Black Lives Matter In A Land Of Hope And Glory

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Reading Time: 3 minutes You’re at it again, aren’t you? Playing mind games with traditions, tearing up musical scripts and peeling off black make-up on white people’s faces. I got used to seeing Black Peter roaming the streets of Dutch towns and cities, distributing marzipan tasting biscuits to smiling children. The children believed; the children loved. There was no […]

PÉROU – Les Vacances De Monsieur Nulot

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Alors que j’étais assis «confortablement» dans la construction en briques d’adobe que mes beaux-parents péruviens appellent «chez moi», j’éprouvais probablement davantage ce que l’on ressent au Pérou que n’importe quel touriste ayant visité le Machu Picchu. Je ne suis jamais allé à Machu Picchu et je n’ai pas l’intention de le faire. Une des raisons […]

Mister Nobody’s Holiday

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Reading Time: 4 minutes It was that time of year again where resident populations get eaten up by hungry tourists. As I sat “comfortably” in the adobe construction that my Peruvian parents in-law call “home,” I was probably tasting more of what it feels like to be in Peru than any tourist who has visited Machu Picchu can. I […]

Capturing The Souls Of The Incas – A Poem

Reading Time: 2 minutes Caught between two tectonic plates That slide seamlessly under the feet of unsuspecting crowds, A constant threat of crumbling houses and broken hearts, A cracked mirror that exposes souls, a deep vision of a setting sun, Children are playing in an improvised yard of crushed stones and hardened mud. They dream of somewhere else. As I […]

El Mismo Sol: Ordinary Lives In Peru

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Reading Time: 6 minutes Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo has been arrested in the US and faces corruption charges   (Posted 02/17) A second international arrest warrant has been ordered for the former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo amidst allegations that he  received up to $20m in bribes from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. The former president would, in return, […]