Correo de Noticias al 16/6/07
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El regreso de la diosa
Dentro de dos días, este lunes 18, Carlos Fuentes presentará en la Sala
Valle Inclán del Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, España, el primer tomo de
sus Obras Reunidas, que publica el Fondo de Cultura Económica. El proyecto
consta de 12 volúmenes que reunirán las novelas, cuentos, ensayos y obras de
teatro. El primer volumen, Fundaciones mexicanas, está integrado por las
novelas La muerte de Artemio Cruz y Los años con Laura Díaz. Como una primicia
de La Jornada, presentamos el prólogo de Sergio Ramírez para este volumen.
Niega Woldenberg un “fraude maquinado” en las elecciones de 2006
de la redacción
México, D.F., 15 de junio (apro).- Ante integrantes del Frente Amplio
Progresista (FAP) del Partido de la Revolución Democrática, José Woldenberg,
expresidente del Instituto Federal Electoral (IFE), aseguró que no se ha podido
comprobar que haya habido un fraude en las elecciones presidenciales de 2006.
Ejército en la mira
jorge carrasco araizaga
México, D.F. (apro).- De nueva cuenta, en las próximas semanas el Ejército
Mexicano se encontrará enmedio del escándalo al que lo ha sometido el propio
gobierno de Felipe Calderón.
José Luis Soberanes, presidente de la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos
Humanos (CNDH), está por dar a conocer el informe sobre la violación sexual
sufrida por dos mujeres en Michoacán a manos de militares.
A la vuelta de la casa de Sabina: apuntes
Plan México: tropas y base de EU aquí
Pretextos: Al Qaeda y Mara Salvatrucha
Por eso les estorba la Ley de Neutralidad
Cuando hace poco los diputados del PAN trataron de acabar con la Ley de la
Neutralidad, esta columna pensó lo peor: que la medida quería crear condiciones
para que Felipe Calderón pudiese enviar tropas mexicanas a las guerras
imperiales de George WC Bush. Ahora, tras la noticia del pasado 8 de junio
-México negocia con Estados Unidos la aplicación de un plan contra la guerrilla
y el narcotráfico, similar al que existe y no sirve para nada en Colombia-,
Desfiladero comprendió que antes de pensar lo peor debió pensar lo obvio.
Balean a reportero de TV Azteca; lo reportan delicado
Dispara sujeto desconocido en dos ocasiones contra David Cuéllar, quien
llegaba a su casa tras concluir su jornada laboral
Balean a reportero de TV Azteca; lo reportan delicadoBalean a reportero de
TV Azteca; lo reportan delicado
Ciudad de México
Sábado 16 de junio de 2007
08:35 David Cuéllar Montero, reportero de TV Azteca, fue agredido por un
sujeto desconocido, quien le dio dos balazos uno el el brazo y otro en la
espalda y después huyó.
Sobre lo políticamente correcto.
La tarea de buscar sustitutos eufemísticos para evitar la discriminación o
el racismo llega a resultar ridícula, impositiva, a veces falta de sentido
común. Así lo demuestra el semiólogo italiano Umberto Eco en el siguiente texto, adelanto editorial de
A paso de cangrejo (Debate, 2007),
volumen que recoge artículos, reflexiones y decepciones que el autor de El
nombre de la rosa publicó en diversos
medios durante los últimos seis años.
Un vaso de vino diario reduce colesterol y artritis
Aseguran expertos que contiene antioxidantes como los polifenoles,
presentes sobre todo en la piel y las semillas de la uva, que son beneficiosos
para el organismo
Sospechan irregularidades en último año de gobierno de Vicente Fox
Legisladores dispuestos a llegar hasta las últimas consecuencias en los asuntos
en que se detecten anomalías
México, DF.– El diputado Horacio Duarte Jacques, del Partido Revolucionario
Institucional, aseguró que en la revisión de la Cuenta Pública 2006 se percibe
un desorden en las finanzas del último año de la administración de Vicente Fox.
Sarkozy quiere a Blair como presidente de la UniÃ³n Europea
La oficina del primer ministro indicÃ³ que Blair no desea ocupar la
presidencia de la UE.
Londres.- El primer ministro britÃ¡nico Tony Blair ha sido propuesto como
presidente de la UniÃ³n Europea por el mandatario francÃ©s Nicolas Sarkozy,
dijo el sÃ¡bado un diario britÃ¡nico.
Robert Fisk: Welcome to ‘Palestine‘
Published: 16 June 2007
How troublesome the Muslims of
the Middle East are. First, we demand that the Palestinians embrace
democracy and then they elect the wrong party – Hamas – and then Hamas wins a
mini-civil war and presides over the Gaza Strip. And we Westerners still want
to negotiate with the discredited President, Mahmoud Abbas. Today "Palestine" – and let’s keep those quotation marks in place –
has two prime ministers. Welcome to the Middle East.
Who can we negotiate with? To
whom do we talk? Well of course, we should have talked to Hamas months ago. But
we didn’t like the democratically elected government of the Palestinian people.
