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ROAR Magazine, or Reflections on a Revolution, is an online journal of the radical imagination providing grassroots perspectives from the front-lines of the global struggle for real democracy.

ROAR was founded in 2010 by writer, activist and filmmaker Jérôme Roos as an independent media project that seeks to contribute to the ongoing wave of global uprisings by freely sharing information and breathing inspiration into the Creative Commons.

ROAR is edited by a transnational collective of citizen journalists, scholar-activists and independent filmmakers based in Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berkeley, Florence, Istanbul and Quito. Our contributions come from volunteers around the world.

If you have any questions, requests, media inquiries, contributions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us here.

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Jose May 24, 2011 at 12:06

Hello!

I am in Madrid right now, and filmed a shortfilm documentary relating and in support to the revolution in Spain. This is it: http://www.vimeo.com/24138192

I hope u like it.

Regards,

José

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Jérôme E. Roos May 26, 2011 at 00:27

Beautiful José, thanks for sharing! I’ll share it in a post full of videos later :)

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Tessamar June 2, 2011 at 12:38

Gracias José

Ha quedado precioso

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David May 24, 2011 at 16:16

Hi,
Hi,
here’s another related video and song: Songwriter Michel Montecrossa’s ‘In The Street’ – dedicated to the Real Democracy Protests in Spain and the Young Europe Awakening:
http://vimeo.com/24133343

all the best

David

David

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Kerry May 29, 2011 at 14:25

Hi Jerome, I just found this magazine & love it! Jerome I started a facebook page: Revolution Spain 2011 for people in Spain to share and those outside to comment and share/support also. I posted your article – a link to it. However (I’m a terrible w/tech) I’m unable to post or share the videos such as “we won’t let you sleep” to the page – as it goes to my personal page. If you have time or are interested I’d love you to post anything from you Magazine (w/link to your site) related to it. It’s not a big thing as you’ll see (days old) but people from Greece, Bahrain, Egypt etc etc have posted there and I think they’d all be interested in your publication here. Thank you
Kerry

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Bego M. Santiago May 30, 2011 at 19:41

Hi Jerome
I want to share with you this videos:
http://www.vimeo.com/24071133
http://www.vimeo.com/24106186

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Mad Fox June 14, 2011 at 00:10

New Yorkers Against Budget Cuts:
Students•Labor•Communities United

“Bloombergville” protest to start in City Hall Park Tuesday,
June 14, and “stay till Bloomberg’s budget is defeated!”

Mayor Bloomberg’s executive budget proposes drastic cuts to public services all New Yorkers need: cutting $67 million from higher education, $90 million from public libraries and $51 million from the city’s child care budget. He proposes to close 20 firehouses and 25 senior centers; to eliminate rent subsidies for 45,000 city residents; and eliminate 6,000+ teachers’ jobs.

The Mayor insists the city is broke and that these cuts are necessary. But there is a budget surplus of $3.2 billion which he rejects using to prevent budget cuts and layoffs. He refuses to support the “millionaires’ tax” or the stock transfer tax to increase city revenue.

Workers, students and community members affected by the cuts will initiate a sleep-out, “Bloombergville,” to send this message to the mayor: “No cuts! Tax the wealthy!” The sleep-out will take place on the sidewalk without tents, and thus be legal and constitutionally protected, according to a judicial decision in the case of Met Council v. NYPD on June 12, 2000.

What: “Bloombergville,” a sleep-out encampment protesting the devastating budget cuts proposed by Mayor Bloomberg

When: Starting at 6:30PM, Tuesday, June 14, 2011, and continuing overnight “until Bloomberg’s budget is defeated”

Where: East side of City Hall Park: Centre Street between Chambers Street and Spruce Street

Who: Workers, students and concerned community members affected by the budget cuts

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Jérôme E. Roos June 14, 2011 at 04:00

AWESOME! Thanks for sharing! I just posted this (check homepage). Please help distribute it widely before tomorrow’s protest, New York, America and the world need to know about this!

