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JOH toma posesión entre gases lacrimógenos de Pennsylvania

egucigalpa, HONDURAS. Se llegó el 27 de enero. El cielo gris asomó por detrás del cerro Juana Laínez, poco después de las cinco de la mañana, cerrando una noche de ambulancias, de cacerías policiales, de gases lacrimógenos, de gritos y protestas y quemas de llantas y toma de calles y de carreteras. La ondeante silueta de la bandera de Honduras se dibujó en la cima del cerro, que corona Tegucigalpa. Una ciudad militarizada.

Se llegó el 27 de enero, día inevitable en el calendario de un país roto por las elecciones celebradas dos meses antes. Juan Orlando Hernández, el presidente que maniobró de todas las formas posibles para ser reelecto en un país cuya Constitución prohíbe la reelección, tomaba posesión de su segundo periodo.

Se juramentó protegido por miles de uniformados del Ejército, la Policía Militar, la Naval y la Policía Nacional. Montaron tres cordones de seguridad alrededor del Estadio Nacional y dispersaron a los manifestantes arrojando unas latitas del tamaño de una granada denominadas MP-3-CS, fabricadas en un pueblito de Pennsylvania llamado Homer City, made in USA, que liberan gas lacrimógeno durante su vuelo y dejan una estela punzante, irritante, vomitiva. Lanzaron tantas de esas latitas de Pennsylvania que una nube de humo blanco espeso se alzó y se paseó por el centro de Tegucigalpa. Todos los ojos, todas las gargantas sufrieron en el día para festejar la democracia.

https://elfaro.net/es/201801/centroamerica/21412/JOH-toma-posesi%C3%B3n-entre-gases-lacrim%C3%B3genos-de-Pennsylvania.htm

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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in South America

 

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Op-Ed: Cape Town, a city drowning in incompetence

How the hell did we get this close to what will be the biggest natural disaster of the post-apartheid period and the majority of Capetonians are carrying on business as usual? Only 39% of residents are using less than 87l of water – the previous, and now surpassed, restriction (the current restriction is 50l a person). In history, it has never happened that a city the size of Cape Town has run dry. As a Canadian headline announced this week: “Cape Town at risk of becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water” (Globe & Mail).

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2018-01-22-op-ed-cape-town-a-city-drowning-in-incompetence/#.WoX1x4JG3-Q

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Africa

 

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Why Attack Afghan Civilians? Creating Chaos Rewards Taliban

They were hardly the first Taliban attacks in the capital. Still, there was something particularly alarming in their scale and implication about the pair of episodes, just a week apart, that rocked Afghanistan: a hotel siege that killed 22, then a car bomb, loaded into an ambulance, that killed 103.

But the question of why — why target bystanders, and in such numbers — is perhaps best answered not by peering into the minds of the attackers but by examining the structure of a war that increasingly pulls its participants toward the senseless.

Whether the week’s events will translate into a long-term gain for the Taliban or serve only as a terrible but temporary show of force, the attacks embody the trends toward violence and disintegration that appear to be only worsening in Afghanistan.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Asia

 

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As robots take our jobs, we need something else. I know what that is

Why bother designing robots when you can reduce human beings to machines? Last week, Amazon acquired a patent for a wristband that can track the hand movements of workers. If this technology is developed, it could grant companies almost total control over their workforce.

https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/07/robots-jobs-salaried-work-society-unpaid-george-monbiot

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Ruby Tandoh’s Eat Up is a manifesto for freedom that targets the cult of wellness

They say that if you can make a cake, you can make a bomb. Food writer and former Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Tandoh was never much bothered about making her sugar icing perfect – and good for her – so I might not trust her in munitions. But she has written a hand grenade of a book.

What I love most about Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want is all of the books that it isn’t. It isn’t a recipe collection full of soft-focus food pornography, the author lifting something glistening to her perfect lips, alone in an immaculate kitchen. It isn’t a manual for how to save your soul by way of micronutrient-inflected mortification of the flesh. It is not a memoir of one young woman’s emotional journey, served rare with a side of gawking and a comforting, sweet finish. Like Tandoh, it refuses to be anything but what it is: a strange, special, occasionally repetitive book that is somehow so much more than it was meant to be.

https://www.newstatesman.com/2018/02/ruby-tandoh-s-eat-manifesto-freedom-targets-cult-wellness?amp

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Why do people find Jordan Peterson so convincing? Because the left doesn’t have its own house in order

The wide popularity of Jordan Peterson, a once-obscure Canadian clinical psychologist and university professor who has become beloved of the alt-right, is a proof that the liberal-conservative “silent majority” finally found its voice. Peterson, who has said that the idea of white privilege is a “Marxist lie” and theorised that “radical feminists” don’t speak out about human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia because of “their unconscious wish for brutal male domination”, is fast becoming a mainstream commentator.

