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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…

Invasion of the Waveform Snatchers

It’ll be interesting to see how musicians and singers deal with what has unfolded and what’s about to unfold via the new AI technologies that are coming down the pike in this decade we’re in. Frankly, what concerns me are…

Africa, a history to rediscover. 17- The ancient African dances

I often dance without instruments or music. This may sound crazy, but by the law of correspondence, if I dance with my mind, I will also dance with my body. In this article, we will discuss some traditional African dances.…

Conversation with Patricia Ríos Co-author of ‘ambrosia’ recetas poéticas

Patricia Ríos read one of the first essays I ever wrote in English back in 1998. In blue ink, the essay described a conversation I had with a friend. The essay’s title was “From the Other Side of the Street.”…

Islam, Catholicism and the separation of religion and state: an essential or difference? (Part 4)

In most Muslim-majority countries, there are severe restrictions on religious dissent. In such cases, the problem is associated with the alliance between religious and political authorities. I argue that the alliance between Islamic scholars (the ulema) and state authorities was…

Let innocence (not) count!

The 28th of December is popularly celebrated in Spanish-speaking regions as the Day of the Innocents. In reality, the date is part of the hagiography (biography of saints) of Christianity and recognised as the Day of the Holy Innocents, in…

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