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terça-feira, 22 de Abril de 2014

Earth Day / Dia da Terra

Note:
 - to those who always or easily coin phrases such as "I hate people" or "the more I know animals the more I hate Humans"
(always bizarre to hear since Humans are animals, not vegetables or minerals)
or other such sayings.  When one sees behavior that is deemed as being astounding or beautiful to one's mind's eye in other beings, one is always doing so through Anthropomorphism whether one likes it or not unless the person is in fact themselves a dog, shark, caterpillar, tiger, dinosaur, gorilla, echinoidea, elephant or other animal. How can one ever propose to view the world other than through the conscience of that which one is, I ask?
It appears to me that we will only truly love our planet, with all its plants, animals and minerals, when we are capable of embracing not only its virtues but its flaws. This obviously doesn't mean that terrible gestures born from greed, intolerance and hatred are good, but it is knowing that such exists that one stands the test of loving one's planet.
On a simpler and personal level, in order to truly love another person whether that person be a romantic partner, blood relative or friend, one must accept the person for what he or she is.  If we want to change them it is because we in fact are in love with someone else and not with that person; we love whom we deem that person ought to be in our eyes and not who they are.
Still speaking of our planet, on another level there are plants one may appreciate more than others, I for instance have a heavy distaste for turnips, not visually, just can't stand the taste of them. I may go as far as to suggest I have a hard time accepting their existence but in truth would never wish to contemplate those who for some strange reason love them, going without. Moreover I would never blame a Giant Sequoia for the existence of turnips.

(sure, sure, I give in, for the purposes of metaphor we can exchange the tree for a beetroot or a potato, fine, alright by me, whatever.. geez)


Ok, it may seem easier to generically love all plant life, including turnips, so let us go back to the animal kingdom.
Even our beloved dolphins, social animals, known for their high intelligence and extraordinary behavior even towards many other species of animals (ok, with an exception for sharks, ok)
have some members with disorders. On occasion some are psychopaths, committing murder, rape, infanticide and other terrible acts.
 Let us accept temporarily the fantasy that Humans are not animals. Would the same people who say Humans are bad as opposed to "animals" have the same measure for judging dolphins or, through the position of the "benevolent god" look down upon them and say, "Oh no, in their case no".
Since the "judge" has taken upon him or herself the judgement of that which is an animal accepted and that which is not, that person puts themselves in the position of a superior being, or if you will as "God" above others.
Regardless of one believing or not in God there is a balance in nature and most things surpass our mortal existence.  Most of the time one is either unborn or has passed, between such frontiers we live.

Life is short, why must one in conscience rush others into pain or suffering?





Magnum photographer - Raymond Depardon,'s Tribute to Basaglia- LINK New Book: MANICOMIO Secluded Madness  




photo: (Magnum founding member) Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1930




photo: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lisbon - 1955




photo: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dieppe, France, 1926 (click on the image for an unfettered view)




photo: Marc Riboud - 1967  (Magnum photographer) 








photo: - Raymond Depardon,'s Tribute to Basaglia- LINK New Book: MANICOMIO Secluded Madness  


This is my post for Earth day.

Have a nice day.




Richie Beirach performing Bill Evans's "Peace Piece"




domingo, 20 de Abril de 2014

Sunday morning post for Sunday's mourning (Domingo - 20 de Abril)





Ab ovo I (t. mista s/tela. - G.Almeida) ©
please click to view the photo's full size









           
Sainkho Namtchylak + Alim Qasimov Ensemble + The Hilliard Ensemble

segunda-feira, 17 de Março de 2014

O assunto da coadoção. A votação e um padre. (Article in Portuguese only)


Fico perplexa, a um nível que pensava difícil ficar ao deparar-me com o que representa e o que mostram os votos sobre a coadoção (e o próprio acto de ir votar tal coisa que parece em nada, mesmo nada de nada ter em conta ou a ver com os 'Superiores Interesses Da Criança')

Ora, não quero acreditar que qualquer ser, minimamente pensante que seja, possa ficar bem consigo mesmo achando bem ou preferivel uma criança estar abandonada, em instituições, sem os seus adultos cuidadores, suas familias. Por isso, velos vistos, a questão só pode ser outra.
Ora, a questão é...