They were supposed to have voted for Fatah and its corrupt leadership. But they
voted for Hamas, which declines to recognise Israel or abide by the totally discredited Oslo agreement.
No one asked – on our side –
which particular Israel Hamas was supposed to recognise. The Israel of 1948? The Israel of the post-1967 borders? The Israel which builds – and goes on building – vast settlements
for Jews and Jews only on Arab land, gobbling up even more of the 22 per cent
of "Palestine" still left to negotiate over ?
And so today, we are supposed to
talk to our faithful policeman, Mr Abbas, the "moderate" (as the BBC,
CNN and Fox News refer to him) Palestinian leader, a man who wrote a 600-page
book about Oslo without once mentioning the word "occupation", who
always referred to Israeli "redeployment" rather than
"withdrawal", a "leader" we can trust because he wears a
tie and goes to the White House and says all the right things. The Palestinians
didn’t vote for Hamas because they wanted an Islamic republic – which is how
Hamas’s bloody victory will be represented – but because they were tired of the
corruption of Mr Abbas’s Fatah and the rotten nature of the "Palestinian
I recall years ago being
summoned to the home of a PA official whose walls had just been punctured by an
Israeli tank shell. All true. But what struck me were the gold-plated taps in
his bathroom. Those taps – or variations of them – were what cost Fatah its
election. Palestinians wanted an end to corruption – the cancer of the Arab
world – and so they voted for Hamas and thus we, the all-wise, all-good West,
decided to sanction them and starve them and bully them for exercising their
free vote. Maybe we should offer "Palestine" EU membership if it would be gracious enough to vote
for the right people?
All over the Middle East, it is the same. We support Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan, even though he keeps warlords and drug barons in his
government (and, by the way, we really are sorry about all those innocent
Afghan civilians we are killing in our "war on terror" in the
wastelands of Helmand province).
We love Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, whose torturers have not yet finished with the Muslim
Brotherhood politicians recently arrested outside Cairo, whose presidency received the warm support of Mrs – yes
Mrs – George W Bush – and whose succession will almost certainly pass to his
We adore Muammar Gaddafi, the
crazed dictator of Libya whose werewolves have murdered his opponents abroad,
whose plot to murder King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia preceded Tony Blair’s recent
visit to Tripoli – Colonel Gaddafi, it should be remembered, was called a
"statesman" by Jack Straw for abandoning his non-existent nuclear
ambitions – and whose "democracy" is perfectly acceptable to us
because he is on our side in the "war on terror".
Yes, and we love King Abdullah’s
unconstitutional monarchy in Jordan, and all the princes and emirs of the Gulf,
especially those who are paid such vast bribes by our arms companies that even
Scotland Yard has to close down its investigations on the orders of our prime
minister – and yes, I can indeed see why he doesn’t like The Independent’s
coverage of what he quaintly calls "the Middle East". If only the
Arabs – and the Iranians – would support our kings and shahs and princes whose
sons and daughters are educated at Oxford and Harvard, how much easier the "Middle East" would be to control.
For that is what it is about –
control – and that is why we hold out, and withdraw, favours from their
leaders. Now Gaza belongs to Hamas, what will our own elected leaders do?
Will our pontificators in the EU, the UN, Washington and Moscow now have to
talk to these wretched, ungrateful people (fear not, for they will not be able
to shake hands) or will they have to acknowledge the West Bank version of
Palestine (Abbas, the safe pair of hands) while ignoring the elected,
militarily successful Hamas in Gaza?
It’s easy, of course, to call
down a curse on both their houses. But that’s what we say about the whole Middle East. If only Bashar al-Assad wasn’t President of Syria
(heaven knows what the alternative would be) or if the cracked President
Mahmoud Ahmedinejad wasn’t in control of Iran (even if he doesn’t actually know one end of a nuclear
missile from the other).
If only Lebanon was a home-grown democracy like our own little back-lawn
countries – Belgium, for example, or Luxembourg. But no, those pesky Middle Easterners vote for the
wrong people, support the wrong people, love the wrong people, don’t behave
like us civilised Westerners.
So what will we do? Support the
reoccupation of Gaza perhaps? Certainly we will not criticise Israel. And we shall go on giving our affection to the kings
and princes and unlovely presidents of the Middle East until the whole place blows up in our faces and then we
shall say – as we are already saying of the Iraqis – that they don’t deserve
our sacrifice and our love.
How do we deal with a coup
d’état by an elected government?
China shocked by footage of child slaves being beaten and
By Clifford Coonan in Beijing
Published: 16 June 2007
It has made for horrifying
viewing on Chinese state television – hundreds of child slaves beaten with
shovels, whipped by thug overseers, guarded in concentration camp-like
conditions by vicious dogs, sores festering on their bodies as they toiled
without end in a brick factory in China‘s dusty heartland.
The TV footage shows hollow-eyed
teenage boys, many of them kidnapped from their homes around China, sleeping on beds of brick in hellish dormitories, the
doors tied shut with wire and the windows barred.
