14 November 2011

Mentira (The Lie) - Manu Chao

Manu Chao telling us about politicians and media in todays world:



08 November 2011

Debtocracy. Deudocracia

A must watch, Want to know what's behind the Greek Debt? Ever heard of 'Odious Debt'? In international law, odious debt is a legal theory that holds that the national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the best interests of the nation, should not be enforceable. Such debts are, thus, considered by this doctrine to be personal debts of the regime that incurred them and not debts of the state.

Now watch;



11 October 2011

Arquitectura y Urbanismo Romano


02 October 2011

Prof. Joseph E. Stiglitz: The State of the Global Economy

Prof. Joseph E. Stiglitz at the World Bank. Will they listen though?

Prof. Joseph E. Stiglitz: The State of the Global Economy from World Bank on Vimeo.


04 September 2011

Felipe Gonzalez 'preocupado' con gestión de Zapatero en política exterior

En cable con fecha 22 fevrero 2010:

Gonzalez "compartió sus preocupaciones sobre la gestión de la política exterior española en general del presidente Zapatero"

No solo eso, pero el 'socialista' Gonzalez estaba "en gran medida de acuerdo con el enfoque de los EE.UU" en latino-america.



Wikileaks: La seguridad de los centrales nucleares españoles tienen debilidad

Según el cable del 19 febrero 2010 la seguridad de los centrales nucleares tienen debilidad: no protegen de un ataque de alguién de dentro y el gobierno de España está bastante preocupado con como defenderse de esta posibilidad...



Geoană assured US: Romania's fundamentally pro-US orientation "safe" for at least two more generations

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SUBJECT: DNI NEGROPONTE MEETING WITH OPPOSITION PSD PRESIDENT MIRCEA GEOANA 
 
 
Classified By: Amb. Nicholas Taubman for Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1. (C) Summary: At a meeting with DNI Negroponte and the 
Ambassador, opposition PSD head Mircea Geoana evinced concern 
about a posssible post-EU accession malaise in Romanian 
politics, with weak and divided governance for the next 
several years.  Geoana was skeptical about prospects for 
early elections and favored creation of a "grand coalition" 
of leading moderate parties on the German model.  On 
attitudes towards the U.S., Geoana said some "rebalancing" 
between Romania's "transatlanticist" and "European" 
orientations might take place, but geopolitics assured that 
Romania's fundamentally transatlanticist orientation was 
"safe" for at least two more generations. Geoana argued for a 
regional solution to the Kosovo issue, noting that the 
international community could move relatively fast on Kosovar 
independence if it was linked to a renewed commitment to the 
Balkan region as a whole.  With EU entry for many Balkan 
nations unlikely, NATO had to pick up the slack as default 
"mentor" in the region.  Geoana argued that Romania was 
wasting an opportunity to work with new Eastern European 
members of the EU in creating a new "Vilnius Group" 
encompassing the Baltics to the Black Sea.  On intelligence 
matters, Geoana encouraged new links between Romanian 
parliamentary committees overseeing the intelligence 
community and their US counterparts.  End Summary. 
 
2.  (C) Opposition PSD President Mircea Geoana met with 
Director of National Intelligence Negroponte and Ambassador 
Taubman October 29.  Geoana prefaced the meeting by comparing 
Romania's political scene to an ice skating competition; 
Romania had performed superbly in the obligatory routines 
needed for acceptance into all of the right clubs--WTO, NATO, 
and now the European Union--but it was uncertain whether it 
could do as well in the "freestyle" segment now that the 
constraints of candidacy were lifted.  He said Romanian 
politics exemplified the lack of an overall strategic vision 
among Romania's political leaders as well as a vicious 
political culture that stressed the "total demolition" of 
one's political enemies. 
 
3.  (C) Geoana was skeptical about prospects for early 
elections, noting that elections for the European Parliament 
would likely occur in May 2007, with municipal elections in 
June 2008 and a Presidential election taking place in 2009. 
President Basescu was alone in pushing for early elections, 
hoping to capitalize on his current high popularity ratings. 
Basescu also feared that a weak PD showing in future 
municipal elections could erode his prospects in the 
Presidential contest.  Geoana opined that a reshuffle among 
coalition partners was possible depending on how long Prime 
Minister Tariceanu survived.  Tariceanu was weakened, but 
still fighting for his political life.  Geoana warned that if 
Tariceanu goes, Romania could return to the "piranha 
politics" of the 1990s, with Basescu installing a more 
compliant puppet as Prime Minister. 
 