A questão só pode ser Sexual.


Só pode ser sexual, a sexualidade, o conceito que se tem do que é uma criança, do que é uma criança no seio de uma familia (tenha ela, a familia, a dimensão que tiver)

Não sei de vocês mas eu nunca tive, nunca tive mesmo quaisquer duvidas sobre a minha sexualidade.

Ora conheço, respeito e tenho profunda amizade a alguns que tenham tido tais duvidas, eu é que por acaso nunca tive.
Quando estive com o meu primeiro namorado, pela primeira vez e no calor do momento.., não,
ainda antes disso, quando comecei a sentir pelas primeiras vezes, na adolescência, aquelas hormonas todas num frenezim, bloqueando tudo que fosse pensamento ou racionalidade enquanto olhava para este ou aquele mocinho, a última coisinha que pensava era no papá na mamã.

Não. Não "aprendi" a minha sexualidade   (se é que se pode dizer uma coisa destas) no seio da familia, é que nem pouco mais ou menos.

E mais, se em garotinha, tal como ocorria com os meus pares (miudagem),  me fosse se quer sugerido contemplar, por um segundo que fosse, qualquer practica sexual dos meus progenitores, a resposta era um veemente e gigantesco "blhaque!!"
Bloqueio total.. blhaque.. (isso é com os pais dos outros. com os meus???!!)
O único caso onde tal "aprendizagem" (passando pelo papá e, ou a pela mamã) poderia ocorrer é no incesto.
Através, ou seja, com o papá ou a mamã, ou com ambos.. ora francamente.... Não, não cabe na cabecinha de ninguém a não ser que...
Bom..

Desculpem-me lá mas, mas parecem-me um bando de pedófilos!

Ora, se se pensa e vota assim, o que estão a dizer deles mesmos, de seu próprio pensamento ou experiência no alvorecer de suas vidas sexuais, da sua sexualidade?
Pensem um bocadinho, sim?
Sei que doi mas pensar faz bem e, não paga imosto (por enquanto). Com o habito deixa de ser doloroso e faz-se com relativa facilidade.



Façamos então um exercício..


Imaginemos dois corpos.
Encontram-se.
Os sentidos, todos num estado de alerta máxima e profundamente embriagados pela presença do Outro, em toda a pele sente-se uma electricidade que estala, prestes a encandescer a qualquer momento,
 incendiando as próprias goticulas de transpiração que já correm não só nas mãos mas em todo o corpo.  Os olhos, estes estão colados com uma força telúrica e uma intensidade que condiciona cada milimetro que se mexe , os ouvidos atentos, aptos para ouvir cada gesto, o faro a apanhar cada instante, acção, carregado de vontade e emoção, com avidez (capaz de destinguir o próprio movimento do sangue, quente, nas veias).   Qualquer tentativa de vociferar resulta num movimento ténue da boca, sons guturais que não chegam se quer a conseguir formar uma silaba que seja. O respirar é profundo, cortado, com pausas. Denuncia, com interrupção de cada tentativa de formar verbos. Cada uma sufocada e estrangulada pela carga emotiva e o desejo do Outro.
E de repente, no meio de um silêncio medular, tocam-se.
Tinham-se passado apenas segundos, mas cada segundo era gigantesco, com dores como se de ressaca se tratasse, aquela sensação indescritível na base do estômago.., e nunca mais passavam.
No toque, o prazer da pele, a maciez do cabelo. O sabor e calor dos labios, braços, perna, anca, peito, pescoço, barriga, costas,
o respirar..
Deixa-se de saber onde começa e acaba o corpo de um e do outro.
Roupa rasgada, largada sem noção como nem onde.
Percorre-se e explora-se o mundo inteiro, cada corpo. Cada milimetro. Milimetro a milimetro.
A respiração, quente e humida, abrindo todos os poros por onde passa.
A  vontade irresitível de levar ao rubro incandescente, o prazer absoluto, o outro.
Extases singulares, multiplos, e diversos.  Fundem-se, percorrem-se, palmilham-se, bebem-se de toda a maneira e forma, repetidamente. Acaricia-se, saboreia-se, penetra-se, numa dança milenar de dois corpos sofregamente apaixonados um pelo outro. Param por momentos, um descanso reparador, e retomam, amiúde, na tentativa de saciar a eterna carencia que têm um pelo outro, Agora visualizem a mamã e o papá...





