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febrero 5, 2008

Spanish 2008 elections Watch: Zapatero (I)

Filed under: economy,In English,politics,PSOE,Spain,Zapatero — Nora @ 4:03 pm
As you would probably know by now, Spain will held general elections on March 9th. After four years in which the positions have strengthened and, I must say, “extremed” in both sides, the electoral campaign, which has not begun officialy yet, has begun with two problems for Zapatero: the economy and the not-new-conflict with the Catholic Church.

Beginning with the economy, the growing inflation, the crisis in the building sector and the excessive foreign deficit menaces Zapatero. Instead of giving real solutions for the crisis, his Government has done nothing for months, and, when the elections are approaching has begun to offer “checks” for everything: baby-check, rental-check, etc. Even The Economist has written about the perils of Spanish economy now, when during the last 4 years, it has been praising Zapatero about how marvellous his policy was.

THE surprise ingredient in the Spanish election of March 2004 was the Madrid train bombings, which killed 191 commuters just three days before the vote. Thanks to the clumsiness of the outgoing People’s Party (PP) government, which tried to blame Basque terrorists, not Islamist radicals, the bombs provoked an unexpected change. What had looked like a PP shoo-in turned into a Socialist bounce-back, handing victory to José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, now Spain’s prime minister.

Four years on, Mr Zapatero is seeking re-election. This time, too, a surprise ingredient has arrived ahead of the March 9th poll. But, despite the recent arrest in Barcelona of 14 Muslim immigrants suspected of planning fresh attacks, it has nothing to do with Islam. After four years in which Spain’s politicians have argued bitterly about almost everything else, the new ingredient is the economy.

Few would have predicted this even six months ago. An economy growing at a healthy lick of 3.8% seemed to be one of the strongest of Mr Zapatero’s weapons. But since then Spain’s housing bubble has burst and inflation has risen. Global financial turmoil now threatens to turn a hoped-for soft landing into something much harder. And the PP, seeking to avenge its 2004 loss, smells blood.

Few would have predicted….” is not true. Even the Spanish National Bank, whose head is Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez, a Socialist, had been underlining the dangers of Spanish economy, specially the enormous debt families have. This would make the crisis even harder, considering that the banks would not be paid (not only in time, rather they won’t be payed at all).

The second bad sign is the frontal clash with the Catholic Church, which could on the other hand, lead socialists to a new victory, as there are, specially among leftists but not only, a lot of anti-clericalistic types in Spain. That frontal clash is not something new, but it has absolutely erupted in past weeks, curiously just after the Socialists have announced their new “slogan”: motives to believe. The amusing thing is that these three words are the title of a religious book written by a Jesuit.

There were some signs before the clash: specially related with the finding of a serie of gynecologist clinics in which abortions were made even to foetuses as old as 8-months-old for huge quantities of money and with the announcement that the rate of abortions in Spain had surged. In that ocassion the Government had already had announced some sorts of measures to protect the abortion clinics, announcement which Socialists have repeated these past days.

And with motives to believe in their absolute anti-clericalism and their pro-islamism. Because the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Spain has published a communiqué in which they said:

Los católicos y los ciudadanos que quieran actuar responsablemente, antes de apoyar con su voto una u otra propuesta, han de valorar las distintas ofertas políticas, teniendo en cuenta el aprecio que cada partido, cada programa y cada dirigente otorga a la dimensión moral de la vida. La calidad y exigencia moral de los ciudadanos en el ejercicio de su voto es el mejor medio para mantener el vigor y la autenticidad de las instituciones democráticas (n. 56). No se debe confundir la condición de aconfesionalidad o laicidad del Estado con la desvinculación moral y la exención de obligaciones morales objetivas. Al decir esto no pretendemos que los gobernantes se sometan a los criterios de la moral católica. Pero sí que se atengan al denominador común de la moral fundada en la recta razón y en la experiencia histórica de cada pueblo (n. 55).
El terrorismo es una práctica intrínsecamente perversa, del todo incompatible con una visión moral de la vida justa y razonable. No sólo vulnera gravemente el derecho a la vida y a la libertad, sino que es muestra de la más dura intolerancia y totalitarismo (n. 65). Una sociedad que quiera ser libre y justa no puede reconocer explícita ni implícitamente a una organización terrorista como representante político de ningún sector de la población, ni puede tenerla como interlocutor político (n. 68).

