Urgent: a new concept of security

Monday, August 29, 2016

(Reflections about the great fires in the north of Spain, the Palm Island, California…, earthquakes in Italy and Mynamar…)

The current major powers continue believing that military force is the only expression and reference of 'security'. Serious error, fling error that focuses exclusively on military aspects and leaves completely unassisted other multiple aspects of the 'human' security, that is, in any case, what really matters. 

When we observe the arsenals full of rockets, bombs, planes and warships, submarines... and at the same time the thousands of persons who die of hunger every day, and those who live in extreme poverty without access to suitable health services... and look dismayed at the deteriorating conditions of habitability of the Earth, we become aware that we must react without delay because we are reaching points of no return on core issues of the intergenerational legacy. 

When we overlook the dramatic difference between the resources dedicated to potential clashes and these available for facing recurrent natural disasters (fire, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis,...) be note, with bemusement, that the concept of "security" that the producers of armament continue promoting is not only anachronistic but highly harmful for the whole humanity, and that is urgent the adoption of a new concept of "security", under the careful supervision and direct involvement of the United Nations. 

Who remember Haiti? And Ecuador? When we admire the heroic actions of a few skilled firefighters and some helicopters and little planes trying to control devastating fires... and remember the "fullness" of the F-16 and F-18, and the missiles and shields anti-missile, and aircraft carriers, and spacecraft... When we follow the admirable actions of so many people and voluntaries to rescue some still alive citizens after a terrible earthquake… we feel the duty, that cannot be postponed, to speak up and proclaim, as citizens of the world, that we must not continue tolerating the immense damage, frequently fatal suffering by so many other forms of "insecurity" who - a large majority - are not protected by military defense effectives. 

Food, access to safe water, health services, rapid, coordinated and effective action in emergency situations... - this and not other is the kind of security is that "We, the peoples..." dream and deserve.

Urgent Call Attention. Stop the progressive deterioration of environment

Thursday, June 9, 2016

It is a crucial issue of intergenerational responsibility. A point of no return can be reached if we do not act quickly.  In 1979 -I have already mentioned it many times- the Academy of Sciences of United States warned about the increasing of emissions of carbon dioxide and the progressive decrease of the ability to recapture by the sea.  Immediately thereafter, Exxon Mobile Foundation was established with the support of several Gulf countries, and silenced the alarm of the Academy through noisy pseudo scientists.

It took several years for highlighting the need of "The Truth of Denial", the truth about what was selfishly denied.

Let’s trust in scientists. Take the immediate action that any potentially irreversible process requires. Electric cars, renewable energy sources, reduction of huge military expenditures and its application to Earth care and the major priorities, suitable for a global sustainable and human development: food, water, health, environment, education and peace.

Please do not say more ambiguous and flippant remarks at United Nations. Make an announcement of the funds that you will quickly assign for the control of current trends, and afterwards preventing similar situations. Otherwise, citizen power, a reality today, will judge you severely.

The blah, blah, blah and postponements are inadmissible concerning the vital issues for the future of humanity.

Do not forget the following: people have voice now. Make sure they do not have the need to recur to shouting.

And the “welfare society” looking the other way

Monday, May 30, 2016

The human’s lack of solidarity always takes its toll on: moral, political, economic...

The hands of the States and the wealthiest "are closed opaque," in the words of Jose Angel Valente, when he wrote "from a shipwreck, about this time, about the slowness of pain, what we have destroyed, above all in us".

Let’s read Valente and be courageous raising a popular outcry before blushing with “shame".