The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

The hereafter re me

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Las problemas de Oaxaca

Just like everywhere else, Oaxaca has problems. With an election coming up on July 4th, everything seems to have been ratcheted up a notch or two. There are protests all over the place with blockades going up on some of the major roads and in front of supermarkets and malls. The planton continues in the zocalo. The water conflict between San Agustin Etla and the city continues. The Triquis conflict in San Juan Copala continues to attract international attention and is very tense. It is a mess.Scenes from the zocalo. Can you believe it, this is the northwest corner, the main entrance?The cathedral from both sides, north and south.
The reds are here.Hungry?In speaking with people both in the villages and in the city, nobody is optimistic. Businesses are being hurt and consequentially, workers are too.

In looking to the north, it does not seem much better. In both places, the rich and the powerful corporations are running the entire show and the rest of us can just STFU. Politics as usual in the 21st century.

The most telling moment of the week for me was the media outrage at Paul McCartney's mild comment about the former president, who admitted to torture and the willingness to do it again and yet garnered no outrage from the those same pundits.

1 comment:

slenane said...

Where are you Chris Stowens!?!?!