Catholics and citizens who would want to act responsibly, before supporting with their vote one or another proposal, must value the different ones made, considering the love each of this parties, each leader and each program has for the moral dimension of live. The quality and the moral requirements of the citizens in the voting exercise is the best way to maintaint the vigor and authenticity of the democratic institutions. Aconfesionality or laicity should never be mistaken with the moral [desvinculación] and the exemption of the objective moral obligations. We are not saying with this that the political leaders should be submitted to the catholic moral criteria. But that they should oblige the common ground of the moral rules, based on the right reason and in the historic experience of each people.
[…] The terrorism is an intrinsically perverse practice, totally incompatible with the moral vision of a reasonable and just life. Not only it violates gravely the right to life and to freedom, but this is a proof of the worst intolerance and totalitarism. A society which wants to be just and free cannot recognise neither expressely nor tacitly to a terrorist organization as a political representant of any sector of its population, nor can have it as a political representant.

So this is the basis of all the polemic. Socialists have thought the Catholic Church is asking people not to vote Socialists, something that it is not said in all the communiqué.

As a result, from all the different political parties of both of Left and Right (except Popular Party, as every one has thought them the real beneficiaries of this communiqué) have critisized it and some of them have directly insulted the Bishops, calling them immoral, hypocrites and with bad intentions. Some leftists in Menéame.net, a site similar to Digg, have stated they would like to burn some churches.

But Spanish Islamic Conference has already and clearly and expressely stated their support for Socialists and for Communists (United Left, whose leader, Gaspar Llamazares, was rumoured to be converted to Islam some months ago). No one have told them anything, no one has protested.

What is worse: Socialists are asking once again for a modification of the Concordato (that is the International Treaty between Spain and the Holy See) to supposedly end all the priviledges the Catholic Church has in Spain. But no one has dared to ask the same about Muslims for asking to vote to the leftists, after this Governement, supported by Communists, Socialists, and the Independentists from Catalonian Republican Left, have given them loads of money in these last four years from Spanish budget.

The situation is so tense that a masked man entered a church in the middle of a Mass in Catalonia, to critizise the Bishops:

“I am sorry to interrupt this Mass, but there is a problem here”, he said. “The church should not mess in State affairs, the bishops don’t have any rights to mess in political affairs, the Church is dedicated to God’s affairs”, he said in Spanish.
People attending the Mass reacted, caught him and threw him out of the church shouting “out, out” and “to the street”. An accomplice recorded everything in a video and sent it to the [Catalan Nationalist] Avui newspaper.

But, of course, according to Avui, there was nothing objectable about what these two men did.

The President of the Spanish Catholic Bishop’s Conference, Mons. Blázquez has stated he does not know the reasons for the scandal as the Church has not said anything out of ordinary. The Secretary of Organization of Socialists, the more-than-stupid José “Pepiño” Blanco, has menaced the Church with “consequences”, if the Socialists win on March, in a total Mafia mood. Those consequences are none others but to end any financial aid that Catholics or people who want to, give through their Personal Tax Annual Declaration.

The end is that the Socialist President of the Autonomous Government of Galicia, Mr Touriño, has asked to forbid Masses on Sat 8th and Sun 9th of Marchjust in case priests “could direct politically their herd”. This comes after his partners in Galician Government, the Bloque Nacionalista Galego, have denied to condemn the Holocaust and Nazism in the Galician Parliament (oh, no, this could be an interested statement aimed at an anti-jihadi group… no, not really, these guys are far-left extremers. But this proves once again how near far-left and far-right groups really are).

Anyway, according to polls, Zapatero is ahead in the elections, about 3,4 points. I will write about this in another post. But anything is decided yet and the campaign is having several very dirty tricks. One of the worst I have read is the one told by Mary White here. She has received an SMS with the following words:

TAL DÍA COMO HOY, 30 DE ENERO, HACE 75 AÑOS, HITLER LLEGÓ AL PODER CON EL VOTO DE LOS CIUDADANOS DE DERECHAS. VOTA EL 9-M. PÁSALO.

