Scotland has oil, we haven’t, Scotland will have a referenda on independence, we will not
I’m happy for Scotland and the Scottish people. Alex Salmond, the Scottish First Minister, promised a referendum on the independence of the country and they are going to have it. It seems that it will be hold on 25th January 2014, birthday day of Robert Burns, the Scottish national poet. The question they will ask is not clear yet. David Cameron does not have the same idea for it as the Scottish have.
I wonder when Catalonia will have a referendum like that, we are far away from it. Even though the idea arises every now and then but referenda in Spain is a banned matter. Only a matter or question of State. And we don’t have oil. Believe me or not, this is an important point. The 80% of the North Sea oil is Scotish. Yet we don’t have a Catalan Premier League. Scottish do.
Four million people live and work in Scotland and Salmond want to ask the vote of young people aged 16 and 17. Why not if an Scottish of this age can marry, join the Army and pay taxes.
Scottish Premier makes his point saying that the referendum will be hold not because he thinks that Scotland is better than any other country, just because “we are as god as others”, he says.
One of the interesting proposals already announced for the alleged new country is a Scotland free of nuclear weapons. For the time being they have Trident submarines.
So good luck people from the Loch Ness and the Scottish tild, I still remember when I married in Brussels that one of the guests came for the occasion with this knee-length garment with pleats.
Please Mr. Salmond prepare a good referenda, if you can skip 10 Downing Street and remember that Quebec lost it in 1995 for a little percentatge, 49,42% of the votes said yes.
MARTA GRAHAM SAID THAT MOVEMENT NEVER LIES, "IT IS A BAROMETER THAT EXPLAINS SOUL CONDITION"
I came back to the good weather, leaving behind many degrees below zero. Yet I left as well some people that I will have in my heart. Bye bye Daniel, bye bye Christian, bye bye Radin and many others, hope to see you again at some point, I really miss you all.
A sort of Indian Summer welcomed me. I have been walking in the beach with Trufa. Trufa is my doggie, she missed me as well, my daughter is happy to have me back, so are some of the friends I'm seeing tomorrow Sunday, at least I hope so.
After all Christmas festivities that here last a lot, till the 6th January, the Holy Kings, and having been eating a lot, routine is here again. I'm trying to get back to work as soon as possible, we will see because it seems they don't want me to work till summertime.
Routine could be a good thing and I have choosen it because I said no to Margarita's proposal of going to Tahiland. She is there in a nice beach. I couldn't afford it in many terms, in money and in energy. The possibility of going forward, beyond the border to Burma, rang me a bell because I've been admiring and following "The Lady", she is now sixty-six I think and maybe she will be next President of the country after defeating the militaries next April. I'll keep an eye to it.
Meanwhile, here I am. Nuriainbarcelona. I was in Toronto as a mature student. I'm in Barcelona as a citizen, as a worker, as a journalist, as a mother, as a doggie owner, as, as, as, as...
When I decided to work part-time the main question was if it would result in a decline in my career. The answer was clear for me. Maybe it would be considered a decline on the terms of our competitive society, only welcoming people who are hurrying in the morning to take public transport or drive in a jam-packed road to arrive on time at the workplace. Yet, for me, more hours of sleep is a privilege I can afford now not working the long hours I used to.
Even if I'm getting less money I have gained in spare time, a concept that cannot be quantified in Dollars or Euros. I'm now richer. Time is gold and every hour is a treasure I get. Moreover I am richer in sleep.
But, generally, these days, we are increasingly sleep-deprived and women even more so. Single working women and working moms don't have a minute for themselves. More sleep is out of their reach. So was it to me years ago.
I learnt the lesson and now I get as much sleep as I can. Time is gold and sleep is healthy and relaxing. You lose consciouness, slow down various functions of the mind and recover from the effects of daily activity.
With a good sleep your mind appears to be clearer, unclouded.
I already knew how important sleep is in our lifes. When I was working long hours with the perspective ahead of making my job part-time, peers kept on asking me what I would do when I had more time. My answer was: "sleep as much as I can, with no alarm-clock".
