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"X-Apartments" is a template for an art-making project that spans the gaps of art world/real world, artist/non-artist, performance/plastic art. It roughly takes the form of a self-guided tour of apartments in which the art is staged. This version took place in Beirut on May 12-15, 2013 in two distinct neighborhoods. Jasbir Paur and Elena Glasberg give us an inside look.
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Burma granted amnesty to political prisoners on January 13, 2012. Poet Khet Mar’s poem The Wound addresses her guilt of being far away Translated by Ko Ko Thett.http://warscapes.com/poetry/wound#sthash.ZQRGiANK.dpuf
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Waiting at the Paris airport, two immigrants from Djibouti narrate parallel stories of war, child soldiers, arms trafficking, drugs, and hunger in Transit a novel from Abdourahman A. Waberi: http://warscapes.com/literature/transit#sthash.K4xYW7oE.3Si0avKU.dpuf
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In an email exchange with Warscapes' Michael Bronner today, a veteran American intelligence analyst with long experience in interrogating assumptions guiding intelligence assessments raised the possibility that the substance used in the Syria attacks may have been "crowd control agents" in unorthodox concentrations, and that this is a point that should and will be addressed by evidentiary investigations underway. The Russians, who manufacture much of the Syrian inventory, indeed killed some 130 of 850 moviegoers being held hostage by Chechen terrorists in the infamous Dubrovka Theater tragedy on 23 October 2002 - in which Russian forces dispersed "an unidentified chemical substance." This may well turn out to be a Syrian regime chemical weapons attack, but with talk of American intervention, it's important to keep pressing intelligent questions about exactly what happened.
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A compelling question raised by a former US government chemical weapons expert with experience in the region in an interview with Warscapes today is over the ratio of lethal casualties to survivors. Doctors without Borders cited 3,600 patients presenting with nuerotoxic symptoms of which 355 had died. "One thing that bugs me is that sarin and tabun and VX - all of the nerve agents in that are in the traditional inventory - are very effective in terms of killing people...I would have expected a higher percentage of lethal casualties to non-lethal casualties if this had been chemically pure, militarily significant nerve agent. If you've got something less than 15 percent of those exposed dead, then I scratch my head and wonder what's going on." That said, he dismissed the possibility that any of the rebel groups could have anything near the capability to use chemical weapons, if they had them, to cause the damage we're seeing. More to come as Warscapes' reporting continues. Feedback and comments welcome...
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The jungles of Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil are not merely jungles—they harbor a network of diamond smugglers. Girish Gupta traces the issue for Warscapes. http://warscapes.com/art/dirty-diamonds-south-america#sthash.DneqVN2U.dpuf
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In Zimbabwe, the ruling party’s overwhelming victory in recent nationwide elections has been credited to corruption and fraud. The reality of ZANU-PF’s victory, however, is quite a bit more complicated. Analysis by Bree Zuckerman and Michael Busch.
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“Guns, Slogans and Tears:The Kurdish Conflict” photographer Benjamin Hiller shares his lens onto Kurds caught in political crosshairs in the Middle East: http://warscapes.com/art/guns-slogans-and-tears#sthash.U8x8QpZf.dpuf
By Benjamin HillerAs a freelance photojournalist, born 1982 in Germany, I have always thought it more important to concentrate on long-term projects than to “jump” from one war zone to the next. This idea of focusing on long-term projects was bolstered by my studies of social anthropology in Heidelberg, Germany.
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In naming the horrors of the War on Terror and in naming her secret self, Chelsea Manning provokes discomfort and in doing so makes the military, the government, and the media objects of scrutiny; calling on them to account for themselves. An op-ed by Nomvuyo Nolutshungu.
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Kenyan photographer Mwangi shares his insight into the tragic trauma in Kenya which led him to enter political activism. http://warscapes.com/conversations/bury-vultures#sthash.7cuL2zfm.dpuf
Kenyan photographer and political activist Boniface Mwangi talks graffiti art, crooked pols (vultures) and "the Violence."
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Gustavo Germano's photographic series called Absences (Ausencias) is a project envisioned to evoke an emptiness, the incommensurable void left by the violence on people and communities in Argentina during the military regime from 1976 to 1983. Germano took his camera and returned to the places where the missing victims of state repression had once lived. By juxtaposing the original images of the disappeared to the pictures taken in the same exact places thirty years later, he captured the brutal impact left by their absences: an empty place at a table, an arm laid toward nothingness, a deserted beach.
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A review of Breakfast with Mugabe, a play based on the relationship between the Zimbabwean leader and his white psychiatrist.
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