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End of Ebola in Africa?

At 14 January of 2016 the WHO (World Health Organization) declared the end of the Ebola virus disease that punched Africa, taking with it millions of African lives. But, is this the end of the Ebola virus in Africa? The WHO insists in the fact that there is no chain of transmission now, at least in West-Africa, but they also warn about the possibility of the appearance of new flare-ups. Many countries were declared free of having the virus, for example Liberia, but this country has had two more outbreaks. Anyway, today there is no infected patient in the most likely countries to have the virus but Dr Alex Gasasira (2016); a WHO representative in Liberia says that “The rapid cessation of the flare-up is a concrete demonstration of the government’s strengthened capacity to manage disease outbreaks. WHO will continue to support Liberia in its effort to prevent, detect and respond to suspected cases.” Read more of this post

Julian Assange from other points of view

Globalization has carried out an impressive amount of information, the most of mankind´s history. We can see straightly what is happening now in Sydney or in Los Angeles very easily and with a big accuracy. This development of the information exchanging comes from all the devices invented in the 20th century and the improvement of them and, of course, from the invention of Internet. But at this point a question comes to our mind: is there some kind of hidden information? do governments keep in secret some other matters? So here appears the figure of Julian Assange, the creator of Wikileaks a website that has the aim of giving to the people everything all the information hidden by the governments such as how much do they truly invest in the army or some secrets of politician´s private life. Of course, this is legit in a democratic and free world and undoubtely Wikileaks has helped revealing some unbearable aspects of politician´s life but still there are some critics and writers like Mario Vargas Llosa or Fernando Savater who claim exactly the opposite. But what do they argue? For structuring the article, I will use some articles written by Vargas Llosa in his book “La civilización del espectáculo”(2012) and an article written by Fernando Savater called “Transperentes abusos”(2010) and published in the “Tiempo” magazine. Read more of this post

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

El sector empresarial ¿Actor de conflictos armados?

El fin de la guerra fría trajo consigo una serie de cambios para la resolución de conflictos armados, y la generación de una paz estable, puesto que el sector privado es un actor fundamental para el sostenimiento de esta paz duradera. Se puede definir como ¨El conjunto de organizaciones y asociaciones empresariales que se ocupan de producir y distribuir los bienes y servicios que demandan los Estados, las sociedades y son pilares de la creación de la riqueza¨ (Rettberg, 2013).

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“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

En el límite del conflicto colombiano: Un asunto regional”

La Frontera colombo ecuatoriana es una de las fronteras más afectadas por el conflicto armado colombiano, que  ha traducido en el aumento del flujo de solicitantes de protección en Ecuador. Pues se estima que hasta septiembre de 2013, alrededor de 170.965 personas solicitaron asilo en el país vecino, según cifras entregadas por el Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (ACNUR,2013). Son los departamentos del Putumayo y Nariño los que conforman la línea divisoria de cerca de 640 km, según lo estipulado en el Tratado Muñoz Vernaza-Suárez del 15 de julio de 1916, que separa al estado colombiano de su homólogo ecuatoriano, que tiene como provincias fronterizas a Carchi, Esmeraldas y Sucumbíos. Read more of this post

Criminalidad y urbanismo: Lecciones para las ciudades latinoamericanas

La búsqueda de la seguridad es uno de los temas con más discusión entre los hacedores de políticas públicas en la actualidad en Latinoamérica , no en vano la región es considerada como una de las más violentas del mundo en donde una de las principales causas relacionadas es la alta delincuencia persistente en varios países de la región y en donde pese a tener solo el 8% de la población mundial se dan cerca de un tercio de los homicidios a nivel global (El Espectador, 2015).

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Some solutions for the problem of homeless people

Global economical crisis has carried (within other crucial factors) some problems apart from the economical state itself (from national social issues to worlwide big-scale political confrontation). This situation has been very obvious in the Third World where people suffer undernourishment, poverty and diseases. However, in the First World there is a major issue with a large relationship with this problems. I am talking about homeless people. For talking about this issue, I am going to take into account and quote some articles written by the New York Times which talk about homelesses situation at the High-Coast Cities which are very similar to many cities in Europe. The articles are: “We know what helps the homeless. Now we need more funding” by Mary Brosnahan, “Support Community land trusts for affordable housing” by Willian Burnett; and “Ease rent and building regulations to free up affordable housing” by Howard Husock. Read more of this post

An introduction to nowadays globalized world: Babel

Babel is a film by Alejandro González Iñárritu based on a Bible story in which God is angry because mankind wanted to build a tower to heaven. The punishment consisted on making them speak different languages ​​so they could not understand,got confused and eventually, not succeed in building it. That sets up a parallelism with the difficulties and contradictions of the globalized world in which we live. All those express together the reason for the big problem of communication between the different cultures that this movie introduces, such as Americans, Mexicans, Arabs and Japaneses. Read more of this post

A view of the Israeli problem from politics to social media

The identity is a very muddling term and has a lot of explanations and definitions from different perspectives, from sociology to history and philosophy. For instance, Jean-Pierre Warnier claims that the identity is “a combination of action, language and culture repertories that allows a person to identify his/her belongings with a social group”. As a conclusion, we could say that there are lots of identities worldwide, with their own features and ideologies. At this point, it is confirmed and assumed that there is not a real problem with this concept, but the problema could be seen when two identities do not understand each other and the confrontation starts. In fact, this is what currently is happening in Israel between Palestinians and Israelis. To show the real reach of the issue I am going to take three articles from national newspaper( La escalada de violencia desata tensiones xenófobas en Israel published by El Pais in october 22, Kerry confía en que la tensión se rebaje tras reunirse con Netanyahu by El Pais in october 22, and Israel advierte de que habrá “tolerancia cero” a los ataques transfronterizos y el tráfico de armas en Siria by Europa Press in november 3 of 2015) one from an noth-american source (The Facebook Intifada published in the New York Times in november 3 of 2015) and, finally, one from Al-Monitor, a middle east focused website, called Will social media spark a third intifada? and published in october 12 of 2015 Read more of this post