Diez años de
La defensa de un
canal venezolano de televisión ha sido convertida en bandera estridente de
presunta defensa de la libertad de expresión en un país como México, donde las
principales empresas electrónicas de comunicación, en especial las dos grandes
televisoras, Televisa y Tv Azteca, han practicado formas de golpismo político,
social y electoral parecidas a las que en Venezuela realizó en 2002 Radio
Caracas Televisión para apoyar una rebelión militar contra un gobierno legítimo
(apoyado en comicios por la mayoría de los ciudadanos) que libró esa trampa
organizada por Estados Unidos y grupos empresariales nativos, y que hoy, en
ejercicio de una facultad constitucional, ha decidido no renovar la concesión a
un consorcio mediático que ha infringido de manera clara y grave sus
contra el DF
Por si quedara
alguna duda que los recursos de inconstitucionalidad contra la despenalización
del aborto en el Distrito Federal, presentados ante la Suprema Corte de
Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) por la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR)
y el presidente de la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH), José Luis
Soberanes Fernández, forman parte de una acción concertada, a la ofensiva de la
reacción se sumaron el Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) capitalino y uno de los
membretes al servicio de la jerarquía eclesiástica, el Colegio de Abogados
Católicos, en tanto que el titular de la comisión capitalina de Derechos
Humanos, Emilio Alvarez Icaza, dio a conocer las presiones de que ha sido
objeto esa entidad por diputados locales panistas.
Climate change myths
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There are also a number of misunderstandings and myths which are recycled,
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”Se le ha cedido
el control de la educación, el ISSSTE, la Lotería y una parte de la seguridad nacional”
CIRO PEREZ SILVA
El 81% de mujeres
que se practican un aborto son católicas, revelan
secretario de Salud del DF, Manuel Mondragón, que hasta que nos e resuelva la
acción de inconstitucionalidad se continuarán realizando las interrupciones del
Crean comité en
seguridad internacional y terrorismo
instancia será presidida por la Segob y será la autoridad nacional responsable
del enlace con otros países; entrará en vigor a partir de mañana martes
Por carta informó
a los consejeros de la CNDH su decisión
a su Consejo en la acción antiaborto
nacional comunicó su determinación la semana pasada al Consejo Consultivo de la
Comisión, que en otros casos ha sido considerado para las resoluciones.
Fervor de Buenos
Aires, publicado en 1923
Subastan en 5 mil
euros primera obra de Jorge Luis Borges
perteneciente al matrimonio Daniel Devoto y Mariquiña del Valle-Inclán, incluía
muchos de los grandes nombres de la Literatura en español del siglo XX en
ediciones poco habituales.
Cinco copas, con
cinco técnicos mexicanos y una sola directiva. Al ganarle el título del
Clausura 2007 al América, Pachuca demostró la efectividad de su organización.
Pachuca tiene que
ser llamado hoy justo campeón con la misma tranquilidad que tuvo para nunca,
pero nunca en serio, poner en riesgo su coronación durante los 180 minutos que
duró la serie contra América.
Video: The Path of the Mayos (Part I)
With the Other Campaign in Sonora
Video: The Path of the Mayos (Part II)
By Peter Popham in Rome
Published: 28 May
For three days and three nights, these African migrants
clung desperately to life. Their means of survival is a tuna net, being towed
across the Mediterranean by a Maltese tug that refused
to take them on board after their frail boat sank.
where they had embarked on their perilous journey, washed their hands of them.
Eventually, they were rescued by the Italian navy.
The astonishing picture shows them hanging on to the buoys
that support the narrow runway that runs around the top of the net. They had
had practically nothing to eat or drink.
Last night, on the island
of Lampedusa, the 27 young men –
from Ghana, Nigeria,
and other countries – told of their ordeal. As their flimsy boat from Libya
floundered adrift for six days, two fishing boats failed to rescue them. On
Wednesday, the Maltese boat, the Budafel allowed them to mount the walkway but
refused to have them on board.
This is the latest snapshot from the killing seas of the
southern Mediterranean, the stretch of water at the European Union’s southern
gate that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says "has become like the
Wild West, where human life has no value any more and people are left to their
On Friday, The Independent reported how a Maltese plane
photographed a crazily overloaded boat in this area carrying 53 Eritreans,
several of whom telephoned desperate pleas for help to relatives in London,
Italy and Malta.