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mtex June 21, 2011 at 22:50

Here is a music-video I made for a Greek electropunk group wherein I parallel, *not* contrast, my life in the Netherlands to our life in Greece.

Loilok – Disco Punk Economy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2ePzGA-YHg

Amongst the footage in this video:

- the sweepers’ strike at Amsterdam Central station which resulted in overflowing garbage-cans all over the station
- Greek TV channels going blank due to strikes at public and private TV channels
- Greek TV news-item on unemployed and impoverished Greek professionals
- Footage of a shooting incident in Amsterdam
- A Greek friend on the phone talking to his diasporic sister in Germany about his efforts to find a job

No spectacular footage of riots or protests or dogs, just the everyday tedium and quiet frustration of living in a bankrupt country, while immigration to a wealthier country like the Netherlands offers only this much of an escape from the mess back “home”. The video was meant to convey the idea of wandering&moving, in accordance with the energetic music, but going nowhere.

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Suse Kipp September 3, 2011 at 00:09

Suse Kipp, painter: latest work

“Scream Series” goes roaring

http://www.susekipp.de
I noticed recently, that screaming in music or anywhere else is an expression of change and revolution.

Suse Kipp
2.09. 2011 Dortmund/Germany

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Claudio Tam Muro September 25, 2011 at 14:00

Solidaridad desde América del Sur. Somos una sola humanidad. Fuerza!

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Gavin Keeney October 14, 2011 at 17:58

Please review this book. It is a critique of art and architecture’s complicity with neoliberal capitalism, plus a proposed possible way out.

GK

Gavin Keeney, “Else-where”: Essays in Art, Architecture, and Cultural Production 2002-2011 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011). Cloth (w/ dust jacket), 358 pages. ISBN 978-1-4438-3359-2

I am pleased to announce the imminent release of “Else-where”: Essays in Art, Architecture, and Cultural Production 2002-2011 from Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The essays were written over the past ten years and are presented in two parts, closing with “Ten Theses on Architecture as Art,” an essay written this past June-July proposing a reinvigorated sense of responsibility on the part of the discipline of architecture to counter its self-inflicted complicity with neo-liberal capitalism.

ABSTRACT

“Else-where” is a synoptic survey of the representational values given to art, architecture, and cultural production from 2002 through 2011. Written primarily as a critique of what is suppressed in architecture and what is disclosed in art, the essays are informed by the passage out of post-structuralism and its disciplinary analogues toward the real Real (denoted over the course of the studies as the “Real-Irreal” or “Else-where”).

While architecture nominally addresses an environmental ethos, it also famously negotiates its own representational values by way of its putative autonomy (autonomy as self-interest, versus selflessness); its main repression in this regard is “landscape,” figure of the Other and figure of the Real. Engaging forms of spectrality, and not necessarily speculative intelligence per se, architecture is also “conscious” of its own complicity in capitalist orders, a complicity that in part underwrites its avant-garde forms of agitation since the onset of modern architecture. As a result, and over the course of the twentieth century, architectural vanguards have successively been depleted such that they return only as reified half-measures in the late-modern production of difference. As such, the essay “Actually Existing Ground” (2008) examines the failed promise of Landscape Urbanism.

Since the 1960s, as with the allied arts, architecture has evacuated many of the utopian gestures given to modernism and embraced a form of ultra-contingency in a direct alliance with the post-modern and post-Marxist concession to markets and to cultural production as principal means of establishing formal hegemony. This recourse or surrender to the economic-determinist ethos of post-modernity, regardless of attempts to problematize it and/or critique it through types of what Manfredo Tafuri has called “operative criticism” (works of architecture as criticism), has, arguably, all but failed, and with the suggestive return circa 2011 of new forms of resistance an exit from the accommodating spirit of the times is indicative of the expectation of strenuous, yet highly formal and non-discursive operations within artistic and architectural production.

