Tag Archives: Spain

Expertos afirman, en Chile Educación gratuita y pública Sí es posible

11 Sep

Más allá de las movilizaciones, más allá del rompimiento de ciertos pactos nacionales, más allá del vencimiento de algunos códigos y etiquetas democráticas construidas mucho antes de que la actual generación de estudiantes naciera, si nos vamos al tema puntual y original de todo el movimiento chileno del cual el mundo ha sido testigo en los últimos meses, al centro de todo esto está el sistema educativo.

Todo este año hemos visto a los millones de jóvenes chilenos exigir: EDUCACION GRATUITA Y DE CALIDAD. Ahora, luego de escuchar y leer aquellas demandas, la pregunta es lógica: ¿es aquello posible?

Porque una cosa es lograr que todo un país ponga la atención sobre determinado tema, que el mundo, aunque sea por un segundo, de vuelta la cabeza y mire a este lugar tan al sur, y otra cosa distinta es la  cabida dentro de la realidad técnica y económica como la de una propuesta que implica que el sostenimiento y financiamiento de todo el sistema educativo venga desde el aparato estatal y sin perder una coma de calidad, al contrario, en el caso chileno, avanzando en aquel ultimo punto.

Dejamos aquí, entonces, un link de prensa, donde se comenta como un grupo de economistas de un par de universidades publicas y privadas nacionales, entre ellasla Universidadde Chile – la mejor universidad del país y la quinta o sexta en Latinoamérica –  se reúnen bajo la iniciativa de la fundación TERRAM, y, primero, afirman que todo aquello dela EDUCACIONGRATUITAY DE CALIDAD sí es posible, y, segundo, elaboran ellos mismos una propuesta paso a paso en función de su afirmación.

Les dejamos, además, el propio documento a continuación.

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Your Neighbor, the Assassin

22 Aug
An enlargeable relief map of El Salvador

A quick update on a story that I visited on this blog before –  another Salvadoran ex- army colonel accused of the 1989 murders of six Jesuit priests was found living in…wait for it…Everett, Massachusetts…

Just wrap your head around that for a second. One of your neighbors in your Boston suburb was an executor of one of the most heinous crimes against humanity in El Salvador’s collective punishment campaign against guerilla movments in the 1980’s. With the full-fledged support of the Reagan administration, I might add.

Considering how little this has hit the press (I myself am a few days late on it), who knows if a majority of the citizens of Everett, Mass. are even aware of the assassin (formerly) in their midst.

That is, according to this story in UPI  (and Boston Globe) the ex Salvadoran army colonel, Inocente Orlando Montano, has already skipped town. No word in mainstream press about this in general, let alone if Spain has put out an extradition request like the others accused who have turned themselves in to Salvadoran authorities..

When the Assassins Turn Themselves In…

8 Aug

I remember the first time I learned that six Jesuit priests  were assassinated by the United States backed Salvadoran army in 1989 because of their sympathy with the poor and marginalized and their suspected ties to the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN). I was a sophomore at SUNY New Paltz watching a documentary about Roy Bourgeois, an American priest on a mission to close the School of the Americas, the institution that trained military personnel from around  the region on counter-revolutionary tactics … you know … like targeted assassination and torture.

In the film, the murder of the priests underscores the brutal methods Latin American militaries brought home from the school to try out on advocates for reform and redistribution of wealth in the Americas. In El Salvador we’re also talking about the assassination of Archbiship Oscar Romero and the massacre of hundreds, including newborn babies, at El Mozote.

It’s not every day that the assassins responsible for these acts simply turn themselves in. This could be a wild assumption but in the field of Transitional Justice  I’m pretty sure that this type of thing is unthinkable.  But that’s exactly what happened today when 9 former soldiers turned themselves over to the Salvadoran government in response to an extradition from Spain. Take that Universal Jurisdiction haters.

Not much word from mainstream press on this yet. In absence of any article, New York Times readers will have to rely on this Associated Press report published by both the Washington Post and the Guardian. 

The BBC and Los Angeles Times provide some more context here  and here.  Spanish readers can also read up on the story from El Salvador.  I’m looking for  more conversation on this as the story develops – and perhaps some reckoning with the question – why were 6 jesuit priests really gunned down by the Salvadoran army in 1989? Your thoughts are welcome.