And this is what I have been doing.
I have seen the other side of the coin, on a cinema and on television. Why do I say that, because I saw a film and I watched a television series about male nudity, the first, and male prostitution, the second.
Acustomed to female nudity and prostitution on the screens and everywhere here in Toronto where they have a lot of prostibules and "clubs" with women calling to enter and pay a ticket for whatever they show, a male nudity and a male prostitution story on the screen was a novelty.
It has been after i followed on local television and on the main news of the country how they were speaking about a film called "Shame". For that reason I decided that the film was a "must" for me and I went to the cinema. More media ink has spilled on "Shame" that on any other movie. The star is Michael Fassbender a very attractive men and the director is Steve Mc Queen, a British artist turned to filmaker. "Shame" explains how a guy has compulsive sex with strangers and shows its "frontal" nudity, the television news reporter stressed. Yes, it shows it but explains as well that the film character is incapable of relationships and has a dark childhood.
It is a movie about sex addition and I wonder if thit is considered a pathology. Used to see on the screen and on the ads women naked or half naked I wonder why a male nudity is that shocking. Besides explaining how bad the guy feels about not being able to have sex with comitment the whole plot is presented in a very let us say delicate manner, beautifully photograped showing the beauty of nudity, with no weapons, no computer graphics, slow moving and with a largely silent dialogue. No matter the director is an artist.
It is not pornography as they are trying to present the film on the mainstream media here in Toronto. So, please why you don't do a film like this with a female main character that does not lean towards pornography as all do.
I have seen as well some episodes of an HBO tv series called "Hung". It explains the story of a suburban Detroit high school baseball coach who goes to male prostitution and guess who are his pimps, two women that at some point compete to get the most of him, in" business terms ", of course. One of them, the ugliest, seems to be in love with him, at least this was my impression. A male "Pretty woman", who knows. I'll have to wait till the series arrives in Spain, if it arrives, to see what focus they put in the new episodes.
AS A JOURNALIST I AM AND AS A VOTER I FOLLOWED SPANISH ELECTIONS. YET I HAVE TO SAY THAT I COULD NOT VOTE BECAUSE MY BALLOTS DID NOT ARRIVE ON TIME. EVEN THOUGH PLEASE LOOK HOW "THE GLOBE AND MAIL", ONE OF THE LEADING CANADA'S PAPERS, SAYS ABOUT THE NEW LEADER TO GUIDE SPAIN. NEVERTHELESS IT IS A REUTERS DISPATCH, I SUPPOSE WRITTEN WITH BRITISH GUIDANCE AND STYLE .
MARIANO RAJOY, WHO WILL BECOME SPAIN'S NEW PRIME MINISTER AFTER A SWEEPING ELECTION VICTORY, IS A CAUTIOUS MODERATE WHO MAKES AN UNLIKELY CRISIS MANAGER FOR A COUNTRY ENGULFED IN THE EURO'S ZONE'S CRISIS.
THE COLOURLESS 56-YEAR-OLD FORMER INTERIOR MINISTER STRUGGLES TO CRACK A SMILE AND HIS OVERWHELMING VICTORY WAS BUILT MORE ON MISTAKES BY THE SOCIALISTS IN POWER FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS THAN ON HIS OWN VISION OR INSPIRATION.
VERY WELL WRITTEN LEAD GIVING THE CLUE OF THE WHOLE THING.
FOLLOWING ALL PIECES OF NEWS THAT I CAN GET ON SUU KYI I JUST FOUND THIS AFP DISPATCH:
MS. SUU KYI HINTED THAT SHE WOUD STAND FOR OFFICE AT A MEETING OF PARTY DELEGATES ON FRIDAY WHEN THEY DECIDED TO RE-REGISTER AS POLITICAL PARTY AND CONTEST ELECTIONS AFTER BOYCOTTING LAST YEAR'S VOTE, MYANMAR'S FIRST IN 20 YEARS.
YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE HEARD ABOUT HER AD BELIEVE ME IS WORTH IT FOR MANY THINGS. SHE IS KNOWN AS THE FEMININE NELSON MANDELA BUT SHE IS MORE THAN THAT, SHE IS A LADY, A LADY OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS STRUGGLE.
AUNG SAN SUU KYI IS A BURMESE ACTIVIST FOR DEMOCRACY, ONE OF THE MOST CHERISHED HUMAN RIGHTS. SHE HAS SPENT MORE THAN A DECADE UNDER HOUSE ARREST AND HAS GONE O HUNGER STRIKES TO PROTEST AGAINST MILITARY RULE IN BURMA.
ONE YEAR AGO, ON 13TH. NOVEMBER 2010, SHE WALKED FREE AFTER FIFTEEN YEARS ARREST IN HER RANGOON FAMILY HOUSE.
IN THE 1990 GENERAL ELECTION, WHILE SHE WAS DETAINED UNDER HOUSE ARREST, HER NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR DEMOCRACY PARTY WON 59% OF THE NATIONAAL VOTES AND 81% OF THE SEATS IN PARLIAMENT. NEVERTHELESS, THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT DIDN'T ACCEPT THE RESULT AND GAVE HER THE OPTION OG GOING BACK TO THE U.K. WHERE, PREVIOUSLY IN EXILE, SHE STUDIED, MARRIED AND HAD TWO SONS. YET, SHE CHOSE TO STAY IN HER NATIVE COUNTRY FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY, EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS DEPRIVED OF HER OWN FREEDOM.
AUNG SAN SUU KYI WAS AWARDED THE NOBEL PRIZE IN 1991 WHILE JAILED AND SHE SACRIFIED HER FAMILY LIFE IN HER PURSUIT OF DEMOCRACY.
WHEN HER HUSBAND, ACADEMIC MICHAEL ARIS, AN OXFORD PROFESSOR, WAS DYING OF CANCER, THE BURMESE MILITARY JUNTA DENIED HIM ENTRY TO SEE HIS WIFE FOR THE LAST TIME.
FOR ALL OF THESE EXCEPTIONAL DEMOSTRATIONS OF COURAGE AND DEDICATION, FRENCH FILMAKER LUC BESSON MADE A MOVIE, THE LADY, DEDICATED TO SAN SUU, AND BY CALLING HER "THE LADY" HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THIS ICON OF DEMOCRACY.
I SAW THE LADY ON 13TH SEPTEMBER AT TORONTO'S FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF) AND I WAS DEEPLY IMPRESSED. I KNEW ABOUT SAN SUU BUT I HAD NOT LEARNT BEFORE ABOUT HER FAMILY LIFE AND BESSON EXPLAINED IT TO ME IN A VERY EASY-GOING WAY.
"THE LADY" WAS PLAYED AND PORTRAYED BY A MALAYSIAN-BORN ACTRESS, MICHELLE YEOH. BECAUSE SUU KYI WAS VERY SLENDER, YEOH HAD TO LOSE WEIGHT TO PLAY THE ROLE AND LEARN TO SPEAK BURMESE TO DELIVER A SPEECH IN KYI'S MOTHER-TONGUE. SHE PLAYED THE CHARACTER MAGNIFICIENTLY AND CONVINCINGLY.
THE ACTRESS AND THE FILMMAKER WERE TURNED AWAY BY AUTHORITIES WHEN TRYING TO ENTER BURMA AND SO THE FILM WAS MADE IN THAILAND.
FOR BESSON, AN IMPORTANT MOTIVATION FOR MAKING THE FILM WAS TO PUBLICIZE SUU KYI'S PLIGHT AND REMIND AUDIENCES THAT REAL DEMOCRACY IS STILL A LONG WAY OFF.
ALL PEOPLE HAVE RESPONSABILITY FOR UPHOLDING AND ENSURING HUMAN RIGHTS REGARDELESS OF BORDERS, HUMAN RIGHTS ARE ALL OF OUR RIGHTS. NON INTERFERENCE IS ACTUALLY HARMFUL AND DAMAGING. THE WORST KIND OF INTERFERENCE.
