Trouble in Paradise. Looking for treasures in the land of the Maya

In Copán Ruinas, a paradise for tourists and famous for its Maya ruins, locals were surprised by the approval of mining concessions to look for gold. United they hope they can stop this project. Continue Reading »

I stand with ….

I stand with ….

The pipeline project on Sioux territory and repression faced at Standing Rock was gut wrenching. Likewise, the protest was inspiring. An anti-imperialist struggle in the heart of the empire. Tribes standing with tribes continuing their centuries old resistance against colonialism and discrimination. Over a million virtual check-ins at Standing Rock on Facebook in just one day.

Nevertheless, when “Standing with Standing Rock” on social media gradually increased so did some thoughts and doubts concerning solidarity with indigenous resistance movements. Now that the battle at Standing Rock has been fought, and hopefully permanently won, I share these thoughts.

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The land of the Ch’ort’i, where resistance and identity flourish


Last time I wrote I was about to cross the border. Into the Wild Wild East of Guatemala, the land of cowboy hats and boots. To one of the regions in Guatemala that holds a big piece of my heart. Chiquimula. A friend had invited me to an event in the community, Las Flores. Omar had not given me more details, only “that I needed to be there”. The event was on the 8th of March.  Continue Reading »

A long sad list of killings


Olrite. Time for sounds. But what sounds? Considering the reactions to my last and first post the expectations are rather high. I just considered it a post to friends and family, about me and about Honduras. But now it’s giving me the creeps to start writing a next post. Should I stick to Honduras and my observations? Or should I redirect somewhat towards me? After all, my idea of this blog was not having to repeat in every mail how I am, how the work is going, where I’m living, if I made any friends, etc. So this one’s on me….(at least that was my plan when I started writing)

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Tegucigalpa: city of fear


I’ m now on my first real trip out of the capital. Sitting on a beautiful island, once the home of the pirate Francis Drake, la Isla del Tigre. Nice to be out of the capital because to be fair, Tegus is doing my head in. Sometimes I wonder if  I will ever be able to find my place in it this coming year.

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18 december 2012 (MO*)

Op 21 december 2012 verwachten sommigen de apocalyps, anderen hopen op een spirituele transformatie. Beiden baseren zich op de veronderstelling dat op die datum de Mayakalender eindigt. Waar komt deze mythe vandaan en waarom kon ze zulke proporties aannemen? In de overdonderende kakofonie omtrent het einde van de wereld hoor je verbazend weinig over wat de Maya’s zelf daarover te zeggen hebben. Wat weten we eigenlijk over die oude Maya’s en hun kalender? Wat dachten zij over het einde van de wereld? En wat denken de huidige Maya’s over deze hype omtrent 2012? Wat betekent deze datum voor hen?


Deze serie over 21 december 2012 verscheen op MO.be tussen 18 december en 20 december. Klik op de titeltjes hieronder om de verschillende delen ervan te lezen.

Het einde van de wereld, weeral

De ontdekking van Armageddon

Geen einde, wel een nieuw begin

Einde van hun kalender geen feest voor Maya’s

Doemdenkers die geloven dat het einde van de wereld op 21 december valt, halen de mosterd bij de oude Maya’s. Flauwekul, zeggen archeologen. Een belediging, vinden de Maya’s van vandaag.

Verschenen in De Standaard op 15/12/2012

lees verder: De Standaard