Archive for February, 2006

Article on the World Social Forum

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Thanks MK for pointing out this article on the WSF. Surprisingly, the author brings up many of the topics discussed amongst ourselves during the trip. Funny story: One night we all went to TGIF in Caracas, (Do not go there. The service sucks and the damn menus have no prices. FUCK TGIF.) and got really [...]

The most dangerous ghetto in Caracas

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Okay, so maybe it was not the most dangerous ghetto in Caracas, but I tell you it was pretty damn scary–even to the residents. So, we are at the World Social Forum and we give our presentations. Amidst the participants was a group from a Christian youth worker organization movement. These folks were really nice [...]

Divisive politics, Latin American style

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

For those who have not been paying attention to Venezuelan politics, they are not pretty. Hugo Chavez is a popularly elected leftist President that has begun trying to fix the inequality gaps that have become common throughout Latin America. The problem with this is simple: the powers-that-be (i.e. the middle and upper classes and the [...]

1. the bus ride (or welcome to the developing world, gringo) PART 2

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Amongst this crazy ride, my companions and I were treated to two sites not often seen here in our daily lives. The first was street vendors. No, not the kind that you find on the streets of any big city. Remember, we are still on this bus ride in the mountains, on narrow roads. But [...]

1. the bus ride (or welcome to the developing world, gringo) PART 1

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Prior to leaving for Caracas we had been informed that the major road connecting the airport to the actual city had been condemned. Reports were that rain erosion and lack of maintenance were the cause. So, one member of our group (I’ll call him the Negotiator) who is familiar with Venezuela informed us that the [...]

reporting back from the World Social Forum

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

well, my compatriots and i have returned from Caracas Venezuela. whew, what a hell of a trip. i am just now getting over the dysentary from the rum and cokes (with ice) we enjoyed while down there. ugh. i told my travel companions not to touch the water in anyway–that means the ICE in the [...]