Articles and Comments - Politics and Political Issues

Articles and insights of citizens who ponder about national and international politics and political problems, politicians, government policies, chariy projects and others that have current leading roles in our world, taking into consideration social and environmental issues.

Saul, King for a Day - Saul was one of the sons of Samuel Judah Katzenellenbogen, the Rabbi who helped Prince Mikolaj Radziwill return to Poland from Italy after all his belongings were stolen; Saul was also elected king for one day.

François de Schoenenberg and the Intrigues of Louis XIV - Despite his success as a diplomat and his appointment as representative in Madrid, François de Schoenenberg soon ran into trouble and the events surrounding the issue became the matter of a major international diplomatic conflict that lasted five years.

François de Schoenenberg, the Ambassador Plenipotentiary - Soon after the international crisis caused by the arrest of Schoenenberg's secretary in Spain was finished, king Louis XIV of France began pressing the Spanish monarch to remove the representative of the British and Dutch.

Normally, leaders are beyond and above their people, but sometimes the opposite becomes the case. - What happens when contact with reality is lost and the public ends up thinking more reasonably than their leaders?

People Shouldn't Complain so Much When It's Not Due - U.S. imperialism and the ecological impact of its actions are being constantly criticised regarding its intervention in Central America to build the Panama canal, but who would have done things better?

Australia: People With AIDS Need Not Apply - Recently, Mr. Howard, Australia's Prime Minister stated that he would not like to let in immigrants infected with the AIDS virus.

Is It Right To Violate The Law In Order To Survive? - If you have to opt between two evils; always opt for the lesser one.

NOAA: Past decade warmest on record according to scientists in 48 countries - Earth has been growing warmer for more than fifty years - The 2009 State of the Climate report released recently draws on data for 10 key climate indicators that all point to the same finding: the scientific evidence that our world is warming is unmistakable. More than 300 scientists from 160 research groups in 48 countries contributed to the report, which confirms that the past decade was the warmest on record and that the Earth has been growing warmer over the last 50 years.

Gun Ownership Is A Natural Right - Stating that people should not have guns goes against human nature and turns those who accept that principle into cattle, it goes against nature and is a principle that will never succeed.

In The Realm Of Survival, Guns, Money And Plans... - There are times when surviving may mean to hide some things even from official scrutiny.

Islam Can Improve Its Public Image Worldwide - By acting in a violent way and exactly as what they pretend to criticise, Muslim fanatics put their own arguments at the same level that what they allegedly reject, and that puts them, by definition at an equally low or even lower level, for having seen something worn, instead of improving thins they embrace destruction.

Phoenician Art And Its Meaning - The Phoenician people practically invented commerce as we know it and they made huge fortunes and prosperity by means of trade, but their quest for riches led them to forget about other aspects of the life of a nation, and thus we owe to that mistake the fact that today we barely know anything about them.

Games And Sports Unite... Or Divide - A couple of decades ago, two countries in Central America went to war because of a football match; Honduras and El Salvador waged a real war because of the way in which twenty two men with a round ball and a referee could not play well. Not exactly what one would expect from a friendly match.

The Unsolicited Economic Growth Of Tibet - Today, Tibet is experiencing a fantastic growth of its economy, bolstered by the Chinese miracle, and everything seems to be okay, according to the authorities in Beijing, but is this really what Tibetans want?

Would It Be Right To Disarm Civilians? - In recent times and in many countries, the notion of disarming civilians has been growing in a way parallel to the growth of criminal violence, but would that be right?

Comments On Political And Religious Fanaticism - No one can say whether one religion is better or more rightful than any other: but even considering this, which is pretty rational, there are individuals that can thing wrongly about religion and induce intolerant attitudes.

Situations in Which Laws Become Worthless - Law and order should be maintained even during emergencies of any kind, but those in charge of doing so should also understand reasonably that human nature has indeed some limits, especially when and where there is an exacerbated survival instinct.

The Contradictions Of Hamas-Like Groups - Are the Palestinians and people like them well served by such entities or these are the source of most of their troubles?

The Right Team, The Right Stuff - Choosing the right team to perform any task is a long, often tedious and hard thing to do but the difference between preparation and lack of it is perhaps more evident than anywhere else within a company, army or group of any kind.

How Ingenuity Saved The Life Of A Pope And The Political Structure Of Europe - For the medieval mind, the fact that the Pope himself could fall victim to God's fury would have been utterly devastating, and it almost happened.