Pois.......

































Onde é que isto se aprende?
Quem ensina?





Dois corpos geridos por, gerados para, não resistirem um ao outro de baixo do feitiço de um imã titânico inscrito no ADN.
 Onde é que isto se aprende?

Bom, o que votaram os deputados na verdade? Vamos lá ver, ou, como se diz em estrangeiro - "cut the shit".
 Só se pode justificar votarem assim, pondo em perigo, em causa, ou nas tintas estarem, para a proteção de menores da parte de quem no mundo os mais ama ou alguma vez os defenderia,
(como quaisquer adultos cuidadores que amam suas crianças o faz, obviamente,
não é preciso ser-se pai ou mãe para tal saber.  Todos temos crianças que amamos e defendemos com a vida, ou, em princípio, quando fomos crianças, tinhamos adultos com essa missão para connosco),
se se tiver medo de algo, algum comportamento "degenerado" ou "doença", e que a seus olhos se possa pegar. Portanto estamos a falar de uma coisa grave, bastante grave, cujo alcance mais longe que se ser homofóbico..

Para motivar e ir ao ponto de se achar que é preferivel uma criança não ter cuidador(es) adultos e estar à mercê do orfanato, do abandono, pensando perversamente que se aprende a sexualidade através dos adultos cuidadores (os pais, ou coisa que o valha)
é-me assustador.
Tenho medo, muito medo desta gente.
E só pode ser isto.
As outras coisas: cozinhar, dar banho, acordar, adormecer, embalar, ralhar por se roubar as ceroulas da avô do merceeiro, ajudar com os trabalhos da escola, pôr às cavalitas para ver o concerto, tirar a febre, limpar o nariz, as lágrimas, apanhar mentiras, massajar docemente um ouvido com otite até se poder sossegar, fazer o bolo de anos, limpar ranhos das blusas ou camisas após nos espirrarem em cima enquanto estão ao colo, tirar medos e temores, ler histórias para adormecer, esfregar a barriguinha porque doi, comprar sapatos, saia, peugas, fato de banho e barbatanas, mandar desenhar os últimos 3 gambuzinos que apanharam para poderem ganhar os trocos para darem a flor à vovó, aprenderem a andar, nadar, fazer pão, dançar com pezinhos no ar, fazerem um papagaio, jogarem à bisca lambida, canasta ou xadrez, cozer as calças rasgadas por terem caido do tricíclo, secar as lágrimas por causa do cão.., comprar o primeiro soutien, fazer cara de má/mau quando se esconde a dentadura do avô, verter lágrimas de felicidade quando a febre acaba, dar a mão..
Julgo já ter dito que chegue e julgo ser demasiadamente óbvio que tanto faz se ser homo, hetero, bi, tetra, penta, hexa ou multisexual para tais tarefas.



Portanto, senhores deputados e senhoras deputadas, na vossa experiência, no vosso mundo, a sexualidade se aprende, e aprende-se com..



Isto tem um nome.
Chama-se pedófilia.




(Mais que isso, é pedofilia incestuosa.)




Convenceram-me. Desta vez convenceram-me que tenho motivos ainda maiores para vos temer.
Mostraram-me que, enquanto envoltos no acto de cópula, que pensam e acham normal que se pense no papá ou na mamã (ou ambos, quiçá, já nada me admira) Não sabia.
E não, não quero ser mosquinha para ver o que se passa nas vossas casas, nas vossas cabeças, já me levaram a visualizar que chegue para me enojar durante várias vidas.