His advantages over the previous anti-LGBT+ star Milo Yiannopoulos are obvious. Yiannopoulos was witty, fast-talking, full of jokes and sarcasms, and openly gay – he resembled, in many features, the culture he was attacking. Peterson is his opposite: he combines a “common sense” approach and (the appearance of) cold scientific argumentation with a bitter rage at a threat to the liberal basics of our societies – his stance is: “Enough is enough! I cannot stand it anymore!”

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/jordan-peterson-clinical-psychologist-canada-popularity-convincing-why-left-wing-alt-right-cathy-a8208301.html?amp

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Turkey accused of recruiting ex-Isis fighters in their thousands to attack Kurds in Syria

Turkey is recruiting and retraining Isis fighters to lead its invasion of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, according to an ex-Isis source.

“Most of those who are fighting in Afrin against the YPG [People’s Protection Units] are Isis, though Turkey has trained them to change their assault tactics,” said Faraj, a former Isis fighter from north-east Syria who remains in close touch with the jihadi movement.

In a phone interview with The Independent, he added: “Turkey at the beginning of its operation tried to delude people by saying that it is fighting Isis, but actually they are training Isis members and sending them to Afrin.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/turkey-isis-afrin-syria-kurds-free-syrian-army-jihadi-video-fighters-recruits-a8199166.html?amp

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Middle East

 

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Donald Trump’s Extract-Everything Energy Policy Dooms Us All

The new US energy policy of the Trump era is, in some ways, the oldest energy policy on Earth. Every great power has sought to mobilize the energy resources at its command, whether those be slaves, wind-power, coal, or oil, to further its hegemonic ambitions. What makes the Trumpian variant—the unfettered exploitation of America’s fossil-fuel reserves—unique lies only in the moment it’s being applied and the likely devastation that will result, thanks not only to the 1950s-style polluting of America’s air, waters, and urban environment, but to the devastating hand it will lend to a globally warming world.

https://www.thenation.com/article/donald-trumps-extract-everything-energy-policy-dooms-us-all/

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in North America

 

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Pentagon Readies the ‘Father of All Bombs’ for Use Against North Korea

Last April, the US military detonated the “mother of all bombs”—a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), with 18,000 pounds of explosives—over an ISIS tunnel complex in Afghanistan. This being the first use in combat of the giant MOAB, its use in Afghanistan generated widespread press attention. In many of the media commentaries, the GBU-43/B was described as the largest non-nuclear weapon in the US arsenal—as powerful, in fact, as the smallest nuclear weapons developed by the United States. In turns out, however, that the GBU-43/B is eclipsed by an even larger non-nuclear weapon, the 30,000-pound GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), dubbed by some the “father of all bombs” to distinguish it from the MOAB. Originally designed to destroy underground nuclear facilities in Iran, the GBU-57 is now being readied for use against North Korea.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in North America

 

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Sono tornato parla del fascismo in modo ambiguo

Si poteva fare a meno del film Sono tornato, con la regia di Luca Miniero e scritto con Nicola Guaglianone: uno dei primi problemi è che parte da un’idea fin troppo semplice.

Benito Mussolini (Massimo Popolizio, molto di mestiere ma bravo) risorge nei giardini di piazza Vittorio a Roma: è stordito di ritrovarsi nel 2017, ma non ha perso l’ambizione di credersi il duce e di poter riconquistare l’Italia. Se all’inizio è una specie di goffo marziano, e le persone lo scambiano per un matto travestito da Mussolini, dopo poco Andrea Canaletti, giovane e velleitario regista precario (Frank Matano, un’interpretazione disastrosa), capisce il potenziale per trasformarlo in un personaggio famoso, prima su YouTube e poi in tv. A uno strampalato viaggio in Italia postato su internet segue un reality show in prima serata pensato come una paradossale satira politica: Mussolini fa degli stand up semplicemente citando i suoi discorsi più famosi. Le visualizzazioni dei filmati sono milioni, lo show è un successo con uno share alle stelle.

https://www.internazionale.it/opinione/christian-raimo/2018/02/02/amp/sono-tornato-fascismo-ambiguo

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2018 in European Union

 

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