May 6, 2013
The trial of a neonazi group set to start today in Munich threatens to turn into a trial of the Chancellor Merkel’s government itself. During a ten years long raid the so-called National Socialist Underground assassinated ten people (mostly Turkish immigrants) without being investigated by the German police in spite of a number of clues […]
April 7, 2013
Maybe a UN treaty will be as ineffective as a Vatican homily to curb arms sales. But, even in a symbolic way it is good news; or is it?
March 19, 2013
So, you wonder what kind of Pope will my fellow countryman Jorge Bergoglio (aka Francis) be? In two words: a very, very political one. Unlike his predecessor Ratzinger, this is not a man of cabinets but a man of the streets. He was the typical regular boy raised in the typical lower-medium class neighborhood […]
November 11, 2012
Obama’s re-election seems to mark a turning point in American politics. A new coalition of empowered minorities (Latinos, blacks, gays and others usually regarded as “liberal-oriented”) defeated the old “white-anglo-man” dominance epitomized by the Tea Party conservatives. “No U.S. presidential candidate in coming years will be able to turn his back on Hispanics” writes […]
November 1, 2012
OK, people. Cast your vote for all of us in the Rest of the World and enjoy the next four years! (We are comfy this way, while you don’t pay too much attention to us, here down south).
October 23, 2012
A specter is haunting Europe -the specter of regional nationalism. Be it in Scotland, Catalonia, the Basque country, Flanders or Padana (north of Italy), regional nationalism aroused with the unending crisis. But unlike the old popular nationalism of the XIX century, when lesser people were oppressed by great empires, kept in poverty and their languages forbidden, […]
June 6, 2012
I was never a fan of Bradbury. But I had to recall his compelling metaphor in Fahrenheit 451 last April, when a turmoil aroused in Argentina following a sudden restriction on imported books and magazines. While the government probably was trying to save some bucks imposing controls on the tons of non-sold magazines regularly shipped […]
May 28, 2012
Illustration for an article (in Spanish) about the latest gimmick of the armies and security forces in the first world: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) better known as” drones “. The article was largely based on others published by The New Yorker (membership needed) and The New York Times. Journalism talked a lot of drones (such […]
April 17, 2012
Possibly the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, will be remembered as the most opaque until now. And one of the most embarrassing for the United States.Not only because of the embarrassing question of the relation of some security officers with prostitutes. The summit ended with sharp political differences between the U.S. and Canada with the rest of the continent with regard to the future inclusion of Cuba and support to Argentina over the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) occupied by Britain. Moreover, the absence of the radical group of […]
April 10, 2012
The visit by Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff to USA’s Barak Obama was preceded by non-optimistic omens. The announced lack of “state visit” status granted to Rousseff” trip hurt Brazilian ambitions of being recognized as a mayor player in world affairs. Then, there are a series of economic disputes in a time when each country has to […]
March 27, 2012
I find it remarkable that the independent press in the Free World to pay attention to the meeting of two dictatorial rulers. At least, the meeting appears to be an example of diplomacy: one avoids asking for political prisoners and the other avoids asking about pedophilia.
February 1, 2012
This cartoon was intended for the Spanish translation of this article. While the original purpose was to discuss the respective positions on the immigration issue, maybe somebody can find it adequate for the present situation in the Republican party at large.
January 10, 2012
In the board game of Geopolitics there are always two sides playing. Or more, obviously. What is not so obvious is that reputed political analysts sometimes are just re-writing the guidelines provided by just only one of the players. This is what I thought of the brief Andres Oppenheimer’s piece I had to illustrate for […]
December 22, 2011
Two decades ago, when the Soviet Union imploded, the prevalent opinion in the press as well as in the Academy, was that time had arrived for a unified or “globalized” world. In tune with this spirit, a series of “global” forums and institutions turned to become a regular feature. Some of them (like the World […]