4.  (C) Regarding future coalition combinations, Geoana said 
that anything was possible, including continuation of the 
PD/PNL alliance; a strong PD combined with satellite parties; 
a PD/PSD alliance, or even a PSD/PNL government.  Two likely 
options included a "new majority" centered around Basescu, or 
some sort of "grand coalition" akin to Germany.  The latter 
option (which he preferred) would use as a pretext the need 
for mainstream Romanian parties to collectively meet the 
challenges of EU membership.  A PD/PNL merger was unlikely 
given the liberals' pride in their 100-year history and 
traditions.  Geoana anticipated that the next two and half 
years could prove an extraordinarily "unconstructive" time 
for Romanian politics, with political paralysis and loss of 
momentum after the January 1 EU accession.  Romania risked 
following in Poland's footsteps in mismanaging the first few 
years after EU entry, providing an opening for extremist and 
populist voices to dominate Romanian politics in the future. 
 
5.  (C) On attitudes towards the United States, Geoana said 
that Romania was currently so pro-American that one had to 
anticipate a future rebalancing between its 
"transatlanticist" and "European" orientations. Geography 
would never allow Romania to "relax" and hence the current 
security construction with the United States was safe for at 
least two more generations.  He added that the U.S. shouldn't 
take Romania's future pro-US orientation for granted or 
assume that it would be automatic. Geoana added that while he 
didn't like the President, he had to admit that Basecsu was 
"solid" with regards to his transatlanticist inclinations. 
Geoana also noted the need to develop new institutions to 
anchor US-Romanian ties after USAID pulled out.  These might 
include the Black Sea Trust Fund, the Aspen Institute, even 
the Harvard Club.  He added that it was not a question of USG 
 
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funding, since there was now a huge network of influential 
Romanians who knew and loved the United States, including 
many corporate leaders. 
 
6.  (C) On Kosovo, Geoana said that Kosovar independence must 
be linked to a "package" of measures for the Balkan region as 
a whole.  Bringing Croatia into the EU and NATO without 
accounting for the rest of the Balkans was the wrong 
strategy.  With the right "package", the international 
community could move relatively fast in terms of fostering 
Kosovo's independence, but changing the status quo in Kosovo 
must be backed by a renewed commitment to the Balkan region 
on the part of NATO and the EU.  Geoana was doubtful that 
Macedonia or Alabania were capable of qualifying for EU 
accession, thus handing NATO the default role of "mentor" to 
these states.  Geoana argued for a strategy other than just 
"punishing" the Serbs, noting that the Serbian military 
understood what had to be done, but the Serbian public was 
still "intoxicated" with the idea of retaining Kosovo. 
Geoana added that the upcoming German EU Presidency was an 
opportunity for the United States to work closely with 
Chancellor Merkel on Kosovo.  The relative weakness or lame 
duck status of other European leaders gave Merkel the 
opportunity to demonstrate that she could be a "global 
leader" on this and other issues.  Geoana suggested that with 
the right preparation, Merkel would be receptive to working 
in tandem with President Bush on a renewed Kosovo strategy as 
part of Germany's bid for a successful EU presidency. 
 
7.  (C) Comparing Russia to "an athlete on steroids" Geoana 
said that he saw both Ukraine and Moldova slowly bending to 
growing Russian pressure, with Georgia increasingly isolated 
through Russian energy politics and other "booby traps" from 
Moscow.  Geoana also accused President Basescu of harboring 
plans to trade Moldovan unification with Romania for tacit 
acquiescence to allowing Transnistria to become a Russian-run 
"Kaliningrad" to the east. Geoana said Romania was wasting an 
opportunity to work with new Eastern European members of the 
EU in creating a "new European neighborhood policy" from the 
Baltics to the Black Sea, acting as a Vilnius Group writ 
large that could influence EU policy towards the East. 
 
