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Another moment at the Iglesia de la Candelaria in central Bogota, one of Colombian capital's most photogenic churches. I'm looking forward to returning later in the month.

13-June-2015

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http://www.pirancafe.com/2015/07/04/iglesia-de-la-candelaria-ii/


#Bogota   #Colombia   #streetphotography   #streettogs  
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An interview with Robert Frank, settling on a price for the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and Trump's tirade reaches Colombia.
An interview with Robert Frank, settling on a price for the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and Trump's tirade reaches Colombia.
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These are the somewhat rare James’s Flamingos (Phoenicoparrus jamesi) enjoying themselves in the Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve in southwest Bolivia, feeding on the algae that gives the lake its color and name.

The proximity to the Salar de Uyuni, the planet’s largest salt flat, includes the Avaroa park on most itineraries of the three and four day excursions to the salar, making it Bolivia’s most visited national park.

For the preserve-curious, a 26-image gallery is here:
http://www.pirancafe.com/2015/07/02/eduardo-avaroa-andean-fauna-national-reserve-bolivia-stock-image-gallery/

#Bolivia #travel #SalarDeUyuni #birds #flamingos #birdphotography
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The piece's twitter headline, which I'll shamelessly admit compelled me to click and, yes, even read:

"Using words "viagra" and "herbal supplement" in emails might throw off NSA surveillance tool:"

One of the National Security Agency’s most powerful tools of mass surveillance makes tracking someone’s Internet usage as easy as entering an email address, and provides no built-in technology to prevent abuse. Today, The Intercept is publishing 48 top-secret and other classified documents about XKEYSCORE dated up to 2013, which shed new light on the breadth, depth and functionality of this critical spy system — one of the largest releases yet of documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The NSA’s XKEYSCORE program, first revealed by The Guardian, sweeps up countless people’s Internet searches, emails, documents, usernames and passwords, and other private communications. XKEYSCORE is fed a constant flow of Internet traffic from fiber optic cables that make up the backbone of the world’s communication network, among other sources, for processing. As of 2008, the surveillance system boasted approximately 150 field sites in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Spain, Russia, Nigeria, Somalia, Pakistan, Japan, Australia, as well as many other countries, consisting of over 700 servers.
One of the NSA's most powerful tools of mass surveillance makes tracking someone’s Internet usage as easy as entering an email address, and provides no built-in technology to prevent abuse. Today, The Intercept is publishing 48 top-secret and other classified documents about XKEYSCORE dated up to 2013, which shed new light on the breadth, depth and functionality of this critical spy system.
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Things are getting serious in Greece. Some readings.
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Like in Quito, people in Bogota cross themselves. A lot. And not only when I’m passing by or when they pass by me.

Like this gentleman quickly walking past the Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Carmen, the most colorful and architecturally iconic churches in Bogota. He crossed himself three times in rapid succession. Than three times again as he rounded the corner.

By most estimates, between 75 and 90 percent of Colombians consider themselves nominally Roman Catholic. It was the official state religion until as recently as 1991 when a constitutional reform abolished any official sanction and guaranteed religious freedom and made all religions equal before the law.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen looms large in the center of the capital’s Candelaria district, its unique red and white  57-meter (187ft) high brick steeple visible for blocks around. Constructed between 1927 and 1938m it’s by far the finest of the few examples of Gothic architecture to be found in Bogota.

I never made it inside, content to just watch people pass by.

Bogota, 30 May 2015

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http://www.pirancafe.com/2015/06/28/at-the-church-of-nuestra-senora-del-carmen-bogota/


#EverydayLatinAmerica #streetphotography #streettogs #streetcandid #streetportrait #everydayeverywhere #Bogota #Colombia #latinamerica
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Forty-four years ago today Jim Morrison broke on through for the final time. And in a coincidence that’s probably only entertaining to me, Franz Kafka would have been 132 today. Two that were taken from us much too soon.

Cimetiere Pere Lachaise, Paris, 07 March 2011

A little bit more is here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2015/07/03/jim-morrison-in-paris/

#JimMorrison #FranzKafka #Morrison #Paris #PereLachaise  
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From this New York Times Magazine feature on Robert Frank, the most influential living photographer today, whose seminal work 'Americans' is still widely considered one of the finest photography books ever published:

‘‘I photographed people who were held back, who never could step over a certain line,’’ he says. ‘‘My mother asked me, ‘Why do you always take pictures of poor people?’ It wasn’t true, but my sympathies were with people who struggled. There was also my mistrust of people who made the rules.’’ That impulse seems particularly potent today, during our charged national moment — our time of belated reckoning with how violent, enraged, unbalanced and unjust the United States often still is. To look again at the photographs Frank made before Selma, Vietnam and Stonewall, before income inequality, iPhones and ‘‘I can’t breathe,’’ is to realize he recognized us before we recognized ourselves.

