Pacu Jawi
Pacu Jawi
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Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
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Mentawai People
Mentawai People
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Palestine
Palestine
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Palestine
Palestine
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Slut walk
Slut walk
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Munich Surfers
Munich Surfers
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Pacu Jawi
Pacu JawiThe pacu jawi(cow race) originated in the Minankabau region of West Sumatra. It is held on rice fields as a celebration or auspice of good harvests and possibly increase the value of well performing cows and bulls. Jockeys also bite the animals’ tail to increase speed.more…
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Sri Lanka
Sri LankaPrior to the tsunami USAID (a US governmental aid agency whose claim is “to partner to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing the security and prosperity of the United States”) had already eyed the potential of Sri Lanka to become “another Bali”. The tourism industry could easily attract the rich executives from the Asian booming economies nearby. Though major investments were not possible due to the country’s heavy deficit, aggravated by expensive arms deals of a long civil war (1983-2009). The needed cash injection was offered by IMF and World Bank under the conditions of privatising state-owned land and infrastructures.more…
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Mentawai People
Mentawai PeopleThe Mentawai islands are situated 150km off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Their people have own language, traditional law and religion (animism). Their society is based on equality, there’s no hereditary title and there are no subordinate roles. They Mentawai people saw all sort of explorers reaching their coasts, from colonial interpreneurs to missionaries to modern-day travellers. The first one who tried to convert them to protestantism was the German missionary August Lett who was eventually killed by some islander 8 years after his first landing. The mission though managed to survive its founder’s death.more…
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Palestine
PalestineThe first day in Ramallah I was woken up by a helicopter flying nearby the hotel. The Tv was still on from the night before and the CNN was broadcasting live images of Arafat getting into the helicopter just passed by. He was off to Paris to undergo medical treatment for his mysterious disease. I ran to his compound (muqata) and managed to get one shot of the chopper taking off.more…
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Palestine
PalestineMy time in Palestine was coming to an end. The return flight was in 3 days and I went back to Jerusalem to send to myself some backup copies of my work. Just after dropping my stuff at the DHL, I heard the news of the death of Arafat…more
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Slut walk
Slut walkIt all started when Constable Michael Sanguinetti of Toronto Police Service said during a crime prevention forum that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”. He later apologized for his remarks but on the 3rd of April 2011 right in Toronto, a crowd of about 3000 people gathered for the first time for a public protest which echoed all around the world under the name of “Slut Walk”.more…
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Munich Surfers
Munich SurfersRiver surfing here on the Eisbach (Ice River – a tributary of River Isar) started around the year 2000. These waters approach 1°C in the cold season and flow at about 5m/sec.more…
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