Spanish Pundit (II)

agosto 21, 2007

Terremoto en el Perú

Filed under: desastres,medio ambiente,Perú — Nora @ 12:30 pm

Kate me mandó esto el fin de semana, junto con las fotos al final del blog. Así que considerando lo ya posteado por Elentir al respecto (en el que se informa de las ONG que están ayudando allí) y los vídeos que ha puesto Martha Colmenares en su blog, podemos hacernos una mejor idea de lo que ha pasado.

Estimados amigos:

Como muchos saben mis padres y familiares son de Chincha, del distrito de Grocio Prado, y por tal razón ayer viajé a esa ciudad para visitar a mis familiares y amigos y la verdad que la realidad fue muy dura. Las imágenes que ví son tal y como lo presentan los noticieros pero le digo que estar allí es definitivamente otra historia. La gente ha perdido todo lo que tenía, las casas están destruidas, carecen de energía, agua y muchos no tienen con qué abrigarse.

El pueblo ha sufrido mucho y lo peor de todo es que la gente se siente abandonada y estando allí los entiendo…No perdí ningún familiar gracias a Dios, pero tuve la oportunidad de ir al Hospital y ver cómo los heridos están siendo atendidos en bancas, sillas y en el piso. Los muertos se van acumulando conformen pasan las horas.

Regresé ayer por la tarde y camino a Lima pensaba que no podía regresarme y ser indiferente ante tanto dolor…no lo pensé más y me dije ¿por qué no hacer algo por todas esas personas? ¿por qué no ayudar con un granito de arena? Anoche no pude dormir pensando en tanta desgracia y es por  eso que decidí escribir este mail, ahora es cuando se necesita de la ayuda de todos los que sólo hemos pasado un susto, quiero molestar ahora a aquellos amigos que muchas veces fueron a celebrar “verano negro” en El Carmen, recuerdan cuánto nos divertimos en esas fiestas? Recuerdan cómo bailamos con la familia Ballumbrosio? Pues ahora les cuento que esa gente que nos acogío muchas veces, necesita ahora de nuestra ayuda, no mañana, ni pasado, ni dejar que el gobierno lo haga todo, hagamos algo ahora

Y aquellos amigos que no tuvieron la oportunidad de conocer esta hermosa ciudad pues es una buena oportunidad para colaborar, todos aquellos que me conocen saben bien que nunca les he pedido nada pues siempre he pensado que los amigos son para mantenerlos y cuidarlos y no para pedir favores pero ahora les digo que ayuden a toda esa población damnificada…hay muchos niños, ancianos, familias enteras durmiendo en las calles, en la intemperie….sin nada que comer ni tomar

Por favor vayan, busquen cómo donar algo desde acá en Lima, pueden apersonarse a un banco y depositar lo que puedan, o donar ropa víveres, estoy seguro que cualquier aporte serán muy valorado por aquellos que ahora están en desgracia

Yo por mi lado estoy juntando algunas cosas y mañana estoy partiendo al mediodía con lo poco o mucho que pueda recolectar para poder donarlos al Municipio de Grocio Prado (uno de los pueblos afectados). Ya realicé el contacto con esta oficina y la donación será entregada al Sr. Alcalde Carlos Torres, si desean pueden verificar esta información en la página web www.peru.gob.pe Portal del Estado Peruano

Mañana parto hacia Chincha a las 12pm así que si alguien desea colaborar puede hacerme llegar sus donaciones a mi oficina.

Cualquiera consultan me pueden llamar o apersonarse a mi oficina para dejar sus donaciones.

Las prioridades son:

Mantas, agua en botella, alimentos no perecibles y todo lo que pueda ayudar a nuestros hermanos

Hagamos fuerzas todos juntos para que todos saquemos adelante a nuestro país….así estoy seguro que podremos nuevamente regresar algún día a Chincha y volver a bailar música negra, comer la rica carapulcra, comer uva, tomar vino y para los que nunca tuvieron la oportunidad de visitar regresar pronto y estar orgullosos de que juntos pudimos hacer mucho.