8.  (C) On intelligence matters, Geoana said that the PSD had 
agreed to Senator Maior becoming the head of Romania's 
internal service.  He said that it was "refreshing" to see a 
new generation take over the intelligence services given the 
need to remove the taint of the Ceaucescu-era Securitate, but 
both Maior and SRI Director Saftoiu were inexperienced and 
"needed help."  He said that he was trying to institute a 
"new rule" in Romanian politics that the domestic 
intelligence directorship always go to an opposition 
politician, adding that this was a "precondition" for sending 
"one of our best young guys" for the post.  Geoana also 
encouraged the DNI to promote contacts between Romanian 
parliamentary committees overseeing intelligence matters with 
their counterparts in the United States, as this would be an 
investment in a more democratic Romania and a better 
respected intelligence service. 
 
9. (C) Comment: Mircea Geoana's views carrry some weight as 
he is the heir presumptive in any future coalition government 
involving the PSD.  His views on many issues--including his 
fundamentally transatlanticist orientation, his comments on 
Kosovo, and remarks on the desirability of creating an 
Eastern European bloc within the EU--track closely with those 
shared by many of his ruling coalition counterparts, 
underscoring that what separates the PSD from the ruling PD 
and PNL are frequently matters involving personalities, 
parties, and political nuance, not ideology or policy. 
Geoana's skepticism regarding the likelihood of early 
elections, on the other hand, reflects the fact that the 
PSD's prospects are not encouraging if President Basescu 
succeeds in getting an early election contest.  End Comment. 
 
 
Taubman

01 August 2011

Are al-Shabaab & Al Qaeda linked?

Reading the press or listening to the TV news you could be forgiven for thinking that these organisations are tied a the hip.

What are the facts?

According to Karen Greenberg in Guardian America CiF:

"According to the National Counterterrorism Centre, al-Shabaab's links to al-Qaida have not reached the organisational level; it can therefore in no way be classified as a strong partner in the al-Qaida network. To quote from the NCC's website:

"While most of [Shabaab's] fighters are predominantly interested in the nationalistic battle against the TFG and not supportive of global jihad, al-Shabaab's senior leadership is affiliated with al-Qaida, and certain extremists aligned with al-Shabaab are believed to have trained and fought in Afghanistan."

A summary report by the Council on Foreign Relations concurs:

"Experts say there are links between individual al-Shabaab leaders and individual members of al-Qaida, but any organizational linkage between the two groups is weak, if it exists at all."


30 July 2011

Bill Blum: An updated summary of the charming record of US foreign policy

An updated summary of the charming record of US foreign policy. Since the end of the Second World War, the United States of America has ...
  1. Attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, most of which were democratically-elected. 7
  2. Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries. 8
  3. Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries. 9
  4. Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries. 10
  5. Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders. 11
In total: Since 1945, the United States has carried out one or more of the above actions, on one or more occasions, in the following 69 countries (more than one-third of the countries of the world):
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Australia
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia
  • Brazil
  • British Guiana (now Guyana)
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Congo (also as Zaire)
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • East Timor
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Fiji
  • France
  • Germany (plus East Germany)
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • North Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Soviet Union
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syria
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam (plus North Vietnam)
  • Yemen (plus South Yemen)
  • Yugoslavia

28 June 2011

Rumors of US plans for Libya, Syria cause concern

I came across this article today on Deutsche Welle: "Rumors of US plans for Libya, Syria cause concern".

Its main purpose appears to be to discredit a recent infowars.com exclusive: Military Sources Reveal Ground Force Invasion of Libya

"a number of unsubstantiated reports based on anonymous military sources began flooding the Internet claiming that US forces were already being readied for a full-scale ground invasion of Libya.

The alleged military sources at the US Army's Fort Hood base in Texas, where these preparations were said to be taking place, revealed to the Infowars.com website that the invasion was being planned for October. This report spawned a wave of similar extrapolations on the theme of a potential escalation in Libya, again with little solid evidence to back them up.
"

However, on the same site is another article "Huge Marine Drill Confirms Ground Invasion of Libya", which quotes a CNN article from 19 June "Headed to the beach? Heads up for an invasion force":

"The exercise is designed to test the capability of every type of Marine Corps aircraft, including MV-22 Ospreys and F/A 18 Hornets, as well as some Navy ships and Air Force planes.

The drill will stretch from Quantico Marine Base in northern Virginia to the Navy's Pinecastle Bombing Range in Florida.

