Teman-temanku dari Atap Bahasa

Jumat, 29 Februari 2008

Afrizal Malna dikenal sebagai penyair yang mampu melakukan pembebasan kata dari makna-makna sosial yang sudah melekat padanya. Sehingga—tanpa harus ”dimengerti”—puisi-puisi Afrizal menyuguhkan semacam tata visual yang bisa dirasakan oleh tubuh kita. Melalui puisi-puisi di buku ini Afrizal mengajak kita menguji kembali penglihatan mata kita—yang lazim dianggap sebagai indera utama—untuk memahami dunia.

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Lost in Fes

Kamis, 7 Februari 2008

By Uzair Fauzan

For strangers, getting lost in a foreign country is a nightmare. It creates a feeling of being insecured, a worry of not being able to go to the destination place or go back to the place where we come from, and probably a worry of being a will-be victim of crime by local people. But, certainly, it is not the feeling that we found in Fes, Morocco. Instead of being a nightmare, getting lost in Medina, the center of Fes’ old city, could be very enjoyable. As written by one of travellers’ bibles, Lonely Planet, this is exactly what an adventurer should be looking for in Fes.

fes in the morningFes is located about 154.6 miles (248.8 km) from Casablanca, the largest industrial city, and about 242.2 miles (389 km) from Marrakech, the most visited imperial city in Morocco. Along with Marrakech and Meknes, Fes is one of three imperial cities, meaning cities which had been a capital of Moroccon kingdom in the past. It was the first capital in the history of Moroccon kingdom.

The city was first founded in 788 by Idris ibn Abdalla or Moulay Idris I, as common people in Morocco used to call him, who was forced to flee Abbasid assasins after Umayyad dynasty was toppled down in Baghdad. By the time Idris I died in 792 because of the poisoning instructed by Abbasid dynasty, Fes was little more than a village on the east bank of Fes river. It was in the early ninth century that Idris II started to develop the other side of the river into a well-known city in Islamic world, especially after allowing in refugees from Andalucian Cordoba and from Kairouan in Tunisia, the two most important cities of western Islam during the time.

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FORUM INTERSEKSI

Kamis, 7 Februari 2008

FORUM INTERSEKSI 2007 TERSELENGGARA ATAS KERJASAMA ANTARA YAYASAN INTERSEKSI,PERKUMPULAN LAFADL INITIATIVES, PERKUMPULAN PERGERAKAN, DAN PERKUMPULAN INISIATIF

Yayasan Interseksi bekerjasama dengan Perkumpulan Lafadl Initiatives Yogyakarta, Perkumpulan Inisiatif, Bandung, dan Perkumpulan Pergerakan Bandung, akan menyelenggarakan putaran ke-7 Forum Interseksi 2008 di Yogyakarta pada bulan Maret 2008 (tentatif). Tema umum Forum Interseksi 2008 adalah Kaum Muda Indonesia Pasca Orde Baru. Seperti biasa, Forum ini terbuka bagi kalangan generasi muda (di bawah 40 tahun), tidak peduli etnis, agama, jenis kelamin, orientasi seksual, dan nasionalitasnya. Syarat utamanya adalah menulis makalah yang sesuai dengan tema umum Forum Interseksi 2008 untuk mengikuti selekasi pemilihan peserta oleh panitia di Yayasan Interseksi. Di samping itu, seperti tahun 2007 yang lalu, setiap peserta harus menanggung sendiri biaya transportasi ke dan dari lokasi penyelenggaraan Forum Interseksi. Biaya di luar itu, kecuali pengeluaran personal, akan ditanggung oleh panitia.
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