El mensaje adjuntaba unas fotos que pongo a continuación:

 

marzo 3, 2007

Conflict in Sudan spreads to Eastern Chad

Filed under: desastres,Naciones Unidas,Sudan,UE,USA — Nora @ 4:39 pm

Fron Relief (HT: Eye on the World, from MNM):

The conflict in Darfur has spread to eastern Chad. Several thousand people have been killed. Thousands of women and girls have been raped. Entire villages have been pillaged and destroyed and their inhabitants have been forcibly displaced. Eastern Chad is in the grip of a human rights and humanitarian crisis, which has caused the mass exodus of entire populations.

Who is responsible for these terrible abuses? The main perpetrators are militias known as the Janjawid, some of whom come from Sudan, some from Chad, along with other Chadian armed groups.

The climate of insecurity is increasing tensions between communities considered to be “arabs” and communities considered “non-arabs”. At the same time, Sudan and Chad accuse each other of sponsoring, harbouring and arming opposition armed groups. Relations have deteriorated to the point that, on 28 November 2006, the government of Chad declared that it was in a “state of war” with Sudan.

This comes as the Janjaweed are massing to the north of el-Geneina, the capital of Sudan’s West Darfur state, an African Union military source said on Tuesday, corroborating a U.N. report.

For an idea of what is going on in Darfur -with the complicity of the rest of world in a war that IS a war for oil in all its extension, with the active participation of PetroChina, ABB. Ltd, Sinopec, Tatneft, Total SA, Marathon Oil Corporation and Lundim Petroleum-, read this report (pdf), this (thanks to LGF), this, this, and, of course, the best blog on Darfur crisis, Sudan Watch.

Precisely, from this blog I am linking the reality of the AU (African Union) mission. The African soldiers there have not being paid, at least from the last 3 months and there are some of them who haven’t from 6 months. At the same time they are subject of continous attacks from locals:

who are even menacing them of death.

Ingrid, the blogger from Sudan Watch, has ended blogging in protest for this situation.

As I wrote before, two Sudanese officiales have been charged with genocide. Sudanese Interior Minister have threatened to BEHEAD any person who attemps to arrest them and take them to the ICC.

But in Spain, there will be demonstration critizising -just guess…- Israel, because of this summer war with Hizbollah, and USA, because US strategy is not producing any good both in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pardon me, but Afghanistan does not have the blessing of the UN? Is not Spain there? So, why is a US strategy? What are the rest of us doing in Afghanistan? Do we have a plan for that country? Isn’t the UN responsible for the disaster? Isn’t also responsible for this our Government?

And wasn’t the Government insisting that Afghanistan was no war? That it was only an humanitarian mission?

This demonstration has been presented by the Director of the National Library, Rosa Regás, actress Pilar Bardem -that not a lot of days ago calledson of a bitch” to a journalist from a TV that has critisized her for giving a white rose to a Batasuna’s lawyer- and Socialist Zerolo, the man who has done a political carrier of being homosexual.

This is not the first they do in this term against Israel and in favor of the “right to resistance of the Palestinian people“. Chesk wrote about another one, held last year, and added some photos:

No more Holocausts (the symbools are clear).

About Darfur, Chinese prisoners, Kareem’s freedom or homosexual repression in Islamic countries, for example, nothing of course…

[By the way, there is a Jihadist upsurge in Lebanon (HT: MNM) The incoming Jihadists are from Sudan and Yemen and probably there would be more attacks on Israeli people AND on UN forces].

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El conflicto en Darfur se ha extendido al Este de Chad. Varias personas han sido asesiandas. Miles de mujeres y niñas han sido violadas. Pueblos enteros han sido sometidos al pillaje y destrozados y sus habitantes obligados a desplazarse. El Este de Chad está en el borde de una crisis humanitaria y de derechos humanos, que ha costado ya el éxodo a poblaciones enteras.

