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STUNNED BUT NOT DEFEATED

Posted on 09. Nov, 2016 by .

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Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. Do I feel stunned? Yes. Do I feel defeated? No.

This country woke up today totally different than it was yesterday. There’s more uncertainty than ever. Religious minorities, racial minorities, women, and many others, have legitimate reasons to feel afraid and unease. We have more questions than answers and right now only a few things are certain to me:

1. Like he promised, Donald Trump taught Republicans how to win.
2. He already built a wall in America.
3. Anger and hate don’t make a movement.
4. I still believe we are stronger together.

Do I feel like moving to Canada? Yes. But not because Trump won, but because I love Vancouver. When things don’t go our way we don’t run or hide. We keep our heads up and work hard to make this world better for everyone. Contrary to what Republicans did when Obama won, today I pledge to do my work as a citizen to help fix the many flaws of our imperfect Union.

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RESPETO

Posted on 08. Apr, 2016 by .

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De camino al trabajo escuché parte de una entrevista que le realizó Rubén Sánchez (WKAQ) al Dr. César Vázquez. La retórica vejatoria de este mal llamado “líder religioso” contra las personas homosexuales me provoca asco e indignación. Además, me alarma pues ataques a la integridad moral y ética de la comunidad homosexual solo promueven odio y violencia.

Las palabras del Dr. Vásquez contrastan marcadamente con la exhortación apostólica Amoris Laetitia publicada hoy por el Papa Francisco: “toda persona, independientemente de su tendencia sexual, ha de ser respetada en su dignidad y acogida con respeto, procurando evitar todo signo de discriminación injusta y particularmente cualquier forma de agresión y violencia.” No; no soy religioso ni fanático de Don Francisco (el Papa también se opone al matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo). Simplemente me pareció importante destacar el contraste.

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EL PAYASO DONALD

Posted on 02. Jul, 2015 by .

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El multimillonario payaso y narcisista profesional Donald Trump continúa con su agenda xenofóbica. Esta vez utilizó a nuestros hermanos mexicanos como carnada para que la prensa estadounidense le sirviera de fotuto y propagandista ad honorem. En realidad no tengo nada que comentar; simplemente comparto este post de Facebook de nuestro querido y respetado Don Rafael Cancel Miranda:

“Así que, señor Donald Trump, es usted el ladrón, el delincuente, el asesino de mexicanos, latinoamericanos y caribeños. Quítese la careta y véase como lo que es.”
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Aprovechando el desafuero racista de Donald Trump, quiero recordarle a este señor y a sus compinches anglosajones que fueron ustedes –los anglosajones– los que, a puro cañonazo, le robaron a México el 51 por ciento de su territorio nacional en 1848. Fueron ustedes los que les robaron a los pueblos indígenas de Norteamérica, también a cañonazo, su territorio, relegándolos a reservaciones hasta el día de hoy.

Y hablando de ladrones, delincuentes y asesinos, quiero decirle al señor Trump que han sido ustedes los que han robado las riquezas naturales a los pueblos de Latinoamérica mediante masacres, instaurando desde sus embajadas a sanguinarios dictadores como Somoza, Batista, Pérez Jiménez, Trujillo, Stroessner, Pinochet, Duvalier: todos causantes de la muerte de miles de latinoamericanos. Para mencionar tan solo algunos ejemplos, el golpe militar en Chile contra Salvador Allende, de lo cual se jactó aquel infame Henry Kissinger, costó miles de vidas, al igual que la invasión militar a la República Dominicana en 1965, ordenada por el expresidente Lyndon B. Johnson

Recientemente, a Honduras, tras un golpe de estado contra el presidente democráticamente electo Manuel Zelaya, la han convertido en una base militar imperialista anglosajona y en un campo fértil para la implantación del neoliberalismo. ¿Y conoce usted de la Operación Cóndor? Si no la conoce, pregúntele a la Cía. ¿Ha leído el libro del ex Mayor General de la Marina de Guerra de los Estados Unidos, General Smedly Butler, titulado “War is a Racket”? En el mismo Butler narra cómo –siendo oficial de la Marina de los Estados Unidos– cometió actos de robo y raqueterismo en tres continentes por los intereses de las grandes empresas y los bancos estadounidenses. El General Butler fue el marino más condecorado en la historia de los Estados Unidos. Recibió 16 medallas, entre ellas, en dos ocasiones, la Medalla de Honor del Congreso. Dice Butler en su libro que, en retrospectiva, piensa que podía haberle dado lecciones al notorio gánster Al Capone.