A day like today, Jan 30th, 75 years ago, Hitler was elected with the right-wingers’ vote. Vote on march 9th. Pass it on.

Sooo, if you’re a right-winger, you’re a Nazi. That’s the latest SMS Socialist campaign.

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  2. New attack on freedom of expression: the new law against Homophobia.
  3. “I would ask the Pope what his idea of family is”: Spanish Socialist leader.
  4. Zapatero pide al PP patriotismo en lugar de alarmismo injustificado en economía.
  5. El presupuesto de Zapatero.
  6. Las frases del Día: Soraya y el Obispo Uriarte.
  7. Comunicado de prensa del Foro de Ermua sobre la acción popular.
  8. España, hoy.
  9. ETA kills again.
  10. Concentración contra ETA en Madrid.
  11. La desaparición material de la acción popular.
  12. ETA kills again [IV].
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  14. ETA “men of peace” have killed again (II): International MSM y Comunicados.
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  16. Transportes: todo sigue igual.
  17. Carod: ahora a por una Iglesia nacional catalana.
  18. Breve nota sobre la censura.
  19. La Asociación de Internautas acusa a la SGAE de querer matar al mensajero con su querella.
  20. La manifestación de la AVT (II): medios españoles.
  21. La manifestación de la AVT (I).
  22. Frases de la semana.
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  24. Spanish Elections Watch 2008. Este sábado, manifestación de la AVT.

En español: teneis que leer sobre el affaire de los obispos, dos artículos:

  1. Ferraz carga de nuevo contra los obispos en un zafio ejercicio de rencorosa inmoralidad @ Federico Quevedo.
  2. Y el del pelota del PSOE (para reírse más que nada…): Los obispos echan una mano a ZP y dejan al PP un poco más a la derecha @ Antonio Casado. Me parto.

Hmm, qué pluralidad en el confidencial, ¿no? 😛

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Gran Bretaña: La modestia por Alá y la higiene en los hospitales

Filed under: Gran Bretaña/GB,Islamism,Islamismo,Mentecatos,UK — Nora @ 12:28 pm

Y como todos los días últimamente, tenemos noticias desde el Reino Unido. Como dejen que no se laven las manos las mujeres musulmanas por modestia en honor a Alá, los pacientes se van a querer quedar en casa. Eso no es modestia, eso es falta de higiene.

Female Muslim medics ‘disobey hygiene rules’ – Telegraph:

“Muslim medical students are refusing to obey hygiene rules brought in to stop the spread of deadly superbugs, because they say it is against their religion.

Women training in several hospitals in England have raised objections to removing their arm coverings in theatre and to rolling up their sleeves when washing their hands, because it is regarded as immodest in Islam.

Universities and NHS trusts fear many more will refuse to co-operate with new Department of Health guidance, introduced this month, which stipulates that all doctors must be ‘bare below the elbow’.”

Las estudiantes musulmanas de medicina se niegan a obedecer las reglas de higiene que se han introducido para intentar frenar la plaga de súper-insectos mortales, porque dicen que va contra su religión.
Las mujeres que se están preparando en varios hospitales ingleses han objetado a quitarse lo que les cubre los brazos en los quirófanos y a enrollarse las mangas para lavarse las manos, porque se considera inmodesto para el Islam.
Las universidades y el Sistema Nacional de Salud temen que muchas más se nieguen a cooperar con la nueva guía del Departamento de Salud, introducida este mes, que estipula que todos los doctores no deben llevar nada por debajo del codo
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Dos soluciones:
a) se las pone directamente en la calle por poner en peligro la salud de las personas de forma total y absolutamente voluntaria.
b) se las pone a cuidar a gente musulmana, preferentemente algún islamista como Abu Hamza. Así si alguno se muere, siempre pueden decir que es la “voluntad de Alá”, porque ella era modesta.

¿A que no hacen nada?