The essays collected in “Else-where” cross various disciplines, inclusive of landscape architecture, architecture, and visual art, to develop a nuanced critique of an emergent formal regard in the arts that is also an invocation of the highest coordinates given to the arts – formal ontology as speculative intelligence itself – or the return of the universal as utopian thought “here-and-now.”

http://www.c-s-p.org/Flyers/-Else-where—Essays-in-Art–Architecture–and-Cultural-Production-2002-20111-4438-3359-2.htm

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kristina October 23, 2011 at 22:49

we die for greece,,,we are greeks….

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Martyna Starosta October 24, 2011 at 02:15

Can you please embedd our viral videos on “Occupy Wall Street” on your fantastic website:
http://vimeo.com/30241489
http://vimeo.com/29513113

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Jill Alexander October 28, 2011 at 04:21

Hi Jerome,

I’m a photographer in the NJ/NY area. Last week I went to the occupation in Zuccotti Park and captured some wonderful images that I would like to share. They can be viewed here:
http://jillalexander.viewbook.com/album/occupywallstreetny

If you would like to use any of them on your site, please let me know and I will gladly email the jpeg images.

Thank you for putting in the time and effort to keep us better informed!

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Jérôme E. Roos October 28, 2011 at 15:19

Wow Jill, these images are truly stunning! I would LOVE to post them on the site. If you could send me the JPGs that would be fantastic (editor@roarmag.org). Thank you so much, it’s truly heartwarming to see talented artists, writers, photographers, etc. like yourself sharing their work with the world like that :) We will obviously link to your website to try and drive some extra traffic and create awareness about your beautiful photographs!

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Dean November 9, 2011 at 22:13

These faggots at my college keep posting stickers all over the bus stop advertising your website, or online “magazine”, along with the Zeitgeist movie, which, if you’ll recall, is a load of stupid conspiracy bullshit. So I assume this is too.

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Jérôme E. Roos November 11, 2011 at 00:38

Hahaha, that’s the best comment I ever had, thanks!

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Tana Paddock January 12, 2012 at 19:32

Hello Jerome, I really love ROAR…just happened to stumble upon it. Wondering if off the top of your head you can think of any reflections on your site that connect to the ‘expressive change’ theme we’re exploring at Organization Unbound: http://organizationunbound.org/about-2/.

Also, you and your readers might find our recent themed collection- Taking the Revolution Forward- interesting. It explores how the experience of community and direct democracy that has been so strongly felt in recent revolutionary movements can be sustained and deepened as these movements begin the longer institutional walk of reinventing society: http://organizationunbound.org/dialogues/taking-the-r-forward/

Cheers,
Tana

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Jerome Roos January 13, 2012 at 15:31

Hi Tana, thanks for your comment, much appreciated! Organization Unbound looks beautiful too, definitely up my alley. I can’t think of having done any work on expressive change specifically. If you have any pieces of your own to suggest that would be great. We might even be able to do some cross-posting/article sharing, if you’re interested? Keep up the great work and thanks again for your interest!

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Carlos Jacques June 6, 2012 at 20:21

Dear Jerome,

This message comes from Lisbon and it is to share a site/blog with you that has been modestly trying to follow, comment on and analyze the rebellions/insurrections of the last year, with a particular attention to 15M.

A sharing of affinities …

http://autonomies.org/

Coragem e força,

Carlos

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Liga Comunistilor din Romania June 24, 2012 at 12:25

SALUDOS REVOLUCIONARIAS!
VIVA LA REVOLUCION PROLETARIA PERMANENTE!
VIVA TROTSKY,MAO,CHE GUEVARA!
Marin Trusca,co-presidente LCR

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monica June 26, 2012 at 20:46

Jimmy Wales , of Wikipedia , has started this petition at Change.org – please sign it: – http://www.change.org/petitions/ukhomeoffice-stop-the-extradition-of-richard-o-dwyer-to-the-usa-saverichard#share
Richard O’Dwyer is a 24 year old British student at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. He is facing extradition to the USA and up to ten years in prison, for creating a website – TVShack.net – which linked (similar to a search-engine) to places to watch TV and movies online.
O’Dwyer is not a US citizen, he’s lived in the UK all his life, his site was not hosted there, and most of his users were not from the US. America is trying to prosecute a UK citizen for an alleged crime which took place on UK soil.

