samedi 28 avril 2012

The origin of the crime of treason!

"Let us hasten to laugh at everything for fear of having to cry," said Beaumarchais.

         A king particularly "megalomaniac" who wanted to wear a suit custom and impossible to imitate, had hewn thousands of clothes of all kinds. But at each of its outputs, its courtiers who did everything to be like him, were being cut the same suit.
         One day a "rastaquouère", particularly malicious, having understood his concern, he promised to cut a dress "Really" inimitable. He took his time to better enjoy the splendor of the court and to believe in people he worked hard. In the most beautiful Royal Palace workshop equipped with modern machines of the time, he pretended to cut, measure, cut, ironing a garment that was the only one to receive.
         The National Day, the king wanted to wear his clothes invisible. The cunning tailor appeared in the royal apartments with an armful of clothes invisible.
         No subject had suspected the deception until the time of the ceremonies which the king appeared stark naked.
Of course, the scammer had pocketed his due, and took the key fields.
For fear of being called idiots, the humble courtiers dared not look up at the Royal Physical chubby.

Look mom, the king is naked!

         The good people, whose sole duty was to cheer, whispered scandal, but no one dared raise their voices, until a kid pointed his finger at the royal procession, shouting with laughter: "Mom, look, the king is naked ".
         Anyone who laughed were arrested, beaten, tortured and even killed. They had committed a crime of treason!
The heat and the wind gave them reason and the poor creature knew only this time it really was naked and had pierced the ceiling of ridicule.
         This king, we all know him: just watch carefully what happens in our presidential or royal palaces, reading between the lines of our newspapers to find "gems", it is important not to pick up under pain of being accused of lese majesty.
         What are imaginary, ephemeris of our "Daily", out bowls of singers and buffoons that are our modern journalists and reporters or the public imagination, these pearls are saying out loud what we think quietly.
         The most beautiful royal anecdotes are, alas, those that will tell them the kings, they must still become publicly known through other channels than those of "Memoirs and Reminiscences
" of fallen kings or aging.
         Often, cartoonists are accused of lese majesty, even though time and history gives them some reason!

vendredi 27 avril 2012

Uganda: Hide that breast that I can not see.

Ugandan remove the top.

         An Ugandan police riot  has allowed to touch a conductive part of a breast: "The incident took place during the arrest of a woman suspected of various violations of traffic laws and refused to comply with lawful instructions of a police officer. It seems that this lady has suffered an assault while resisting arrest. "
said James Baba, Minister for Home Affairs, in a statement, without specifying whether the agent in question was a man or a woman.
         An officer in riot gear was filmed by a spirit to enter into Ingrid Turinawe, one of the leaders of the Forum for Democratic Change, the main opposition party, to get her out of his car and stop at an attempted opposition rally.
         To declare their discontent, a dozen of women have shown, for some in bra, towards the main police station in the capital.
         On their placards that showed images of the National Television, that read in part: "How do you feel if you pressed the balls?"

         In a country where homosexuality legislation that tries to impose the former colonial power, Britain, generating significant controversy, the incident provoked a wave of protest.
         Female nudity is reused in politics today to express discontent against laws that discriminate against women.

As the Rape of the Sabines.

         Historians, the Roman Livy (59-17 B.C.), his compatriot Dionysius of Halicarnassus (60 BC-8 AD.) and the Greek Plutarch (46-126 AD.) told in mythology Roman, that just after the founding of Rome, the early Romans procured women by flying to neighboring Sabine families.
         Historians indicate that there was no rape because of the diplomacy of Romulus.
         The latter refused to mixed marriages do not give one company control.
         Led by their King Titus Tatius, the Sabine also declare war on Rome. They almost manage to conquer the city through the treachery of Tarpeia.
         Tarpeia, daughter of Spurius Tarpeius, governor of the citadel on the Capitoline Hill opens the doors to the Sabines in exchange for "what they wear on their arms. " She thought to receive their gold bracelets, but instead, the Sabines crushed to death with their shields and she was thrown from the rock that bears his name, the Tarpeian Rock.
         Several Sabines indignant tore their clothes up to express their disapproval of the war between their brothers and future husbands.
         "[They] went, courageous in the midst of projectiles, their hair disheveled and their clothes torn. Current in the space between the two armies, they tried to stop any new confrontation and to calm the passions by calling their fathers in one of the armies and their husbands in the other, not to call down a curse on their heads and the stain of parricide that of their offspring, in getting their hands dirty with the blood of their son in law and stepfather. They shouted: -If these relationships, if you are hateful marriage is against us that we must turn your anger, it is we who are the cause of this war.
         We prefer to die rather than survive our husbands or fathers, widows or orphans to stay. Emotion wins both soldiers and leaders. Not content to make peace, they gather into one the two States, the kingdom put together, carry the seat in Rome. "
This episode in Roman mythology was the basis of many paintings, novels, plays, films and still inspires many talents, etc. ...
         It was the first time that female nudity was used in politics .... mythological!

