Three Myths about Mandela Worth Busting
Colombia is seeking UNESCO’s recognition of the folkloric music genre of vallenato as cultural heritage, President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday.
The president did so in Valledupar, the capital of the northern Cesar state considered the country’s capital of the music genre.
“Vallenato recently was included as immaterial cultural heritage by the nation … and we are seeking that UNESCO also recognizes it as cultural heritage of humanity,” Santos said.
… Vallenato — much like cumbia and porro — is one of a number folkloric music genres originating from the Caribbean coast. The music, characterized by the use of the accordion, is particularly popular along the northern coastline.
Afro-Colombian Mural: Currulao y Desplazamiento
At any given moment at least one-third of Gaza will be in the dark. During the long days of summer it is much easier to cope but now the days are much shorter and it seems most of our time is spent in the dark. Students study by candlelight and women cook by flashlight. Men gather on the balconies to smoke and talk politics – the only light that can be seen are the small red dots of their glowing cigarettes.
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Astounding Footage of Sunday’s Rare Hybrid Solar Eclipse
Brazil continues to receive the kind of attention it could really do without just eight months removed before thousands of visitors are due to arrive for the 2014 World Cup, which now seems destined to become another security challenge to cities that will also be host to the 2016 Olympic Games as demonstrations against these mega sports projects have resumed in recent days as a series of revelations about over-billing and multi-billion dollar financial scandals continue to serve as a backdrop to ongoing social concerns.
What began this summer during the 2013 Confederations Cup in retrospect now feels like the start of larger social unrest and several complicated political turns, as peaceful demonstrations often evolve into violent confrontation as masked youths, known as the Black Blocs, are sowing the seeds of anarchy. There is also a feeling of powerlessness due to cases of corruption and embezzlement, lack of transparency, and financial accountability while indicted leaders and politicians often stay in power despite being cited for wide-spread corruption and collusion in the growing scandals which are now being uncovered.
Banksy in Queens…
Thomas Friedman Writes for the International House of Pancakes Menu
Picking a favorite pancake is a lot like picking the right tie for a meeting. In certain cultures more importance is placed on the tie you wear than on the suit or even what you’re saying. I wore a blue tie when I asked a Palestinian widow what she thought of Israeli pizzas and a paisley red tie when I asked an IDF commander why nobody reads MAD Magazine anymore. “It’s because we’re passing over the cusp of the digital age,” said Ari Rabin. That was when I realized that was what we were: cuspers. We were on the cusp, going through the painful process of shedding all the analog, but not purely digital yet. I folded Tab A to meet Tab B and that was when I saw an image of two eggs, two bacon strips or pork sausage links, and IHOP’s golden hash browns, along with my favorite pancakes, the CINN-A-STACK. I wiped CINN-A-STACK juice from my mustache and the Palestinian widow admitted she liked pizza, proving once again that we are all on the cusp together.