The internet as a whole must not tolerate censorship in response to mere allegations of copyright infringement. As citizens we must stand up for our rights online.
When operating his site, Richard O’Dwyer always did his best to play by the rules: on the few occasions he received requests to remove content from copyright holders, he complied. His site hosted links, not copyrighted content, and these were submitted by users.
thank you.

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ak May 31, 2013 at 13:48

Dear Financial Times,

I am writing this email because I would like to inform you about the current situation in Greece concerning pensions.
I will recount all the facts of my personal story, though briefly because I don’t want to tire you.

My father is 65 years old. He suffers from complete arrhythmia by auricular fibrillation (has had ablation twice) and has an aneurysm in the thoracic aorta. In May 2012 he applied to get his pension earlier (he was supposed to apply in December 2012) due to health problems. The state’s health services claimed that he was perfectly fit to work. He used to be a works foreman and had to work in extreme conditions, cold and heat and carry heavy weights. His doctor has given specific orders as to the above: he will not be able to carry out such tasks ever again.

In December 2012, my father officially applied for his pension, as the time had then come. We are in May 2013 and my father has not gotten his pension yet. Needless to say he has no income.

I will not complain about my personal situation since I am no worse than other people here in Greece or elsewhere. Everyone has a story to tell and I will respect that. I will just point out to you that the government delays people’s pensions from one to two years. Αnd this is one of the reasons why the greek government achieves primary surplus.

Thank you for your time and I hope you will spread the word!

Sincerely yours.

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ak May 31, 2013 at 13:49

The above was an email sent to Financial Times, which I am sharing with you too. Thanks for your time..

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Derya June 1, 2013 at 15:27

http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com/

Share these shots from Turkey, please. OccupyGezi

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Berrin June 12, 2013 at 12:37

Thank you very much for the latest article on Turkish uprising. The best I have read so far. I shared on the face with the hope that it will give some insight to the others too.
B.Looker

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Kate Walsh June 13, 2013 at 18:00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3CYKXBEtf0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

The message is in the music and this video says it loud n clear !!

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Kate Walsh June 13, 2013 at 18:22

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ftwOaUGxp0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Some of the 99% at the Bilderberg festival in Watford UK last weekend. Telling us why they were there!

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sourfou June 13, 2013 at 18:40

Hey guyz, gj with ROAR magazine! Still u might want to have a look at the amazing things happening in Greece atm. To make a long story short, ERT, the national television and radio has been shut down by the greek administration overnight. One should keep in mind that ERT is an asset capable of broadcasting greek TV, radio and net content worldwide…

Thx and keep up the good work.

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Jerome Roos June 13, 2013 at 20:08

Thanks! And we know about ERT — we have a piece going up about it tomorrow!

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Alisson Neri June 21, 2013 at 17:32

Good day friends. I’m here to share my support to worldwide democracy. I didnt send this message by facebook because ABIN (Brazil’s intelligence agency) is monitoring this social media to predict events. I ask that if possible share this support on twitter, facebook, website and where necessary. I’ve censored my face for obvious reasons, but you can find me across the streets of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, with this message. Hugs and Peace. Istanbul, Sofia, São Paulo, Rio, Greece, Sarajevo, we are united.

http://s17.postimg.org/aqd965ou7/11010.jpg
or
http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/1237/bsby.jpg

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Konstantin June 23, 2013 at 18:34

Hi,

there is a very bright idea for action.
The “charter 2013″ for dissolving the plutocracy model of the Bulgarian government.

http://www.capital.bg/politika_i_ikonomika/bulgaria/2013/06/23/2088204_harta_2013_za_razgrajdane_na_plutokratichniia_model_na/