Así que, señor Donald Trump, es usted el ladrón, el delincuente, el asesino de mexicanos, latinoamericanos y caribeños. Quítese la careta y véase como lo que es.

Y de Puerto Rico, que bombardearon e invadieron militarmente en 1898 y donde han cometidos masacres, han destruido su economía, han saqueado sus recursos, le pregunto: ¿cuándo se van? A ustedes nadie los invitó. Hemos resistido y seguiremos resistiendo.

Rafael Cancel Miranda
San Juan, Puerto Rico
30 de junio de 2015

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CONFEDERATE FLAG, OBAMACARE AND GAY MARRIAGE

Posted on 27. Jun, 2015 by .

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History unravels in unexpected ways. And the past few days have been explosive. On social media, I keep reading posts and comments from friends, family and strangers nagging about the fuss and celebration regarding “trivial” things when there are “more important issues” to deal with. At the beginning, I thought it was better to ignore those comments. Not anymore. So let’s recap:

1. The lynching of nine human beings at a historically black church by a terrorist white supremacist triggered a national movement to finally challenge the last official symbol of slavery and hate against black people. That is not a small thing.

2. The Supreme Court decided to validate the Affordable Care Act protecting millions of Americans from losing life-saving health coverage while reminding that the responsibility of the government is to create and not to destroy. That is not a small thing.

3. After decades of treating them like second-class members of society, the States and territories of the US can no longer discriminate against their gay citizens in matters of marriage, granting their relationships the legal recognition and dignity they diserve. That is not a small thing.

Allow me to explain.

1. As most history books (and Google) will confirm, the Civil War was primarily about slavery, the right to own other human beings. “The burning issue that led to the disruption of the union was the debate over the future of slavery” [history.net]. The Confederate Flag is a symbol of those ideals and values. If you as an individual want to honor that flag and keep it as a symbol of “better days”, that’s within your rights. But having it displayed on top of a government building is despicable and inmoral. It is a big deal.

2. About one death in three in this country results from our very high-income inequality. High inequality results in more US deaths than tobacco, car crashes and guns combined. Inadequate access or lack of health coverage is one leading factor of those deaths. Protecting the people’s access to affordable health care saves lives. It is a big deal.

3. People with PTSD are at increased risk for depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and problems in relationships and employment. The incidence of PTSD in gays, lesbians and transgenders doubles when compared to the “normal” population. Why? Due to violence, bullying in childhood and young adulthood and social isolation. So, granting gays, lesbian and transgenders equal protection and equal rights, allowing them the tools to keep fighting on a leveled playing field, it’s a matter of public health, human rights, and sometimes life and death. It is a big deal.

As a person who have lived and witnessed, first-hand, the devastating effects of depression, PTSD, racism and discrimination, I can sincerely and respectfully tell you THESE ARE BIG FUCKING DEALS. Stop the bitterness, the whine and all the nagging; things are actually getting better.

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JUSTICIA ENFERMA

Posted on 21. Apr, 2015 by .

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La manipulación de evidencia es una de las manchas más horrendas en nuestro sistema de justicia. El número de convicciones “erróneas” producto de este fenómeno sigue creciendo.

Desde su creación en 1989, el Registro Nacional de Exoneraciones de la Universidad de Michigan ha documentado 1586 convicciones erróneas . Un gran número de convictos recibieron como sentencia la pena de muerte. El año 2013 rompió el récord de personas exoneradas en un mismo año. Cada vez son más los casos.

