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The beginning of a generation with less expectations

In this current economic uncertainty horizon, expectations for citizens seem increasingly small and the forecast for future generations points to be dark. Years of economic crisis and globalization have left winners and losers. Among the beneficiaries are old acquaintances: the economic elite. For example, Branko Milanovic and Thomas Piketty, both economists, have been responsible for alerting about the injustice effects caused. Even though few have informed with the frankness of billionaire Warren Buffett, who in 2011 wrote in The New York Times: “While the middle and lower classes fight for us in Afghanistan, while Americans fight for a living, we, over wealthy people, continue to have extraordinary tax breaks.” Read more of this post

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Political honesty: does it really exist?

 

Europe is ill. Everyday the newapapers talk about political corruption in Spain, France, Greece or Italy wich has been recently extimated to be one of the most corrupt countries in Europe; recently the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi released an interview in wich he pointed out that:

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David and Goliath

Today there is talking a lot about the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), a treaty that is being negotiated now between the United States and the European Union. This treaty is seeking increased trade and investment between the EU and the US creating a large transatlantic market to generate new opportunities internally that greatly benefit all members. But is it really a deal that would benefit all? It is something that many people put into question. 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

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

Children and guns

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9owzX75ccdU

“My son ben will be six years old forever. Nearly two years ago, Ben was one of the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he was killed by a gunman inside his classroom” these is the proof of Ben´s father, David Wheeler to the New York Dialy News.

Handing a Submachine gun to a child is absolutely crazy.

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Corruption and Democracy, a never-ending relationship.

After the recents events that occurred in Rome where the police discovered links between the local government, including the ex-mayor Gianni Alemanno, and the mafia, I decided that it would be interesting to take a deeper look at corruption in modern societies, a terrible phenomenon that is ruining democracies all over the world. This post will be briefly analyzing what are the causes of corruption.  Read more of this post

Freedom of speech at its best.

The past December 25th, Christmas Day, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg could finally release their most expected movie, The Interview. This comedy film could probably best described as a political satire comedy. The arguement says it all; two men are sent to North Korea to kill their “beloved” leader Kim Jong Un, the both of them saying they want to actually interview him.

Why has this film caused such controversies? This is the first movie to suggest the assasination of a country’s leader, and what’s worse is that the leader we are talking about, has his country under a severe dictatorship, having his people unable to know what’s outside their country and definetly unable to have any kind of freedom speech.

When the news of an America film being about his own assasination arrived to Kim Jong Un’s ears he did what he is best at, he threatened the United States and the film’s distributor, Columbia pictures, and told them to stop The Interview from being released.

However, not caring about the leader’s words it was finally released last month through several American theaters and online streamings , making it the most succesful online movie and grossing over $5 million at the U.S’s box office.

Why is this a triumph for freedom speech? Why is this freedom of speech at its best? Because two young directors have achieved making a video ridiculizing the leader of a country that is still unknown to the outside world, a country where it is known that several crimes against humanity are done. Not being afraid of releasing a film like that because outside North Korea we have said freedom speech, that is why The Interview, is freedom of speech at its best.

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Je suis Charlie, but only for today.

It was impossible to ignore in all European countries, the murder of the 12 employees of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo by muslim extremists. The horrifying news lead to a regained interest in human rights and the freedom of speech, something which the writers and cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo relied heavily on.  The following rallies in different countries, the biggest of course being in Paris near the office of the newspaper, gave new impulse to attention to the wrongs in our world. But a question mark has to be placed by some events following the massacre.

A march was organised in Paris on Sunday January 10 to honour the victims. A united front was shown against the actions of those who try to limit the freedom of speech in our modern world. Over 1.5 million people were present and amongst them many world leaders, forgetting their quarrels for a moment, walking arm in arm in front of the French public to show their support. More then 50 nations from all over the world were represented and it almost seems impossible that an extremist attack would ever be able to de-construct the strong bonds that have been formed over the years between all the people of these nations. But there was to be detected some controversy in the actions by some of the world leaders.

Observers noticed that some of the present world leaders were happily joining the march, showing their support for free speech, while at the same time being accused of acts against that same human right in their own country. A short list of whom we are talking about at the moment: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Gabonese President Ali Bongo. In all of the countries of which they form part of the government, journalists are being arrested or forced to leave the country. It is as if for them the only reason to defend freedom of speech is that it is a worldwide trend and used as a vague concept which somehow doesn’t apply to the situation in their own countries.

You can almost hear them thinking: “Je suis Charlie, but only if I don’t have change my own policies.”

Sources:

  • Posetti J., “The Paris unity march shows we must protect freedom of expression, not curtail it further” for The Guardian. Last modified on Monday 12 January, 2015. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/12/the-paris-unity-march-shows-we-must-protect-freedom-of-expression-not-curtail-it-further
  • Taylor A., “The free-speech hipocrisy of some world leaders marching in Paris” for The Washington Post. Last modified on Sunday 11 January, 2015. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/01/11/the-free-speech-hypocrisy-of-some-world-leaders-marching-in-paris/