Argentina: victim of her own mistakes? (I) - Comments and thoughts about Argentina and global change.

Ungrateful To Phoenicians - Vergil's Aeneid is an epic poem written at a time (around 29 B.C.) in which Rome had just ceased to be a republic and was headed into Empire building at a world-class scale; but the Aeneid, a constructed myth that emulated Homer's Iliad in many ways was also meant to ridicule the origins of Carthage.

In Latin America, Soccer Is More Important Than Human Rights (I) - An essay on the failure of new democracies of Latin America to deliver real results for the people.

Argentina, the case for Neo-Communism? (I) - The depression of year 2002 in the country that was the A-plus student of the IMF may be just what anti-global groups need to prove that they are right.

The United States: Political "Guerrilla Warfare" in Latin America (I) - In Latin America the American government continues to face - perhaps without perceiving it, or, what is more probable, without wanting to recognize it publicly - what is literally a form of political "guerrilla warfare," analogous to what it faces militarily in Iraq.

Latin America: "Post-Communism" and Lessons from the European East (I) - In the Czech Republic, the "post-communists," after a long decade of systematic work in the trenches, have managed to recover power, as in the epoch of the Soviet empire.

Leftists Movements: The Hidden Truth behind "Anti-Americanism" - Behind the recent wave of anti-Americanism, inspired by leftist movements of the entire world and amplified by the communications media, there are two underlying motives about which almost no one talks.

The Colombian Episcopate and "Dialogue" with Guerrillas: A Solution or a Move Backwards? (I) - We call your attention to the insistence of high-ranking Colombian churchmen on "dialogue" with the cruel drug guerrillas of Castroite inspiration, as the only option to resolve the conflict in Colombia.

The History Of An Aristocrat's Game: Baccarat - Even the Church went into the gambling business for a while, as people preferred to throw dice and use cards instead of going to mass, and little by little certain games evolved and began to take shape, and one of those was an Italian game that we today know as Baccarat.

Is There A Parallel Between Medieval Christian Society And Today's Islam? - For some, this comparison can be derogatory or even insulting, but it seems that at least, medieval Christianity and present-day Islamic world can be compared, or at least comparisons are tempting.

Is The State A True Necessity? - We people are accustomed to think that beyond the sovereignty of a state underlies some sort of God's will, and thus, the state and political institutions are indispensable but guess what? They are not, by far.

How To Survive Real Estate And Property Taxes - Macchiavelli once wrote that it is more important to seem like a good person than to be one, and this is what really counts when the tax season approaches and you have to pay property and real estate taxes.

Comments On The Intention To Use A Survival Weapon - If you have a survival weapon you should be ready to use it when an emergency situation calls for that, but you shouldn't become a happy trigger.

The Successful Jungle Factory - The production of clandestine weaponry in the so-called 'jungle factories' - but indeed, it is not mandatory that such factories actually be in the jungle or any other particular environment - is a characteristic of mature guerrilla or irregular forces fighting in a long-term conflict. The appearance of such miniature industrial plants is also typical among well-organised resistance forces in invaded territories, and de facto autonomous regions.

Why Ecothinking? - We should not be alarmists but the rate of extinction of animal and vegetal species in our world is probably as high as during the most cataclismic periods in the history of earth, so if we don't change our way of thinking we shouldn't count on our survival for long.

Regions / Countries / Cuba - Official and non-official opinions about Cuba as a country and in political terms, about its society, economics and policies of Mr. Fidel Castro's government as a communist or neocommunist leader.

Extremes do touch themselves (I) - Is it really a sovereign right to tighten immigration laws, or is it a violation of fundamental human rights?

Thoughts on September 11th (I) - An adequate response to terrorism should not only be military, but include a shift in international policies which cause the formation of terrorist groups.

Line and Argentina: Can Countries Behave Just Like Ordinary People? (I) - Sometimes, human beings and coutries share similar conducts, like Argentina and my former girlfriend.

Gea's Gold Pattern (I) - If you ever imagined yourself printing your own money, read this. Gea's Golden Pattern (POG): example of an an alternative currency.

Authority and Power (I) - Ethics is a complex phenomenon that includes rules, procedures, and experiences. Ethics emerge from our values that indicate to us if something is right or wrong about human behavior.

We Don't Live Any Longer In A Yellow Submarine - In these last years, democracies around the world have been changing and in my opinion, they are losing their true value as the representation of the will of the people.

Toying With Revolvers And Nuclear Bombs - We can be naïve regarding our environment or the global economy but it is not the same to toy with a revolver than with an atomic bomb.

