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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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A new best seller?

We start 2016 no in the best way possible, it has been made public that the rights of Mein Kampf finish this in 2015 and that the book of Adolf Hitler could now be reissued. It is one of the main bases of Nazi ideology, after 70 years as a  responsibility of Bavaria, the last residence of Hitler. Now, with the resurgence of the far right wing in Europe, due to the massive influx of Syrian immigrants, it is feared that the publication of this book again  could spread this ideology one more time. 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

Self immolation increases in Middle East

Middle East has been on the eye of the hurricane in recent years. The different problems related with this part of the world are one of the main phenomenoms that are worrying different countries. Mohammed Heriz, a twenty-five year old libyan, set himself afire throughout a protest in front of the Military court. This happened on October 16 of 2015. Mohhammed is not the only one who had tried to immolate himself, this paractice is also used by radicals belonging to extreme islamic groups. 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

Death penalty: remedy or hypocrisy?

As wrote Luis Javier González the 15th of May of 2014 in the newspaper “El País”, a pregnant woman who had a one year old child was punished with death in Sudan for converting to Christianity.

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ISIS- The New Al-Quaeda. Europe and US must be aware of a new 9/11

The Islamic State is now threatening to expand his influence and control outside its territories in Syria and Iraq. Shall we be afraid of imminent terrorist attacks in major cities in Europe and USA?

After watching the film Zero Dark Thirty, which describes the real story of the mission that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden, I was really pushed to write this blog post. Probably the most dramatic part of the film is the introduction when the viewer is left with a black screen and he can only hear the voices of the people who were calling their parents, the police or the fire department from the World Trade Center while the two towers were about to collapse. It is a really touching scene that made myself wonder: “What if this happens again? What if the world witnesses another tragedy like 9/11?”. These are questions that each one of use should be asking to ourselves and this is why I am so interested in ISIS, the terrorist groups that collected the inheritance of Al-Qaeda. Read more of this post