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.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) published the latest Global Wage Report on 5 December. It shows that the countries with the largest inequality growth are Spain and United States of America. This will fill our ex-King Juan Carlos with great pride and satisfaction (non Spaniards, read note), because Spain is world leader in something at last, only comparable to the superpower U.S.
Spain, a typical scene
This increasing household income inequality has been caused mainly by two factors, according to the ILO report: declining wages and rising unemployment. Income inequality hurts economic growth, so the increasing inequality is prolonging the economic crisis. Therefore our rulers (International Monetary Fund, World Bank, financial elite, bankers) claim that wages must decline more and employment must be more precarious, to overcome the economic crisis.
Do you understand the reasoning? Nobody do, including our rulers, they simply lie.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report was known some days ago, showing that U.S.A. used torture systematically since 2001 to 2009.
Is that a surprise? That U.S. use torture is a well-known fact, between 2001 and 2009, before 2001 and after 2009. Perhaps it is ignored in U.S. and I’m sure that American media don’t talk usually about it, but it’s widely known in the rest of the planet.
As a British judge said in 2006, “America’s idea of what is torture is not the same as ours and does not appear to coincide with that of most civilised nations.” This judge was talking about Guantanamo (the concentration camp that Barack was going to close, has he done it already?), but now the American torturers are doing it again; Dick Cheney, in an incredible exercise of cynicism claims that it wasn’t torture but medical treatment.