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Francia y el genocidio ruandés (II): los antecedentes

Posts originales en francés:
Qu’un sang impur (la revolution française, était-il un guerre ethnique?
Il y a deux manières de définir un génocide.

[International readers: translation below].

Para entender la extensión del genocidio, debemos considerar una serie de cuestiones anteriores al mismo:

  • los tutsis eran minoritarios (más o menos el 10% de la población total) y son los descendientes de los primeros colonos europeos que normalmente han sido considerados como la aristocracia/nobleza.
  • los hutus eran sobre todo agricultores y estaban bajo la autoridad de los anteriores.
Sin embargo, no son categorías inmóviles si no que los hutus pueden casarse con un mujeres tusis y subir de categoría y viceversa.

La independencia dio la victoria al grupo mayoritario (hutus) que se creyeron que esto les daba carta blanca y podían masacrar tutsis según quisieran. Las matanzas de hutus han sido periódicas desde la independencia. Pero hasta el fatídico 1994 NUNCA se habían decidido a realizar su versión particular de la “solución final”. Alrededor del 10% de la población fue masacrada (nótese: prácticamente mataron a TODOS los tutsis): 850.000 personas sobre una población total de ocho millones. Para que nos hagamos una idea, en España la masacre, para que fuera en proporción parecida, debería ser de unos 4,5 millones de una población de 45 millones (suponiéndo que sea esta la población que no he mirado las cifras), sólo porque su raza era diferente.

La terrible masacre se produjo a base de propaganda, manipulaciones racistas de la historia, incitaciones al odio racial, tener a la población acostumbrada a las masacres por larga tradición de impunidad, instalación de todo el mal sufrido en el otro, etc.

Sin embargo, esto no evitó una terrible inactividad por parte de la llamada Comunidad Internacional:

ONU :

La única cosa que la ONU hizo activamente, en estos períodos de matanzas, fue evacuar a los blancos y eso se entendía como “luz verde” para las matanzas.

Francia:

La implicación francesa es mucho más terrible porque dio apoyo logístico al ejército de Habyarimana. Parece que incluso después del comienzo del genocidio, el ejército francés -o al menos una parte porque no se sabe si eso fue decidido por altos mandos- continuó mandando armas a los asesinos.
Por supuesto, de esto no se habla (y parece que a nadie interesa) porque no hay judíos ni americanos de por medio. Sólo franceses -que en nombre de la grandeur de la France parece que tienen todo permitido- y negros.

Es curioso que pueden encontrarse múltiples paralelismos con la Francia revolucionaria de 1789 (los francos contra los galos: en Vendée se calcula que fueron asesinados uno de cada cuatro por oponerse al laicismo de la República francesa). Pero también hay paralelismos con la revolución bolchevique y estalinista, con el marxismo chino, con los jémeres rojos o con la más olvidada: la de Indonesia, donde el general Suharto, recientemente fallecido, mató a más de medio millón de adversarios comunistas.

Ahora bien, sin duda con quién más paralelismos tiene es con la Alemania nazi. En primer lugar, tanto Hitler, en 1933, como Habjarimana, en 1973, a pesar de llegar mediante elecciones, imponen de facto una dictadura, en la que el primero exacerba la atmósfera anti-judía, mientras que el segundo la anti-tutsis.

En segundo lugar, la atmósfera se hace cada vez más violenta, con ataques repetidos de manera cotidiana y permanente. Sin ningún tabú o freno. Se considera en la Alemania nazi que los judíos son demasiados, exactamente igual que se insiste en que los tutsis son demasiados en la sociedad ruandesa. Piezas de teatro, discursos políticos, todos tienen el mismo fondo.

En tercer lugar, el clima violento va in crescendo, en una segregación que conlleva una suerte de apartheid. Y después, comienza a aparecer la supresión de derechos: se les prohíbe ser alto funcionario, ir a la Universidad, comprar tierras, etc. Mientras entre 1993-1972, un cierto número de progroms se suceden y van unidos a una sensación creciente de impunidad. Como los judíos en Alemania.