vendredi 20 avril 2012

Europe at the brink of suicide *

            April 14, The New York Times echoed a phenomenon that is growing in Europe: Suicide linked to the economic crisis, people giving death by despair after losing their jobs or seen their company going bankrupt. The article was overwhelming. But I'm sure I was not the only reader, especially among economists, to think that the problem was perhaps not as individuals that the apparent determination of Europe's leaders to push the whole continent to suicide.
Take the case of Spain, which is today the epicenter of the crisis. It is not in recession, but in a deep depression, with an unemployment rate of 23.6% - a figure comparable to the U.S. during the 1929 crisis - and over 50% among youth. This can not last - and this is precisely why the interest rates payable by Madrid are rising.
In a sense, no matter under what circumstances in Spain got there. But his problems have nothing to do with the stories told by European leaders, particularly in Germany. The country can not be accused of fiscal profligacy: the eve of the crisis, public debt was low and its budget surplus.

When the Spanish property bubble burst!

But Spain was unfortunately hit by a huge housing bubble, largely due to huge loans granted by German banks to their Spanish counterparts. When the bubble burst, Spain was left with a battered economy: the country's fiscal problems are the consequence of the crisis, not its cause.
However, the remedy prescribed by Berlin and Frankfurt is, you guessed it, more rigor. I will not mince words: this is totally crazy. Several years ago that Europe applies austerity plans extremely rigorous and the results are exactly what may have been predicting history students: those plans have exacerbated the recession in which these countries were already experiencing.
And as investors take into account the economic situation of a country to assess its ability to repay, the austerity programs have not even helped reduce the cost of borrowing.
It takes more budget flexibility
What is the solution? In the 1930s, the primary condition for overcoming the crisis was the abandonment of the gold standard. The equivalent today would be to abandon the euro and return to national currencies. Such an initiative may seem inconceivable - and she probably would have terribly disruptive effects on the economic and political. But what is truly inconceivable, is to continue along the same path by imposing austerity always harder to countries with unemployment rates comparable to that of America during the 1929 crisis.
If European leaders really wanted to save the euro, they would opt for another solution, rather obvious. Europe needs a more expansionary monetary policy, with a strong commitment to the European Central Bank (ECB) to accept a slight increase in inflation.

The whole world will pay the price.

Europe also needs an expansionary fiscal policy, with a budget that would neutralize the German austerity in Spain and other countries in trouble on the periphery of Europe, instead of strengthening it as today. These policies would not prevent those countries to live very difficult years, but at least would they raised hopes of a recovery.
Now we are confronted with a lack of flexibility. In March, EU leaders signed a pact imposing fiscal austerity as the solution to all problems. For its part, the ECB announces its willingness to increase interest rates at any sign of inflation. It is difficult, under such conditions, to escape despair.
         Rather than admit their mistakes, European leaders seem determined to throw their economy - and society - from the top of the cliff. And that's the world who will pay the price.
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*Article de Paul R. Krugman, Nobel Prize 2008,  published in the The New York Times of April 14, 2012.

*Paul Robin Krugman was born February 28, 1953 in Long Island in the United States. Grand son of a Jewish immigrant from Brest in Belarus, he obtained a doctorate (PhD) in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PIT) in 1977. After teaching at MIT for ten years (1984-1994) then at Stanford University from 1984 to 1996 he was professor of economics and international relations at Princeton University.
It is renowned for its work in economic geography, intiation of the new international trade theory. He received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2008.

mardi 17 avril 2012

China: The marriage of the ghosts.

Singles souls can they come back to haunt their families?

         In my native African Great Lakes, there was an old custom that I found totally stupid. When they were burying a dead old daughter without a husband, we always managed to slip into his grave a truncated fresh banana, saying "Here's your husband."
         And they carefully closed the grave with the consciousness of having married the sister or unmarried daughter. It was feared that the souls of the dead girls, particularly virgins without ever having the joy of the wedding and love do not come back to haunt the souls of their suitors or those who had rejected their love.
         When Catholic missionaries settled in the western region in the early twentieth century, they ended most customs associated with the afterlife. However, some families continued secretly to practice this custom that cost nothing and it was virtually undetectable in the eyes of allophones.

Minghun, weddings ghosts in China.

