Blog

Calendar

<<   Marzo 2008  >>
LMMiJVSD
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31       

Join

Categories

Powered by
ZoomBlog

Marzo del 2008

Tiempo inestable

By Haiming - 30 de Marzo, 2008, 15:30, Category: General

Durante los últimos días hemos tenido un tiempo muy curioso por aquí. Se nota que ya ha llegado la primavera, con sus lluvias repentinas, sus ráfagas de viento inmisericordes y frías y ese polvillo que flota por doquier, pesadilla de los alérgicos a las gramíneas y a la porquería que lo inunda todo.

Lo que más llama la atención es la temperatura, que a veces es como de un día de mayo en España y al día siguiente cae en picado, con el agravante de que ya se ha cortado la calefacción en todas partes, con lo cual tienes que ir con bufanda y jersey por la calle y comprarte una estufita para tu casa.

Paralelamente, vivimos malos tiempos para China: los precios suben de manera vertiginosa (esto, lejos de ser un problema primaveral, lo lleva arrastrando este país desde hace bastante tiempo), y, lo más destacado por la resonancia que ha tenido a nivel mundial, varios miembros de la comunidad internacional han declarado un boicot sobre los juegos olímpicos de Pekín.

Ya me han preguntado mil veces cómo se ve en China lo que ha pasado en el Tíbet y qué les parece eso del boicot. Por otra parte, como es un tema espinoso, prefiero no ahondar mucho en él y decir simplemente que me opongo al boicot porque soy de los que piensan que el espíritu olímpico no debería ir de la mano de intereses políticos. No destruyamos el espíritu de la Antigua Grecia, por favor. Y menos nosotros, occidentales, que tan orgullosos deberíamos sentirnos de ella, y honrarla en consecuencia.

Permalink :: 62 Comments :: Comment this post | Trackbacks (0)

General elections from millions of miles away

By Haiming - 9 de Marzo, 2008, 7:14, Category: General

Today is the day when all Spaniards (or at least those who are worthy of being called that) go to vote for a new president. It is a very important date, not only because of what it represents, but also because this time elections are particularly tough: so much has happened, and so many problems have got worse in Spain, that Spanish political life has become very tense...

This morning I learnt, shocked, that just two days before this very important day there was yet another terrorist attack, with the killing of one person, by ETA, the band that has been a nightmare for the Spanish people for years and years already. And what's more, the attack has had the impact that the band wanted: both major parties are saying their pieces, and they're trying to see how they can get a political benefit from this. The victim was a member of the Socialist Party after all, so in some way the Socialist Party could get benefits from this, by presenting themselves as the victims, and trying to attract as much votes as possible. However, the Popular Party (the conservatives) may want to wave again before the eyes of Zapatero the errors of the Socialist Party in their fight against terrorism, and so make people turn from the socialists to the conservatives.

I refuse to believe that now, since the terrorist attacks of 3-11 in Madrid's Atocha train station four years ago, all elections will follow this pattern, and I don't want to read about terrorist attacks on the newspaper every time there are elections in my country. I want to believe that Spain is a big nation, and that it has a democratic political system founded on the base of an educated and virtuous population. However, I feel more and more skeptical about it. I feel sad and nervous, furious and disappointed at the same time. It seems that ETA has already found out a way to disturb normal elections and get optimum results for itself.

I can only wait to see today's results... I already cast my vote, after receiving the ballots by mail last week, and nothing else can be done now. I'm a bit nervous, but I can't do anything else about it: just waiting. Now I just hope that everything goes according to plan and with total normality, and that this terrorist attack doesn't influence the results of the elections.

Permalink :: 63 Comments :: Comment this post | Trackbacks (0)

Powered by ZoomBlog.com