favourite band
Fresh from Brazil, this is a great introduction into the very best new sounds from all over. You’ll hear the latest releases from Samba’s woman at the end of the world, Elza Soares, Salvador’s brilliant BaianaSystem and hip hop star Criolo. Plus brand new debuts: sweetness from Fioti, deepness from Ziminino and much more.
The Brasil Music Exchange is brought to you by the award-winning production company Folded Wing, who have teamed up with Brasil Música & Artes and Apex-Brasil. Folded Wing are one of the UK’s leading audio producers, they’ undoubtedly create something you’ll love. To find out more follow them onTwitter at @FoldedWingUK
Gente Bonita - Fióti
Odoiá (In Your Eyes) - Jaloo
6000 Dias - Boogarins
Lucro (Descomprimindo) - BaianaSystem
Peleja - Abayomy Afrobeat Orquestra
Intermitência - Ziminino
Dragão - Karina Buhr
Perfume Do Invísivel - Céu
Mulher Do Fin Do Mundo - Elza Soares
Ainda Há Tempo - Criolo

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Arroces dorados y consensos científicos

Por Carmelo Ruiz Marrero


“La carta de los laureados depende para su impacto enteramente sobre la supuesta autoridad de sus firmantes. Desafortunadamente ninguno parece tener el peritaje relevante”, dice Claire Robinson, de la organización no gubernamental británica GM Watch.

El profesor de estadísticas Philip Stark, decano asociado de matemáticas y ciencias físicas de la Universidad de California, cuestionó si realmente los premios Nobel suscritos a la carta abierta tienen algún expertise real sobre agricultura: “Un premio (Nobel) de la paz, ocho economistas, 24 físicos, 33 químicos, 41 doctores”. Puntualizó que la ciencia se fundamenta “sobre evidencia, no autoridad. ¿Qué saben de agricultura? ¿Han hecho investigación relevante? La ciencia se supone que sea ‘enséñame’, no ‘confía en mí’... premio Nobel o no.”

El antropólogo Devon G. Peña, de la Universidad del Estado de Washington, experto en agriculturas indígenas, consideró la carta “una vergüenza”. Los firmantes son “mayormente hombres blancos de privilegio con poco trasfondo en ciencia de riesgo, pocos con trasfondo en estudios toxicológicos, y ciertamente ninguno con conocimiento sobre alternativas indígenas agroecológicas.”

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miércoles, agosto 10, 2016

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His new podcast is Revisionist History. “The amount of criticism you get is a constant function of the size of your audience. So if you think that, generously speaking, 80% of the people who read your work like it, that means if you sell ten books you have two enemies. And if you sell a million books you have 200,000 enemies. So be careful what you wish for. The volume of critics grows linearly with the size of your audience.” 

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Los transgénicos, Greenpeace y los premios Nobel

Por Carmelo Ruiz Marrero

Los defensores de la biotecnología transgénica (aparentemente) se apuntaron una el pasado 30 de junio cuando salió publicada una carta abierta firmada por sobre cien premios Nobel condenando a la agrupación ambientalista Greenpeace por su oposición a los cultivos transgénicos, en particular el llamado ‘arroz dorado’ supuestamente rico en vitamina A. Pero según activistas y expertos críticos, la muy publicitada carta ha resultado ser no más que una torpe movida de relaciones públicas.

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martes, agosto 09, 2016

What Julian Assange’s War on Hillary Clinton Says About WikiLeaks

Golden rice and scientific consensus

Carmelo Ruiz | 07.15.2016

“The GMO debate is over! The alarmist activists have lost and science has won!”

Well – that’s the impression one gets when reading journalist Joel Achenbach’s Washington Post article detailing the open letter that 107 Nobel laureates signed on to, which attacks the environmental group Greenpeace for its opposition to GMO crops (1).

The letter specifically defends GMO vitamin A-enhanced ‘golden rice’, which according to biotech supporters, is needed to alleviate the suffering of millions of Asians who suffer from vitamin A deficiency (2). Ultimately, the text suggests that Greenpeace is the one obstacle preventing the wonder rice from addressing the needs of the world’s poor and hungry.


Achenbach writes that the consensus among scientists is that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) do not present new or novel risks, and refers to a US National Academy of Sciences report on the subject published in May (3). The Post article acknowledges that Greenpeace is not alone in its critical position on GMOs, but it does not mention who else is in the opposition, and defines the debate as one between “mainstream scientists and activists.”

