Freedom

Freedom

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Facebook will not delete the picture heading this post, eventhough it is contrary to its Terms of Use. A few days ago it did so with the picture which passed into History as the icon of the failure of the United States in the Vietnam War. World’s biggest social network erased a post from Norway’s main newspaper, Aftenpoften, which had this photo as an example of pictures which had changed our conception of war. The next morning, the editor-in-chief put the picture into the newspaper’s printed front page with a white, big «Dear Mark Zuckerberg» printed on a facebook-blue background, and flooded Oslo with it. The Prime Minister Solberg and the rest of the politicians went further and, together, they published the picture in their personal profiles; Facebook also deleted those posts but, under the pressure of the international media, it gave in and backed down. Continúa leyendo “Freedom”

Sólo un día de suerte

Sólo un día de suerte

«Hoy no hemos tenido suerte, pero recuerde: nosotros sólo necesitamos tener suerte una vez. Usted necesita tenerla siempre». Estas amables palabras recibió Margaret Thatcher en 1984, el día en que el IRA falló al volar por los aires el hotel en el que se alojaba la primera ministra del Reino Unido. Nos las recordaba ayer Guy Verhofstadt, líder del grupo liberal del Parlamento Europeo, en una columna en el Huffignton Post en la que con acierto urgía a la movilización de las instituciones europeas para dar respuesta a los atentados del 13N que nos conmocionaron hace menos de una semana –qué eterna se ha hecho–. Continúa leyendo “Sólo un día de suerte”

We do not deserve such pain

We do not deserve such pain

One hundred and twenty nine people (by the moment) died this weekend in Europe’s heart. «The war in Paris», said Le Figaro’ headline. After terrorists chose United States’ political, military and financial power –World Trade Center, Pentagon and, we will never know, Capitol Hill or the White House– fourteen years ago to crash passenger aircrafts, on Friday we saw how they chose football, theatres and restaurants on the beginning of a weekend. Fourteen years ago they achieved to terrify us attacking the power. Now they have done so, attacking our lifestyle. Our forms to understand happiness: music, joy, sports. Continúa leyendo “We do not deserve such pain”