Trump in Mexico: Beyond the mirror

Trump in Mexico: Beyond the mirror

Aug 31, 2016

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA EDITOR This is not the other side of the mirror, it is way beyond the mirror, Donald Trump will visit Mexico, Mexican President’s Office is said to have invited “the Donald” to visit Los Pinos (the official Presidential House), but a superficial analysis makes people wonder about that. It seems quite strange (to say the least) that President Peña would invite the guy who said that all Mexicans are felons and rapists and who expressed his intention to build a wall to contain and stop Mexican immigration which would be paid by our country. So, when Mexican Federal authorities inform that Peña invited Trump, even the dumbest people would ask themselves: “Is this for real?”, and knowing the way that all Mexican Governments (PRI, PAN or any other party or color) handle and manipulate information, Trump obviously asked for the interview, if not so Mexico is being betrayed by its Government again, or: Why did Peña invite the man who insulted and threatened Mexicans?. Another absurd and preposterous decision from a President whose Cabinet has worked to get rich and powerful leaving Mexico’s needs in a shameful second place. This goes way beyond the mirror, we have gotten through the mirror and beyond we have reached unimaginable heights of absurdity and...

Re-discovering the Library

Re-discovering the Library

Aug 30, 2016

  ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA EDITOR The advance of new technologies has left books and print material behind, in a second place of sorts, but even though many people think it is a fact, a Library doesn’t have to be discarded and use the facility for something else, that is sort of what the Nazis did in Germany when they burnt books, in the 1930’s. The Library as a concept is a meeting point, a place where one can go to seek books,read magazines and newspapers, play chess, attend literary works reading events for children and adults and a whole lot of cultural activities, guitar lessons, Portuguese and Chinese classes, and many other activities and workshops. As Internet arrives, and cell phones and tablets allow people to see books, movies, TV and all kinds of multimedia publishing, one might think that the Library concept is on its way out, but for Manuel Bejarano Giacomann, Baja California Cultural Institute Director, it is not so. That is why the State Library, after being remodeled after the damage done to “her” by the 2010 earthquake, is being launched within a new concept to make it a meeting center, a cultural venue and far from singing its Eulogy, try to re-found it without leaving the traditional concept behind but adapting to new technologies and the rules they imply. To modernize without leaving tradition behind is the challenge, and the ICBC staff working in the Central Library right in the heart of Colonia Nueva in Mexicali has accepted the assignment and they will sail this sip to quite waters and safe harbor and to be able to create the new concept of Library: Information...

Self-criticism

Self-criticism

Aug 26, 2016

ARISTEGUI NEWS informed that President Peña had cheated (by plagiarism) in his Thesis (academic paper required to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Mexico. Many people said it wasn’t relevant and others said he should be tried for the crime. The problem here is the TOTAL LACK of SELF CRITICISM of Mexican Politicians of all political tendencies. Dianeth Pérez Arreola ¿Could it be true, what Nancy Sánchez (Baja California President of Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI) says, that corruption lies in Mexicans DNA? Anyway we can see that within President Enrique Peña Nieto, it does. There are people who have committed to minimize the President’s College Thesis plagiarism issue, ¿do they really believe it is not that serious? Or do they defend President Peña to avoid losing their jobs? If it is the first scenario, we are before people with a value system so damaged that they can’t dimension the consequences of the matter. They are people who can’t be asked to judged things with values, let us call then “first world values”, so they live and support within a reality of a third world democracy. If we talk, for a change, of President Peña’s defenders linked to PRI or to power itself, we are facing one of the biggest defects of Mexicans: Lack of self-criticism. We will never hear a PRI member saying “It is a serious matter and we deeply regret what happened”. But, as I said, the lack of self-criticism is a common flaw. I see in social media a PAN (opposition) saying that Puebla Governor work as “ground breaking” and flattering Vicente Fox and saying Felipe Calderón has been the best Mexican President ever and I ask myself if being linked to a Political Party causes tunnel vision or if having tunnel vision causes Political Parties. Nor PRI or PAN militants practice self-criticism, but when critique comes from the outside their answer is to call “chairo”, PRD member, “pejezombie” (Lopez Obrador adoring Zombie) to those who dare criticize, not stopping to think if the accusations are valid or not and much less replying with arguments, that’s why insults and “name calling” were made for. The lack of self-criticism is evident in Bronco...

Government official murdered in Bolivia

Government official murdered in Bolivia

Aug 26, 2016

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA EDITOR Sent by Evo Morales to negotiate with a mine strike, Rodolfo Illanes was allegedly tortured and killed by the miners, who are protesting a new Labor Law amendment with which they disagree. Illanes Interior Vice Minister, was sent to Panduro, 100 miles south of La Paz to negotiate with miners who were blocking the highway since last Monday. Illanes was kidnapped by the miners at around 10:30, he sent three calls for help, and the miners conditioned his release to an open dialog regarding the changes in the Law which they feel harms their labor rights. Miners were supposedly on their way to La Paz to talk with Federal Authorities but, somehow, they never arrived and at approximately 5:30 in the afternoon it was reported that Illanes had been tortured and killed. This could be a warning for countries where social unrest is minimized by their...

Fighting or hiding corruption?

Fighting or hiding corruption?

Aug 25, 2016

    ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA EDITOR   Mexicans are victims of corrupt government officials of all the parties, and recent statements from the leader of President Peña’s Party, regarding punishment for a handful of former Governors, must be taken carefully, because he is supposed to investigate those fellow party members for corruption, violence against freedom of speech and ecocide among other alleged crimes, State Crimes. Corruption is not only a huge problem in Mexico, it’s the symbol of Mexican politics, where simulation and double talk are always on and politicians not only lie, they do it looking straight at the Mexicans eyes and don’t hesitate for a second to lie, steal and deceive the people who, dubiously and skeptically, participate in the electoral processes to “choose” those greedy and dishonest men and women for Government positions. Enrique Reza Ochoa, leader of the notorious PRI, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, said he personally will head the investigation against four former PRI Governors who are accused of embezzlement, corruption and other felonies which have always gone unpunished. One of them, Javier Duarte, is the alleged “mastermind” behind the assassination of more than 20 journalists in Veracruz, where the violence against the press reached unexpected and never seen heights, with reporters and photographers attacked and many of them killed, while Governor Duarte did nothing to solve this serious problem. The other former Governors are: Roberto Borge (Quintana Roo) who authorized construction of tourist centers that virtually killed hundreds of acres of mangrove swamps and jungle, privatizing beaches and throwing away landowners by means of deception and Police Force, he is said to have embezzled millions of dollars and destroyed natural sanctuaries such as Holbox Island. The other two: César Duarte (Chihuahua) and Rodrigo Medina (Nuevo León) are not that infamous among Mexicans but they also goy hold of enormous money amounts and made business shrouded by the power of the PRI and with Federal Authorities “looking the other...