After "my" war, I realized that I need to continue doing news. In 2008 I developed "The Crossing Borders Project" That provides cameras to those who have little or no voice in the mainstream media. We are currently preparing the Haiti Project, where we will distribute cameras to locals who have a story they want to share. Please visit the Crossing Borders website, and help us with this cause.
Request for Participation
1) The Crossing Borders Project is looking for participants in the Middle East areas. If interested, please email or leave a comment on this blog and I will contact you.
2) I am looking for bloggers to come together to generate a LARGE voice on American topics to help wake up our country and solve our problems.
The "Crossing Borders Project" just finished the Florence, Italy project with American and Italian University students. Finished with Refugees and Palestinian Voices from the West Bank. The videos are posted on the CB website and on You Tube.
Wow, we get the opportunity to really vote for the worse company of the year award! It's a difficult choice to chose the worse of all evils. Read the list then click at the bottom to cast your vote!
The companies listed are:
The French energy and transport conglomerate Alstom is involved in corruption scandals all over the world. Alstom systematically bribes local politicians, sometimes in the seven figures, to secure contracts. The frequency of known cases is such that one wonders if this is a deliberate business strategy. Alstom has been fined repeatedly and some of its subsidiaries were excluded from World Bank projects.
Coal India's coal mines destroy the habitats of many large mammals and rob tribal peoples of their livelihood and homelands, forcing them into a life of bitter poverty. The dismal record with 205 workers dead and 699 seriously wounded in 2010 alone, suggests that working conditions at Coal India are indeed disastrous. At least 239 coal mines belonging to Coal India operate without environmental permit.
The ranks of the British security service company G4S include more than 650'000 employees. These security forces are often badly trained and paid and many of its members have a criminal record. The company is involved in countless cases of violations of international law and human rights abuses. G4S is present in the occupied Palestinian territories—manning checkpoints and managing prison security for Israel and is thus complicit in Israel’s illegal settlement policy.
Between 1998 and 2009 Goldman Sachs pocketed horrendous fees to hide half of Greece’s public debt by means of accounting tricks, which eventually ruined Greece and plunged the EU into a financial crisis of which only Goldman profits. The bank has already earned at least 600 million dollars and Greece owes it 400 million per year until 2037, for a total of more than 10 billion dollars at the expense of European taxpayers.
Lonmin, the world's third largest mining concern, urged the South African mining ministery to take „appropriate“ measures against striking mine workers at their mine — with the help of the police or the army. A short time later, 44 protesting mine worker were shot dead by the police nd 77 more were seriously wounded. One day after the massacre, Lonmin threatened all workers who continued to strike with dismissal.
The Swiss energy corporation Repower is building a hard-coal fired power plant in Calabria, Italy, despite the opposition of the local population. The planned site lies at the very heart of the dominion of the `Ndrangheta Mafia, Italy’s and probably Europe’s most influential organized crime alliance. Repower will have to do business with the Mafia, or might already be doing business.
Shell is the first super-major oil company that plans to exploit the fragile Arctic in a high risk hunt for fossil fuels. The oil exploration in the Arctic has biodiversity consequences. While Shell confidently tells us that it has «made numerous plans for dealing with oil in ice». The company also admits that the technical and environmental challenges of oil exploration in the Arctic «are immense.
What is an ex- war photojournalist supposed to do after they are finished reporting on the wars? The media has changed, newspapers are closing and do not replace their photographers. If a photojournalist has a news job, they hold on to it with dear life and most of the time reporting on the things that our corrupt media will let us report on. They are paid by the big buck corporations, as is our government.
Times are changing. I still have the "need" to be involved in what is going on in our world with the conflicts, politics and news it is in my blood. I write about these things now as are so many others. I see injustice, corruption, senseless killings, changes in the U.S. laws and civil rights, corrupt foreign policies, censorship, attacks on journalists and whistle blowers and watch the arrests of photographers and journalists. I see fear in most of my fellow citizens eyes, the failing economy, failing health system, failing and unsafe food system and a threat to the very soil from pesticides and GMO's.
I see corporate pay-offs, CEO's hopping from one company to another receiving an enormous pay while taking more away from the already poor. I see only service jobs available with misleading employment numbers and delusion the American public.
I see propaganda likened to the days of Fascism increasing each day. What gets me, is that people are buying it. In the end, I started photography tours...with private and group instructions any takers?
For almost 9 years I covered the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians living, breathing the situation and smelling the olive trees. I moved to Florence, Italy, among more olive trees and continue to work on photography workshops, consulting and photography. My life is in a continual learning phase, at this time, I am trying to sharpen my documentary skills, do Italian weddings, Shoot in Food and Fashion!