With thousands of Marines and other service members involved, it's the biggest such drill ever on the U.S. East Coast.
"

But that's not all: in a small Spanish provincial news paper, the Diario Cadiz, there is also a world exclusive.

We find that there is a major US military exercise happening at this very moment and until Friday on the south coast of Spain at Barbate not far from Cape Trafalgar which go under the name of Phiflex 2011. However, if you do a search of Phiflex 2011 the only mention comes from the local Spanish newspaper: The Diario de Cadiz (which also covers the US base at Rota).

2400 US marines including the Marine Expeditionary Force are practicing beach assaults and landings.

This goes under the cover of joint exercises with the Spanish armed forces, who, however, are only providing 380 marines along with Piranha armoured fighting vehicles and Harrier jets.

According to the Diario de Cadiz there are up to 4 aircraft carriers participating, along with US planes.


Now it may be just the time of year but there is certainly a lot of marine activity right now.

02 June 2011

Españistán, de la Burbuja Inmobiliaria a la Crisis (por Aleix Saló)


video

01 June 2011

Propuestas aprobadas en la asamblea de Sol:

Hola, estas son las propuestas aprobadas en la asamblea de la protesta de Sol. Difícilmente se oirán en los medios y la página web no para de caerse así que está bien difundirlas por email. 

Haced un esfuerzo por leerlas!!
Estas son algunas de las medidas que, en cuanto ciudadanos, consideramos esenciales para la regeneración de nuestro sistema político y económico. ¡Opina sobre las mismas y propón las tuyas en el foro!

1. ELIMINACIÓN DE LOS PRIVILEGIOS DE LA CLASE POLÍTICA:
o   Control estricto del absentismo de los cargos electos en sus respectivos puestos. Sanciones específicas por dejación de funciones.

o   Supresión de los privilegios en el pago de impuestos, los años de cotización y el monto de las pensiones. Equiparación del salario de los representantes electos al salario medio español más las dietas necesarias indispensables para el ejercicio de sus funciones.

o   Eliminación de la inmunidad asociada al cargo. Imprescriptibilidad de los delitos de corrupción.

o   Publicación obligatoria del patrimonio de todos los cargos públicos.

o   Reducción de los cargos de libre designación.


2. CONTRA EL DESEMPLEO:
o   Reparto del trabajo fomentando las reducciones de jornada y la conciliación laboral hasta acabar con el desempleo estructural (es decir, hasta que el desempleo descienda por debajo del 5%).

o   Jubilación a los 65 y ningún aumento de la edad de jubilación hasta acabar con el desempleo juvenil.

o   Bonificaciones para aquellas empresas con menos de un 10% de contratación temporal.

o   Seguridad en el empleo: imposibilidad de despidos colectivos o por causas objetivas en las grandes empresas mientras haya beneficios, fiscalización a las grandes empresas para asegurar que no cubren con trabajadores temporales empleos que podrían ser fijos.

o   Restablecimiento del subsidio de 426€ para todos los parados de larga duración.
3. DERECHO A LA VIVIENDA:

o   Expropiación por el Estado de las viviendas construidas en stock que no se han vendido para colocarlas en el mercado en régimen de alquiler protegido.

o   Ayudas al alquiler para jóvenes y todas aquellas personas de bajos recursos.

o   Que se permita la dación en pago de las viviendas para cancelar las hipotecas.


4. SERVICIOS PÚBLICOS DE CALIDAD:
o   Supresión de gastos inútiles en las Administraciones Públicas y establecimiento de un control independiente de presupuestos y gastos.

o   Contratación de personal sanitario hasta acabar con las listas de espera.

o   Contratación de profesorado para garantizar la ratio de alumnos por aula, los grupos de desdoble y los grupos de apoyo.

o   Reducción del coste de matrícula en toda la educación universitaria, equiparando el precio de los posgrados al de los grados.

o   Financiación pública de la investigación para garantizar su independencia.

o   Transporte público barato, de calidad y ecológicamente sostenible: restablecimiento de los trenes que se están sustituyendo por el AVE con los precios originarios, abaratamiento de los abonos de transporte, restricción del tráfico rodado privado en el centro de las ciudades, construcción de carriles bici.

o   Recursos sociales locales: aplicación efectiva de la Ley de Dependencia, redes de cuidadores locales municipales, servicios locales de mediación y tutelaje.