As evidence of official neglect
accumulated, the fate of the children prompted President Hu Jintao to demand an
investigation into what happened in the brick kilns of Shanxi province.
But for now, the sympathies are
with the slave workers. "We wanted to run but we couldn’t. I tried once
and was beaten," said one inmate, clearly traumatised from his experience.
It is a familiar refrain, and an
increasingly common one in central China. Recent days have seen a number of slave factories
uncovered by police cracking down on slave labour, the dark underbelly of China‘s burgeoning economic growth. According to the official
Xinhua news agency, around 35,000 police rescued 468 people after checking
7,500 kilns. They made up to 120 arrests.
Yang Aizhi, 46, has been looking
for her 16-year-old son, who went missing on 8 March. After hearing he may have
been kidnapped to work in the kilns, she went to more than 100 brick kilns in Shanxi and Henan and said that "most kilns were forcing children to
do hard labour" and whipping them when they were too tired to work. Some
of the child slaves were still wearing their school uniforms, she said. Ms Yang
has yet to find her son.
Chinese viewers have been
transfixed by the horrific images emerging from Shanxi and Henan provinces. Many of the workers were mentally disabled,
but were still forced to work 16 hours a day and given just 15 minutes to eat
"Our conservative estimate
is that at least 1,000 minors from Henan have been trapped and cheated into back-breaking work in
these Shanxi brick kilns," said one journalist who has been
covering the scandal.
Significantly, the main official
newspaper, the People’s Daily, put at least part of the blame on corrupt local
officials. "At present, some grassroots governments are grappling with
huge debts, so they are sluggish in administration and even gain incomes
illegally, causing instability in rural areas," the newspaper said.
Three weeks ago, 31 people were
freed by police from slave labour at a brick kiln in Hongtong, a county about
240km (150 miles) south of Taiyuan, the provincial capital of Shanxi.
Russia to investigate claims of British spying
By Anne Penketh, Diplomatic
Published: 16 June 2007
Moscow risked heightening tensions with Britain yesterday when the Russian security agency announced
that it had launched an investigation into suspected British spying related to
the Litvinenko case.
A statement from the Federal
Security Service, the successor agency of the KGB, said the investigation was
based on a statement by the chief murder suspect, Andrei Lugovoy, who made the
accusations about British spying activities at a news conference in Moscow on 31 May. The security agency was also investigating
"additional information from him about intelligence activity by the
British special services on the territory of Russia".
Mr Lugovoy’s extradition is
being sought by the Crown Prosecution Service, who accuse him of deliberately
poisoning another former KGB agent, Alexander Litvinenko, who died after
drinking tea spiked with the radioactive isotope polonium-210 last November.
The murder triggered a
diplomatic battle between the Kremlin and London at a time when relations have soured over the activities
of prominent Russian exile Boris Berezovsky, whose extradition is wanted by Moscow. The Kremlin has suggested that it is Mr Berezovsky, and
not Mr Lugovoy, who may be responsible for the murder of the Mr Litvinenko.
The British embassy in Moscow reacted to the statement from the Russian security
service saying: "The Litvinenko affair is a criminal matter and not an
issue of intelligence."
It added: "A British
citizen was killed in London, and UK citizens and visitors were put at risk. We are seeking
and expect full cooperation from the Russian authorities in bringing the
perpetrator to face British justice."
The Foreign Office refused to
comment further. But a western diplomat said that it looked like a new round in
the Kremlin’s strategy of "muddying the waters" in the case. Mr
Lugovoy claimed that both Mr Litvinenko and Mr Berezovsky had contacts with
British intelligence and that Mr Berezovsky had given Britain sensitive information about Russia. The UK-based exile vigorously denied the accusations.
Although the Russian authorities
have not yet responded in writing to the extradition request from the Crown
Prosecution Service, President Vladimir Putin has called the request
"stupidity" on the ground that Russia is constitutionally barred from extraditing its citizens
But Britain is refusing to give ground. .
Yesterday, there was further
dismay when arms talks in Vienna focusing on preserving a cornerstone of
European security, the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty (CFE), ended in
deadlock. Reiterating a threat to pull out of the 1990 pact, the Russian
delegation chief Anatoly Antonov said: "This treaty is for all intents and
purposes no longer viable."
The British arms control expert
Dan Plesch warned yesterday that the CFE should not be allowed to become a
bargaining chip in Russia‘s tense relationship with the West.
He pointed out that the treaty
under discussion in Vienna had resulted in "the verified destruction of more
than 60,000 combat aircraft and attack helicopters, battle tanks, armoured
combat vehicles, and artillery since 1992, and permits ongoing intrusive
inspections of military installations from the Caucasus
to the Atlantic.
"This achievement should be
the basis of an initiative from NATO and the EU to extend these peace-building
agreements into the world’s conflict zones. Sadly, the diplomats in Brussels and Vienna lack this vision and are allowing the foundations of
European security to crumble.
"The CFE treaty must be
seen not as a relic of the Cold War but as tangible proof of what arms control
can achieve," he said.