¿Quién es el responsable de estos abusos terribles? Los principales perpetradores son las milicias conocidas como “Janjaweed“, algunos de los cuales han venido de Sudán, algunos son del propio Chad, junto con otros grupos armados de Chad.

El clima de inseguridad está incrementando las tensiones entre los considerados árabes y las comunidades no-árabes. Al mismo tiempo, Sudán y Chad se acusan mutuamente de patrocinar, dar cobijo y armar a los grupos armados opositores. Las relaciones se han deteriorado hasta el punto de que, el 28 de Noviembre de 2006, el gobierno de Chad declaró que estaba en guerra en Sudán.

Esto lo dice Amnistía Internacional, entidad no sospechosa de apoyo a Bush, precisamente.

Mientras, nuestros imbécilesintelectuales“, el PSOE e IU han vuelto a convocar a la gente para una manifestación contra la guerra de Irak y la de Afganistán el 17 de Marzo. No, no es lo que parece: se manifestarán contra Israel por la guerra del Líbano y contra la “estrategia USA” en las guerras de Iraq y de Afganistán. Lo de la estrategia USA en la guerra de Afganistán me ha dejado helada. Vamos a ver: ¿no es una guerra auspiciada por la ONU? ¿Y la ONU no tiene nada que decir? ¿Y el resto de los países que están en la coalición? Entre ellos, el nuestro…

Por otro lado, ¿no habíamos quedado que no era una guerra? ¿Que estábamos allí en “misión humanitaria”?

¿O es que los americanos malosos están en guerra y nosotros vamos en misión humanitaria?

Y no, sobre Darfur, los disidentes chinos, la libertad para Kareem o la represión homosexual en los páises islámicos, de eso ni se habla…

[Por cierto, que hay un aumento exponencial de jihadistas, provenientes de Sudán y de Yemen, principalmente, en el Líbano. Se espera un aumento en los ataques a Israelíes Y a las fuerzas de la ONU].

Related posts:

Sudan, the UN ambassador, the rebels: why it is necessary a general denounce of the silence of the MSM on the Darfur crisis?

Chinese prisoners’ sons, Tibetans murdered and Chinese geopolitical importance.

Chinese PM launches Africa tour.

Technology disputes and weapons sales.

Chinese weapons sales.


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marzo 2, 2007

UN wants to impose a global tax on greenhouse emissions

Filed under: desastres,Naciones Unidas,noticias increíbles — Nora @ 11:27 am

From VOA:

Holdren [Panel member from Harvard University], however, says even these measure will achieve very little unless they are accompanied by a global tax on greenhouse gas emissions. “We don’t think ultimately society will get it right in terms of the full range and scope of activities needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, until there is an additional incentive in the form of a price on greenhouse gas emissions, either through a carbon tax or a cap and trade approach,” he said.

HT to Klein Verzet who linked to Pajamas Media.

So this makes me wonder: who is going to regulate it? what is it main goal: to reduce emissions or to make money? who is going to collect this?

Al Gore, Al Gore… how much is he going to pay for this tax if it’s regulated at last? In any case with the money he earned by selling Spain his documentary (300.000€, HT Patria Libertad) he can pay it….

By the way, do you know Al Gore is the chairman of a firm which buys “carbon offsets” (HT Dust My Broom)?

Meanwhile, Gore runs around the country and the world trumpeting “climate crisis” and blaming man’s use of carbon-based energy – burning thousands of gallons of jet fuel as he goes. His efforts have served to put climate change at the top of the national and even global agenda, driving up the value of the stocks and companies viewed as “green” or environmentally friendly. Companies like those his investment management firm invest his own and other peoples’ money in. (You can see a list of Generation Investment Management’s holdings here, courtesy of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.)

So he spends a huge amount of energy for having a conditioned swimming-pool in his home and then he blames the rest of us for the climate change…. Admirable logic… What is more (carbon offset from Wikipedia):

The intended goal of carbon offsets is to combat global warming. The appeal of becoming “carbon neutral” has contributed to the growth of voluntary offsets, which often are a more cost-effective alternative to reducing one’s own fossil-fuel consumption. However, the actual amount of carbon reduction (if any) from an offset project is difficult to measure, largely unregulated, and vulnerable to misrepresentation.