5. CONTROL DE LAS ENTIDADES BANCARIAS:

o   Prohibición de cualquier tipo de rescate o inyección de capital a entidades bancarias: aquellas entidades en dificultades deben quebrar o ser nacionalizadas para constituir una banca pública bajo control social.

o   Elevación de los impuestos a la banca de manera directamente proporcional al gasto social ocasionado por la crisis generada por su mala gestión.

o   Devolución a las arcas públicas por parte de los bancos de todo capital público aportado.

o   Prohibición de inversión de bancos españoles en paraísos fiscales.

o   Regulación de sanciones a los movimientos especulativos y a la mala praxis bancaria.

6. FISCALIDAD:

o   Aumento del tipo impositivo a las grandes fortunas y entidades bancarias.

o   Eliminación de las SICAV.

o   Recuperación del Impuesto sobre el Patrimonio.

o   Control real y efectivo del fraude fiscal y de la fuga de capitales a paraísos fiscales.

o   Promoción a nivel internacional de la adopción de una tasa a las transacciones internacionales (tasa Tobin).


7. LIBERTADES CIUDADANAS Y DEMOCRACIA PARTICIPATIVA:
o   No al control de Internet. Abolición de la Ley Sinde.

o   Protección de la libertad de información y del periodismo de investigación.

o   Referéndums obligatorios y vinculantes para las cuestiones de gran calado que modifican las condiciones de vida de los ciudadanos.

o   Referéndums obligatorios para toda introducción de medidas dictadas desde la Unión Europea.

o   Modificación de la Ley Electoral para garantizar un sistema auténticamente representativo y proporcional que no discrimine a ninguna fuerza política ni voluntad social, donde el voto en blanco y el voto nulo también tengan su representación en el legislativo.

o   Independencia del Poder Judicial: reforma de la figura del Ministerio Fiscal para garantizar su independencia, no al nombramiento de miembros del Tribunal Constitucional y del Consejo General del Poder Judicial por parte del Poder Ejecutivo.

o   Establecimiento de mecanismos efectivos que garanticen la democracia interna en los partidos políticos.


8. REDUCCIÓN DEL GASTO MILITAR
--------------------------------------------------------

ELIMINAR EL SENADO.


NORUEGA, SUECIA, DINAMARCA, NO TIENEN SENADO, ALEMANIA SOLO 100 SENADORES y EE.UU. UN SENADOR POR CADA ESTADO.
LOS GRANDES TEÓRICOS DEL DERECHO INTERNACIONAL Y CONSTITUCIONAL OPINAN QUE ES UNA CÁMARA INNECESARIA, PRESCINDIBLE Y QUE ESTÁ EN EXTINCIÓN, ¿ENTONCES POR QUÉ TENEMOS QUE MANTENER A 260 SENADORES?

DE ESTA FORMA AHORRAREMOS 3.500 MILLONES DE EUROS CADA AÑO.

ELIMINAR LA PENSIÓN VITALICIA DE TODOS LOS DIPUTADOS, SENADORES Y DEMÁS
"PADRES DE LA PATRIA".

ELIMINAR A TODOS los diplomáticos excepto un embajador y un cónsul en cada país. No es posible que gastemos en esto más que Alemania y el Reino Unido).

Con eso, y con rebajar un 30% las partidas 4, 6 y 7 de los PRESUPUESTOS GENERALES DEL
ESTADO (transferencias a sindicatos, partidos políticos, fundaciones opacas y varios), se ahorrarían más de 45.000 millones de Euros y no haría falta tocar las pensiones ni los sueldos de los funcionarios, como tampoco haría falta recortar 6.000 millones de Euros en inversión pública.

CON LA MITAD DEL DINERO QUE EL ESTADO SE AHORRARÍA CON ESTAS MEDIDAS,
SE ACABARÍA LA CRISIS EN ESPAÑA

Por el cambio de la ley electoral, y por una democracia participativa de verdad, donde nuestra opinión, la de los ciudadanos,  sea lo que gobierne, no una papeleta cada cuatro años y que hagan con ella lo que quieran sin dar cuentas ni explicaciones.

