05 Jul 2011

July 9, 2011 – “A Talk for World Peace”

On Saturday 9 July 2011, Tenzin Gyatso will present “A Talk for World Peace” on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. He will speak from at 10:05 – 10:45 AM ET (7:05 – 7:45 PST) followed by a 30 minute question and answer session. Look for video(s) of this historic

25 Jun 2011

Other Visions, Other Voices: Ariel Ramírez

Ramírez once told The Jerusalem Post how Misa Criolla was inspired by a visit to Germany after World War II.[5] While there he had an encounter with a group of nuns, which led him to consider writing “a spiritual piece”. This would eventually become the Misa Criolla.[5] Misa Criolla and

24 Jun 2011

Other Visions, Other Voices: Susana Baca and Javier Lazo

Dedication: It takes talent, energy and specific kinds of business constructs required for FDL to do what it does and to keep the lights on. This post is my little contribution. For years, the career of singer Susana Baca has been fueled by a burning desire to save the musical

20 Apr 2011

“Demonize It, Prosecute It, Shut It Down, Then Grab The Market”

It may be 4/20 but the not so fabulous news may be that after all that work done by activists to break barriers to the legalization and even decriminalization of cannabis, the US government has simply made the markets safe just in time for their complete capture by Big Pharma.

12 Apr 2011

Chernobyl and Fukushima Legacies: Photo Essay by Paul Fusco

During this nuclear-emergency-in-progress in Fukushima (see a recent update, “Fukushima: INES-7 Announcement Today by lobster Monday April 11, 2011 9:09 pm), I will contend that we can no longer debate or ignore the profound impact of humanity’s tendency towards the tragic mismanagement of nuclear energy and waste. What I perceive

05 Mar 2011

Tibetan New Year– Oh Wait, It’s New Year’s Day Again? ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NO2NG5K77s “Purification” performed by Deva Premal & The Gyuto Monks of Tibet Yep, it’s New Year’s Day– Tibetan New Year (or “Losar”) that is. Prior to this day, it is customary to do a purification period. Then the lunar date for the New Year (March 5th for this Year of

12 Feb 2011

53rd Grammys: Robed Men Singing 9 Overtones Nominated for “Best Traditional World Music Album”

Speaking of Mongolian heritage … according to Phayul.Com, the multiple overtone producing Gyoto monks are nominated for a Grammy this year. It’s a bit amusing how that came about: Four Buddhist monks from Tibet were performing on the north coast of NSW [Australia] when they were approached by a German

11 Feb 2011

One Good Reason Why The People Of Spain Have An Interest In Prosecuting The Bush Officials– US Front Companies Hooked Spain For Later Bailouts and Austerity Measures

iven that “Tens of thousands of immigrants have been saddled with impossible debts thanks to products set up by US companies,” the people of España should be more than happy to respond to the “Please Do What the U.S. Won’t. Prosecute Torturers.” initiative recommended by David Swanson. To the rest

21 Jan 2011

“Iron Jawed Angels” and American Political Prisoners

“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” – Khalil Gibran I don’t think our understanding of the struggle for human and civil rights in the US would be complete without knowing about the

16 Jan 2011

The Politics of Dancing

(Note bene: see the hit video, “The Politics of Dancing,” as it looks like it is blocked by YouTube.com from being embedded here) For many of us, it’s maybe a lifetime ago since we even had to think about dancing other than just doing it. That wasn’t always the case