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Iraq´s duty for the protection of its minorities

The situation that nowadays Iraq is living is generating a movement of the minorities that inhabit the country. The minorites are denied protection from the Iraqi governmet which is making the International community fail in taking measures to protect them, they have been neglected from their own country, to their own faith, from a country which is kicking out its population. There are a lot of minorities in Iraq which are being expelled from their country because of the unsteady situation that the Middle East is living. Jews an Christians were two of the most settle down minorities in Iraq but today there are a few left in the country and the situation is disastrous. So, as Ali Mamouri states in his article “national reconciliation in Iraq is important, as it would prompt the alliance of minorities to expand its activities; in turn, the alliance could work to further support national reconciliation.” Read more of this post

“Odisea en Sucumbíos: drama de ser refugiado colombiano en Ecuador”

Se entiende por refugiado a toda persona que debido a fundados temores de ser perseguida por motivos de raza, religión, nacionalidad, pertenencia a determinado grupo social u opiniones políticas se encuentre fuera de su  país de nacionalidad y no pueda o, a causa de dichos temores, no quiera acogerse a la protección  de tal país (…) Por su parte la declaración de Cartagena de 1984 amplia dicha definición, (…) personas que huyen de su país porque su vida, seguridad o libertad han sido amenazadas por la violencia generalizada, la agresión extranjera, los conflictos internos, violación masiva de derechos humanos u otras circunstancias que hayan perturbado el orden público. Read more of this post

Plan Colombia y la crisis en la frontera colombo ecuatoriana: una zona gris

Los recientes esfuerzos para contrarrestar el conflicto armado y el narcotráfico en Colombia han llevado a la concentración del conflicto en las zonas de frontera. Que, ante la ausencia de presencia estatal en dichos territorios, como también la excesiva securitización de la política exterior colombiana, ha propiciado un aumento significativo de los flujos migratorios de poblaciones vulnerables hacia el Ecuador. Por consiguiente, el asentamiento de cerca de 56.471 (ACNUR, 2012) colombianos que cuentan con el status de refugiados -principalmente en los municipios fronterizos de Carchi, Sucumbios y Esmeraldas(Ecuador) -, ha configurado una situación de crisis humanitaria, la cual solo podrá ser atendida en el momento en que se reconozca una corresponsabilidad entre ambos países, sirviendo como primer paso para la creación de solución conjunta e integral a esta situación.  Read more of this post

Global Warming.

According to Yale School of  Forestry and  Enviromental studies” Overall a large majority of the American public wee personally convinced that global warming is happening( 71%)” Read more of this post

Islamic State appearance

The Islam fanatics have become an icon of the Terrorism on the recents days in occidental countries. These “representants” of the muslim culture have become stronger with the years, even becoming a little new empire who tries to emulate and to recover what the ancient muslims conquered all over the continent. How did it start? What are they doing? And most importantly. What is Europe doing against it?

1. Where did it start?

It started in a prision called Bucca in Iraq, due to the insurgency that was all along the country because of the US presence in the country after the several wars that happened. This ended with an alliance between islamic extremists and some loyal people to Saddam Hussein. This coalition was what we now call the ISIS, and those prisoners are now the leaders of that state, such as Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

2. Methods

Their main way of imposing their thoughts is by the terror itself. Massive killings in the most horrible ways of the people who oppose them, such as soldiers, or even civilians that do not have the same conception of religion of them. These massive killings are, mostly, recorded and shared via internet, arriving in that way to our countries, in which we are not used to these brutalities. Most of the recordings of the terrorist show us massive decapitations as the main execution way.

They are also capting young people from European countries to go to the Sirian territories to train them in the war, in the weapon use and also to brainwash them even more. Then, tehy are sent back and they await for an opportunity to act in the name of the ones who sent the back here to Europe.

3. Charlie Hebdo attack

On 7th January 2015, the terrorists made their first killing in Europe, enetring the journal Charlie Hebdo and killing 10 journalists and two policemen. After a huge police following, they trapped and kill the terrorists in northern France. This made the European community to be more aware of what was the menace of the islamic terrorism in Europe and new measures were taken.

Also another killing and a kidnap occurred those days when a man killed a policewoman and kidnapped some people in a jewish supermarket. After five hours, policemen killed him, but for people died in the assault of the shop.