However, not all scientists and experts are impressed with the letter. Far from it.

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lunes, agosto 08, 2016

Lincoln Olivetti 2 Brazilian Disco Don & A.O.R. Ace 1975 - 1997

The world’s attention will soon be on Brazil for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The last time there was a global sporting event in Brazil, the 2014 World Cup, a little mix I had fortuitously just finished, called Lincoln Olivetti: Brazilian Boogie Boss 1978­­–1984, managed to get swept up in that summer’s Brazilianity. I couldn’t believe it at first as my mix was reposted, tweeted and recommended left and right. I knew the music was good, but 86k listens-and-counting-good? Clearly, the quality of Lincoln’s work overpowered my poor mixing skills and nerdy song selection criteria. The mix took on a life of its own thanks to tweets from a KCRW DJ, a glowing review on the Afropop website and repeated listens for the past two years. Last week averaged seventy listens a day.
Then something really sad happened. Last January 15, Lincoln Olivetti passed away. I was of course touched and humbled to hear from Kassin, who knew Lincoln well in his final years, that “the mixtape you did made him really, really happy. Like, we were crying here when we listened. He was so emotional about it to be recognized outside [Brazil]. It was really, really meaningful to him.” As a music lover, the fact that Lincoln listened, approved and was touched by the mix is far more important than the total number of listens, but I’m sure part of what touched Lincoln was seeing just how many people were listening to his work. Just because he’s gone, I haven’t stopped listening to and digging for his slow-jams, instrumental jams, AOR jams, or any kinda jams. The man was so deep and he covered so many genres with many of his productions reaching the top of the Brazilian charts during the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.
I wanna relay an anecdote I heard recently from legendary Brazilian lyricist Tibério Gaspar, though I couldn’t find reference to it in an exhaustive five-minute Google search, and therefore cannot guarantee its factuality, but it has sufficient truthiness so I’ll proceed: Creed Taylor, the legendary jazz producer and studio owner, was in Brazil and was asked how he does what he does, how he’s so good? His response was something like, “I can only take credit for so much, I have a great team with talented people, like my engineer, who’s the best and my mastering guy, I have at least seven people. You know who’s impressive? Your guy Lincoln Olivetti, he does it all extremely well while also writing songs and playing in the band!” For those less familiar with Brazil’s funkier side, let it be made clear that there are countless mixes to be made or already in existence with phenomenal funk, disco and boogie sounds from Brazil that have absolutely nothing to do with Lincoln Olivetti and his steady partner Robson Jorge. However, Lincoln and Robson were so prolific, it’s like comparing their output to the collective works of Quincy Jones, Steve Arrington, Maurice White, and David Foster.
With the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics looming it’s the perfect time to head back down to Brazil, musically. I decided to make a new mix to share some more songs that Lincoln graced. The first mix was certainly not exhaustive of his catalog, far from it. Of course I had some superb leftovers that didn’t make the last mix set aside in a playlist: “Lincoln Leftovers.” I started to go through my records again, do some internet sleuthing, and asked some friends for input, namely Brazilian Boogie Professor Júnior Santos, the man responsible for the killer compilation Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds 1978–1982. By the time I got ready to cull my collected tracks and formulate a mix, it was clear there were enough first rate tracks to make two mixes spanning pop, soul, funk, AOR, disco, boogie, and samba styles. Rather than flood the market with more mixes than it can appreciate, I whittled down my selections to those with the strongest disco and AOR tendencies, all songs that need to be heard by Lincoln lovers.
- Allen Thayer

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GMOs, Greenpeace and Nobel Laureates

By Carmelo Ruiz

Supporters of genetic modification technology, known as GMO, apparently scored a big one on June 30 with the publication of an open letter signed by over 100 Nobel prize laureates blasting Greenpeace for its opposition to GMO crops, in particular so-called ‘golden rice’, supposedly high in vitamin A. But activists and critical experts see the much publicized open letter as no more than a clumsy and awkward public relations move.

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sábado, agosto 06, 2016

An Hour Without Trump

Trump is everywhere in the news this week, so we decided to do something different: 60 minutes of political talk that is Trump-free. Guaranteed. Instead:

The fight to limit government surveillance tactics: Ben Wizner talks about what we have won—and what we need to do next. He’s director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project and the lawyer for Edward Snowden.

Plus: Susan Faludi tells the story of transgender woman—her father, who transitioned when she was 75. Susan of course is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. Now she has a new book out: it’s called "In the Darkroom."

