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)
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.
It’s difficult to see it in the image, but the picture at the bottom in the photo is La Gioconda or Mona Lisa of Leonardo da Vinci, in the Louvre Museum. A crowd is taking pictures of La Gioconda with their cell phones. I wonder if someone is looking atLa Gioconda.
There are thousands of photographs that anyone can get from internet, and surely much better. The purpose of visiting the Louvre shouldn’t be to take one or two dozens of poor photos on Mona Lisa and other famous pictures, but to look at the works. This was obvious years ago, when we hadn’t mobiles. Then, people used to visit museums to get close to the works, examining up them closely during minutes. Now the purpose seems to claim “I was there”, with these poor pictures taken with mobiles. The priority isn’t the work of art and appreciate its beauty, but “I” and to show “I was there”.
Yesterday the Spanish regime passed the Gag Law which makes this country to return to Francoism. Thousands of people protesting against this law wasn’t enough, either the international criticisms from United Nations, Council of Europe, Amnesty International, Greenpeace and other international organizations… all was useless, yesterday the Gag Law was voted by the Franco followers of the party in the government.
So, it’s already official: Spain isn’t a democracy, not even for the usual parameters in Western world. I’m ashamed of being Spanish.
In the last months, since Syriza won elections at Greece (25/01/2015) and even before the elections if people didn’t vote whom banks wanted, the European boss Merkel is threatening Greek people with their expulsion from the euro. Even there is a new word for this terrible event, Grexit.
It’s known that Western “democracy” is a political system where everyone can freely vote, always that majority vote those the elite wish. If majority vote others, as Greek people did voting Syriza, then that people must be punished, even sometimes a coup d’etat must be done to restore the suitable limits to the “democracy”.
Well, let’s examine the German threat. Is it a threat? I mean, would it be bad for Greek people leaving the euro, or would it be good? Of course, mainstream media warn the apocalypse for Greece if Germany decide to expel them. (An aside before continuing: yes, I know, it’s supposed that European Union is an alliance between countries where a nation can’t impose their preferences over the rest and so Germany can’t ban a country; ok, but now let’s come back to the real world, Germany decide, period).