It is written in Bulgarian but if somebody could translate it in a good English, you could use it as a material to post. It is a starter action plan that is proposed from conscious individual from many levels of education and professions in Bulgaria.
Please take a look!

greetings
Konstantin

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Jeanette August 23, 2013 at 20:05

Our Study Abroad program would like to use the image of the cupped hands painted as a globe used in the “Call to action: alternative day of human rights on Dec. 10!” article by Pedro Noel on December 2, 2011. Is there a copyright on this image? If you hold the copyright will you give us permission to use it as our study abroad banner image?
Thanks for your consideration, Jeanette

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Moira E. Croley August 27, 2013 at 17:32

I’ve been trying to submit poetry but for some reason the emails are sent back undeliverable. I’ve tried both links above with the same result. Could you please help? Thanks

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Yavuz Yildirim August 30, 2013 at 14:21

As a young academic studying on social movements, roarmag gives me a big inspiration and a new look. thanks for your effort!

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David Martinez January 3, 2014 at 09:53

Hello ROAR!

I have produced a documentary about Occupy Oakland called “Autumn Sun” and I have released it for free on Vimeo and you can watch it here:

http://dmz2008.wordpress.com/autumn-sun-2/

Autumn Sun

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the Occupy movement, from Wall Street to Lexington to Missoula to Oakland. Thanks for all your hard work and for making the effort. This isn’t over yet, and we’ll see you at the next one. This film is for you.

I hope I have remembered to thank everyone who helped me in the credits, but if I have forgotten someone, please be in touch and I will correct the problem.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed sounds and images – I couldn’t have done it without you. But the final results, of course, are completely my own fault.

DMZ

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Koala Beer January 5, 2014 at 22:53

A friend of mine and me would like to donate but we have credit cards nor paypal accepted maestro cards, is it possible to wire some money to a swift bank account?

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Jerome Roos January 5, 2014 at 23:15

Thanks for reaching out and for your willingness to contribute! You can transfer your donation to my personal account and I will then add it to the IndieGoGo campaign using my own credit card. My account info is:

IBAN: NL82ABNA0614869862
SWIFT/BIC: ABNANL2A
Name: J.E. Roos
Location: De Bilt, Netherlands

Thank you!

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Heaton JohnsonV February 23, 2014 at 13:48

Hey Jérôme,

I’m in Bangkok, Thailand right now doing some photographic work and I’ve captured some great shots of the protests here in Bangkok. I think that more people should be aware of exactly what is going on here. It’s not a violent mob out to destroy the government, it’s just everyday people looking for positive change. If you would like some more photo coverage please let me know.
photos can be found here – http://heatonjohnsonv.tumblr.com/

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David Rebordão February 25, 2014 at 19:23

My name is David Rebordão and I’m a portuguese filmmaker.

My latest short film is a satiric approach of what’s happening right now in Portugal, were the government is applying taxes and cuts on retired people.

I posted the video on-line and it’s getting viral with more than 30.000 views in about 2 weeks. People like the video and most of them agree with the message.

The video as captions in English because I think there are many other countries in the world that are suffering the same problems and this video can be a somewhat waking call.

I hope you feel the same way and can share it in all platforms you see fit.

Best regards,

David Rebordão

LINK TO THE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ7horFBmdM

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Abebe March 3, 2014 at 10:20

I want to be a reader of your magazine

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Akash Bhattacharya July 8, 2014 at 21:17

Hello Roar!

I am Delhi based activist and Ph.D. scholar in History. There is an article that I would like to request you to publish. Titled “When Capital Masquerades as Football: The Ugly Face of the Beautiful Game”, it places the globalization process within football in its historical context and discussed its underside. I am not sure how to reach it to you as there is no email ID mentioned anywhere.

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Joris Leverink July 8, 2014 at 21:29

Hi Akash, thanks for showing interest in submitting your work to ROAR. Please email your article to editor@roarmag.org.