Two people in one country is what Amira Hass an Israeli journalist born in Jerusalem in 1956 and working for years in the occupied territories proposes as her own solution to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is a long-time journalist with Ha'aretz, Israel's largest circulation liberal daily newspaper. Straightforward and very clear, during her almost one hour talk in Toronto, part of a Canadian tour sponsored by the Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) and others, she dennounced Israel's politics of closure and said that she doesn't want to collaborate with the silence of their occupation. Struggles are inclusive, she added, in reference to the occupation that the aboriginal people, Canada's First Nations, suffered as well, receiving the applause of the audience.
Settled in Ramallah since 1997, in the occupied West Bank, Hass has been subjected to restrictions and arrest by Israeli military authorities and her reports have also been criticized by Palestinian organizations. However, her journalistic commitment is unquestioned: she has received many awards, like the World Press Freedom Hero from the International Press Institute in 2000 and the Press Freedom Prize for "independent and outspoken reporting" from media monitors Reporters Without Borders in 2009.
After Toronto, she spoke in Hamilton, Ottawa and Montreal.
Hass constantly points out the double standard mentality of the Israeli military government and its ongoing colonialism, including many borders, confiscation of land and water, and restrictions against the free movement of the Palestinians. Amira Hass herself cannot drive Palestinian friends to Israel in her car. Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine, is as closed to them as the moon, she said, and many Palestianians, unlike their political leaders, need permits to move, relocate and to travel, so that many of them have never even seen the sea.
On the other hand, she stated that as a journalist she has freedom of speech in Israel, which she said is officially a democracy, and journalists don't feel threatened.
Someone in the audience, a middle aged woman, made the point that many Jews have come to Israel as refugees not as colonizers; this woman added that she is a daughter of Holocaust survivors, both of whom were active in left-wing politics in their countries of birth and Israel. That woman referred to the protests this summer, mainly in Tel Aviv but also in other cities, against deteriorating living conditions. Hass said that some palestinians participated in these protests as well and made it clear that the movement started like those in Cairo and Spain, but that its leaders in Israel refused to connect the protest to the ongoing occupation. Even those who are on the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder don't protest about the occupation, she added.
Amira Hass answered many questions from the audience during this conference and emphasized, "There are two peoples in this land and the future of these two peoples is just one State".
I WAS CONCENTRATING ON READING THE PAPER, TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE EXPERTS COMPLEX ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THE GLOBAL TURMOIL WHEN I HEARD A RING. I THOUGHT IT WAS AT THE NEIGHBOUR'S HOUSE BUT SOME SECONDS AFTERWARDS THERE WAS ANOTHER RING AND IN A WHILE SOME MORE RINGS. SOMEBODY WAS RINGING THE BELL.
AS I OPENED THE DOOR I SAW A MAN CARRYING A LEATHER BRIEFCASE. "GOOD MORNING MADAM", HE SAID. "WE ARE CURRENTLY INSTALLING WATER METERS IN YOUR AREA AND I NEED TO SEE YOUR BASEMENT".
I WAS SPEECHLESS, I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE THE BASEMENT ENTRANCE WAS. HOWEVER, IT WAS NOT SAFE TO LET HIM IN. MOREOVER I WAS IN MY PYJAMAS AND I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE WATER METER PROGRAM WHOSE INSTALLATION WAS MANDATORY, HE SAID.
INSTEAD OF SAYING "COME ANOTHER DAY, THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE IS NOT HERE", I COULD ONLY ARTICULATE A FEW WORDS SUCH AS "SORRY, I'M THE CLEANING LADY" AND I SHUT THE DOOR IN THE FACE OF AN ASTONISHED MAN. WHAT I DID WASN'T AS NICE AS THE LYRICS OF ABBA'S SONG "RING RING. I WAS WAITING ALL ALONE BABY..." AND SO ON.