The boat disappeared with all hands before anything was done to save them. They
died, not because help was unavailable, but because no-one wanted to do
is full up. Libya,
where these voyages begin, takes no responsibility. One might think that the
EU’s new frontiers agency, Frontex, had a part to play. But its "rapid
response team" remains on the drawing board.
Frontex is expected to begin joint patrols in the Mediterranean
shortly, following a brief pilot programme last year. But the critical stretch
and Libya is to
be controlled by Malta
and Greece, and
the hard-nosed attitude of the Maltese in recent weeks does not inspire
The Maltese captain of the Budafel refused to land the men,
he later explained, because he had $1m-worth of tuna in the pen. If he had
taken them to Malta,
the trip would have taken 12 days, given the tug’s slow speed. There, he would
have found himself in the middle of a diplomatic wrangle. "I couldn’t take
the risk of losing this catch," he said.
The captain informed the Maltese authorities. The Maltese
phoned the Libyans – the Africans were about 60 miles from the Libyan coast,
area of competence for search and rescue. Libya
said they would send a helicopter to the spot and throw down a life raft. Malta
– by this point Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi had become directly involved –
said that was unacceptable. They gave Malta’s
armed forces the task of persuading the Libyans to pick the men up.
The 27 had by this point spent three days and nights
standing on the walkway, which is 18 inches wide. The Budafel’s captain said he
wouldn’t mind being on the walkway for an hour. Any longer – under the fierce
sun, or in the chill of the night – no thanks.
The Libyan government eventually sent a fax saying they
would pick the men up. But no help arrived. The Maltese steadfastly refused to
take the initiative. In the past five days, 157 illegal immigrants have come
ashore on the Maltese coast. The small island is full to capacity. The impasse
continued all Saturday.
By a stroke of luck an Italian navy vessel, Orione, was not
far away: last week Libya
had given Italy
permission to search for the 53 doomed Eritreans, and it was still in the area,
The Italian navy dispatched first a plane and then the
Orione. By 9pm on Saturday night,
after more than 70 hours clinging to the pen, they were on their way to Sicily.
Last night, they were reported to be weak and exhausted but out of danger. For
them it’s a happy ending. But in the past five days, sources in Malta
say four other boats have gone down, with the loss of about 120 lives. As Laura
Boldrini of the UNHCR puts it, "setting off across the Mediterranean
in these boats is a game of Russian roulette".
Up to 10,000 people are believed to have drowned trying to
cross the Mediterranean from Africa.
The passage from west Africa to the Canary Islands is no
less perilous. In Spain,
where shocking images of a dozen dead would-be migrants in their boat were
published in newspapers last week, estimates of the total number of dead run as
high as 7,000.
"Governments must encourage fishermen to save human
life," says Laura Boldrini. "Now they fear that if they help, they
can be stuck for days and weeks. But international maritime law says
governments have a duty to allow the speedy disembarkation of people rescued at
sea. We say, let’s save human lives first. This must be the priority for all
the parties involved."
Leading article: This obscenity is a wake-up call for Europe
Published: 28 May
It ought to inspire shame throughout Europe
that dozens of African immigrants spent an entire night in the open sea while
Maltese and Libyan officials, aware of their plight, argued over whose
responsibility they were.
It may not. Even the most powerful images of stranded or
dead illegal migrants seem to have lost the power to shock. People in the Canary
Islands, or on Lampedusa, off Sicily,
have become depressingly inured to the sight of the bloated corpses of
sub-Saharan Africans washed up on their shores.
The consensus is that at least 6,000 have perished in the
past few years, trying to cross the Mediterranean. This
is only the number of bodies reported found; it does not cover thousands more
who have gone missing.
It would be convenient but pointless to blame Malta
or Italy for
this situation, however badly the Maltese have behaved over the latest case. Europe
as a whole has handled growing south-north migration in a feeble, cowardly
manner, and the main strategy of each country has been to pass the buck to
another. Countries further north – the destination of most would-be migrants –
put pressure on "frontline" Mediterranean states to tighten the flow,
and then blame them for backsliding. Remember the outcry against Spain
when it granted an amnesty in 2005 to half a million illegal immigrants?
