On The Ground

Gaddafi’s shameful disposal

Muammar Gaddafi’s barbaric lynching by a gang of bloodthirsty avengers armed with submachine guns and cellphones, and totally unaware of any international convention on the treatment of prisoners of war, doesn’t shake the souls of our generation’s “champions of democracy” warlords. A few hurried and uncomfortable words, from those politicians who just a few months ago kneeled in front of the Coronel and his oil fields. It’s an ominous start…

Zuccotti Park, New York City,
October 18th, 2011

When Rep. Jesse Jackson shows up in the park at dusk people gather around him asking questions. They get few answers. But it’s a sign that politicians start to pay attention to the movement. Occupy Wall Street is going global, with protesters descending on dozens of US cities and many European towns. In Rome they got violent, smashing windows and burning cars. Here in NY they are peaceful, yet determined…

Back from Libya
September 5, 2011

There was no light in the house where I stayed in Tripoli during the fight, so I couldn’t run my blog. The generator was an old gear providing just enough power to charge our batteries (laptops, cameras, sat phones, BGan) and the fuel on the black market was hard to find, so we had to minimize the use of it. Now back home I briefly sum up. I crossed the…

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, April 5, 2011

Lomas de Poleo is where they dump corpses: young pretty girls from the countryside who work at the local maquiladoras, foreign owned assembly factories where they get 5 dollars a day;

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, April 1, 2011

I fly into the murder city in the late afternoon, windy and dry: glimpses of the desert and the fence along the Rio Bravo, a huge white painted sign on the hill saying “Read the Bible”…