Iran might be starting a new war. This time a war that could be unpredictable and damaging. As never before. A nuclear war. What would this mean and how would we react?
In the United Kingdom the news from Iran has been relatively present in our media but the importance has been muted by the growing tensions taking place regarding The Falklands. Once again Argentina seems to be in a mood for war. The Brits, harkening back to the victories of Margaret Thatcher in the previous war would definitely push the current Prime Minister, David Cameron, to act decidedly if the situation worsened.
But what about Iran? Is the UK ready to oppose illegal nuclear proliferation and appease to a potential threat?
In recent years many young people have been getting involved in Argentinian politics. This seems to be part of an interesting process taking form which is creating a new dynamic for both politics and young people in our country.
In this framework, some weeks ago a new young Jewish political group was created. The name of this group is Jews for Deepening Democracy. As stated on its site, http://jxpd.wordpress.com/ , the purpose of this group is to debate and to take part in the political arena by strengthening relationships with those who are actually building the path to justice, solidarity and equality. The objective is to contribute to the process of widening the democratic frontiers and creating a more robust civil society.
March 24th is an important mourning day in our country. Yesterday marked 35 years since the beginning of the last dreadful dictatorship (1976-1983) in Argentina, in which more than 30,000 people were "disappeared" by state terrorism and about 500 children were kidnapped and given to adoptive families denying their identity.
The purpose of this day is to remember and to pursue justice, and this is the meaning of the demonstration at Plaza de Mayo (an important square situated in front of Casa Rosada - the government house) and the reason why this day was declared a national holiday.
The construction of every democratic, pluralistic and fair society requires policies that consider the issue of memory. It means that something has happened in our history that it is still among us. There is something that it is missed and, in spite of significant efforts, cannot be recovered at all. This is the deep meaning of tragedy: something is inevitably lost. However, there is something to do. We have to be fair with our heritage. As Jacques Derridá explains, “one always inherits from a secret – which says “read me, will you ever be able to do so?”.
“The Argentinean government shares with its partners of Mercosur, Brazil and Uruguay, that it is time to recognize Palestine as an independent and free State”. This paragraph was included in the official document that the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, sent to the head of the National Palestine Authority (NPA), Mahmoud Abbas, on December 6th 2010.
Though it may appear that this one sentence doesn’t add much information to the principal fact – that Argentina is recognizing the Palestinian State – if we look closer, we’ll see there’s a major implication in that short affirmation: the presence of the regional factor.
The end of the 1990s and the beginning of the new century started with a deep economic, political and social crisis in Argentina. The situation was followed in Argentina, and probably in many countries in Latin America, by important positive changes.
Certainly, those changes imply many contradictions and it is not easy to characterize the path in which we are embarking on. However, we have already some important signs to analyze them.
That is the purpose of this space: to write about the actual processes and perspectives that we are living in Argentina. The first post -a difficult choice- is about Justice.
Discussion is encouraged.