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A good omen! No more tears!

In the shattered and unhinged context in which we find ourselves living, reading Alessandra Bocchetti’s latest book Basta lacrime (VandA. editions, 2022) offers women and men, girls and boys-interested in reading the lesser-known side of the origins of the ongoing…

Public Libraries Continue to Thrive Despite Defunding and Privatization Attacks

Efforts by governments and cities across the nation to defund the public library indicate a misunderstanding of the essential role that libraries play. By April M. Short The public sector in the U.S. has been shrinking rapidly since the 1990s…

Ten years after the departure of Aaron Swartz, a great fighter for free knowledge

This January 13 marks the tenth anniversary of Aaron Swartz’s physical departure. A day that has been instituted in his honor as “Cyberactivism Day”. Wikipedia – another magnificent undertaking of free access to collective knowledge – informs us that Aaron,…

Gabriela Mistral: ahead of her time

Last January 10th marked the 65th anniversary of Gabriela Mistral’s death. A person ahead of her time, her legacy remains fully valid today, even when the world has changed significantly. In addition to being an extraordinary poet who received the…

A dose of magical realism

Anchored in the face of uncertainty, doubts and scepticism, I search for fantasy. Immersed in a hustle and bustle from which we cannot escape and of which we are, in a way, voluntary hostages, we live under a succession of…

Wikipedia: An impressive demonstration effect of Good Knowledge

Around this time in January 2001, the idea of enabling the collaborative edition of the encyclopedia that would end up being created under the name of Wikipedia a few days later was launched. The immediate predecessor of Wikipedia was Nupedia,…

Wrapped in a spider’s web

“Not even the worst of the criminal is foreign to me. And if I recognize it in the landscape, I recognize it in myself. So it is that I want to overcome that which in me and in every man,…

Violence in Graphic Narratives

The 8th International Meeting of Graphic Narratives Dibujos que Hablan (Drawings that Speak) will take place from 9 to 16 January 2023. This year Drawings that Speak invites us to reflect on violence in comics, cartoons, illustration, and other drawn…

My Number 1 New Year’s Resolution: Letter from an ex-pacifist (now no longer “ex”)

How to fight against war disinformation? Julian Assange shows a way. January 1st of each year is the time for formulating resolutions to keep or break (usually the latter) during the 365 days ahead. So Martina, an ex-pacifist who now…

There is no point in continuing to call for peace! It can only be the result of a revolt from within the system

We see it every day: the current leaders (political, economic or socio-technocratic…) seem mentally and emotionally incapable of wanting to change “their” power system. Their motivations? The perpetuation and expansion of their security, of their domination. This is why even…

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