I’m doing a break (perhaps a goodbye) in this blog. Unfortunately, recent changes in my life that include a forced move to another city (due work reasons) have limited my internet to weekends, when I’m in my home; no connection during the rest of the week. During a time I tried to continue anyway, but now I must assume that hold this blog in these conditions is too much: not enough time to read or write as a blog requires.
This was my second blog. Years ago, when one needed to know HTML code to do a web page, I learned it and built my first web page. And it ended because of the same, a move where I had not internet. It’s sad to see that now history is repeating itself.
It has been two years here in WordPress.com, and I was happy in this community, having found a lot of other bloggers to visit and enjoy. Some bizarre events as well, as a guy naming me “parasite” because I am against the murder of migrants. But certainly the positive win out over the negative.
I’ll hold the blog by the moment, not writing new posts but keeping it alive. At least during next months, until I decide to renew it or to close it. And I’ll continue relatively active as reader, so still wandering around.
Thanks to everyone who visited this site, readers and commenters. Hasta luego.
September 1979. Streizyk and Wetzel families wanted to start a new life in the free Europe. They crossed the frontier between East and West Germany travelling in a hot air balloon. When they landed on a hill near Naila, in West Germany, Peter Streizyk and Gunter Wetzel explored the area and found two police officers. Immediately the police officers helped them and picked up the rest of members of the families. Red Cross and the mayor of Naila took in both families until they got home and job. A film was made about the great feat of these heroes who got to go through the Iron Curtain (Escaping the Berlin Wall by hot air balloon).
February 2014. Larios Fotio, 19 years old, wanted to start a new life in the free Europe. He traveled from Cameroon to Morocco and then tried to cross the frontier between Morocco and Ceuta (Spanish city on north coast of Africa); he and a group of people tried to reach the Spanish side of the coast swimming. Some of them, including Larios, got to arrive near. But on the Spanish beach there were agents of Civil Guard, armed with riot control equipment. The guards fired tear gas to the exhausted people at the sea, making difficult to breathe and swim. Then, also the guards fired rubber bullets against their heads. Larios and other 14 people drowned before the impassive gaze of the Spanish Guards. (Spain: Ceuta migrant tragedy – deplorable disregard for human life)
Why Peter Streizyk was treated like a heroe and Larios Fotio was killed like a dangerous criminal? What has changed over the years?
- Dominique Strauss-Khan: IMF managing director between 1 November 2007 and 18 May 2011. Arrested on 18 May 2011 accused of sexual assault. On 26 july 2013, accused of aggravated pimping.
- Christine Lagarde: IMF managing director since 5 July 2011. Since August 2011, investigated in a case of misuse of power and neglicence. Not arrested yet.
This is a good moment to remind “Enough is enough” (also known as “Dear Mr. Camdessus”), the letter written in 1988 by Davison L. Budhoo, an economist who was working in the IMF during 12 years. Michel Camdessus was the IMF managing director between 1987 and 2000.
“Today I resigned from the staff of the International Monetary Fund after over twelve years, and after over 1000 days of official Fund work on the field, hawking your medicines and your bag of tricks to governments and to peoples in Latin American and the Caribbean and Africa. To me resignation is a priceless liberation, for with it I have taken the first big step to that place where I may hope to wash my hands of what in my mind’s eye is the blood of millions of poor and starving peoples. Mr. Camdessus, the blood is so much, you know, it runs in rivers. It dries up too; it cakes all over me; sometimes I feel that there is not enough soap in the whole world to cleanse me from the things I did do in your name and in the name of your predecessors, and under your official seal.”
Here is the complete letter. Davison explains with details the methods that the IMF used to destroy the economy of Trinidad and Tobago, to offer financing later imposing IMF’s conditions: deregulation, privatization and cuts to social spending, the holy trinity of neoliberalism.
Some people are surprised by the fact that the three last IMF managing director are alleged criminals. I would be surprised if a honest person accepted that post in a criminal organization as the IMF is.
On 8 April 2003, twelve years ago, American murderers killed two journalists, the Spaniard José Couso (cameraman of Tele5, a TV channel) and the Ukrainian Taras Protsyuk (Reuters); also were injured the Lebanese Samia Najul and the British Paul Pasquale. The murder happened in Baghdad, when US army was invading the country (looking for weapons of mass destruction, do you remember?). The killers shot from a M1A1 tank which deliberately attacked the journalists, who were in the 15th floor of Palestine Hotel. Pentagon knew that international media were based in that hotel. (The death of José Couso in Baghdad)
José Couso killed
That was the third time on the same day, in an interval of three hours, that American army attacked media in Baghdad. Before the attack against the Palestine Hotel, they had attacked the offices of Abu-Dhabi TV and the bureau of Al Jazeera, killing the Jordanian reporter Tarek Ayyoub. The Pentagon had been given the coordinates of both buildings to avoid “accidental” attacks. Perhaps international journalists should hide their locations to Pentagon, because it seems that only makes easier the murders.