Spanish Pundit (II)

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

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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 21, 2007

AVT will be demonstrating next Saturday

Filed under: ETA,Spain,terrorismo,terroristas,Zapatero — Nora @ 3:46 pm

During the act the victims of De Juana Chaos will be remembered and people will ask that at least he fullfills the full term of the punishment after a sentence from the Supreme Tribunal diminished his imprisonment from 12 to 3 years. His victims are:

Vicente Romero
Juan García
Esteban del Amo
Fausto Escrigas
Eugene Kent Brown
Juan Carlos González
Vicente Javier Domínguez
Juan Catón Vázquez
Juan Mateos Pulido
Alberto Alonso Gómez
Ricardo Sáenz de Ynestrillas
Carlos Vesteiro Pérez
Francisco Casillas Martín
Jesús Marída Freixes
Santiago Iglesias Rodino
Carmelo B. Álamo
Miguel A. Cornejo Ros
José Calvo Gutiérrez
Andrés José Fernández Pertierra
Antonio Lancharro Reyes
José Joaquín García Ruiz
Jesús Gimeno Gimeno
Juan Ignacio Calvo Guerrero
Javier Esteban
Ángel de la Higuera López

A video for the demosntration:

The video features the words spoken by De Juana Chaos about the victims: “I love to see the faces of their relatives, twisted by grief, in their funerals. Here in prison their sobs are our laughters. We end laughing heartedly“.

Spanish Interior Minister Mr Rubalcaba have stated today that the photos published by the British newspaper The Times, were taken by the terrorists’ lawyers. After the Police Unions considered that there was a favour treatment for De Juana in the hospital, the Minister has denied that, assuring that the decissions about the imprisoned are taken by the competent civil servants.

Also yesterday, when PP asked the Government why the were not going to illegalise PCTV (Partido Comunista de las Tierras Vascas, something like, Communist Party from the Basque Countries), the Government answered that “not condemning terrorism [1]is not reason enough to illegalise it“. Remember that this was precisely the reason why Batasuna was illegalised. So being the case they can present themselves to next Local and Autonomous Communities’ elections.

Zapatero, when asked about the PP pproposed measures, denied any support (HT La Frase Progre):

No one will be surprised that we will not be favourable by a reason of principles, because we maintain the philosophy and the spirit of the Antiterrorist Pact, which stated that the iniciatives regarding antiterrorist policy must be the result of consensus

The problem is: who he has that consensus with? And by the way, the Antiterrorist Pact was the cause of some measures, one of which was the Political Parties Law, which lets the Government begin the process to illegalise a party if they do not condemn terrorism

Yesterday, the French cook Alain Ducasse announced that he had abandoned the hotel-restaurant he had in Biarritz (French Basque Country), after menaces from the band and the explosion of 2 bomb in the restaurant, once last June and another on December. The decision has been taken with joy by Batasuna who has said “this decision by Alain Ducasse should serve as an example for all the others speculators that rob and folk the Basque Country with their turistic projects”.

Alain Ducasse is of the leading French cooks, having won at the age of 33 years, three star in the Michelin guide -the first to achieve that- and being also the first to be in charge of three restaurants (Paris, Montecarlo and New York) which also won the three stars.

This is the real result of terrorism: a magnificent cook is obliged to go from his business just because some foolisf terrorists call him an speculator!!! This is certainly, not the way to make a country stronger.

[1] They have not condemned any of the ETA terrorist attacks, last one being against T4, December 30th, 2006, in which 2 citizens from Ecuador were killed/murdered.

Others blogging about this: Elentir, Ignacio Arsuaga, A la Calle que ya es hora, La Avalancha,


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