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Last Saturday, the 15th of March, Akram Zaatari and Rana Zincir engaged on a very inspiring conversation around the prolific artistic production of Akram Zaatari. Rana Zincir wrote 6 words on postcards and let Zaatari choose among them and then talk about what they mean for him and his artistic production: Longing, peace, chronicle, resistance, artifacts and finally history were the words… But other words also came forward such as memory, archeology, conflict, identities, documentation and photography…

Akram Zaatari reflected on Rana Zincir’s word puzzle! | Boğaziçi Chronicles

Kind of brilliant approach to sparking a conversation. Stealing that forthwith…

[Originally published here as part of WITNESS’s collaboration with Global Voices Online]

It has been a bumper few weeks on GV for human rights video, so let’s get straight into it…

Bandh of brothers… [via Neha]

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvRLmupsVts]

This footage, filmed by Dinesh Wagle, of United We Blog!, shows motorcycle riders being turned backed by members of the National Federation of Nepal Transport Entrepreneurs in Kathmandu. The NFNTE had called a bandh (strike) prohibiting vehicles from running on the streets, after public buses were torched in an earlier protest during the instability in Terai.

I’d love to know what’s actually said in the exchange between the two sides – any offers to post a transcript or to subtitle via dotsub or elsewhere?

Wagle offers a worrying perspective on the unpredictability of life in Nepal at the moment:

“[…] it’s indeed hard to predict the political and other developments in today’s Nepal. The trend of creating anarchy and take advantage of such situation has increased over the past several months. There is a kind of planned competition to exploit the situation. You never know what’s going to happen when. Anyone can call a Nepal banda any time. General public has to face the difficulties caused by such prompt and unnecessary decisions. Public have always become the victim of such bandas in the past. What can they do other than quietly suffer?”

FarsiTube, Alexander Litvinenko, strikes in Lebanon, maids protesting at the beach in Peru, vlogging from UAE, and clashes in Bolivia after the jump…

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