Archive for June 18th, 2007

June 18, 2007

Tragedia, fatalismo y esperanza

Oswaldo Álvarez Paz es y sera una de mis referencias mas apreciadas. Les dejo un párrafo con la esperanza que quieran leerlo todo:


Todos sabemos que no tiene capacidad de rectificación ni propósito de enmienda. Ni siquiera a aceptar que a un presidente se le elige para que resuelva problemas y no para crearlos en defensa de ideologías fracasadas que este país no tiene porqué aceptar.


Desde el puente
Oswaldo Álvarez Paz
Noticiero Digital /Gentiuno

Mientras el régimen actual se mantenga será imposible detener la destrucción de Venezuela. Ésta siempre existirá. Habrá venezolanos resignados a vivir en dictadura y venezolanos en permanente rebeldía luchando por la libertad. Pero nunca será lo mismo. Los principios y valores que la alimentaban como república democrática habrán desaparecido o el espacio para su vigencia será tan reducido que se harán ineficaces. Esta percepción genera ambiente de tragedia y fatalismo. Frente a eso se levanta una muralla de optimismo en la resistencia universitaria que los estudiantes han construido frente a la locura irresponsable del chavismo.

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June 18, 2007

Energy: The New Nuclear Power Boom

Nuclear power died in the last century, but things have changed since then. World leaders are now taking a second look at the atom

By Fred Guterl

Newsweek International

Feb. 6, 2006 issue – The story of nuclear power seems to have begun and ended in the 20th century. First came the fireworks—two atom bombs that ended a world war and announced vast stores of energy in the fine structure of the atom. Then came a new industry that promised electricity “too cheap to meter,” but instead foundered on high costs and inexcusable accidents. Its epitaph was written in the 1980s, when only the blind or the biased could still have believed that the hundreds of billions of dollars invested in nuclear power was money well spent.

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June 18, 2007

China Leaps Forward

The people’s republic is embarking on the world’s biggest nuclear building spree.


Newsweek International

Feb. 6, 2006 issue – American businessman Edwin deSteiguer Snead went to China seeking a future for nuclear energy. He’s pretty sure he found it. On a recent bitterly cold day, Snead took a ride out to a military zone northwest of Beijing, not far from one of the most well-known sections of China’s Great Wall. In the spartan lobby of an unassuming concrete office building that contains the control center of a nuclear reactor, Snead studied a model of the reactor, housed in a hillside at the site. Nuclear scientist Chang Wei pointed at the model, which looked like a basement furnace split down the middle, and explained how the design—including 27,000 balls of uranium wrapped in layers of super-strong silicon carbide, ceramic material and graphite—makes it physically impossible for the reactor to do anything but shut down if something goes wrong; the dangerous uranium would be trapped inside the spheres, which have a melting point much higher than the temperature inside the reactor could ever reach.

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June 18, 2007

‘Iraq drives’ global refugee rise

Afghan refugees in Peshawar

Afghans still make up the majority of the world’s refugees

The number of refugees worldwide has risen for the first time in five years, largely because of violence in Iraq, according to a United Nations report. The total number of refugees rose by more than 14% last year to nearly 10 million, the UN refugee agency says.

The number of internally displaced people also reached a record high of almost 13 million, the report says.

Besides Iraq, conflicts in Lebanon, East Timor, Sudan and Sri Lanka were blamed for the rise in refugee numbers.

The figures released by the UN do not include some 4.3m Palestinians displaced by the conflict with Israel.

The current total is the highest since 2002, when the UN reported there were 10.6m refugees worldwide.

“For the first time since 2002, a declining trend in the global figures was reversed,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ report, 2006 Global Trends, said.

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June 18, 2007

How Cubans heal their economic ills

By Robert Plummer
Business reporter, BBC News

Elderly man selling Cuban newspapers in Havana, 28 November 2006

Elderly Cubans re-sell newspapers to supplement their incomes

My defining experience of Cuban economics came during a visit to the island in 1999.

I was following the Havana tourist trail by visiting the Floridita bar on the Avenida Belgica, where American author Ernest Hemingway used to go for his regular double frozen daiquiri with no sugar.

Suddenly an old man came into the bar carrying a stack of copies of the official newspaper, Granma.

I offered him the cover price, a mere 20 Cuban centavos, but he angrily demanded more.

I assumed he was charging over the odds because I was clearly not a local, and went away thinking that if a Cuban was trying to cheat a tourist over the price of the Communist Party newspaper, revolutionary idealism was definitely dead.

I later discovered that I could not have been more wrong – about the cheating, at any rate.

It is established practice in Cuba for elderly people on low state pensions to buy copies of the newspapers and re-sell them to the public for one peso each.

It helps them to make ends meet and allows their fellow Cubans to assist them without compromising their dignity.

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June 18, 2007

El gobierno fugitivo usa nuestros hijos sin permiso – Donde estara Amundarain?

Este link contiene un video de 5 minutos sobre una denuncia recibida en el programa ALO ciudadano este viernes 15 de Junio. El gobierno del dictador esta usando a nuestros hijos menores sin nuestro permiso.

Despierta Venezuela

June 18, 2007


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Junio 19, 2007

Dirigido a:

High Commissioner for Human Rights de la Organización de Estados Americanos.
Comisión Interamericana de los Derechos Humanos de la Organización de Estados Americanos ,
Human Rights Watch
Reporters Without Borders
Reporteros Sin Fronteras,
Human Rights Foundation,
Venezuelan Awareness Foundation,
Noticias del Vaticano,


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June 18, 2007

¿Sabía Usted? – Distancia al Sol

piramid Se tardaron 22 siglos en calcular la distancia entre la Tierra y el Sol (149.400.000 Km.). Lo hubiésemos sabido muchísimo antes si a alguien se le hubiese ocurrido multiplicar por la altura de la pirámide de Keops en Giza, construida 30 siglos antes de Cristo.

June 18, 2007


FUERZA Solidaria

Caracas, 18 de junio (Tips Revolucionarios).- Un cable de EFE informó hoy que sectores de oposición en los parlamentos de Brasil y Uruguay han anunciado su intención de frenar el ingreso de Venezuela al Mercosur debido al cierre del canal Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV).

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June 18, 2007

Mercosur: Admiten que RCTV afectará ingreso de Venezuela

Caracas, Venezuela. EFE.- El ministro venezolano de Relaciones Exteriores, Nicolás Maduro, reconoció hoy que el caso de RCTV pudiera “quizás retrasar por un tiempo” el ingreso de Venezuela al Mercosur.

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