         In rural China, the festival called "Qingming, or Day of the Dead" that was ban after 60 years by the Communist Party has enjoyed renewed fantastic. Honor the souls of his ancestors and one of the first filial duties in China.
         The Day of the Dead is celebrated two weeks after the equinox. This is an opportunity to maintain the graves, but also the best time to celebrate "ghost marriages" and unfortunately the time the most lucrative for the looters of graves.
         The Minghun is a tradition for 3,000 years, which is particularly prevalent in northern China. "The family of a single death is seeking a" ghost spouse "to marry their loved one,"
says Huang Jichun, a researcher at Shanghai University.
         The bodies of two deceased were then buried together in a ceremony between marriage and burial. Ghosts no longer lonely, the family can reconnect with good fortune.

Mr. Liu, 18 years married Ms. Wu, 17.

          In February 2012, Guangping County, Hebei Province, the young Liu, aged 18, died of cardiac arrest was "married" Wu, who died of a brain tumor. Liu's family has paid  35,000 yuans (42,000 Euros) to buy (dot) Wu's remains, a considerable sum for a peasant family in Hebei province, where the average is around 5,000 yuan per person per year.
         The two young men who have never known in their lifetimes, have been (re) buried together and dumplings were scattered on their graves. Their honeymoon was short lived: the tomb was desecrated and the body of Wu resold to another marriage of ghosts in another province. Trade of girls' bodies is flourishing in the provinces are very poor.

I hope the thieves will be punished!

         "I hope the thieves are sentenced to death or at least twenty years in prison,"
said Liu's mother, standing on the threshold of his clay home. The trade of female bodies is flourishing in these poor rural areas.
         Bodies are generally provided by intermediaries and price of fresh corpses rose at least 25% over the last five years. It has now reached 50. 000 yuan. Last year, a Chinese newspaper has accused bosses of rich coal mines have raised the price of deceased wives until 130,000 yuan.
         In 2010, a network of grave robbers was dismantled in Hebei Province. Its members had desecrated dozens of graves in the region and earned hundreds of thousands of yuan of profit.

A consequence of unprecedented economic growth.

         The marriage of ghosts that would be "macabre" in the West is a controversial practice in China. At the time of  Mao Zedong, the custom was regarded as a superstition and strictly prohibited.
         For Mr. Huang, a researcher at the University of Shanghai, the revival of this tradition is partly due to the economic growth of China. Peasant families live better today and have the means to pay a high price for their deceased wife. Trade bodies now provides a steady supply of fresh bodies which merely fuels demand.

         The Liu family wishes to offer rest his ghost. After stopping four of five criminals, the police made of the remains to the family of Wu Liu, her deceased first husband. Wary of "feng shui" of the first grave, the family built a second concrete. In addition to the offerings of food, they also carefully planted a "baifan" a stick wrapped in white crape supposed to help the spouses on the way to heaven.

         But what about the dangerous and costly ceremonial turning of the dead "Famadihana" in the rugged mountains near the center Ambalavao southern Madagascar?
That's another story!

lundi 16 avril 2012

"Biographical Dictionary of Africans"

"To understand the History and the evolution of Africa"

After seventeen strenuous research, we finally published our "Biographical Dictionary of Africans" soon to be published electronically and later in other languages.
         This is a historic event since it is the first dictionary of its kind written by a single African.
         We took the risk of burglary penetrate into the intimate lives of heads of state, kings, queens in exposing us to the law of treason. But the game is worth it not a candle?
         Authorized biographies have a defect that we have avoided cleverly: hagiographic drift!
         "For in the words of Lucien Ablancourt: " Those are mistaken who divide history into two parts: the useful and delightful, and they will include praise. (...) The historian should aim that the utility that takes a true story, and if he mixes some pleasure in his work, do not make it to corrupt the truth but to make it better to receive."

         Unlike dictionaries written by several "hands" harmony with one hand, makes its easy to read at once reducing its volume (832 pages).
Details distinguish our work thoroughly searched for "Who is Who?"
Written in telegraphic style, in vogue in the "Magazines and Newspapers."
         Its spontaneous appearance in Brussels and Kinshasa allows wide dissemination in the West and Africa.
         Its reduced price makes it accessible to many users as possible.
When you have read it, Africa will seem otherwise: it will be "The Continent of Light".

This prompted us to undertake this mammoth task.