Por el cambio de la ley electoral, y por una democracia participativa de verdad ¡Espabilemos de una vez! ¡No sigamos dormidos y aletargados!

SI ESTÁS DE ACUERDO, DIFÚNDELO.

29 May 2011

UK training Saudi forces used to crush Arab spring - Letter to Nick Clegg

This really is a scandal of the highest order: "UK training Saudi forces used to crush Arab spring" :

"Britain is training Saudi Arabia's national guard – the elite security force deployed during the recent protests in Bahrain – in public order enforcement measures and the use of sniper rifles. The revelation has outraged human rights groups, which point out that the Foreign Office recognises that the kingdom's human rights record is "a major concern"."

"The MoD response, obtained yesterday by the Observer, reveals that Britain sends up to 20 training teams to the kingdom a year. Saudi Arabia pays for "all BMM personnel, as well as support costs such as accommodation and transport".
Bahrain's royal family used 1,200 Saudi troops to help put down demonstrations in March. At the time the British government said it was "deeply concerned" about reports of human rights abuses being perpetrated by the troops.
"Britain's important role in training the Saudi Arabian national guard in internal security over many years has enabled them to develop tactics to help suppress the popular uprising in Bahrain," said Nicholas Gilby of the Campaign Against Arms Trade."


Here is the text of my letter to Nick Clegg:

Sir,
I find it hard to understand how you can look yourself in the mirror with the absolutely scandalous news that British troops are training "Saudi Arabia's national guard – the elite security force deployed during the recent protests in Bahrain – in public order enforcement measures and the use of sniper rifles."
I repeat: this is a scandal of the highest order and I demand action to cease this forthwith, considering the F.O considers S.A.'s human rights record as "a major concern".
It is even more scandalous considering the supposed backing your government and party have been giving to the Arab Spring and knowing that Bahrain used 1200 Saudi troops to help put down demonstrations in March amid reports of the use of snipers in putting down said demonstrations.
Isn't it time you put your power hunger to one side and started looking after human rights issues. Or is it that you quite frankly don't give a damn.?

25 April 2011

Royal Navy and Gibraltar police try to obstruct Spanish police from arresting drug traffickers

The Guardia Civil patrol were chasing a suspect vessel at high speeds. The vessel had come from Morocco and was trying to make for Gibraltar, where no doubt they had paid off the police and the Navy, when they were intercepted by the Guardia Civil fast patrol boat. The occupants of the unknown vessel started desperately to throw bales overboard but were apprehended 3 kms from the Rock by the Guardia Civil.

Suddenly they were surrounded by 5 or 6 vessels from the Gibraltar Customs, Gibraltar Police and the Royal Navy and subjected to threats and insults. The Guardia Civil finally managed to extricate themselves and their capture and returned to Algeciras port with the 2 occupants under arrest and over 100 kgs of hashish confiscated.

Gibraltar and Britain are trying to claim that Gibraltar has territorial waters, however, the Treaty of Utrecht gives no territorial waters to Gibraltar apart from the waters of its port. And in their efforts to claim these waters it appears the Gibraltarians don't give a fuck whether drug gangs, criminals get away.

Let's face it, Gibraltar is and always has been a safe haven for pirates, thieves, and crooks.

Link.

22 April 2011

Letter to the Daily Telegraph - Reply to Robin Yapp

Sir,

In his article "Israel 'supplied arms to Argentina during Falklands War", Robin Yapp describes Irgun as "the Zionist underground paramilitary movement which Begin commanded before the state of Israel was established."

Irgun was considered a terrorist organisation not only by the British authorities at the time (& Winston Churchill & the NYT) but also by the brand new Israeli government itself, which passed the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance in 1948 with the specific purpose of eliminating Irgun (& the other Zionist terrorist organisation, Lehi aka the Stern Gang). If one examines the list of Irgun attacks from 1937 on, one can see that they include indiscriminate attacks on civilians: bombs planted on trains, buses, and in cafés and cinemas, thrown into crowded markets - there is even record of a donkey-bomb killing 20 civilians in Haifa market - not to mention the truck bombs, shootings and assassinations of British officials and the bombing of the King David Hotel. Let us also not forget the Deir Yassin massacre carried out by Irgun and the assassination of the UN Mediator and President of the Swedish Red Cross: Count Folke Bernadotte which lead directly to the passing of the 1948 Israel Terrorism Act..

