Tamass: Contemporary Arab Representation

Tamáss echoes Gödel’s theorem: ‘no theories, no forms … can be up to the phenomenological complexity of contemporary Beirut’; something similar is true of all globalising cities, from Los Angeles’s segregated dream factories to occupied Baghdad. Like military, religious or corporate strategists, intellectuals conceptually map as they observe. And like the post-war planners’ remaking of central Beirut as ‘a laboratory for current and future elaborations of global capitalism’, artists too leave blank areas beyond care, co-option or comprehension.

http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/tamass-contemporary-arab-representation

Agribusiness Invades Poland

Agribusiness Invades Poland”, illustrated article on the ecological and economic consequences of expanding corporate pig ‘factories’ in former collective farms of Northern Poland, published in Mute magazine, 20“Agribusiness Invades Poland”, illustrated article on the ecological and economic consequences of expanding corporate pig ‘factories’ in former collective farms of Northern Poland, published in Mute magazine, 2004.04.

http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/agribusiness-invades-poland

Green aid in India and Zimbabwe – Conserving whose community?

ArticleinGeoforum 32(3):299-318 · August 2001

Abstract

What happens when global institutions try to assist community conservation in some of the world’s least industrialised areas? Among the `cutting edge’ projects grant-aided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF, a World Bank-hosted fund for `global environmental benefits’) are `CAMPFIRE’ – the Communal Areas Management Programme For Indigenous Resources – in Zimbabwe, and `India Ecodevelopment’. Both are intended to combine protection of biodiverse wildlife with participatory rural development for impoverished local communities. We explore the `ground truths’ of these projects in two historical and political contexts. We ask whether aspiring managers of `global resources’ can sufficiently transcend ongoing tensions in `local political ecology’, while diverse value systems and experiences remain distant. We conclude with thoughts about the `sustainable development’ of foreign missions old and new.

Festival Mania – Green Cheddar

With Glastonbury sanitised this year, the Big Green Gathering (BGG) drew in party people in search of Avalon’s freer spirit. They found a sorted little festival in Cheddar, Somerset – run mostly on wind and solar power – with music, info, art, permaculture, workshops and films. But organisation and self-control started to break down after dark. It was only afterwards that I discovered it was meant to be ‘alcohol free’.

http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/festival-mania