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Exxon secrets
2008-01-17 20:43:34 - by Nicolas Malevé

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Exxon Secrets

Exxon secrets is a project by Greenpeace that documents Exxon-Mobil’s funding of climate change skeptics. It displays a network graph connecting the different organizations that receive funding from Exxon-Mobil and their spokespeople.

We are Zumbi
2007-12-07 21:20:00 - by Nicolas Malevé

Found in the blog Critical Spatial Practice, an article about the cartography made by the group Frente 3 de Fevereiro. This group has been created after the death of a young black man, Flávio Sant’Ana, by the São Paulo military police.

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Frente 3 de Fevereiro

A few quotes from their manifesto We Are Zumbi: A Cartography of Racism to the Urban Youth

Thus we began our cartography trying to decompose the historical thread that has been rendered “natural” through new social practices. But how are these practices structured? What are the limits of the slave legacy in our quotidian experience? How can we break free from this logic by inscribing other forms of sociability?

Cartography is to us more than a map. It is writing understood in a larger sense, a stance before the world. We are cartographers when we recognize and organize that which instigates us to act, giving us hearing, a voice and form to our anxieties and desires, poetically expressing and inscribing onto reality that which moves us.

Everything that voices the movements of desire, everything that serves to coin expressive material, is welcomed. All entry points are good, so long as there are multiple exits. That way the cartographer uses a variety of sources, not only written or theoretical [...]. The cartographer is a true cultural cannibal: always expropriating, appropriating devouring and giving birth, trans-valuing. The cartographer is always seeking elements/nourishment to compose his/her cartographies

Thanks to Muriel Claeys

Pays du clivage
2007-11-26 10:30:00 - by Pierre Huyghebaert

À partir de Libé Labo, un peu off-topic ?

"Subprimes : une tragédie américaine

A Cleveland, dans l’Ohio, la crise du crédit immobilier a laminé la ville. Notre correspondant aux Etats-Unis Philippe Grangereau a suivi deux couples en passe d’être expulsés de chez eux car ils ne pouvaient rembourser leur prêt dit « à surprime ». Chaque jour, la police effectue onze expulsions. Chaque lundi, des centaines de maisons sont mises aux enchères par le Shériff, mais personne ne les achète. Des quartiers entiers ont été pratiquement vidés de leur population. Des dizaines de milliers de logements sont laissées aux « looters » (pillards) qui arrachent la plomberie en cuivre, les portes, les fenêtres, les parements en aluminium, pour les revendre au prix de la ferraille."

12 minutes.

Public hearing on the World Bank
2007-08-28 10:56:13 - by Nicolas Malevé

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TheWorld Bank Campaign Europe is organizing a Peoples Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, on 15 October 2007. In this framework, they are looking for artists to produce a map based on the different testimonies (see highlighted paragraph below). Interested? Reply to this message and leave your coordinates or drop a mail to nicolas AT constantvzw.com


The World Bank Campaign Europe is preparing a Public Hearing in cooperation with the Permanent Peoples’ against the World Bank, to be held in The Hague, Netherlands, on 15 October 2007 - a week before the annual meetings of the World Bank.

Witnesses from all Southern continents will give testimony of the impacts of World Bank policies and practices, especially in the areas of conditionalities and/or extractive industries. Well-known and respected experts will listen to testimonies from all parts of the world about the impact of World Bank financing. The witnesses will answer questions from the experts as well as the audience. In the evening, the expert panel would convene to draft a declaration to be presented the next morning in a press conference. There will be a live video streamlining for the entire event.

People for the expert panel will be Maartje van Putten(currently AfDB inspection panel member, Netherlands), Emil Salim (EIR Eminent Person, Indonesia), Elmar Altvater (economist, Germany), Francesco Martone (Senator, Italy). We are also inviting Susan George and Medha Patkar.

As witnesses we invited Gustavo Salgado(President of Nicaraguan National Consumer’s Network) on electricity privatisation (tbc), Miguel Palacin (President of Peru’s Mine Affected Communities and CONAI Indigenous Network) on policy conditions related to mining, a speaker from Ghana or Mali on the impact of water/cotton sector liberalisation (tbc), Michael Karipko (campaign officer of Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria) on West African Gas Pipeline, a speaker from Kazachstan on Kashagan Pipeline (tbc).

The hearing will focus on the impact of the economic conditionalities and fossil fuel project financing. The expert panel will listen to testimonies from all parts of the world about the impact of World Bank financing. The witnesses will answer questions from the experts as well as the audience and present accompanying images. The expert panel will convene at the end of the day to draft a declaration on the basis of what they heard. The declaration will be presented with specific demands to the World Bank and European governments at a press conference the following morning Oct 16.

Co-operation with artists

We would like to involve mapping artists who would get information about the different testimonies beforehand and would develop maps reflecting the content. This could be presented between the testimonies. It could also be interesting to have an extra space for a map that could be created by the artists and the audience together - if possible. That were the ideas that came up in our meetings and I would be very happy to exchange about these and other ideas.

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les fleuves bougent et les militaires aboient!
2007-07-24 11:09:23 - by Nicolas Malevé

from Harrisson

Interstices et propagande dans la cartographie, les fleuves bougent et
les militaires aboient!

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