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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

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

Religion and War: a never-ending relationship?

It is normally considered to be an atheistic statement to say that with less religions there would be less wars but it is also very superficial to affirm this because we would have to analyze all the wars that broke out throughout the history and tell wether they had been caused by economic-political reasons or religious conflicts. I was driven to talk about this topic after the terrorist attack in Paris where 5 armed men, muslims, who had been fighting in Syria with the Islamic State, assaulted the French theatre, Bataclan: it would not be probably wrong to say that this atrocious act could have been avoided if Islam did not exist but it would also be a very reductionist approach to reality. The aim of this post is to discuss whether or not religions have endangered the world, especially in these last decades where extreme religious groups have been doing terrible terrorist attacks.

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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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Allemagne : les réfugiés stigmatisés après des violences

             D’après Thibaut Madelin, les allemands sont en émoi suite aux nombreuses agressions sexuelles de la part des réfugiés qui ont eu lieux dans leur propre pays près de la gare de Cologne. La nouvelle a aussitôt fais réagir la chancelière allemande qui n’a pas hésité à s’exprimer face à l’attitude « primitive » des réfugiés et son parti a exposé des mesures à prendre contre les coupables mais la Gauche est intervenue avant que toute décision ne soit prise. Des évènements similaires s’étant présentés dans d’autres villes d’Allemagne, les habitants semblent tendus quant à une possible collision aves les réfugiés (Les Echos, Janv. 2016). Read more of this post

L’Europe sous pression

              D’après Jean-Pierre Stroobants et Benoît Vitkine, la montée du nombre de refugiés dans les Balkans mettrait l’Europe sous pression. En effet, le continent est touché par une grande vague de réfugiés qui décident de trouver refuge en Europe en passant soit par les Balkans, soit par la Grèce dû au fait que plusieurs pays européens aient décidé de fermer leur frontière afin de limiter le nombre de nouveaux venus dans leur pays (ONM, 2015). Toutefois, l’arrivée des étrangers n’est pas le seul problème qui se pose à l’Europe : des centres spécifiques pour venir en aide aux réfugiés ont été mis en place dans quelques pays européens mais ces derniers ne veulent pas s’y soumettre, voyant dans ces systèmes un moyen pour les autorités de les priver de leurs droits. Face à ces différents problèmes, les représentants européens ont pris des mesures consistant à départager équitablement les réfugiés dans divers pays de l’Europe et ils espèrent même obtenir de l’aide de leurs voisins turcs qui possèdent déjà à l’intérieur de leur pays 2 millions de réfugiés syriens (Le Monde, Oct. 2015). 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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