Further, considering that all these crimes constitute 'terrorism' under the definitions in the UK Terrorism Act 2000, one wonders exactly why Robin Yapp prefers to call the Irgun an 'underground paramilitary movement'. And in order to maintain impartiality will he and the Telegraph now be referring to Hamas as a 'Palestinian underground paramilitary movement'?

Yours Sincerely

28 March 2011

Nuevo Radar de la DGT en España


Esta maquinita de fotos, aparentemente un inocente indicador de desvío por obras, es realmente un radar encubierto que lo están poniendo precisamente en esas zonas de obras de mantenimiento donde hay limitaciones de 20 Km/h o de 30 Km/h y cazan como moscas a los que van a la deslumbrante y peligrosa velocidad de 40 ó 50 Km/h y le atizan 200,00 Euretes y un par de puntos. No te digo si pasas, por no haber coches delante, a 80 ó 90 Km/h .
Se está utilizando incluso en carreteras sin obras a las que le ponen una limitación, un par de conos y a esperar 300 m más adelante a los pardillos.
Las están poniendo en todas las carreteras españolas y las cifras de recaudación son mareantes.


13 March 2011

Yuri da Cunha kuma directed by dj marcell

Do you like African music? I do. Try this one:

Yuri da Cunha kuma directed by dj marcell


16 February 2011

Los Desayunos de TVE 16 Fevrero 2011: Respuesta a Joaquín Estefanía y Eduardo San Martín

Hablando de Berlusconi y Camps y todos los demás, Sr Estefania preguntó ¿qué hemos hecho mal?

En primer lugar, no hay ningún control psicológico sobre los que entran en la política. Por eso hay tantos y tantos psicópatas y/o sociópatas - solo hay que mirar al Sr. Tony Blair o Berlusconi mismo para ver el ejemplo perfecto en la política internacional, y los Srs. Camps, Fabra, Matas, Aznar, Zapatero, Chaves, etc., etc., etc., los ejemplos nacionales. Para la propia seguridad mundial deberían someterse a pruebas psicológicas todos que ocupen un cargo político, a nivel local, regional, nacional o internacional.

En segundo lugar, y haciendo eco del Sr. San Martin, las democracias occidentales están podridas, y la mayoría de la gente no ve ninguna salida y desconectan de la política. La culpa tienen la clase política - los psicópatas, los ladrones y mafiosos, y los que 'trabajan' (por decirlo así) para las grandes corpraciones (la mayoría)y para quienes hay una puerta giratoria entre la política y esas corporaciones (su sueldo se paga al final de la vida política).

También la culpa tiene algo que ver con 'Panem et circenses'. Las corporaciones han creado un sinfín de circos para mantener al pueblo distraído de la política: deportes por todas partes (hasta la misma TVE en la publicidad para la Champions viste las estrellas de futbol como gladiadores), los reality y las series de TV, los videojuegos. Y último pero no menos importante, no hay tiempo para la gran mayoría de estar bien informada, especialmente cuando los periodistas y los medios están en manos de las mismas corporaciones, y as veces ocultan deliberadamente o directamente censuran información importante.

Solo cuando toda esta gentuza empiezan a tomer demasiado el pelo al pueblo y comienza a faltar el pan, verremos escenas como Tunez, Egipto, Yemen, aquí, en Occidente.

07 February 2011

Reagan Celebration Hides Brutal History

Wilkerson and Parry on Reagan Centennial: Many of today's catastrophes traced to Reagan's presidency


More at The Real News


27 January 2011

Where are the US riots?

While the Arab world seems to finally be waking up, the people of the US are still fast asleep.

Inspired by the Tunisian revolution against its dictatorial president and government, protestors in Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, Jordan and Albania have taken to the streets, and up to 4 Moroccans have set themselves on fire. Reports are even coming in of an Egyptian stock market crash.

One just has to look at what the majority of people have been demonstrating against in these countries to wonder why these revolutions haven't yet hit the US: chronic unemployment and government corruption, something in abundance in the US.


