How to spoil the moment

Mona Lisa

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 at La Gioconda.

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”.

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Bye Democracy, Hello Gag Law

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.

Gag Law

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.

Grexit, a bad or a good thing?

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.

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).

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Statement from the family of Rachel Corrie on the 12th anniversary of Rachel’s stand in Gaza

Reblogging. Twelve years since the murder of Rachel Corrie in Palestine.

Rachel Corrie

Aletho News

The Corrie Family | March 16, 2015

Today, the twelfth anniversary of our daughter and sister Rachel’s stand and death in Gaza, we find ourselves back where our journey for accountability in her case began – in Washington DC. We have come for meetings at the Department of State and in Congress and, also, to join our colleagues in pursuit of a just peace in Israel/Palestine at the national meeting of Jewish Voice for Peace.

Rachel was crushed to death March 16, 2003, by an Israeli military, US-funded, Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza, while nonviolently protesting the impending demolition of the home of a Palestinian family. This was one of thousands of homes eventually destroyed in Gaza in clearing demolitions, described in the 2004 Human Rights Watch Report, Razing Rafah.

The U.S. Department of State reported that on March 17, 2003, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon promised President Bush…

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