Gente pedófila e incestuosa, a moldarem o nosso mundo e futuro. Arcebispos, não sei se no mesmo dia se dias antes, no país vizinho, a dizer que se pode e que se deve praticar sexo oral sempre que pedido, pelo marido (é assim que *reza a história, mencionando apenas o marido),  se se pensar (não, não é no pareceiro mas em..)
se se pensar em Jesus...........    
(não sei se com espinhos, se em menino sobre as palhinhas, se na última ceia, se..)
, ainda se promoverá à conta disto uma marca de bananas com o nome do Senhor, por motivos vários..
Que tempos, estes.
Não vão ao psi, não.



Tenho dito.











Les enfants de la Place Herbert - photograph by Robert Doisneau, 1957




Le dent - photograph by Robert Doisneau, 1956








Bois de Boulogne - photograph by Robert Doisneau, 1950






La voiture fondue - photograph by Robert Doisneau, 1944

segunda-feira, 3 de Março de 2014

The Ukraine, the new European Powder Keg, trade deals TPP and TTIP - war

First let us speak of trade deals, economic interests, expansion and the will for world dominance (offensive & defensive strategies)


Upon speaking of the Ukraine I inevitably must return to a time when the country was dominated and divided by* two Czars (emperors), Russian and Austrian (Austro-Hungarian, by middle of the XIXth century), their empires, and two World Wars (especially the first).


This seems particularly relevant to me when I notice key players today taking action or mediating the "Ukrainian problem", on one hand the EU mainly through Poland and Germany..
(and if one takes into account the relevance of either German or Austro-Hungarian empires in relation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Galicia: that had been divided by Poles & Ukranians, Serbia and Croatia.. we'd get lost in Bismarck's era, full of relevance but endless for the matter I wish to explore)
- on the other hand Russia.

 *The above mentioned rulers were two out of three that were to comprise a central block known as the "League of the Three Emperors" -
We're all aware of the relatively recent turmoil in ex-Yugoslavia (a bizzare, rather unfortunate "union" and aftermath of WWI). Another important issue is regarding Poland with respect to both world wars (especially the second), its having been, and the way it had been taken over by the mentioned empires.

Now we're also aware of the First World War's global nature, similar to that of the Second, having on one side the Triple Entente (in green):


originally comprised of the French Republic, the British Empire, and the Russian Empire. At the onset of war in 1914 they were joined by: British India  & other colonies + dominions & commonwealth, Serbia, Japan,  Montenegro, Monaco and Belgium. By 1915 it would further be constituted by San Marino, and Italy + its colonies in Africa (Italy, had been a non-active player for the opposing Triple Alliance for the first year of the war).  In 1916 Portugal + Portuguese India + other colonies in Asia & Africa, and Romania joined.
In 1917 the USA, Bolivia, Greece, Siam (Thailand), Liberia, China, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Panama and  Cuba joined. In 1918 they were further joined by Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Haiti and the Honduras.
On the other side of the conflict, in 1914, was the Triple Alliance: The German Empire (along with its colonies in Africa &  the Pacific), The Austro-Hungarian Empire and The Ottoman Empire
In 1915 these three empires were joined by the Kingdom of Bulgaria.
(image above - in yellow)


Please bare in mind as you read the following the current outbreaks in adjacent, neighbouring nations of the BRICS around the world (BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). None of the BRICS are contemplated in either trade agreements
  • TPP (in existence and signed in 2005 between: Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore.
    Since 2010 it has been going under renegotiation so as to make other countries join. It is almost finalized and would include if all come to agreement: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam
         - 32.9% (GDP)  to 29.9% (purchasing power) without any of the BRICs,
           or remainder  of the world's economy should it be signed. 
  • TTIP (inspired by the TPP but not yet in existence. It is expected to be signed by the end of this year - 2014.
    Different from the above proposed agreement, this one encompasses the Atlantic and is being drawn up in order to seek free trade & partenership between the USA & EU, thus  
         - 35.5% (GDP) to 26.5% (Purchasing Power parity) of the world's economy
    without
           any of the BRICS
    or remainder of the world's economy should it be signed.