And Tom Lutz has been traveling a lot – he went to Lhasa to talk about Tibetan resistance to China; he went to Jordan to talk about Iran and America; and he went to Teheran to talk about the Kurds. His new book is "Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World."

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viernes, agosto 05, 2016

En la semana de la prensa, ¿Parte del problema?

Carmelo Ruiz Marrero

Difícilmente hay en Puerto Rico un sector profesional que se dedique más a autofelicitarse y premiarse a sí mismo que la prensa. Entre julio y agosto se celebra la Semana de la Prensa. Es la semana más larga del año. Por más de diez días periodistas participan de un bacanal casi continuo de baile, botella y baraja, brincando de una gala a otra, gozando de vinos finos, comidas de cinco platos, entretenimiento en vivo; en fin, una gula pantagruelesca. Ah, y los premios: mejor reportaje de tal o cual categoría. Todo esto pagado por políticos- alcaldes, legisladores y gobernadores compitiendo por quién hace la fiesta más grande para los periodistas- y patrocinadores corporativos.

Aun reconociendo que hay reporteros y reportajes particulares que son meritorios y merecedores de reconocimiento, debemos preguntar: ¿Realmente la prensa del país se merece tanto fiestón y premiaciones?


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miércoles, agosto 03, 2016

When Community-Supported Agriculture Is Not What It Seems

A New York Times article by Julia Moskin

Last Tuesday, a farm-to-table subscription service called Local Roots NYC dropped off boxes at pickup spots in New York City including a cafe, a brew pub and the offices of BuzzFeed.

Alongside locally grown rainbow chard, romaine lettuce and beets, some members got bottles of olive oil from Italy or bars of chocolate and bags of dried pasta, both Brooklyn-made. From Rustic Roots, an organic-food delivery service in the tristate area, members could receive fruit boxes stacked with oranges, pineapples and avocados.

Although both companies use the term “C.S.A.,” community-supported agriculture, to describe their service, the presence of a middleman between the farmer and the customer is precisely what traditional C.S.A.s are designed to avoid. And since olives and oranges do not grow in this region, those products provide no direct income to local farmers, precisely the people the C.S.A. was invented to benefit.

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Carmelo Ruiz Marrero, un CV inusual

Carmelo Ruiz Marrero

Escritor, periodista investigativo y educador ambiental con sobre 20 años de experiencia. Ha escrito extensamente sobre asuntos ambientales, socioeconómicos y geopolíticos de interés global, incluyendo seguridad alimentaria, agricultura, biotecnología, bioseguridad, energía, y conflictos ambientales.

Nacido en la Parada 26 de Santurce, Puerto Rico, se crió en la suburbia de Río Piedras y Guaynabo, y en su adolescencia se nutrió con una dieta de rock progresivo, películas de ciencia ficción y la prosa épica de Tolkien. Estudió dibujo con Fran Cervoni, y música en Berklee College of Music en Boston, e hizo un bachillerato en humanidades con concentración en música en la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), recinto de Río Piedras. Mientras fue estudiante de la UPR fue caricaturista de Poder Estudiantil, boletín de la Federación de Universitarios Pro Independencia (FUPI), fue miembro activo de la organización internacional de paz Pax Christi, trabajó como secretario de la Asociación Puertorriqueña de Periodismo Caribeño, y escribió artículos para Pensamiento Crítico, el diario panameño La Prensa y la Revista de Ciencias Sociales de la UPR.

En 1991 hizo un prestigioso internado en relaciones internacionales en el International Center en Washington DC, ciudad donde se activó en la política verde ecologista mediante su participación en el Potomac Valley Green Network. A mediados de los 90 vivió en el estado de Vermont, donde tomó cursos en el Instituto de Ecología Social e hizo una maestría en ecología social en Goddard College. Durante su tiempo en Vermont produjo y animó el programa radial de noticias y entrevistas Don’t Get Me Started, transmitido por la emisora comunitaria WGDR.

De 1997 a 2004 fue reportero del semanario Claridad. Durante esos años también animó ocasionalmente el programa televisivo Comentario, al igual que La Nación en Marcha, programa radial del Congreso Nacional Hostosiano transmitido por Noti Uno, fue comentarista y analista sobre noticias de Puerto Rico para Radio Habana Cuba y KPFK (Los Angeles), y también becario (senior fellow) de la Society of Environmental Journalists de Estados Unidos.