4. Europe answers

This is, in theory, an answer for the European and US attacks in the Sirian war, in favour of the governments and against the rebelds. The hate goes even further than because of the religion, but to politics.

Europe has increased his defense methods for the terrorists committing killings, and to prevent them to come back from the training fields in Yemen, but this is very difficult. Recently, with the killing in the Charlie Hebdo journal, the security is getting even bigger, also talking about closing the frontiers inside the European Community and also making the controls harder to evade. This is very difficult to control, but the only thing we can do against it.

Another thing that Europe is trying us to figure out is that muslims aren’t the guilties of these attacks. The ones who act in this way are just terrorists who use the religion as a reason to make others suffer. They are not muslims, and the European governments are trying us to remember this before blaming them.

5. References

– Ward, Clarissa (4th November 2014), retrieved 13/01/2015 from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-origins-of-isis-finding-the-birthplace-of-jihad/

– Gryboski, Michael (15th August 2014), retrieved 13/01/2015 from http://www.christianpost.com/news/who-is-isis-4-important-facts-about-the-ruthless-terror-group-in-iraq-124853/

– Lister, Tim (13th June 2014). retrieved 13/01/2015 from http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/12/world/meast/who-is-the-isis/

– SCG news(28th August 2015), retrieved 13/01/2015 from http://scgnews.com/the-covert-origins-of-isis

Animal testing, how much does your skin cost?

No Animal Testing

As Belen Tobalina brings up, is it ethical the suffering of animals for cosmetic testing? Every year 115 million animals were used for scientific purposes. Only in the European Unión in a year 12 million animals were used, what means that every minute 137 animals were being tested for cosmetics or other kinds of scientific research. In 2013 the European Unión forbid the experimentation with animals for cosmetics, tooth pastes, shampoos ,deodorants and more. Belen Tobalina and Cristina Fernández say that the animals that were used the most for this kind of “research” were rats, mouses, rabbits and guinea pigs. Until 2013 it was obligatory the use of animals for testing products that later would be available for human consumption, as there was no other way to prove that they were not going to cause any bad or dangerous reaction to humans. Read more of this post

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I got a heart.

Every day, an average of 18 people die waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The problem is that there are to many patients awaiting for a heart and fewer donors. Doctors recur to the Berlin heart for smaller children and Thoratec HeartMate II for adults, which help doctors to keep their patients alive. It is revolutionary as it has prevented many deaths of awaiting donors.

The past Christmas, occurred a wave of “holiday donation”, it was believed that patients with the electronic heart who were in a prior position in the waiting list would receive their transplant. It was a prediction made by doctors who are dwelling with the stagnation of heart transplant donors, the reason it was made is because doctors believe that during the holidays there are more accidents, suicides “or something of the sort” that create more donors as stated by the cardiologist Dr.Parag Patel.

An experiment was made by the doctors dividing the holiday months and non-holiday months. The results were contradictory: there were more transplants in the month of July than in December, in fact according the to the CDC suicide rates are lowest in December. However, Dr.Parag stated that the deaths in July were young people who died from non-natural death ( gunshots…) so he concluded it there was nothing different from the holiday donors.

Other features influence the transplant donations but the most accurate is that predictions can not be made. Donors are becoming scarce especially because only 1% of people who die sign in the organ donor list and the final decision in made by the family.

Transplants are subjects that don’t wait, they don’t have the physical time to wait for a thought out decision made by the donors, the doctors or the recipients ( as vital organs can only live 40 hours to it maximum after the person’s death).

Heart transplant procedure

REFERENCE:

Klein, J. (2014, December 24). The Myth of Holiday Heart Transplants. Retrieved January 9, 2015, from http://motherboard.vice.com/read/holiday-hearts

Facts that you probably don’t know about Word War I

The Word War I or the “Great War” (1914-1918) was a terrible disaster that killed more than 9 million soldiers and destroyed a bigger part of Europe. There is a video that speaks about this terrible disaster: (one in spanish and other in english)


There is a map of two sides
Central Powers: Germany, Austria-Hungary and Ottoman Empire
The Allied forces: Great Britain, United States, France, Russia, Italy and Japan.

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