Every single BRICS seem to have sprouted conflict next to them in the past weeks or pair of months:
  • Mozambique (after having enjoyed peace during decades)
  • Ukraine (with its pre and post world war aftermaths, actually stemming at least as far back as the end of the XVII century)
  • Venezuela  (now under Maduro, after previous stability under Chavez's hard hand)
  • regions such as Afghanistan next to the Indian subcontinent with its rivals: India/Pakistan, as well as its proximity to Russia as are other countries nearby that are under threat..
  • I don't even know what to think about North Korea, or other sources of dispute next to China, but it is nevertheless a hot-spot.


- The above numbers come from the IMF - regarding estimated GDP
and GDP Purchasing Power Parity.
- Also please note that the combined GDP of the mentioned BRICS is
the equivalent or perhaps more than that of the
USA, or even of the EU (European Union). 




Well back to the World Wars (I & II ) for a moment -


I recall reading of how upon entering through the Eastern Front , Hitler and his German forces were held by the ex-Autro-Hungarian side of the WWI Ukraine, they cheered them on as "Liberators" and were rejoiced.
During the 3 or 4 years of civil war directly after the end of WWI, with many factions: Nazi type pro-Germanic nationalists, another right wing group of nationalists, left wing nationalists, also a group called soviet Ukrainians, a group called the White Army, and an Anarchist group (Nestor Makhno's - Black Army) among others. The so called Soviet Ukrainians, having overcome the other factions, headed and formed one of the founding members of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics ..

Ok - enough for now with  internal struggles of said nation,for we are in an era of the full fledged  "collapse of states and state sovereignty" as a concept or reality.

We have two levels of international domain, both global in nature but different to my eyes in as much as one still has to do with a concept of empires & states born from the "age of discoveries" of the XV / XVII centuries proceeding mid-XVII to XIX century  industrial revolutions still in course during much of the last centrury with its two World Wars. and that other  third one - The Cold War.

The other (level) seems to have to do more with High Finance and its "investments", in an age of Genetically modified crops (wasn't it Kissinger who said: "who ever controls famine controls the world".. ?)
plus cyberspace, communication, and electronics.. where due to  recent technologies propaganda, manipulation and surveillance have reached new levels of control
(all new ways to subjugate, dominate and/or conquer others in order to gain more and more..)

Ok, back to previous but more recent Global wars (the XX century World Wars) and the three highest yielding financial sectors.


In as much as Treaty of San Stefano and one decade further the Berlin Conference (called upon by Portugal in hopes of cooling the then fast paced ambitions of other European nation/empires at the time in the world, including their ambitions over its own  African territories - hosted by Bismarck, accustomed to balancing central powers in europe) were back-drops for the First &  Second World Wars, they are also beneficial for one to gain insight regarding war on a global level in my opinion.

Many economic issues and power struggles were at hand - and it was a global matter, affecting countries and territories throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

One knows fully well that for quite a while profit is highest when dealing with 3 things mainly,. and  still to this day
(we're aware how in the recent past, in this post-NAFTA, neoliberal world of economics, especially after trade began to be made on a global level by the petrodollar in place of gold, also the more after the fall of the Berlin Wall - when  High Financial Institutions began to, along with investing heavily in mainstream news & media empires
- major investors, buying stocks in such type  of enterprise that involve precisely said basic realms of profiteering
  •  Human Bondage (slavery)
  •  Drug trafficking (legal or illegal)
  •  Arms trade (gun running - legal or illegal)

