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Written by steveperaza on Oct 17, 2009

   

Perhaps the notion of poverty has been one of the most elusive in the modern era. What exactly is it? Does it have particular characteristics? Who would one identify as poor? How does one avoid or overcome poverty? Is s/he personally to blame or are society and its structures responsible? These are only some of the questions that men and women around the world have asked and sought to answer, usually to no avail. In the following weeks I will join them, as I explore urban poverty, its history, its current manifestations, and its future.

A good entry point, then, might be a definition. Here I will cite The World Bank: Urban poverty has many dimensions and can affect millions in dynamic ways. Among the dimensions of poverty that the World Bank delineates are: income poverty; health and education poverty; personal and tenure security; and disempowerment. Each dimension can affect whether one will find a job, acquire work skills, sustain productive assets like housing, build household relations, and employ social capital. Through this multidimensional attack on asset ownership, the World Bank argues, poverty renders millions vulnerable.

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Written by Acorde on Oct 17, 2009

This world is full of stereotypes. Unnecessary stereotypes. When my mom has to answer every time that mine and my sister's profession is being musicians, many ask again "but, what do they do for a living?." So it seems that musicians (and artists for that matter) are barely human beings; we are often tagged as drug addicts, alcoholics, good-for-nothing, unproductive, lazy people. What many don't realize is that looking for gigs, studying every day, auditioning for a position in orchestras, going to workshops around the world, and teaching--ALL AT THE SAME TIME!--is exhausting. It is our job, and we take it seriously. We are in charge of giving people the gift to appreciate music.

 

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Written by Seanedwardwatkins on Oct 17, 2009

Welcome back to my blog!  I have been with The Weave on and off since its inception way back when I was an undergrad. Unfortunately, I have been on hiatus because of the pressures of grad school (first a Masters in Popular Culture and now a PhD in Media and Communication ), but luckily for you I have finally decided to set my priorities straight. The Weave is a crucial space where students and faculty alike can share their analysis of new s and/or promote under-reported stories. The Weave is a place where we should feel free to comment and be commented upon. While news is a big portion of the picture, dialogue is...

Written by Acorde on Oct 15, 2009

 

Freedom of speech? Being able to leave your country whenever you want? Give your opinion in public without being pinpointed as a deserter? Have contact with the outter world through the web?

All of these are not an option in Cuba. At least not for Yoani Sánchez , a prominent Cuban blogger. For your reference, recently I made available to all Weave followers a video and a short comment about blogging at the most controversial island of the world.

So, Yoani's story goes like this.

She started blogging in 2007 after realizing that what she had studied (Philology) was not fulfilling herself. She then decided to enter the concrete world of numbers...

Written by dshafer on Oct 12, 2009

(Kaiteur Falls, Guyana)

Our goal was simple, prove that the cheapest way to volunteer is not through a pre-planned all-inclusive trip but rather by going to a place in need and offering your services. It was our belief that the construct of paying money to give your labor is financially preclusive to the vast majority of those who want to volunteer abroad. In this vein volunteering abroad has too often become the entertaining café story of the wealthy when it should be an opportunity for all. The dilemma then came, how can we best prove our theorem. Then we heard of a country that gets less than 5,000 visitors a year, has struggled with HIV AIDS, persistent crime, and destruction of their natural resources. A destination that happened to be the cheapest international flight out of New York. A country that the world at large has forgotten about. That country is Guyana.

    For those who are thinking Guyana is in the Southeast Asia, Africa, or perhaps a claimed territory in Micronesia, you would be horribly wrong. Guyana is a country on the North Coast of South America, however to call it a Latin American nation would be blasphemy as they have almost nothing to do with their neighbors of Venezuela, Brazil, and Suriname least of all language. For all intensive purposes Guyana is part of the Caribbean, proving this point most...

Written by dshafer on Oct 12, 2009

 This is an article spotlighting a free volunteer opportunity in Central America. In the midst of a global recession we cannot in good conscience ask volunteers to pay money to help. Helping should always be free.

 

Since the beginning of the recession, the number of volunteers globally has tripled. This is of course logical as people can not only help others with their free time but also continue to be productive, explore different career paths, and avoid the dreaded “hole” in the resume. However volunteering unfortunately costs money. It costs us money, not only in our time, but also transportation, and in some cases fees to volunteer. I starting looking into the range of fees and quickly became disgusted by the ruthless profit margins that companies were making. In Nicaragua for example there are organizations where you pay $500 a week to volunteer, when the real average cost per traveler per day is most likely under $10, including a safe place to stay. It robs the volunteer of more than just money, but also their ability to stay for any substantive period of time without draining their savings account. Then I found an organization outside Grenada, Nicaragua called Casas de Esperanza, and remembered why I wanted to volunteer.

    Casas de Esperanza is an organization working with a squatter...

Written by maamir07 on Oct 10, 2009

Afghanistan Ambassador Warns of Worsening Violence

 

Interview with PBS TV

Margaret Warner (PBS TV) speaks with Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States, Said Jawad, about...

Written by Khady on Sep 25, 2009

September so far has been an exciting month! For all the environmental freaks out there and any other concerned responsible citizen of the world who cares enough to care.

On September 22nd, leaders from 100 different nations, civil society groups and activists gathered at the United Nations grounds in New York city to participate in the United Nations Climate Summit.

Climate change is the topic of the day and is an issue that is making its way up in the agendas of national governments. The question today is not so much one over the legitimacy and credibility of the climate change discourse. Rather it is a question related to timing. When will we not only talk the 'talk’ but also ‘walk the walk...

Written by Acorde on Sep 19, 2009

Have you ever wondered how Cubans connect with the world?

Here is an answer.

 (the video comes with English subtitles!!)

According to the Decree no. 209/1996 of the Cuban Constitution, Cubans can access to information over the internet-if, that is, they are lucky enough to have access to a computer with internet and if the speed is decent.  However, the use of this information is regulated by state authorities in function to Cuban national interests.

Nowadays, there are around 25 independent...

Written by johncollins on Sep 15, 2009

27 You know you are not in the United States any more when, in the span of less than a week, your city plays host to both Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales.  Both leaders have played key roles in a recent wave of political change in Latin America that has been pushing, sometimes quietly and sometimes not so quietly, against the long and continuing tradition of U.S. imperialism in the region. Yesterday I had the privilege of hearing Morales, Bolivia's charismatic indigenous president, speak to a packed house at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  In a brief but inspiring speech delivered at the university's...