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Photography by Phyllis Galembo

Tangible Spirits

In Africa and its diaspora the mask transforms mortals into gods and makes a political point.

In the April issue of National Geographic a beautiful photo essay by Cathy Newman and Phyllis Galembo, worth the price of the magazine.

What natural disasters reveal about our planet and its destiny.

By by Junot Díaz, from Boston Review

September-October 2011

Diaz uses the situation in Haiti as a spring board to critique globalization, neo-liberalism and the assault on the poor and middle class by the most wealthy in our society.


Apocalypse comes to us from the Greek apocalypsis, meaning to uncover and unveil. Now, as author James Berger reminds us in After the End, apocalypse has three meanings. First, it is the actual imagined end of the world, whether in Revelation or in Hollywood blockbusters. Second, it comprises the catastrophes, personal or historical, that are said to resemble that imagined final ending—the Chernobyl meltdown or the Holocaust or the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that killed thousands and critically damaged a nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Finally, it is a disruptive event that provokes revelation. The apocalyptic event, Berger explains, in order to be truly apocalyptic, must in its disruptive moment clarify and illuminate “the true nature of what has been brought to end.” It must be revelatory.


“This is what Haiti is both victim and symbol of—this new, rapacious stage of capitalism. A cannibal stage where, in order to power the explosion of the super-rich and the ultra-rich, middle classes are being forced to fail, working classes are being reproletarianized, and the poorest are being pushed beyond the grim limits of subsistence, into a kind of sepulchral half-life, perfect targets for any “natural disaster” that just happens to wander by. It is, I suspect, not simply an accident of history that the island that gave us the plantation big bang that put our world on the road to this moment in the capitalist project would also be the first to warn us of this zombie stage of capitalism, when entire nations are being rendered through economic alchemy into not-quite-alive. In the old days, a zombie was a figure whose life and work had been captured by magical means. Old zombies were expected to work around the clock with no relief. The new zombie cannot expect work of any kind—the new zombie just waits around to die…”

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Via: The Big Picture

Earthquake survivor Darlene Etienne, center, shows a photo of her rescue shot by Associated Press photographer Ramon Espinosa to neighbors in Marchand Dessaline, Haiti, Sunday Jan. 9, 2011. The seventeen-year-old was pulled from the rubble of her cousin’s home near the ruins of the St. Gerard parish school by French rescue workers,

Darlene was rescued 15 days after the earthquake.

A font for Doctors Without Borders.

Font Aid IV: Coming Together

The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is proud to announce the release of “Coming Together”, a font created exclusively for Font Aid IV to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. The font consists entirely of ampersands, to represent the idea of people coming together to help one another. Type designers, graphic designers, and other artists from around the world contributed artwork to the font.

The font is being be sold for $20US and is available through font distributors Ascender Fonts, Veer, FontShop, and MyFonts. All proceeds from the sale of the font will go to Doctors Without Borders, to help with their relief efforts in Haiti.


MSF medical activites also continue at La Trinité trauma hospital and the rehabilitation center in the Pacot area of Port-au-Prince. Two operating theatres are up and running, one of them in a shipping container, and staff have performed about 25 mostly complicated surgeries per day since January 13. On January 17 a post-operative ward and triage area were set up in the street in front of the building. MSF teams are also conducting assessments in affected areas outside of the capital, in Léogâne, Grand Goave, Petit Goave, Saint Marc, and Jacmel.© Julie Remy

Work like this is why I choose to give to Doctors Without Borders

A man rents mobile phone chargers by the hour in downtown Port-au-Prince January 17, 2010.
(REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

Via: The Big Picture

Doctors Without Borders Cargo Plane With Full Hospital and Staff Blocked From Landing in Port-au-Prince


Port-au-Prince/Paris /New York, 17 January 2009—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urges that its cargo planes carrying essential medical and surgical material be allowed to land in Port-au-Prince in order to treat thousands of wounded waiting for vital surgical operations. Priority must be given immediately to planes carrying lifesaving equipment and medical personnel.

Despite guarantees, given by the United Nations and the US Defense Department, an MSF cargo plane carrying an inflatable surgical hospital was blocked from landing in Port-au-Prince on Saturday, and was re-routed to Samana, in Dominican Republic. All material from the cargo is now being sent by truck from Samana, but this has added a 24-hour delay for the arrival of the hospital.

A second MSF plane is currently on its way and scheduled to land today in Port- au-Prince at around 10 am local time with additional lifesaving medical material and the rest of the equipment for the hospital. If this plane is also rerouted then the installation of the hospital will be further delayed, in a situation where thousands of wounded are still in need of life saving treatment.

The inflatable hospital includes 2 operating theaters, an intensive care unit, 100-bed hospitalization capacity, an emergency room and all the necessary equipment needed for sterilizing material.

MSF teams are currently working around the clock in 5 different hospitals in Port-au-Prince, but only 2 operating theaters are fully functional, while a third operating theater has been improvised for minor surgery due to the massive influx of wounded and lack of functional referral structures.

I am sure someone in authority has an excuse for this, I really would like to hear what that excuse is. Katrina showed how inept the government is at this sort of thing. Will Haiti be another example of malfeasance and ineptitude and pig headedness?

Hi everyone

At this point everybody knows the situation in Haiti
Taking consideration of this I decide to create this poster cause sometimes an image can deliver a clear message to the people and call them to action.

Yéle Haití it’s a foundation created by Wyclef Jean on 2005.
This foundation Works for the development of Haiti in many ways (Sports, environment, health and education). At this precise moment the foundation is dedicated to raise funds to collaborate the people of Haiti.

Now more than words the people of Haiti need actions, they need that each one of us take awareness and decide to do something for them, just in the way each one of us can do it. I am sure that in your country there are some people yet organized to help and surely they need a hand.

This poster is a free use image; you can use it for profit only if all the money goes to help Haiti.

What you can do with this poster.

Forward it to all your mail contacts and suggest them to help.

Print it, put it at your window, car and office or at any place where it can generate awareness on the people that are not helping yet.

Print it on t-shirts, caps, stickers or flags and trade them for a donation to Haiti.

Share the image and create awareness.

Just see the image and think in which way you can help Haiti

In case that you need a hi resolution file of the image just contact me at and I will send it.

Peace and hope for the Haiti people


Click photo to hear Wyclef report from Haiti on Fox News
Via: Chato @FLICKR


Though its own facilities were severely damaged by the massive earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field staff is establishing temporary clinics in order to treat injured men, women, and children. MSF was able to respond immediately because international and national staff had already been running several projects in country.

I donated to Doctors Without Borders, they do good works all over the world.


Jonathan’s first-person account of the earthquake from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Very powerful.

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