But green business can be a good business, eh?

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El panel de la ONU contra el cambio climático ha decidido que nos va a imponer un impuesto global por las emisiones de carbono. El impuesto se quiere imponer sobre los ciudadanos para que la sociedad “se dé cuenta de que efectivamente es necesario reducir las emisiones“.

Esto suscita muchas preguntas: ¿quién lo regulará? ¿a qué irá destinado? ¿quién lo cobrará?

Creo que a quien deberían cobrárselo es a Al Gore…, que es el jefe de una empresa que se dedica a comprar excedentes de emisiones de carbono. Su intervención ha hecho que las llamadas “empresas verdes” -contra las que, personalmente, no tengo nada, me parece muy bien que existan- suban de cotización en todos los sitios, ganando él personalmente aún más dinero que con el documental.

Lo bueno es que según Wikipedia los excedentes de emisiones son “difíciles de medir, en su mayor parte no están reguladas y son muy vulnerables haciendo posible un mal cálculo -representación-“.

En fin, hipocresía en estado puro. Qué sorpresa que lo haga POR DINERO. ¿O no?


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marzo 1, 2007

And the Hipocrisar goes to…

Filed under: desastres,noticias de risa,USA — Nora @ 1:02 am

Al Gore:

Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.

Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).

The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh-more than 20 times the national average.

Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh-guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359.

Al Gore has a rare manner of fighting the climate change.

No está mal: la casa de Al Gore consume ¡¡¡20 veces!!! lo que consume por media cualquier casa americana, según la Compañía Eléctrica de Nashville. La familia americana consume 10.656 kilowatios/hora al año y la casa de AlGore 221.000 kilowatios/hora.

Debe ser que gastando más energía ayuda a frenar el cambio climático

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febrero 25, 2007

Evo Morales thinks that the causes of floods in Bolivia are…

Filed under: América del Sur,Bolivia,desastres — Nora @ 12:28 pm

… ta …cha cha … tchan…

the climate change, and the rich countries, and the fault to comply with Kyoto:

The floods have killed nearly 40, with tens of thousands of people forced from their homes. Health officials have also reported outbreaks of dengue fever.

While aid has arrived, landslides are delaying the evacuation of flood zones.

President Evo Morales blames the floods on developed states failing to tackle climate change. Meteorologists say the El Nino phenomenon is the root cause.

Issuing an appeal for $9.2m, the UN described the flooding as the country’s most devastating disaster ever, warning that water supplies and sanitation conditions have been severely contaminated.

The first shipment of international aid has now started arriving in Bolivia from Venezuela and neighbouring Peru, with Argentina, the United States and others also lending assistance.

The International Red Cross says that more than 350,000 people have been affected, many of them poor indigenous people in remote areas of the country.

One of the main difficulties we’re facing is actually to help proper access to the most forgotten and most affected areas,” said Giorgio Ferrario, the head of the regional delegation for South America of the Red Cross.

Health officials have reported more than 1,600 cases of dengue fever and 1,400 cases of malaria since the current crisis began.

Speaking about the devastation, Mr Morales, an outspoken critic of the US, accused wealthy countries of ignoring the Kyoto Protocol which seeks to halt climate change.

He said poorer nations were being made to bear the brunt of what he described as the uncontrollable quest for industrial growth by richer ones.

This type of action, he said, demonstrated a lack of concern on the part of the developed world in altering climate change and the fate of the planet.

However meteorologists say the extensive rains are connected to El Nino, the periodic phenomenon which begins with a warming of waters in the eastern Pacific.

In its 1997 incarnation, El Nino brought drought to parts of Asia and Australia, and heavy rains and floods to Latin America.

It is not thought likely to reach the same strength this year.

So, he is wrong: this is said to be a consequence of El Niño phenomenon, nothing to do with Kioto or climate change.