Ethics: Doing Correct Things or Doing Things Correctly - Ethics is a complex phenomenon that includes rules, procedures, and experiences. Ethics emerge from our values that indicate to us if something is right or wrong about human behavior.

Are Democracies Decaying? - The war in Iraq made it evident that there are some alarming processes evolving right at the hearth of democracies.

The Person Or The Temple - Within any set of beliefs there is an underlying dichotomy that applied ideas confront; in our present world, the temple is in fact more important than the individual but a new, ecoreligious perspective could point us in a new direction in which the individual would take the lead.

Be careful with some of those who say that they care about society... - Not all of those who say that they care about you, me and other human beings are really sincere. This short discussion brings new insights into this matter.

Normally, leaders are beyond and above their people, but sometimes the opposite becomes the case. - What happens when contact with reality is lost and the public ends up thinking more reasonably than their leaders?

Strategic intuition: Leaders and strange projects - From time to time someone pops out in front of TV cameras and says that he - or she - has a magnificent plan; some of those plans, allegedly generated spontaneously, are pure chimeras, but there are also leaders that promise to reach the Moon, and they finally do that. The quality of leadership has a lot to do with that. What is needed in order to get such quality?

Patriotism - Something to think about patriotism.

Politics - Something to think about political beliefs.

Nationalism and the whole - Something to think about nationalism and the whole.

Politicians walking uphill - Something to think about politicians walking uphill.

Nationalism - Something to think about nationalism and chauvinistic thoughts.

Role models - About roles and role models.

Law systems - Something to think about law systems and laws in general.

The true human environment - Ideas and debates about the factors that affect our environment and lives.

Conversations - About after dinner conversations and subjects.

Sparking Vocations - Don´t want to see people fail? Want to fight poverty? Then don´t feed it but dedicate yourself to opening minds; show children how to fly, sail in a boat or climb a mountain.

Recalcitrant Activism - A few words about activists, politicians, patriots and others that frequently turn into zealots.

Scapegoats - Something to think about the fabrication of scapegoats.

The New Babel Tower And The Frankenstein Twins - Within the context of our present day, global culture, corporations and governments are striving to acquire total control over people; both are acting against religious teachings and are contrary to God's will.

Virtues And Shortcomings Of An Armed Population - How good is that a high proportion of citizens own firearms? Wouldn't it be against their own survival odds to take those arms away? In some countries it is preferred that almost no one has a gun at home, while in others permissiveness is the rule. What advantages could be found in those extremes?

Conflict Diamonds... Bloody Diamonds - In some regions of the world, under extreme conditions for survival, thousands of people work in slavery and infrahuman conditions to satisfy the hedonism of some and the lust for war of others.

A Losing Bet: Price Controls In Urban Survival Scenarios - People that have to survive in ill-managed economies often find themselves suffering the consequences of the very stupid idea that consists in thinking that you can control by law and decree what follows trends established by natural forces within any society.

A possibility that should not be overlooked in the framework of study of urban survival: Governments may turn against their own people. - It might seem inappropriate, subversive, exaggerated or apocalyptic, but even democratic governments sometimes turn against their own citizens and act in order to persecute them; thus, if you study urban survival techniques you have to at least account for this possibility.

Is patriotism good for survival? - In this regard we will have to become a little Macchiavellian because when the topic of patriotism is usually considered, it is done from an emotional perspective; but in order to find out if patriotism helps or doesn't do so for your survival, particularly in urban or combat scenarios, we will have to get rid for a moment of our feelings to try to see the matter objectively.

Urban Survival: Is Your Government On Your Side? - The belief in the democratic system along with patriotism give strength to this supposition; however, the way un which the international financial crisis is being managed seems to prove that sometimes there are exceptions.

Urban Survival: The Second Problem Of National Emergencies - Any emergency of a nationwide scale generates a terrible situation for the people touched by it and this frequently evolves into true survival situations in which people begins to feel keen on choosing leaders that are perceived to be strong even at the expense of their own rights. This generates a second problem, often worse than the original one.

Palestine and Israel: Surviving Genocide or Just Exaggerating? - Certain rather nasty terms became common after the Holocaust of WWII; words like genocide and euthanasia became common in everyday language, but the fact that they have very serious undertones means that they should be used them with more responsibility than what is common today, in situations that some people want to compare with what happened during the Nazi regime, probalby to dillute their own guilt or responsibility.

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