World domination or global control is pretty old as a concept. Even when not considering more ancient civilizations with trade such as had existed in between Mesopotamia (Sumer), Ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley Civilization (Indian Subcontinent), or the less ancient, post:Greek / Roman world;
coming to a modern age global concept sprung from European Empires that took it upon themselves to divide the world (now truly global after the "Age of Discoveries")
  • XV & XVI century Treaties and division of the world by the kingdoms-empires of Portugal and Castile (*Spain)
  • XVII century, joined by British and Dutch kingdoms-empires
  • XIX century industrial revolutions and the more recent type of global ambitions
Portugal had been the first European empire/nation (a forerunner for the abolition) by decree to act,  abolishing slavery under its Prime Minister - the Marquess of Pombal, on February 12, 1761 - throughout all its Kingdom, mainland + Indian Territory.
          (actually part of today's Spanish Kingdom had done so before, in 1542)
France with its revolution later followed suit.  Throughout the early and mid XIXth century other European powers adhered.
This obviously does not mean an end to slavery, an inhumane practice sadly still in existence in many parts of the globe. The last nation to have by law abolished slavery was Mauritania, in 1981 (though only deemed a crime in 2007).
Nevertheless, laws are not practiced in many cases. Today an estimated 27 million slaves exist in our world. If the number be off it would be due to being too small. As is always the case of world crisis whether they be by human hand & manipulation or not  (the 2008 financial crisis created by private sector High Financial Institutions) slavery.. Slavery still exists as it always had and never stopped, of women, men and children of all skin tones, ages and creeds.

Let us for a moment contemplate the issue of Slavery..

Slaves in the full sense of the word:
FORCED Labour (for Work of varied natures), physically imprisoned and unable to leave (documents stolen, etc), torture, forced submission, lives traded as commodities and forfeit, if so willed even killed for a fist full of ruples, dollars, dirhams, yen, yuan, rupees, pounds, reals or euros (sometimes a very small fistful)

Despite nations decreeing abolition of slavery:

(the first two examples although good examples, similar to others they are not clear or later overruled for one reason or another, thus I leave them in italics)

1335 - Sweden (+Finland) makes slavery illegal although abolition of slaves setting foot
on Swedish ground does not occur until 1813
1368 - China would abolish all forms of slavery although in a later dynasty it would return



1542 - Castile (one of the kingdoms, and highly significant in terms of European empires,
                            later to unite under one common kingdom of Spain) enacted the first European law        
                             abolishing colonial slavery in 1542
                                It was the first country to abolish slavery.
                       *in 1811 another law, this time passed by what would constitutionally become 
                               in the following year - The Kingdoms of Spain - In this case
                             slavery is abolished at home and in all colonies except three: 
                             - Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Santo Domingo. 
                                                 Only in 1876 would there come about, 
                              with a new constitution, a country called SPAIN.



1588 - the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth abolishes slavery
(this commonwealth was of course dismantled by the end of the XVIIIth century,
and divided up by other empires/nations)

1590 - Japan

1723 - Russia abolishes outright slavery but retains *serfdom until 1861
(practiced in  some of the european countries, those that had had feudalism.
In 1956 it would become recognized as
a form of slavery by the UN

1761 - Portugal
                  *nevertheless only in 1836 had all slave trade become in effect  fully prohibited in the entire Portuguese Empire,
                  and only in the 1860s had Portugal achieved complete abolition of, as well as  freedom for,
                  all slaves that could fully encompass every single one of its colonies, including those on the African continent.

                  In her domains in India and the Far East it had long been abolished centuries beforehand.



1794 - France abolishes slavery in all its possessions
but slavery was restored nevertheless by Napoleon in 1802

(xix century
1804 - Haiti

1814 - The Netherlands outlaws slave trade.
1818 - Treaties between Britain, Spain & Portugal to abolish slave trade
1818 - France abolishes slave trading 
1820 - Mexico
1822 - Greece
1823 - Chile
1824 - The Federal Republic of Central America

1825 - Uruguay, a region with a history of abolitionist tendencies,
                           separates from Brazil and outlaws slave trade
                          (Brazil had itself been granted full independence one year prior, from its
                                    previous
short lived 1815 and on status, as having been part of 
                                  "The United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and The Algarves")

1830  - Uruguay
1931 - Bolivia
1834 - Britain
1848 - France founds Gabon for settlement of emancipated slaves. slavery abolished in all French and Danish colonies 
1848 - France
1853 - Argentina
1854 - Peru
1854 - Venezuela
1863 - USA
1873 - Puerto Rico
1882 - Ottoman Empire.
1888 - Brazil
1886 - Cuba
1894 - Korea officially abolishes slavery, but it survives in practice until 1930.
1896 - (France abolishes slavery in) Madagascar
1897 - Zanzibar
1899 - (France abolishes slavery in) Ndzuwani

