[-empyre-] language, reporting the virtually true

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 5 12:39:07 EST 2014

When I came back to Uruguay from an exile of 32 years in Sweden I was eager
to recover my network or to find another one, to embed myself in the
cultural scene of Montevideo, a rather melancholic city similar to San
Sebastian or to Biarritz as landscape.
A young playwriter, Marianella Morena, working together with a German
theater director, Volker Lösch, who grew up in Montevideo, set up a play
based in Sofocles Antigone, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AIjU9O5_Qk
The play used as a chorus 22 amateur actresses, a whole female ensemble
singing and speaking the Sofocles play and new texts written by female
political prisoners.
The play toured in Europe and in South America and got good reviews, the
match and the contrast between Antigone's search for the body of her dead
brother to bury him and the search for the dissapeared in Uruguay and
Argentina was very effective.
The need of recovering the bones and the bodies of the missing people is a
central topic in the world of our time. I has been marching with Women in
Black, women survivors of the genocide of Srebrenica in Tuzla, Bosnien,
claiming the right to know what happened their male relatives, dead and
buried in big massgraves in the ex-Yugoslavia.
I met the Nobel prize Rigoberta Menchu in her country, Guatemala, and she
showed me all the times she was called up to an open massgrave to see if
her DNA matched some of the anonymous bones recovered there.
We are in the midle of a mourning time, we mourn the normalistas in Mexico
and our friends in Argentina and Uruguay and the Muslim men of Bosnia and
the indigenous killed in El Salvador by paramilitary forces trained by the
US. We mourn the massgrave from Franco where García Lorca is buried
together with hundreds of others.
We mourn the women killed and raped in Ciudad Juarez and the girls abducted
by Boko Karam and the women sold by ISIS as slaves. We mourn the newborn
kids killed in Gaza by an army who called itself the most moral army in the
We mourn the betrayed truth and the broken faith and the death of hope, the
last thing left inside the box of Pandora.
Ana Valdés

On Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 8:47 PM, Daniel O'Donnell <daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca>

> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> You know, I've been wondering about this: since the Taliban blew up the
> Buddhas and then with the destruction of the domed mosques and manuscripts
> in Mali and environs, and now this.
> I wonder if there shouldn't be an emergency scanning fund that would help
> pay for capture of threatened built heritage. Maybe some kind of Unesco
> thing.
> On 2014-11-04 03:43 PM, Alan Sondheim wrote:
>> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
>> Yes, I think, it can be lost, erased, this is the heart of anguish -
>> "BAGHDAD: Islamic State militants have executed 85 more members of the
>> AlbuNimr tribe in Iraq in a mass killing campaign launched last week in
>> retaliation for resistance to the group's territorial advances, a tribal
>> leader and security official said on Saturday.
>> Sheikh Naeem al-Ga'oud, one of the tribe's leaders, told Reuters that
>> Islamic State killed 50 displaced members of Albu Nimr on Friday. In a
>> separate incident, a security official said 35 bodies were found in a mass
>> grave."
>> "Nearly a thousand years old the first of its kind in Iraq, according to
>> Archnet, and one of the last six standing, according to Iraq Heritage the
>> distinctive muqarnas-domed mausoleum is now a statistic. The tomb of Shia
>> Uqaylid amir Sharaf ad-Dawla Muslim is one of a number of sites that have
>> been destroyed recently. Preceded by the Shrine of Arbaeen Wali (for 40
>> martyrs in the Islamic conquest of Tikrit) and the Syrian Orthodox Green
>> Church of Mar Ahudama in late September, followed by the Yezidi Shrine of
>> Mem Rean (Meme Reshan) in late October, the Mausoleum of Imam al-Daur was
>> destroyed by the Islamic State on October 23."
>> And then what is there? anthropologists? archeologists? dust?
>> - Alan
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