I person in 7 - that's 15% of the population, or 45 million Americans - are poor according to Associated Press. There are well over 15 million officially unemployed. But the US considers the labour force the number of people employed plus the number unemployed but seeking work, while it considers the non-labour force tincludes those who are not looking for work, those who are institutionalised (eg prison) and those serving in the military. And its the shrinking numbers of the actual labour force that keeps the unemployment rate from going through the roof.

One must ask if they're brain dead too, as one wonders why they aren't all out in the streets...

24 January 2011

Amnesty International: Inhumane Treatment of WikiLeaks Soldier Bradley Manning

Amnesty International has finally written a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates objecting to the conditions of Bradley Manning's detention:
Inhumane Treatment of WikiLeaks Soldier Bradley Manning | Human Rights Now - Amnesty International USA Blog

Both Glenn Greenwald and Prof. Juan Cole both have pieces on this:

Glenn Greenwald: "America's treatment of detainees"

Prof. Juan Cole: "Bradley Manning and Mohamed Bouazizi"

But why haven't they declared him to be a Prisoner of Conscience?

19 January 2011

The UK's most senior civil servant, Sir Gus O'Donnell, covering up crimes against peace.

The UK's most senior civil servant, Sir Gus O'Donnell, is covering up crimes against peace. According to the Guardian:

"Britain's top civil servant, Sir Gus O'Donnell, is preventing the official inquiry into the Iraq invasion from publishing notes sent by Tony Blair to George W Bush - evidence described by the inquiry as of "central importance" in establishing the circumstances that led to war.

O'Donnell, the cabinet secretary, consulted Blair before suppressing the documents, it emerged tonight."

What has the UK country become? How is it possible that in this day and age, unelected officials can have so much power? It's completely anti-democratic. Someone somewhere should take this man to court for covering up evidence of a crime.

Chilcott has written to this unelected, anti-democratic official at least 3 times and has received the same fobbing off each time: 'The Cabinet Office said: "There is an established convention covering papers of a previous administration whereby former ministers would normally be consulted before release of papers from their time in government."'

So what the Cabinet Office is really saying is that if Hitler had been British, it would have been impossible to release any papers without his consent, a full two fingers, basically telling the British electorate to fuck off.

It's high time that 'conventions' like this were made illegal by law. Or that there be a higher law that makes these conventions non-binding in cases of possible criminal conduct.

Somebody ought to have a serious word in O'Donnell's ear and tell him that if he doesn't release these papers it's off to the Hague with him. These fucking civil servants, they think they're so civilised yet they're nothing more than common criminals...

11 January 2011

Kiko Veneno - La rama de barcelona (both versions)

Listen/watch Version 1 first then Version 2. Love it!

Kiko Veneno - La rama de barcelona (Version 1)



Kiko Veneno - La rama de barcelona (Version 2)



10 January 2011

War and Hypocrisy



Respuesta a Felipe González en "Los Desayunos de TVE" con Ana Pastor

Hablando del Tea Party y la última matanza en EEUU, noto que el Sr. Gonzalez utilizaba los mismos términos que el 'establishment' estado-unidense. Que el autor de la matanza es un loco y que las palabras no matan... creo que este hombre debería quedarse callado ya que es mayor y no deja de hablar tonterías, vamos, que la edad no perdona ni al Sr. Gonzalez.

Nadie habla del terrorismo blanco como hacen en el portal de Michael Moore o en el excelente blog del Prof. Juan Cole. Y comentaristas como Krugman en el NYT apunta a una retórica eliminacionista (eliminationist rhetoric): las 'sugerencias que se debe eliminar los del otro lado del debate por cualquier medio necesario, retórica utilizado contra Julian Assange y por los descerebrados de la derecha de EEUU contra los Demócratas y que ha llevado a esta matanza.'

Como dice Juan Cole, este discurso es de hipócritas, ya que no se desestime de manera similar, obviamente, los musulmanes inestable quienes, como los llamados "patriotas" de la banda McVeigh, a veces se recurren a la violencia...De hecho, los chiflados musulmanes de derecha y los chiflados estadounidenses de derecha  están obsesionados por ansiedades similares, acerca de un gobierno poderoso en Washington.

Por otro lado quisiera felicitar a la Sra. Pastor por su vuelta al programa con las esperanzas de que sea tan contundente y combativa con otros como con el Sr Gonzalez - por ejemplo ya quejé sobre su entrevista  servil al colombiano Uribe.