This comes to complicate even more the Bolivian situation: last week, some Bolivian miners were to defend their mine with shots and dynamite.

Also the new Parliamentary Regulation obliges MAS (Movimiento al Socialismo, that is Movement to Socialism, Morales’ Party) to seek agreements with the opposition. Another opposition’s conquest is that two thirds of all the Parliament seats are going to be needed to approve the new constitution. Debates for this will begin on Monday.

Bolivian Exterior Minister is going to declare in the Parliament about Evo Morales’ party and government’s relationship with terrorist groups’ such as ETA. The opposition says is very worried about the prespective of their country being converted into a terrorists’ sanctuary.

Resumiendo: ha habido una serie de inundaciones en Bolivia (podeis leer el Mundo), que pueden producir una catástrofe humanitaria porque hay dengue (400 casos confirmados y 1.300 sospechosos) y malaria (1.500 enfermos) y no hay suficientes infraestructuras para que puedan llevarse los medicamentos apropiados. Tampoco están ayudando los corrimientos de tierra, que dificultan o impiden el tránsito hacia Beni, la zona más afectada.

Los metereólogos han señalado que es una consecuencia de El Niño, pero Evo Morales ha echado la culpa a la “búsqueda incontrolable de crecimiento económico por los países ricos y la negativa de éstos a controlar sus emisiones.

Por cierto, que mañana empiezan los debates para la nueva constitución, para cuya aprobación será preciso los 2/3 del Parlamento en una conquista de la oposición. La otra conquista importante es que el nuevo Reglamento Parlamentario obliga al MAS a buscar acuerdos con la oposición.

Asimismo el Ministro de Exteriores Boliviano deberá declarar en el Parlamento sobre la relación del partido y el Gobierno de Evo Morales con grupos terroristas (entre ellos ETA).

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febrero 13, 2007

Al Gore, the climate change and the new Prestige

Filed under: antizp,desastres,Spain,Zapatero — Nora @ 12:21 pm
Some years ago, when Aznar was Spanish president, a ship, called Prestige, which transported crude oil and fuel, had an accident and a lot of tons of (huge lot of) that most polluting substance expanded through the sea, killing marine life and leaving a lot of people without work for some time. Some leftist organizations, who were so interested in outing Aznar -or his party- from presidency, began a campaign called “Nunca Mais” (Never again, in Galician), in which they denounced that Aznar’s Government had given the Harbour Authority an order to move the boat from the coast, and considering that that order was the main cause of the bad state of the sea. A huge number of volunteers arrived there to help people cleaning the coast and leftist TV Telecinco-owned by Italian millionaire and politician Berlusconi- made a lot of programs from there to denounce the bad gestion of the crisis by the right-wing Government. Most people received the adequate compensation before Aznar finished his term.
Everything changed when Socialist Zapatero won the elections. Two summers ago, 11 firemen workers were killed in Guadalajara because of a forest fire, after Socialist Government from Castilla La Mancha refuse to accept some anti-fire helicopters from Madrid because … Madrid President Esperanza Aguirre was from PP. A lot more of irregularities happened on the process, and a social revolt took place because both Spanish Government and Autonomous Government insisted that everything had been under control, even when the number of helicopters there were not sufficient to end the fire.