(xx & xxi centuries)
1902: Ethiopian Empire (later with Italians  proclaiming  slavery to be abolished in the Ethiopian Empire in 1935, and not legally and officially abolished  until 1942).
1906: China (formally abolished 1910, when all adult slaves were converted into hired labourers, the young being freed upon reaching age 25)
1912: Siam (Thailand), formally abolishing all all slavery. The act of selling a person into slavery was abolished in 1897 but slavery itself was not outlawed at that time.
1921: Nepal
1922: Morocco
1923: Afghanistan
1924: Iraq
1928: Iran
1936: (Britain abolishes slavery in) Northern Nigeria
1952: Qatar
1958: Bhutan .
1960: Niger  (though not made illegal and a crime until 2003)
1962: Saudi Arabia
1962: Yemen
1963: United Arab Emirates
1970: Oman
1981: Mauritania (but only in 2007 does Mauritania makes slavery a crime)







Therefore, as can easily be seen, in a manner of speaking we were already beginning to enter an era of  "globalization" - As I see it the "globalization" in the modern sense began not in the mid 80s or 90s but rather in the beginning of the XX century in some aspects, and going back to when we discovered that the Earth was round.
We live in troubled times.
Domination and greed for more and more (power/wealth) unbound by national boundaries, opposed by deadly extreme ideologies, much more difficult to deal with through democracy though not impossible as long as certain lobbies are held at bay.. (be they whatever lobbies they be)

This is so very sad.. as we easily are led to lose control over human rights.. and decision..
These are troubled times indeed.


Action and thorough reflection  is of paramount importance for the sake of Mankind as well as the well being of other living beings with whom we share this tiny but delicate beautiful blue spot in the universe.

terça-feira, 7 de Janeiro de 2014

State Affairs


this image comes from here - LINK





Yes he was an icon and even for someone like myself, who has never understood this or any of the so called "popular sports", preferring to watch friends who fervently watch this or other mainstream events in amazement (it's fun, and a sport in itself, believe me it is), must admit that the passing of such an athlete, one who was constantly cheated by the regime during his time having been kept from accepting astronomical contracts abroad to "perform" his magnificent feats and despite such unfair treatment loved his country (Portugal) nevertheless hurts. It hurts me in many ways but what hurts me the most is to see that having the nation not payed its due respects to its huge cultural icons, among them Nobel prize laureate José Saramago to mention but one (there are more, unfortunately), makes the nation's "official" mourning less heartfelt or significant.
Let me put it this way:
 - if for instance any state official had been in presence (let alone decree 3 days of mourning) at Saramago's funeral rites the nation - represented in the person of the President of the Republic (taking into consideration that there are accomplishments and areas of expertise that should never be compared, only the impact upon a nation's people and heritage on the whole), it would have made it seem far more meaningful to witness.

If there had indeed been such rightful, due recognition in the past, in spite Eusébio's not being special or excelling in the fields of the arts or sciences (literature, physics, medicine, architecture, music, et cetera) we would then be saying that he was special and important. 
This way the state having conducted itself thus has turned it into a (feeble) circus act, a meaningless, unfelt, heartless act of remembrance.



It would have been far more fair to his memory to be compared to the likes of said writer, Mateus Fernandes, Pessoa, Peixinho, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Carlos Seixas, Agostinho da Silva, Egas Moniz.. .(and more from the past as well as others whom  fortunately are living and bless us with their incredible knowledge and talents (scientists, authors,  athletes,  composers, painters, statesmen/women, etc.)  - as having been significant to a country's heritage and valour.
 A world class athlete, deemed one of the all time top players, he has thus been once again badly and unfairly treated as he had been by a totalitarian, fascist regime in the past.

Sorry dear Eusébio, you deserved better and nobler recognition.
I am so utterly ashamed of our ruling class, so completely and utterly ashamed.


May your sweet soul rest in peace.



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