Saturday, April 19, 2014

BDS

Some weeks ago, I added a new link in the right sidebar, BDS Movement: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions against Israel until it complies with international laws and Palestinian rights.

BDS campaign sticker
www.bdsmovement.net

Ethnic cleansing, colonization, racial discrimination, military occupation, these are the policies of Israel on Palestine during decades, also their steady bombardments and invasions of neighbour countries. As the abundant condemnations of Israeli policies by the UN and other international bodies have been useless and Israel's crimes have continued, the BDS Movement was started by Palestinian civil society in 2005. Here is the call for BDS, 9 July 2005: Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

All Titanic passengers are safe

All of us know the story about the Titanic, sunk on this day, 102 years ago. It struck an iceberg at 23:40 on 14 April 1912, and sank some hours later, at 2:20 on 15. The number of casualties is unclear, between 1.490 and 1.635, according to different sources. (Wikipedia: RMS Titanic)

engraving of Titanic sinking
Titanic sinking, engraving by Willy Stöwer, 1912 - source: Die Gartenlaube

But always it's possible to know new facets about a disaster like this one. For example, how did media informed about this tragedy? Let us read what the newspapers said on the next days after the sinking.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The King who organized coups

A book has caused (feigned) surprise and (hypocritical) outrage in Spain (the establishment and the docile media). It's a book published last Thursday, 3 April, written by the popular journalist and historian Pilar Urbano: "La gran desmemoria" (English, The great forgetfulness). In the book, it's told how the King Juan Carlos of Spain plotted against the Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez in 1981: www.republica.com

Don Juan Carlos de Bribon
Don Juan Carlos de Bribon, by 8patas

Saturday, April 5, 2014

They only hit until you cry

This is one of my favorite songs ever, and I've listened it hundreds of times: Luka, performed by Suzanne Vega in 1984.

Suzanne Vega at The Queen's Hall
Suzanne Vega at the Queen's Hall - The Queen's Hall - Creative Commons

This is what Suzanne wrote about Luka, years later (Surviving the Hits, by Suzanne Vega)
"Luka" was not a popular song when I would perform it back then. I would watch people from the stage. You could see their faces change as they thought about the lyrics; a frown would appear, then a general look of unhappiness, followed by a scowl directed at the floor and, at the conclusion, a smattering of reluctant applause. Then a request for something else, usually “Gypsy” or something in a major key with a chorus.

It sounds unsettling, for those who don't know the song, doesn't it? Click on read more to listen it.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Celebrating Five Years of InWorldz

During these days, since 16 March through 2 April (tomorrow), is being celebrating the 5th Birthday of InWorldz.

Ilianor Illios art
Fata seduta con farfalle - author: Ilianor Illios

Friday, March 28, 2014

The no plane that didn't crash on the sea

A new tragedy was known yesterday, Thursday: Airplane falls into the sea near Gran Canary. That was what every media started to publish in their web pages on Thursday evening.

A time later, media had to rectify. It was a ship (a tugboat tugging another ship), quietly sailing on the sea, as ships use to do.

tug boat misled with a plane