En 2004 fundó el Proyecto de Bioseguridad de Puerto Rico, un colectivo dedicado a educar a la ciudadanía sobre los aspectos ecológicos, sociales, políticos, económicos, éticos y de salud humana de los organismos, cultivos, productos y alimentos transgénicos, mediante charlas, conferencias, entrevistas de prensa, comunicados y una página web.

Su primer libro, “Balada Transgénica: Biotecnología, Globalización y el Choque de Paradigmas”, fue publicado en 2005. En los años que siguieron, colaboró con La Escena, periódico del Taller de Cantautores, produjo el informe mensual Latin America Biodiversity Report para el CIP Americas Policy Program, colaboró con el Taller Educativo Aiboniteño Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, ocasionalmente animó como sustituto programas en Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico y Radio Isla, colaboró con proyectos fílmicos de las cineastas Carla Cavina y Tami Gold, y realizó tareas de traducción para la oficina de Don Ricardo Alegría en el Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe. Además escribió para El Nuevo Día, lo mismo columnas de opinión para la sección Perspectivas, que reportajes para la revista dominical y su sección Convergencias.

En 2012 fue director de medios sociales para la campaña Millones Contra Monsanto de la Organic Consumers Association, posición en la cual desempeñó un importante papel en la campaña en favor de la Propuesta 37, una medida que de haber sido aprobada por el electorado, hubiera requerido el etiquetado de alimentos transgénicos en el estado de California. 

En 2015 vivió en Ecuador, donde trabajó como productor ejecutivo de programación en Telesur English, trabajó como voluntario en la agencia de prensa ecologista Tegantai y co-animó el programa radial Trazos de Nuestra Identidad en Radio Casa de la Cultura.

En años recientes, Ruiz Marrero estudió biotecnología y bioseguridad en el Instituto GenØk en la Universidad de Tromsø, Noruega, y agroecología avanzada y desarrollo rural con la Sociedad Científica Latinoamericana de Agroecología en Colombia. Actualmente es becario (Senior Fellow) del Environmental Leadership Program, y catedrático del Instituto de Ecología Social.

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martes, agosto 02, 2016

Bullseye: Chuck Klosterman & W. Kamau Bell

Photo: Jesse Thorn
Chuck Klosterman on consuming culture on the Internet and how the present will be perceived in the future
Chuck Klosterman has written countless articles for GQ, ESPN, The Washington Post, Esquire, The Guardian and more. His new book, But What if We’re Wrong, examines how the present will be perceived it as the past. What exactly will be thought of as important events to people that are hundreds of years removed from it all? Is it even possible to get every fact correct when writing about the past?
Klosterman sits down with Jesse to talk about how we consume culture, how historians frequently reinterpret historical events, and how writing online and writing for print are fundamentally different undertakings.
Chuck Klosterman’s book But What if We’re Wrong? is available now.

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images
W. Kamau Bell on the Best Advice He’s Received
Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell shares with us the best piece of advice he’s ever received.

The Outshot: Tony! Toni! Toné!

Jesse talks about Tony! Toni! Toné! and how they successfully merged soul music and hip-hop to create a new type of R&B.

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The CIA in Ecuador? Corruption, the press and the National Endowment for Democracy

Hunger in Venezuela? A Look Beyond the Spin

Christina Schiavoni and William Camacaro

You may have seen the headlines about Venezuela – headlines that allude to food scarcity, rioting, people eating stray animals to survive, and a country on the brink of starvation. These stories are not only alarming, but perplexing, too. Is this the same country that was recognized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as recently as 2015 for having nearly eradicated hunger?[i] Is this the same country that has been the focus of international delegations and extensive alternative media coverage for its ‘food sovereignty experiment’ involving agrarian reform, food distributions programs, and direct citizen participation in the food system?[ii] What’s going on?

There is a nuanced story behind the current headlines on Venezuela. It’s a challenging moment for average working class Venezuelans as they navigate long lines at the grocery store, a lack of key food staples, and inflated prices in order to feed their families.

But there’s not an overall food shortage — food is in abundance, with distribution serving a bottleneck.

There are numerous explanations coming from both government and citizens. What is driving the current ‘scarcity amidst abundance’ in Venezuela? How did the present situation come to be? How dire is it, and what are the responses coming from communities, social movements, and the government? To what extent is the present situation being distorted in the media, and why? This article attempts to delve behind the headlines to address these questions.

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