Last summer we could witness how Galicia was burning without any control, also people lost their works -4 people their lifes- and the ecological damage was huge. So huge, that not only the land was damaged but also the see, as the ashes from the fires were carried to the sea by the rivers and killed all the plants and animals (mostly, crustaceans which live down in the sea). No news about “Nunca mais” platform were heard and Socialist Autonomous Government said that their behaviour in the matter had been perfect, even when some firemen were fired (yes, fired) because they did not speak Gallician.
So nowadays Algeciras has seen a ship called “Sierra Nava” made the same huge “deposit “ in the see as Prestige did. President Zapatero, Minister in charge of Harbours Álvarez had not gone there, Autonomous President, Mr Cháves (known as “Arriquitao” ;) ) went yesterday -for Thursday Feb 8th- to say “he was not in a competition to make himself a photo and that he was not letting volunteers help the workers to clean the coast because they would not let the latter do their work”. Of course, when Prestige disaster, Socialist were calling for international volunteers, so they would tell in front of the international MSM how bad the situation was.
Socialist Governments have all three (the Major of the city is also a socialist) lied. First the said only 1 km of coast was affected, but both PP and ecologist groups said that at least 4 km are totally polluted. Then they are destroying all the remnants (beach sand and stones) of the catastrophe badly: they are putting them just on the floor so all the polluted contents are going to be transferred to the soil and to pollute the below-ground rivers. Of course, they are denying that possibility. Of course, “Nunca mais” or any other similar group have not said anything about it.
Also the tapes in which the SOS call from the ship to the Harbour authority were recorded, had been erased, according to the Government, because “electricity failed due to the storm”. Well, that is good. Less proofs we have of what happened…. and least proofs against the Government mismanagement.
But if all of these facts are most inconvenient, the visit of definite catachlysm’s defendant, US Ex-Vicepresident Al Gore, is much more comical. Because this man is proposing that Spain should be the leader of the climate defense. Of course, Zapatero did give him all the support he can (he has bought even his film to show it in all the Spanish public schools), saying that climate change is the main of all the challenges nowadays Humankind has. Not the defense of Human Rights, see? That is most inconvenient.
Well, that is cynical at the most: how on earth he is going to lead anything when nowadays he is NOT doing what is needed to diminish that ecological disaster?
Of course, I would like to know what is the idea of Al Gore about the situation in Algeciras. He had not said anything about that -that I know of-. Was he afraid of losing the contract about the film? Or is not politically correct to tell someone who is supporting you that in fact he is doing it only to feel himself better? Or is AlGore a coward to tell that to the PM? Or is he just in this for business -he has earned a lot ofmoney with the film…-? Has he been informed about it?
You know, I do not like pollution and I would like to see the oil companies change their business and began producing new sources of energy, not only because of pollution, mainly because its a suicide, strategically speaking, to be debtor of people like pro-coup d’etatist Chávez -you see, Almodóvar, he made one-, Saudi kings or lovely Ahmadinejad for something that is necessary even to transport food or to maintain alive people in hospitals.
But please, do not tell me that you are fighting against climate change IF you are just kissing the ass of someone so unworried with ecology as this Socialist Government, whose only real consideration is to perpetuate them in power. They are just ecological hypocrites as I said some days ago.
By the way, PP, don’t be idiots or cowards and demonstrate against this behaviour. And do not wait 3 centuries to make it because then the political effect will be totally lost.


This is the state of Algeciras’ beach, full of chapapote. More photos here.

Thanks to phestar for the link to the photos.

UPDATE: Also you can read what has said about Al Gore, Vaclav Klaus -thanks, lumo for the correction- (via Cuanas). An excerpt:

Q: IPCC has released its report and you say that the global warming is a false myth. How did you get this idea, Mr President?•

A: It’s not my idea. Global warming is a false myth and every serious person and scientist says so. It is not fair to refer to the U.N. panel. IPCC is not a scientific institution: it’s a political body, a sort of non-government organization of green flavor. It’s neither a forum of neutral scientists nor a balanced group of scientists. These people are politicized scientists who arrive there with a one-sided opinion and a one-sided assignment. Also, it’s an undignified slapstick that people don’t wait for the full report in May 2007 but instead respond, in such a serious way, to the summary for policymakers where all the “but’s” are scratched, removed, and replaced by oversimplified theses.• This is clearly such an incredible failure of so many people, from journalists to politicians. If the European Commission is instantly going to buy such a trick, we have another very good reason to think that the countries themselves, not the Commission, should be deciding about similar issues.

Well, I think this is a matter that should be addressed much more carefully that Al Gore is doing.

But worst things are going to come: the environmentalists theories are going to be taught in schools, even when last month the Royal Society of Chemistry said that textbooks were out of date and that lessons had “omissions, simplifications and misrepresentations“.

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