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The Cupolog

In north america to promote my first book

Coffee and Climate Change
I’ll be on the WPFW 89.3 in Washington DC at 1 pm today to speak about the impacts of climate change on coffee harvests in Latin America. Tune in and listen to me rant about worn out economic models: http://www.wpfwfm.org/radio/
My original article on upsidedownworld.org: http://upsidedownworld.org/main/international-archives-60/4881-from-mexico-to-brazil-climate-change-threatens-coffee-growers-in-latin-america

Coffee and Climate Change

I’ll be on the WPFW 89.3 in Washington DC at 1 pm today to speak about the impacts of climate change on coffee harvests in Latin America. Tune in and listen to me rant about worn out economic models: http://www.wpfwfm.org/radio/

My original article on upsidedownworld.org: http://upsidedownworld.org/main/international-archives-60/4881-from-mexico-to-brazil-climate-change-threatens-coffee-growers-in-latin-america

Dear friends, the time is now to support independent Latin American journalism and grassroots media. Please pitch in to help keep this 100% reader funded operation going:  Queridos amigos, ahora es el momento para apoyar a una de las mejores fuentes de periodismo latinoamericano. Por favor ayúdenos a mantener este sitio web independiente:
http://upsidedownworld.org/main/international-archives-60/3442-support-grassroots-media-donate-to-upside-down-world

Dear friends, the time is now to support independent Latin American journalism and grassroots media. Please pitch in to help keep this 100% reader funded operation going:

Queridos amigos, ahora es el momento para apoyar a una de las mejores fuentes de periodismo latinoamericano. Por favor ayúdenos a mantener este sitio web independiente:

http://upsidedownworld.org/main/international-archives-60/3442-support-grassroots-media-donate-to-upside-down-world

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A First-Hand Account From the Turkish Border
My long overdue dispatch on Syria was published today on TowardFreedom.com. In it, I share the stories of Syrian refugees living in Reyhanli, Turkey and describe my experience as a volunteer teacher in a school for Syrian refugee.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A First-Hand Account From the Turkish Border

My long overdue dispatch on Syria was published today on TowardFreedom.com. In it, I share the stories of Syrian refugees living in Reyhanli, Turkey and describe my experience as a volunteer teacher in a school for Syrian refugee.

Dear friends and followers, please take a second to follow the new facebook page for “Seven Syrians: War Accounts From Syrian Refugees.”  I’m currently planning a North American speaking tour to bring attention to the Syrian refugee crisis. If anyone has venue suggestions or relevant contacts please send them my way. Thank you in advance! 
- Diego

Dear friends and followers, please take a second to follow the new facebook page for “Seven Syrians: War Accounts From Syrian Refugees.”

I’m currently planning a North American speaking tour to bring attention to the Syrian refugee crisis. If anyone has venue suggestions or relevant contacts please send them my way. Thank you in advance!

- Diego

Drone Use Soars in Latin America, Remains Widely Unregulated 
“The biggest concern presented by drones is they will become a tool for routine mass surveillance,” said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties Union. “Fleets of small, inexpensive self-launching drones could easily spread over a town, network together and provide comprehensive, 24-7 dragnet surveillance or a single high-flying drone could accomplish the same thing. This technology already exists. It’s called Wide Area Surveillance and it’s being used overseas by the US military.”

Lasted feature article published today on UpsideDownWorld.org.

Drone Use Soars in Latin America, Remains Widely Unregulated

“The biggest concern presented by drones is they will become a tool for routine mass surveillance,” said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties Union. “Fleets of small, inexpensive self-launching drones could easily spread over a town, network together and provide comprehensive, 24-7 dragnet surveillance or a single high-flying drone could accomplish the same thing. This technology already exists. It’s called Wide Area Surveillance and it’s being used overseas by the US military.”

Lasted feature article published today on UpsideDownWorld.org.

Victims of the Takism Square Violence
Taksim Gezi Park - Istanbul, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Victims of the Takism Square Violence

Taksim Gezi Park - Istanbul, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Free Syria Today
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Free Syria Today

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Syrian landscape, Turkish playscape
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Syrian landscape, Turkish playscape

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Interview with Lieutenant of the Free Syrian Army
Reyhanlı, Turkey – A clean-shaven man in a fresh-pressed shirt and spotless dress shoes is waiting outside a hospital for Syrian refugees as I walk out the door. We start talking about the civil war across the border, less than 1 km from were we stood, and he tells me:
"The presence of Islamists groups in our rebel forces could ruin our chance to end this war within the next year. They make up less than one percent of the men fighting against Bashar al-Assad, but all that seems to matter to foreign media is the fact they exist and they are beside us."

The man introduces himself as Ahmad al-Soud, Lieutenant of the Free Syrian Army and Commander of the 13th Division based in Idlib. He was originally an officer in Assad’s army, but switched sides when regime forces bombed Idlib, his hometown, and he witnessed a high number of civilian casualties. I asked him to sit down for an interview and he agreed.
See the full interview on Truthout:
http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/17404-interview-with-lieutenant-of-the-free-syrian-army

Interview with Lieutenant of the Free Syrian Army

Reyhanlı, Turkey – A clean-shaven man in a fresh-pressed shirt and spotless dress shoes is waiting outside a hospital for Syrian refugees as I walk out the door. We start talking about the civil war across the border, less than 1 km from were we stood, and he tells me:

"The presence of Islamists groups in our rebel forces could ruin our chance to end this war within the next year. They make up less than one percent of the men fighting against Bashar al-Assad, but all that seems to matter to foreign media is the fact they exist and they are beside us."

The man introduces himself as Ahmad al-Soud, Lieutenant of the Free Syrian Army and Commander of the 13th Division based in Idlib. He was originally an officer in Assad’s army, but switched sides when regime forces bombed Idlib, his hometown, and he witnessed a high number of civilian casualties. I asked him to sit down for an interview and he agreed.

See the full interview on Truthout:

http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/17404-interview-with-lieutenant-of-the-free-syrian-army

School Days
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

School Days

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Abu Abdul’s Family
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Abu Abdul’s Family

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Refugee World Center
1.6 million Syrian refugees and counting.
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Refugee World Center

1.6 million Syrian refugees and counting.

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

News Hour in Reyhanlı
The G8 summit came on as we watched the news with Syrian refugees in Reyhanlı. One of them laughed and said, “Look at all those world leaders talking about everything they won’t do in Syria. Thank you very much.”Then images of the protesters in Turkey and Brazil flashed on the screen. Alice and I said the police had been excessively violent. The same Syrian refugee responded: 
"Yeah, okay, we wish our government was throwing tear gas at us. They’re shooting our people in Syria. Tear gas would be nice. Tear gas would be like having a party."
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

News Hour in Reyhanlı

The G8 summit came on as we watched the news with Syrian refugees in Reyhanlı. One of them laughed and said, “Look at all those world leaders talking about everything they won’t do in Syria. Thank you very much.”

Then images of the protesters in Turkey and Brazil flashed on the screen. Alice and I said the police had been excessively violent. The same Syrian refugee responded:

"Yeah, okay, we wish our government was throwing tear gas at us. They’re shooting our people in Syria. Tear gas would be nice. Tear gas would be like having a party."

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

New Arrivals from Idlib
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

New Arrivals from Idlib

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

The kids are alright
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

The kids are alright

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013