Monday, May 23, 2011

Manal Al-Sharif free to drive

Stories and News No. 348

Manal Al-Sharif is an activist woman fighting for the rights of women in Saudi Arabia. She was arrested for violating the ban on women driving uploading to YouTube a video of her on a car:


The Story:

Manal Al-Sharif is free to drive.
It would be as part of her rights.
She is adult and capable of discernment.
An Italian macho motto says: Woman driving, a constant danger.
Well, apart from such ‘clever’ proverbs, as a woman, Manal is free to drive for a fact of simple logic: the logic of the facts.
We have just take a look, even fast, to the last thirty years...
Simply watching the consequences of driving by many men.
What good has the government by a man as Saddam Hussein brought to his country?
And what will a man like Gaddafi leave to his fellows?
What have Egyptian people tolerated before man Mubarak’s end?
And as for Tunisian people until being free of the man Ben Ali?
What did Arab people gain through the passage on this earth - real or perceived – by a man as Osama Bin Laden?
Then, expanding our horizons all over the planet, what benefit has the man George 'War' Bush led to the Americans who twice elected him?
How much do the Russians loose, in democracy and freedom, every single day, for having as President a man like Putin?
What convinced the British citizens that a man like Blair would have been a true Labor prime minister?
What does Silvio Berlusconi make think that being a man means to tell sexist jokes with friends and partying with underage girls?
Here, I could go on for two more posts.
These are only a few men that, with disastrous results, have driven or still surprisingly drive the way of millions of people.
Imagine if they deserve the right to drive a car…
However, if they have got it as men, well, then women not only can drive too.
They must…


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The New York Times Names of the Dead

Stories and News No. 347

The Story:

Once upon a time there was the New York Times of May 17, 2011.
I am referring to the online version.
Whatever you may think, we're always talking about the New York Times, not the Duckburg Newspaper, with all due respect for its editor uncle Scrooge.
Just to remember, the NYT has won 106 Pulitzer Prizes.
So, reaching its home means being on the roof of the world information.
There are people who would give anything for that privilege, isn’t it?
How many of us would sacrifice something of value in exchange for an immediate popularity?
A flourish, a sensational action, an unforgettable exploit and here come the paparazzi shots.
"I saw you yesterday in the newspaper! I read about you! Do you know that you're photogenic? "
And so on, pumping vanity in that constantly thirsty ego.
However, in all things there is always a catch, in New York Times home too.
For example, consider the world news section.
What a success being in that page means.
Well, do you wonder who are Amaru Aguilar, Kevin B. Balduf and Benjamin J. Palmer?
Wait... don’t search them on Google.
Can you tell me who owns these names?
I think not.
Yet there is an article about them on the home page dedicated to news from the world in the New York Times.
A long page long, that is an advantage of the web.
To be precise they are not in the first part, which obviously has taken by Strauss-Kahn’s scabrous story:


They are not even in the second one, where the U.S. next visit in Israel and the aftermath of Bin Laden’s killing have got precedence:


They are not in the third too, where there are still news on civil war in Libya and after earthquake in Japan:


You will not find them also in the fourth, where analysis of the foreign orchestras tour in the States and the China visit by Pakistani Prime Minister get more attention:


To catch the bingo you should carefully browse the fifth and last part of the home, even after an article on Berlusconi’s defeat in Milan elections and another one Armenian language course by Turkish university…
To be honest, there is only the last line:


Here's the latest news: Names of the Dead.
And here's what it says in their memory:

The Department of Defense has identified 1,560 American service members who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations. It confirmed the deaths of the following Americans this week:

AGUILAR, Amaru, 26, Sgt., Army; Miami; First Infantry Division.
BALDUF, Kevin B., 27, Sgt., Marines; Nashville; Eighth Communications Battalion, Second Marine Expeditionary Force.
PALMER, Benjamin J., 43, Lt. Col., Marines; Modesto, Calif.; Second Marine Aircraft Wing, Second Marine Expeditionary Force.
PALMER, Benjamin J., 43 anni, tenente colonnello, marines. Modesto, California.

