Friday, February 24, 2012

back channel

back channel: un canal de comunicación discreto

This came up in this interview of former Colombian president Pastrana on the tenth anniversary of the peace negotiations - Pastrana said it in both English and Spanish interestingly.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


warlords: señores de la guerra

unfortunately it doesn't sound as good if you're just talking about ONE warlord (it's Carlos Castaño in the photo). I haven't heard this term widely used in Colombia, but it's in the title of one of the best books on the paramilitaries in Colombia:

Los señores de la guerra
de paramilitares, mafiosos y autodefensas en Colombia by Gustavo Duncan

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

TRAINING coming up in interpreting for social justice

speaking of the fabulous Wayside, they have a training coming up
March 23rd - 25th, 2012

Luis y Gustavo

1100 Mill Pond Road
Faber, VA 22938
(434) 263-5115


  • To build a cadre of skilled social justice interpreters in the Southeast and Appalachia who can empower immigrant communities by providing language accessibility to promote social justice
  • To encourage local leadership in immigrant communities through sharing skills by training other community members in social justice interpreting
  • To create multilingual spaces in social justice communities where language is used democratically as a movement-building tool of power
(based on income)
Full and partial scholarships available
Under $15,000$170
$15 - $25,000$200
$25 - $35,000$240
$35 - $45,000$280
$45 - $55,000$325
over $55,000$375

Bilingual social justice activists and workers who would like to learn more about interpreting and translating in a social justice context to empower immigrant communities and build alliances across communities.


  • Interpreter Role and Ethics
  • Interpretation modes
  • Use of interpreting equipment
  • Differences and similarities in social justice interpreting
  • Impact of language barriers in social justice movement building
  • How to create a multilingual space

Hands-on interpreting by participants throughout the workshop

Please Note: Participants should be able to commit to the entire program schedule (Friday 10 am through Sunday 4 pm).

Registration is based on a sliding scale. If you are paying for the workshop yourself, use your household income. If your organization is paying, use the organizational income. Registration includes three days of training, meals, lodging and linens.

Full and partial scholarships are available.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012


politiquería: influence-peddling

this rendition caught my eye in Adam Isaacson's report on Montes de Maria over at the fabulous Just the Facts website. Sounds like politqueria is the least of the problems there.