Sábado, 4 de abril de 2015

Nadie como María Zambrano ha explicado con tanto pormenor esa segunda naturaleza que el exilio confirió a tantos españoles ilustres, pero fue tanto lo que duró ese exilio, que la naturaleza que confirió a cada cual pasó de segunda a primera. Más de un exiliado vivió en el extranjero más años que los que había vivido en España. Yo he reflexionado también sobre el exilio, no por haberlo experimentado, sino por haber convivido con él. Esa convivencia era en cierto modo una obra de misericordia en la que recibí ciento por uno. Me explico. Los exiliados, que entre sí se lo tenían dicho todo, tenían necesidad de oír lo que tuvieran que decir gentes que acababan de llegar de la patria y ver en ellas cómo ésta seguía viva y palpitante.…  Seguir leyendo »

Enhorabuena. Los indicadores macroeconómicos ya están en valores positivos, nos felicitamos por ello, pero los analistas afirman que el desempleo tendrá una recuperación lenta. Para que la cifra de parados sea inferior al 10%, las previsiones más optimistas apuntan a 2020 y las más conservadoras nos llevan hasta el año 2030.

No debemos conformarnos con una recuperación lenta del nivel de empleo. Hay que diseñar estrategias, planes y marcar objetivos más potentes para avanzar a un ritmo mayor en la creación de puestos de trabajo y en este objetivo la industria, como sector básico en la estructura de un país, tiene un papel predominante, es decir impulsando la industria se produce una situación en la que ganamos todos (win-win-situation).…  Seguir leyendo »

For Christians all over the world, Easter is a season of hope; Christ triumphant on Easter morning banishes the darkness of sin and death.

Here in Iraq, we have particular reason to rejoice in Christ’s victory over the powers of evil. It is a victory we so sorely need in a land where we are currently walking the Way of the Cross, desperately searching for signs of the Resurrection

As Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Erbil, in the Kurdish north of the country, I am shepherding my flock through one of the darkest eras in our long history. Last August, 125,000 Christians on Iraq’s Nineveh Plains fled the forces of Da’esh – so-called Islamic State.…  Seguir leyendo »

One of the interesting aspects of international affairs is that states and nonstate actors will occasionally say publicly exactly what they are thinking, doing and planning to do. No need for spies, no need for diplomats — just a need to listen.

In the mid-1990s, Osama bin Laden said repeatedly that he saw the United States as his most important enemy and therefore as his key target. Bin Laden delivered on these warnings in August 1998 in East Africa, in October 2000 in Yemen and in September 2001 in New York and Washington.

In a hotly contested election campaign in early 1998, India’s Bharatiya Janata Party told voters in its platform that, if elected, it would openly deploy nuclear weapons.…  Seguir leyendo »

Kenya is reeling from the shock of the massacre, early on Thursday, of 147 people in an attack by Somali militants on a college. At least four Shabab gunmen stormed Garissa University College, about 200 miles northeast of the capital, Nairobi, before dawn. They took students hostage and continued their assault until late in the evening, when Kenyan security forces ended the siege.

A Kenyan worker for an international aid agency, Reuben Nyaora, told Agence France-Presse: “I have seen many things, but nothing like that. There were bodies everywhere in execution lines, we saw people whose heads had been blown off, bullet wounds everywhere, it was a grisly mess.”…  Seguir leyendo »

After five years, American-led negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade liberalization agreement with 11 other countries that collectively account for 40 percent of the world’s economy, are nearly complete. The next step is for Congress to allow for the same legislative process — an up-or-down vote on the deal — that it applied to recent trade pacts, including the North American Free Trade Agreement of 1993 and the United States-South Korea free trade agreement of 2011.

But the congressional outlook for this approach — called Trade Promotion Authority, or fast-track negotiating authority, because it does not allow amendments or filibustering — has dimmed.…  Seguir leyendo »

Para probar que los estadounidenses pueden estar tan locos como los iraníes, llevé a mi hija en mi viaje más reciente a Irán, en 2012, para hacer un recorrido por el país en carretera.

Los iraníes se asombraron al ver en medio de ellos a una yanqui de 14 años. En Mashhad, una ciudad islámica conservadora que podría parecer recelosa de los estadounidenses, tres mujeres vestidas con chadores abordaron a mi hija; y luego la invitaron a una cafetería donde la atiborraron de helado, maravilladas con ella y besándole la mejilla mientras comía.

No estaban asumiendo una actitud política, sino que manifestaban su anhelo de que Irán fuera de nuevo un país normal.…  Seguir leyendo »

‘Welcome to the nation state of Ukraine,” says Mustapha Dzhemilev, a diminutive, soft-spoken 71-year-old leader of the Crimean Tatars, gentle on the outside, hard as steel within. He was deported from Crimea on Stalin’s orders in 1944, when he was just six months old, along with so many fellow Tatars. Persecuted under Soviet rule, he went on hunger strike for 303 days. A year ago, after Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea, this quiet fighter was banned from re-entering the peninsula his forebears had inhabited for centuries, long before the Russians did. And now here he is in Kiev, welcoming us to a new Ukraine.…  Seguir leyendo »

Presumably out of courtesy and as a matter of diplomatic protocol, Barack Obama called Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday night to tell him the nuclear pact with Iran that Israel’s prime minister had so bitterly resisted was a done deal. It must have been a difficult conversation.

Not only was the US president informing Netanyahu of something he already knew – that he had lost the battle, though not the war, to maintain the isolation and demonisation of Iran. Obama was also making a political point: Netanyahu’s brazen attempt to undermine presidential authority by conspiring with his Republican opponents had failed miserably.…  Seguir leyendo »

Last month’s terrorist attack on Tunisia’s national museum highlighted the threat posed by the rise of the Islamic State in Libya. There is a sense of urgency in the West that something must be done before violence by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, and its affiliates spreads even further and reaches Europe. Last week, the United Nations Security Council voted to extend the fight against the Islamic State to Libya, but it is unclear how this will be implemented.

Bernardino Leon, the United Nations special envoy for Libya, has been trying for months to broker a deal between the major Libyan factions with two goals: a cease-fire and a national unity government.…  Seguir leyendo »

Will the world do nothing to stop extremist groups from destroying some of civilization’s most treasured monuments?

The question has confronted Western governments with stark urgency in the weeks since the Islamic State released a video of militants smashing ancient sculptures at the Mosul Museum. In early March, following reports that extremists attacked the ancient Assyrian sites of Nimrud and Hatra, Iraqi officials pleaded for American airstrikes to stop them. But so far the United States and its allies have wrung their hands.

Secretary of State John Kerry described the devastation as “one of the most outrageous assaults on our shared heritage that perhaps any of us have seen in a lifetime.”…  Seguir leyendo »