Mediteranean countries in turn put pressure on Mahgreb
states to halt sub-Saharans and Eritreans in their tracks and prevent them from
reaching their ports. What happens? Last Christmas, Morocco
simply dumped 450 of them without water in the desert on the Algerian border
We need to stop passing the buck and admit that tightening
the barriers round Fortress Europe is a hopeless and ineffective strategy.
Soaring populations and global warming, leading to desertification, as well as
the vast and growing discrepancies in incomes between those living north and
south of the Straits of Gibraltar mean that the flow of migrants will increase.
We need to find more positive ways to address this
challenge. The EU has a good idea to open job centres in North
Africa, alerting local people to the – faint – possibility of
entering Europe without the "help" of
traffickers. Some Spanish charities are investing in job-creation in villages
of Morocco, to
persuade young men that they can build decent livelihoods at home.
These are small examples of imaginative thinking, but we
need many more. What we must not do is continue to look away, hoping someone
else will deal with this crisis. If we do, we must brace ourselves for yet more
of these degrading and outrageous incidents.
agriculture minister ‘hangs himself’
Published: 28 May
agriculture minister died today after reportedly hanging himself just hours
before he was to face questioning in a political scandal, dealing a powerful
blow to the increasingly beleaguered government.
Toshikatsu Matsuoka, 62, was found in his apartment today
unconscious and declared dead hours later. The death comes just ahead of
important elections in July, and as support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s
Cabinet is plunging.
Japanese media reported Matsuoka was found hanging from a
door in his apartment and that he left a suicide note. Chief Cabinet Secretary
Yasuhisa Shiozaki, however, said police were still investigating the cause of
Abe, looking shaken after visiting the hospital where
Matsuoka died, said although the minister had been "under intense
questioning" in parliament, he had continued to be a useful member of the
"I am very disappointed," he said. "When I
saw his face, he seemed to be at peace."
Matsuoka, the first Cabinet minister to kill himself while
in office since World War II, had faced criticism over a scandal involving
suspicious bookkeeping practices and was scheduled to appear before a
parliamentary committee this afternoon for further questioning.
He allegedly claimed more than 28 million yen (US$236,600)
in utility fees even though he rented a parliamentary office where utility
costs are free. Matsuoka also faced separate scandals related to bid-rigging
and political contributions.
Abe had defended Matsuoka, saying the agriculture minister
reported to him all the alleged issues were properly handled and his dismissal
was not needed. However, media reports said there were calls for his
resignation within the ruling party.
"The minister has refused to provide a detailed
explanation on the allegations, merely repeating that he is in line with the
law," said an editorial in the Yomiuri newspaper published on this
Matsuoka’s death struck Abe’s government ahead of elections
for the upper house of parliament on July 22.
Abe’s government was just hit by a fresh scandal last week
over the missing pension payment records for more than 50 million people, who
have been unable to get the money they are entitled to receive.
Today, support for the Cabinet hit its lowest level since he
took office last year.
Approval of Abe’s Cabinet fell to 32 percent, down 11
percentage points from a similar poll in April, according to a survey by the
national newspaper Mainichi. A separate poll by the Nikkei business daily
showed Abe’s popularity falling to 41 percent, down 12 percentage points from
the previous month.
Both cited dissatisfaction with the government’s apparent
loss of the pension payment records.
"This is a big blow for Abe’s government," said
political analyst Eiken Itagaki. "I believe Abe will struggle to maintain
the slim majority the ruling coalition has in the upper house."
Matsuoka had been dogged by scandal.
He was forced to apologize just three days after taking
office for not declaring 1 million yen (US$8,500) in political donations from a
scandal-linked group. He acknowledged the undeclared funds, which came in the
form of purchased tickets to a fundraising party, saying he was unaware that
the contributions had not been reported.
political funds law requires politicians to declare such donations when they
exceed 200,000 yen (US$1,700), Kyodo News said. The contributions came from the
World Business Expert Forum, a group associated with scandal-hit business
consultant FAC Co., which was raided by authorities in June on suspicion of
illegally collecting funds from investors, Kyodo said.
The government announced that Environment Minister Masatoshi
Wakabayashi would take the agriculture portfolio temporarily.