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Francis Halzen: “I always advise to my students ‘don’t read too many books, do things!'”

Francis Halzen: “I always advise to my students ‘don’t read too many books, do things!'”

(Versión en español) Francis Halzen looks at you straight in the eye. Arms folded across his chest, an almost ironic smile dangling in his lips, he stands relaxed and self confident, cordial and dignified. But there is something else about this respected theorist, turned spokesperson of the hottest experiment of the year, ICE CUBE, the gigantic neutrino telescope in Antarctica. […]

Ethiopia, water irrigating health and education too

Ethiopia, water irrigating health and education too

(Spanish version) Report made with the support of Oxfam Intermón Sinta, the taxi driver who shows me Addis Ababa from end to end, gestures dismissively when I ask him about the past. “Now we’re fine!”, says with conviction. We meet very early in the morning in order to climb the Entoto Park, from which you can see the whole city. […]

Nicaragua, the ruined utopia

Nicaragua, the ruined utopia

(Versión en español) There are twenty of them, mostly girls. There are some boys in the group, but they are fewer in number and younger. All of them are painting on some big cardboards while their instructor, a young lad, cuts small pieces of tape he will use to stick children’s paintings on the school walls. When we ask why […]

Swimming among tigers

Swimming among tigers

(Versión en español) Report made with the support of Oxfam Intermón The paramilitary forces invaded the village of Condoto, tortured, raped, murdered and established their laws. For example: women were forced to wash their clothes, prepare their food, stay at home after sunset, they couldn’t wear short skirts nor short hair. María Eugenia Urrutia, an 18 years-old black girl, couldn’t take […]

You’d better go sell candies at traffic lights

You’d better go sell candies at traffic lights

(Versión en castellano) Report made with the support of Intermón Oxfam Five centuries after the Conquest, a new colonization attacks the natural resources and destroys local populations. There are no caravels, or armours, or men on horseback, or faith conversions, but tractors, pesticides, tax havens, financial markets, and investors who, as Leopold II or the Catholic Monarchs, ignored the beliefs, […]

Syria? There is no more Syria

Syria? There is no more Syria

(Versión en español) Report made with the support of Intermón Oxfam Refugees: how a war destroys a life The blades on the fan Seif had at his side are stationary. It gives the sensation that they are paralyzed by the immense heat. In an overwhelm paradox feels like its stillness is increasing the stifling sensation. The more you look at […]

David Remnick : “Let’s not to be romantic about the uniformed brilliant quality of all journalism in the pre-internet age. There was a lot of crap”

David Remnick : “Let’s not to be romantic about the uniformed brilliant quality of all journalism in the pre-internet age. There was a lot of crap”

(Versión en español) The New Yorker is a temple of good journalism that manages to endure in the middle the economic and talent crisis that ravages the sector. The New Yorker, even in tough economic times, is a profitable magazine, and Remnick’s strategy is to thrive in the internet age by investing both in the new means of distribution —the […]

Someone paid 34 million euros for an abstract painting! And other contemporary art probably made by a seven year old kid

Someone paid 34 million euros for an abstract painting! And other contemporary art probably made by a seven year old kid

(Versión en castellano) What do you think about the painting above? Some artsy-fartsy bullshit, don’t you? Then prepare to be outraged upon knowing that someone just paid 34 million euros ($ 45.07 million) for it. Mind you, New York Sotheby’s advertised it as “a portal to the sublime.” They had to be kidding, right? But if it’s just a dark […]

Liquid gold hunting

Liquid gold hunting

(Versión en castellano) “They halted, then, and called out to each other. As Nausicaa, daughter of valiant Alcinous, commanded, they found Odysseus a sheltered spot. They set out a tunic and cloak for him to wear, and smooth olive oil in a golden flask, and invited him to bathe in the running stream”. The Odyssey. Book 6. Part I Early […]

Guatemala, the confiscated transition

Guatemala, the confiscated transition

(Versión en español) Report made with the support of Intermón Oxfam In the community of Aguascalientes, in the Polochic Valley, an idyllic place northeast of the capital of Guatemala, roosters wander aimlessly and crow at the wrong time with harsh voices. They must feel the sadness of the people, campesinos (peasant farmers) forced off their lands in March 2011 by […]

Knuckleball: to hit a butterfly

Knuckleball: to hit a butterfly

(Spanish version) On December 17, 2012, Robert Allen (R.A.) Dickey, starting pitcher for the New York Mets was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. With the transfer was signed a contract extension for 2 years and $ 24 million to add to the 5 million that was already by the Mets, plus an extension option for one further year and […]

Juan José Gómez Cadenas: Landscape with neutrinos

Juan José Gómez Cadenas: Landscape with neutrinos

(Spanish version) Some time ago, being a post-doc in California, I used to take long trips across the USA in my red-arrest-me, not-so­easy-rider Kawasaki Ninja. I went south to Baja and east to the Rockies, north to Washington and all the way up to Montana and then to Utah. I saw a lot of scenery. And I met a lot […]

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