En cuarto lugar, llega la guerra: en el caso de Alemania, es la Segunda Guerra Mundial, mientras que en el caso de Ruanda, es la guerra contra el FPR. El clima de miedo y el caos aumentan. Las normas no se respetan. Los militares copan prácticamente todo el poder. La muerte se vuelve algo cotidiano. La pequeña burguesía se va. Los demócratas simplemente se callan. El nacionalismo borra al humanismo. Y se produce el genocidio.

Por último, los culpables y sus defensores nunca se arrepienten, justifican sin descanso sus conductas. Y siguen reverenciando a los que cometieron el genocidio.

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To understand the extension of the genocide, we must consider some facts dating from before 1994:

  • the tusis were a minority (more or less 10% of the total population) and they are the descendants of the first European settlers who have been traditionally considered as the nobility.
  • The hutus were among other things, peasants and were supposed to be under the authority of the tutsis.
But those were not inmobile categories but the contrary: hutus could marry with tutsi women and earn a higher social class and viceversa.

The independence gave the victory to the hutus who as predominant group, thought this gave them freedom to do whatever they wanted and so, they could massacre all tutsis they had the chance to. Massacres have been periodical since the independence. But till the horrible 1994, they NEVER had gone to make their particular vision of the “final solution”. Around 10% of the population were killed (as a reminder: practically ALL tutsis living in Rwanda were killed): 850,000 people among a total population of 8 million people, only because their race was different.

The terrible massacre was caused by propaganda, racist manipulations of history, incitement to racial hatred, being used to massacres by a long tradition of impunity, constantly placing the blame of the bad things that happened on the others, etc.

UN :

The only thing UN had done actively, in the massacres’ period, was to evacuate the white people, and that was considered as the “green light” for the massacres to begin.

France:

French implication is much more terrible because they gave logistical help to Habyarimana’s army. Even after the beginning of the genocide, the French army (or at least a part of it, because it seems the decision came from high powers) continued to send weapons to the killers.
UN as totally useless as ever and France, defending “la grandeur de la France“. But no MSM will write about this: there are no Jews or US nationals. There are only French and African people.

It’s curious that there are a lot of similarities to another “revolutionary” and genocidal episodes of the two last centuries:

  • revolutionary France of 1789: French against Gaulois. In Vendée around 1 out of 4 were killed for opposing the laicism of the French Republic.
  • Bolchevik and Stalinist Revolutions.
  • Chinese Marxism.
  • Khmer Rouge.
  • the most forgotten of all: the Indonesian massacre, where General Suharto, who recently died, killed more than half a million communists.
But without doubt, the Rwandan genocide has much more similarities with Nazi Germany. Both Hitler, in 1933 and Habjarimana, in 1973, arrive in power by elections, but they impose de facto a dictatorship, in which the anti-Jewish atmosphere is exacerbated in the first one, and the anti-Tutsi one in the second.

Secondly, the atmosphere gets much more violent each day that passes, with repeated attacks made daily and permanently. Without any taboo or stop. In Nazi Germany they consider that Jewish people are too many in proportion to German population, exactly the same that everyone insists that there are too many Tutsis in Rwandan society. Of course, in reality one Jew or Tutsi would have been enough in each case, to say there were too much. Theatre plays, political speeches, etc, everything had the same basis.

Thirdly, the violence grows into a segregation that it’s a sort of apartheid. And after that, the rights begin to be supressed: they are forbidden to be high civil servant, go to University or buy lands, among other things. From 1993 to 1972, several progroms take place and people begin to feel there is a growing feeling of impunity. Like the Jewish in Germany

Fourthly, war comes: both the WWII and the war against FPR, respectively, cause the fear and the chaos to grow. Laws are not fulfilled. Military men are named to the most important posts in the Administration. Death turns to something normal as it happens daily. The low middle class begins to flee. Democrats just shut up. Nationalism erases humanism. And the genocide takes place.

Lastly, the culprits and their defendants never feel repented, they justify continously their behaviour. And they continue to adore the people who were responsible of each of these genocides.

Anteriores posts:
Francia y el genocidio ruandés (I): los hechos.
Mitterand let the Rwandan genocide happen because he feared Anglo-Saxon influence.

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