Nuestro sistema de justicia criminal está enfermo.

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THEY ARE PEOPLE TOO

Posted on 21. Jul, 2014 by .

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Why is it so hard to care about people in jail? Because we don’t think of them as PEOPLE. Is it sad that John Oliver has to use his comedy show to shed light on this serious issue?

From the Equal Justice Initiative: “Across the United States, thousands of children have been sentenced as adults and sent to adult prisons. Nearly 3000 nationwide have been sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Children as young as 13 years old have been tried as adults and sentenced to die in prison, typically without any consideration of their age or circumstances of the offense. Many young children in America are imperiled by abuse, neglect, domestic and community violence, and poverty. Without effective intervention and help, these children suffer, struggle, and fall into despair and hopelessness. Some young teens cannot manage the emotional, social, and psychological challenges of adolescence and eventually engage in destructive and violent behavior.”

How do we help these kids? We put them in jails where the abuse continues and any chances for rehabilitation disappear.

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EL GABISMO

Posted on 19. Apr, 2014 by .

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La agente literaria del recién fallecido Gabriel García Márquez, Carmen Barcells, proclamó que tras la muerte del autor surgirá una nueva religión que se conocerá como el “gabismo”.

No se qué pensar acerca del futuro de esta nueva religión, pero tres cosas pasan por mi mente: 1) si las portadas de los periódicos mundiales son un presagio, la idea nos es descabellada; 2) ¿no son todas las religiones una forma de realismo mágico?; 3) el gabismo ya encontró en mi un nuevo feligrés.

A continuación algunas portadas de periódicos que reseñaron la muerte de El Gabo y su realismo mágico:

Imagen COEXIST via: http://www.uuclinton.org/Coexist.jpg

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POR SIEMPRE EL GABO

Posted on 18. Apr, 2014 by .

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El prolífico y afamado escritor Gabriel García Márquez, ganador del Premio Nobel de Literatura en 1982, falleció este jueves en su domicilio de Ciudad de México a los 87 años. El escritor colombiano, quien hizo de México su hogar oficial, llevaba varios años quebrantado de salud.

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INJUSTICE

Posted on 16. Apr, 2014 by .

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The injustice that prevails in our justice system is criminal. Thousands of young kids are deprived of any opportunity to rehabilitate, redeem themselves and succeed.

What is the opposite of poverty? It’s not wealth. In our country the opposite of poverty is justice.There’s no justice unless you can pay for it.

In this engaging and personal talk, human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system. Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based group that has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent prisoners on death row, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults.

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Posted on 31. Mar, 2014 by .

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A climate change report published today by the United Nations warns that the impacts of global warming are likely to be “severe, pervasive and irreversible”.

Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change. Ignorance is no longer a good excuse. Denial of the science is malpractice.

No time for petty politics. It’s time for action. [via BBC]

From The Christian Science Monitor

The risks of global warming are already pressing upon Earth’s natural systems and, to a lesser extent, humanity, and research undertaken since 2007 is yielding sober warnings about greater frequency and intensity of extreme weather events; hits to farm production in many areas, especially in developing countries; and dramatic changes to ecosystems, including extensive loss of species.

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That assessment is contained in a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released Monday, which includes plenty of examples of global warming’s already-observed effects.

“We have assessed impacts as they are happening on natural and human systems on all continents,” said IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri during a briefing Monday. “In view of these impacts, and those that we have projected for the future, nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change.”

Feature image by Roberto Rizzato

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DEMOCRACY

Posted on 05. Mar, 2014 by .

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What’s gone wrong with democracy? Democracy is going through a difficult time. Between 1980 and 2000 democracy experienced a few setbacks, but since 2000 there have been many. Where autocrats have been driven out of office, their opponents have mostly failed to create viable democratic regimes. Even in established democracies, flaws in the system have become worryingly visible and disillusion with politics is rife. Yet just a few years ago democracy looked as though it would dominate the world. [Read the full story on The Economist]

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