Every time we learn about unpleasant news (a rape, a femicide, a slaughter, and a terrorist act) our first and last reaction is to be shocked and remain in that condition, as if with that our share of social consciousness, as a demonstration of our collective commitment, would be fulfilled. With all the injustice and pain that through history has shattered this world, we continue to take refuge in our egotism. Until the pain does not touch us and tear our skin apart, we will continue to be (...)
To be dismayed is not enough
Ilka Oliva Corado29 August, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
The Olympic Games between patriarchy and elitism
Ilka Oliva Corado18 August, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
The Olympic Games have been elitists since its inception. (Called Ancient Olympic Games from 776 BC, To 393 AD) They were also exclusive to men, something that has been changing as the years go by and more women enter fields that, 120 years ago (at the beginning of the Modern Olympic Games) the world had ever imagined. By breaking paradigms, female gender has shown that there is nothing in the world that is the exclusivity of one gender only (except giving birth), as patriarchy intends us (...)
Listen, I am a victim of sexual trafficking
Ilka Oliva Corado8 August, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
When I lived in Guatemala I heard from a mother, referring to a young girl who worked in a bar (in Guatemala, nightclubs and canteens where sexual service is also offered are called bars, or brothels) waitressing and had had three children from different men -she was a single mom- “she’s there because she’s a whore and likes the cock”.
The other women taking part in the conversation, all mothers, married by the church and by all laws, seconded the comment and also railed against the girl, whom (...)
U.S. and Mexican Teachers Find Common Ground
Kent Paterson, CIP Americas4 de agosto, puesto en línea por Claudia Casal
14 de julio de 2016 - Americas Program - Clayton Beverly is among teachers and activists who gathered last month outside the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The protesters demanded a halt to government attacks against Mexican teachers, an immediate dialogue with the striking National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and the release of jailed union leaders who are now “political prisoners in Mexico,” said Beverly, who is a member of the Albuquerque Caucus of Rank and File (...)
The Culture of Gender Violence
Ilka Oliva Corado10 June, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
It is there, we see it every day, is rooted in parenting patterns, in the patriarchal system, in sociocultural factors: violence against women is real and it is also accepted as something natural to our misogynistic and sexist society. For gender violence there are no territorial boundaries nor social class differences, color, creed and level of education. It is imperceptible, because it is underhanded. It is a kind of violence that is practiced at all levels, it’s unlimited and (...)
“We are all Belgium,” but who wants to be human?
Ilka Oliva Corado7 April, posted by Ilka Oliva Corado
Every time we learn about a terrorist attack in developed countries -according to the system- we feel this tragedy as ours, and it is not because of our human nature since it is clear that we are devoid of it. We react according to our double standards, racism and classism. The disavowal of what we are as a society. Mass reactions are alarming because of the false outrage. How many of us were Je Suis Charlie when 12 cartoonists were murdered in France? We were outraged and demanded that (...)
Syria and the Left : Interview with Yassin Al Haj Saleh
New Politics17 September 2015, posted by colaborador@s extern@s
February 2015 - New Politics - Yassin Al Haj Saleh is one of Syria’s leading political dissidents. He spent from 1980-1996 in Syrian prisons and became one of the key intellectual voices of the 2011 Syrian uprising. He spent 21 months in hiding within Syria, eventually escaping to Istanbul. He was interviewed via email by New Politics co-editor Stephen R. Shalom in early November 2014.
You have written eloquently about the ongoing struggle for progressive values in Syria. In most Western (...)
6th BRICS Summit: The Seeds of New Financial Architecture
Ariel Noyola Rodríguez13 July 2014, posted by Riley Pentico
June 30th 2014 - The day following the World Cup final in Brazil, the 6th BRICS Summit (initials for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) will commence. Fortaleza and Brasilia will be the host cities of the meetings on July 14th, 15th, and 16th, which are to finally settle on a financial model with a new image under the slogan: “Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Solutions.” Unlike the difference of Asian and South American initiatives of financial regionalization, the BRICS (...)
The Wishful Thinking Left: Unwitting Agents of the Imperial Order
Jean Bricmont, CounterPunch11 September 2013, posted by John Malone
August 14, 2013 - CounterPunch.
Once upon a time, in the early 1970′s, many people, including myself, thought that all the “struggles” of that period were linked: the Cultural Revolution in China, the guerillas in Latin America, the Prague Spring and the East European “dissidents”, May 68, the civil rights movement, the opposition to the Vietnam war, and the nominally socialist anti-colonial movements in Africa and Asia. We also thought that the “fascist” regimes in Spain, (...)
Statement by Edward Snowden to human rights groups at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport
6 August 2013, posted by John Malone
Friday July 12, 15:00 UTC.
Edward Joseph Snowden delivered a statement to human rights organizations and individuals at Sheremetyevo airport at 5pm Moscow time today, Friday 12th July. The meeting lasted 45 minutes. The human rights organizations included Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and were given the opportunity afterwards to ask Mr Snowden questions. The Human Rights Watch representative used this opportunity to tell Mr Snowden that on her way to the airport she had (...)