If you're not a NYT subscriber, make this one of your monthly freebies.

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Looking back with Robert Frank, the most influential photographer alive.
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Greece, burning churches, Patti Smith, Anna Holmes, the NSA's most powerful tool, and free art-y things to do in Amsterdam.
Greece, burning churches, Patti Smith, Anna Holmes, the NSA's most powerful tool, and free art-y things to do in Amsterdam.
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There’s a crowd-funding appeal to help the people of Greece. Seriously.

Started by a London shoe shop worker two days ago, €485,777 has been raised toward the €1.6 billion ((US$1.78 billion) goal by 30,504 people.

“€1.6bn is what the Greeks need," the appeal reads. "It might seem like a lot but it's only just over €3 from each European. That's about the same as half a pint in London. Or everyone in the EU just having a Feta and Olive salad for lunch.”

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/greek-bailout-fund#/story

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CrowdFunding a bailout fund for Greece. By the people, for the people. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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On Avenida 6 Norte in Cali, Colombia's Barrio San Vicente - this gentleman makes the finest fresh fruit smoothies on the planet. And he even offers you chair while you wait.

A further exploration of my neighborhood for the month, in Cali's northern reaches, is here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2015/06/30/barrio-san-vicente-cali-i/


#EverydayLatinAmerica #streetphotography #streettogs #streetcandid #streetportrait #Cali #Colombia #latinamerica
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Human rights and labor lawyer Dan Kovalik appeared on Media Roots a few weeks ago to discus the roots of the Colombian civil war, which has entered its 51st year and taken more than 220,000 lives and displaced more than six million, and the role of the U.S. in the country and the conflict. Colombia has been on the receiving end of more than $9 billion in military assistance since 2000, the highest by far in the hemisphere yet rarely takes on a central role in foreign policy discussion or debate.

A long-time specialist on Colombia, Kovalik’s work on and in the country appears regularly in The Huffington Post and Counterpunch. Whether you view that as an indication of Kovalik’s politics really is irrelevant; in this general overview in just under 40 minutes, Kovalik covers lots of ground while offering a perspective not often heard. It’s definitely worth a listen.

#Colombia  
A wide-reaching 40-minute overview on the roots of the conflict in Colombia and the role of US policy.
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I'm a reporter, editor, photographer and blogger with a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I've visited 54 countries and counting.
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I'm a reporter, editor, photographer, blogger & roaming rambler with a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I've visited 54 countries and counting.

Born in Slovenia (then Yugoslavia), I spent much of my life in the U.S. midwest before returning permanently to Slovenia in 2004.

I’m a long-time professional journalist with more than twenty-five years’ experience as a reporter, editor, copywriter and translator. I’ve reported and written extensively on culture, politics, development, travel and Olympic sport.

From 2000 through 2012, I focused almost exclusively on coverage of international track & field and distance running. I covered the last three summer Olympic Games, several World Championships and dozens of other international, continental and regional competitions on four continents. I worked closely with the IAAF, the international governing body for track and field, first as a chief correspondent and later as an associate website editor where I oversaw the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. I regularly reported for Reuters, The Press Association and dozens of newspapers, magazines, and news and specialist websites.

Founder of Piran Café.

I'm a frequent traveler and love sharing tips, insights and photos from the road. You'll find quite a bit of that on my G+ stream.

As a photographer, my work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Slovenia and the United States.

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Travelers, travel bloggers and other kindred spirits:
If you're planning to visit Ljubljana, and have any questions or are seeking suggestions, feel free to get in touch. I'm happy to help in any way I can, and will be delighted to meet up for a drink and even play tour guide for a bit if I'm in town and have the time.

Circling Policy (v 1.1):  :)
I enjoy connecting and engaging with people from all walks of life and all corners of the planet. Note however that I'm continually at or very near the G+ 5,000 limit, so as much as I'd like to I can't automatically follow everyone back. That said I regularly remove inactive G+ers, with 14 days of inactivity generally set as the cutoff, to make room for others I'd like to circle.

Rules? Just a few: I will not tolerate racism, hatred, religious extremism or bigotry in any form. Also know that I'm not a fan of cat GIFs or empty profiles.
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I've witnessed four of Usain Bolt's world records and I've had cholera. Not in that order.
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    Political Science, Journalism, 1988
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