Lead by obeying

The zapatista movement’s leadership principles – in chain-stitch embroidery!

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Quiet today

Is everyone recovering from the governor’s wedding to a TV-product Jordan lookalike?

Dislikes

State and mafia violence, farcical politics and bad street signage.

Ayotzinapa ‘disappearances’ protests

The extrajudicial kidnapping and killing of the 43 student teachers from the radical teacher-training college in Ayotzinapa has had the country in disgusted upheaval for months now because of the way it revealed the cosy cooperation between Iguala municipality’s mayor, drug gangs, the police and the national army. For those of us coming from the…

Peñatas

Many Mexicans are unhappy with the current president’s failure to lead for the people. This has led some citizens to combine tradition with frustration and instead of the piñata, have a Peñata at their parties:  

"D’ya need a TAMPAX?!" and other idiots encountered en route

I’ve just been travelling – the old-fashioned way, with a backpack on public transport. Aside from the startling sight of the youth hostel run over by children, it was pretty similar to travelling at age 17. (Literally: the TAZARA train is exactly the same as the ones we took in the mid-90s in China on…

The President’s witchdoctor vs the Witchcraft Act (2002)

Wow, finally for once my blog is surfing the foamy edge of current affairs: president Jakaya Kikwete’s personal witchdoctor, Sheikh Yahaya Hussein, has been accused of witchcraft by an enterprising citizen under the Witchcraft Act that I wrote about yesterday.Mr Paul John Mhoyza, described in the Citizen as a former tutor at the Dar es…

The United Republic of Tanzania: Witchcraft Act (revised 2002)

Does your country have a Witchcraft Act? No? Then how do you punish ‘witchcraft and certain acts connected therewith’ within a clear legal framework, huh? Take heed from the United Republic of Tanzania. These guys have legislation for dealing with “sorcery, enchantment, bewitching, the use of instrument of witchcraft, the purported exercise of any occult…

A woman’s friend is a woman!

Happy International Women’s Day!I attended the launch of the Tanzania Women’s Cross-Party Platform on Saturday – what colour! I arrived expecting dry speeches and wearing pearls but this was sartorially off-message. The dress of the day was the 2010 Women’s Day kitenge. I bought one in haste and wrapped it on sari-style. My dry speech…

Cuanto es cuento?

It’s been a peculiar ten days in Khulna (south-west Bangladesh) where I’ve been doing Field Research with a team of colleagues. The topic was ‘what do these local NGOs think about/intend to do about climate change?’ so you’d expect some pretty sober accounts. But while trying to work out what the hell was happening, a…

florid argument

I’ve just had the privilege of watching the argentine argue politics. What an opulence of gesture. Also, less positively, it was only the men doignt he a rguing – my hostess V was making an effort to make the feminine voice heard but th eother two aldies were mostly silent and my castellano, and knowledge…