I may be wrong, I will surely be wrong.
But I have the distinct impression that Amaru, Kevin, Benjamin and their loved ones would have avoided this generous gift…


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Friday, May 6, 2011

News Syria protests: invisible deaths to the hypocrites

If you have strong stomach and heart I invite you to watch this video:


It dates back to March 23.
It is not Libya, Tunisia and even Egypt.
That is Syria.
According to Wikipedia, since young people began to take to the streets against the government, guilty of violating their rights, the President’s soldiers killed more than 600 civilians, hundreds were injured and at least 8,000 were arrested for the sin of daring to publicly express their dissent.
Only yesterday 300 persons were taken away from their houses and today, the so called day of the confrontation, the tension is rising to the stars.
However, Syria does not threaten Europe with its immigrants.
Syria does not have enough oil to aspire to the newspapers headlines.
Syria is a country with an insufficient democracy, but not enough people have died so far to move our compassion.
This is the reason why to many, many more than you can imagine, Syria does not exist.
Nothing happened to be so significant, forcing us to divide between pacifists and warmongers.
As the stomach when it is already full, even hypocrisy has its limits…

Hillary Clinton's dinner in Rome after the conference about Libya
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Osama Bin Laden death does not make the world safer

This was the first comment from the U.S. president Barack Obama, after the announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s killing.
I will not dwell on all the theories that in these hours are spreading profusely about conspiracies on the dynamics of the facts, such as that on the corpse in the sea.
Hence the most popular question: is Bin Laden dead or not?
In my humble opinion, this is not the main thing.
What matters is what both the Americans and the rest of the world believe: the number one villain has been deleted from the story.
This is the content of the message and for that worthy of interest.
Listening to Obama's remark, my question is this: has Bin Laden’s death made the world a better and safer place?
From a purely logical point of view, anyone could say that the answer is obvious.
The killing of a villain, a very bad as Osama, erases the most terrible terrorist in recent years and so it should reassure us all, isn’t it?
Why do I use the conditional?
That is simple.
The conditional is a must because, again from my humble point of view, even the most powerful man on earth, as Obama, cannot give an answer to that question.
The answer is in the future.
However, there is no more meaningful way to understand the present time and prevent errors in the future that looking to the past.
In April 30, 1945 a man named Adolph Hitler, a villain that has nothing to envy to Bin Laden, died.
We are talking about the man considered the greatest bad person in human history.
And suddenly I offer you the same question: has Hitler's death made the world better?
Following the logic of the first one, the answer would still be yes.
Nevertheless, I still use the conditional, but not because the answer lies in the future, since it does not.
The problem, the real problem is that we, all of us, we do almost never act logically.
Let's just say never, because in that world that it should have become safer, August 6, 1945, just four months after Hitler's death, the government of the same United States that today are celebrating Osama’s murder, dropped an atomic bomb to the city of Hiroshima, killing in a few hours more than 70,000 civilians.
Three days later, on August 9, another bomb was dropped on Nagaski, instantly killing at least 40,000 men, women and children.
Maybe, to make our lives safer, we should do more than killing our enemies.
Maybe we should do not repeat the same mistakes that created them.
For my part, I hope the world will see in the next months will be a better place than 1945…

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama Bin Laden dead? Successor is in Italy: photo

Stories and News No. 346

The Story:

I have Bin Laden’s successor:

Fake Osama Bin Laden dead picture

Like Osama, he began working in construction.
And like Osama, he had more than one wife.

Like Osama, as a young man he has decided to stand against the Communists.
And like Osama, since that time he had the support of big powers, like the United States, officially or unofficially.

Like Osama, he has increased his involvement in the fight by joining a powerful secret organization.
And like Osama in 1998, he has showed public opposition to his detractors with an edict or fatwa.

Like Osama since 2001, he speaks through questionable videos.
And like Osama's beard, he is analyzed on color and length of his hair.

Like Osama, he has always been the subject of confirmations and denials on his statements, appearances, and in general everything about him.
And like Osama, he is obsessed by his enemies, always present in his public speeches.

Like Osama, he claims to be a God believer.
And like Osama, he brings up religion when he needs to divert from his crimes.

Now it seems Osama is dead.
And you know how much Americans and the general the Good ones in the world need an enemy on the horizon.
Yes, I know.
There would be Gaddafi
But after that?
We need to think about later.
Mine is perfect.
He also has the country to finally export democracy…



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