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Madeline Weng July 10, 2014 at 22:06

Hi Jérôme,

I am a postgraduate student majored in Journalism in the University of Sussex, England, and I’m currently working on my final project, which is about the austerity and people’s life situation in Greece.

Roar magazine is very thought-provoking and informative, and if possible, can I interview you and get some quotes for my project? I would really appreciate it if you can spend less than 10 minutes on my questions.

Look forward to hearing from you! My email address is madelineweng@gmail.com

Best regards,
Madeline

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Jerome Roos July 15, 2014 at 11:18

Hi Madeline,

Thanks for your message. Sure — just send your questions to jerome@roarmag.org.

Best,

Jerome

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Tim Danahey July 14, 2014 at 17:43

Jerome,

I’d like to have an in-depth radio conversation with you about Argentina, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the debt speculators. Can it be arranged?

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Jerome Roos July 15, 2014 at 11:08

Hi Tim,

Thanks for your message and sorry for the late reply, I’m on holiday, but I’m sure we can arrange something. Please email me at jerome@roarmag.org.

Best,

Jerome

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H July 31, 2014 at 16:21

Hi Jerome,

I just stumbled across your website and it is truly inspiring! I’m so glad someone like yourself had the initiative to spread the word and image of so many people, organisations and ideas that want to revolutionise the way the world works and how people associate themselves with everything.

I also came across a fairly newly started blog which I think you might find quite interesting as the author tries to question why society is the way it is, how we can change the outlook of the general public and the various issues that have arisen. It is http://www.get-human.blogspot.co.uk

Thanks!

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Joanna Folino August 6, 2014 at 16:21

Our documentary Within Reach explores sustainable communities developing all across the US. These communities for the most part utilize conscious collective decision making that are based on love and respect. Some share all resources including income (like The Farm) and others do not. But all are trying to reestablish democracy in their local communities. There is hope still.

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Anne Murray September 22, 2014 at 11:21

I would like to share this video I made while here in Istanbul at halka art project. It is a poetic piece about the Gezi Park protests in reflection. It includes images of birds in flight and the voices of different Turkish people in both Turkish and English and is completely bilingual. I hope you can share it. Here is the link:
http://www.annemurrayartist.com/shadows-in-the-sky-the-dance-of-predator-and-prey.html

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Anne Murray

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Anne Murray September 22, 2014 at 11:22

I would like to share this video I made while here in Istanbul at halka art project. It is a poetic piece about the Gezi Park protests in reflection. It includes images of birds in flight and the voices of different Turkish people in both Turkish and English and is completely bilingual. I hope you can share it. Here is the link:
http://www.annemurrayartist.com/shadows-in-the-sky-the-dance-of-predator-and-prey.html

Thank you,

Anne Murray

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Don Wagstaff October 10, 2014 at 08:23

Hello,

I see this kind of good journalism coming out of USA, till now, not much from a Europe perspective and would like to see what there is in Europe coalesce for the sake of impact only. Why not do a meta-reportage on the good media of Europe, is my suggestion.

Regards,

Don Wagstaff

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George Mantzios October 24, 2014 at 20:18

Hi Jerome,

My name is George Mantzios, a PhD student in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada, and a member of the Rojava Solidarity Collective here.

I have recently composed some reflections on the events that led to PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan’s capture in 1999. I interrogate the way the capture has been framed in popular discourses by deconstructing representations of Greece’s role in the incident. I then relate these sorts of reflections to the ethics of solidarity surrounding Rojava, and Kobane specifically.

These reflections are composed as a guest blog post on my partner’s blog and she has no qualms should you wish to use it for the Reflections section of the ROAR magazine.

Here is a link to the blog post: http://thistimethisplace.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/act-like-a-shepherd-and-whistle-indifferently-ocalan-and-a-greek-tragedy-retold/

(I have twice tried to send you this message as an email @ editor@roarmag.org but both times the message bounced back)

Keep up the fantastic work!

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