         Sophocles (497-405 BC) said: "Explode who want, but my History however humble, I still want to know"
For centuries, the history of Africa was "anonymous," wrote the Polish journalist and writer Ryszard Kapuscinski. Despite the subtlety of intellectuals to want to relegate to the fringes of civilization, its part in the march of world history is more than ever immeasurable.
         Since ancient Egypt until the late twentieth century, his illustrious son and daughters have earned the lion's share in the evolution of the World.
         The third millennium is an occasion to look back on the history of Africa through the life and work of its actors and actresses.
Africa is referred to is the whole of Africa, from north to south, from east to west, regardless of race, color, language and religion.
         All countries (big or small) gave birth to many illustrious personalities, so the dictionary covers all African States the twenty-first century without prejudging the value of such personalities as compared to the size of their country. Our goal is to give each user, according to his interest, references to the man or woman he wants to know.
         Some have made history, others were victims, many are his creatures.
         They are conquerors, politicians, writers, filmmakers, actors, athletes, musicians, artists, religious, saints, popes or humble citizens, whose fates are confused with that of their region, their country and their continent.
         They deserve the pedestal or the gallows of history, that worships the one or abhor them, they are, beyond all controversy, marks the inescapable memory of the continent and are at the Like monuments and / or pyramids, his legacy to universal cultural heritage.

"Biographical Dictionary of Africans"
To understand the history and evolution of Africa
Editions Buku / LE CRI
Kinshasa and Brussels,
ISBN 978-2-8710-6567-8
€ 40.00

vendredi 13 avril 2012

Iraq: The political revenge of the donkey on genocide.

         Unforgettable images of children burned with chemical weapons!

         From February to September 1988, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein decides to exterminate the Kurds. His right arm Ali Hassan al-Majid nicknamed "Chemical Ali or the Butcher of Kurdistan" (1941 - hanged in 2010) sends helicopters filled chemical bombs raze entire villages of the current governorate of As-Sulaymaniyah.
         The city hardest hit by the
chemical bombs is Halabja (5,000 victims), 17 and 18 March 1988. And these are the horrors of children, women, old dead charred, shown by all the television world which marks the end of Saddam Hussein and justify the Iraq war, waged by the United States, the Great Britain and a coalition of other states in 2003. In 2005, Iraqi Kurds becoming independent and Jalal Talabani became president of the Irakian Republic.
         Including convicted for "crimes against humanity" and hanged Dec. 30, 2006, the Iraqi dictator will always haunt Kurdistan.

The triumph of the mountain ass.

         Since April 11, 2012, at the center of Sulaymaniyah, the second city of the Autonomous Region of
Kurdistan Iraqi  Now a throne-like statue provocative: a bust of a donkey with big ears, wearing a shirt, jacket and Tie a long drooping tie on its pedestal of pink granite.
         On the base, reads the epigram in honor of the donkey, written by
Mela Khidri Ehmedi Shaweysi Mikhayill, aka Nali (1797-1856), a famous Kurdish poet.
         The sculpture, which measures 1.8 meters high and 1.1 wide, required seven months of work by the
Kurdish artist Mira Zeral  and cost a total of 4,000 U.S. Dollars.
         The bust  was commissioned by the "Party of donkeys"
founded and registered in 2005.

Owner: "The party of donkeys."

         The administrative structure of the single party in the world is based on the life of this donkey, and the headquarters and its branches have names associated with this animal as donkey or ass.
         This political paty, absolutely unique in the Arab world where the donkey is often abused, has filed a grant application to the Kurdistan Regional Government to open a radio station called "Zarin (braying)," cry of the donkey in Kurdish.
         On the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of the bust of the donkey in suits and ties, the Secretary General of the party of donkeys, Omar Kalol, expressed the hope that it will encourage the Kurds to better treated animals and especially "donkeys".
         The General Secretary of  Party of donkeys, Omar Kalol, expressed the hope that it will encourage the people of Kurdistan to better treat animals, especially donkeys.
         "The donkey has played a very important role in the Kurdish national liberation movement. (...) He was the friend of the fighters in the mountains when they were fighting for the rights of their people,"
he said, referring to the years of guerrilla warfare in northern Iraq and Iran against the central government.
         Iraqi Kurdistan, very fertile area is populated by 4,380,000 people (2009) over an area of ​​80.000Km2. This is a very mountainous region with the top of Dar Cheekah which rises to 3,611 meters. It is also rich in oil operated for decades.

mardi 10 avril 2012

Cuba / USA: Sanctioned by love for Castro.

On 9 April 2012, the baseball team the Florida Marlins of Miami suspended  for five straight games, his manager Ozzie Guillen for saying "I like Fidel Castro. I respect Fidel Catro. You know why? Many people have tried to kill him during the last 60 years, but he's still there "in his interview to "Time Magazine ".
         "The Florida Marlins recognize the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen, pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro can not be minimized, especially in a community that has many victims of the dictatorship" responded the management team in a statement.
Accordingly, Ozzie Guillen, who is of Venezuelan origin, was "suspended for five games, with immediate effect," continued the Marlins.
During a press conference Tuesday morning April 10, 2012, Ozzie Guillen apologized for his remarks.
"It's the biggest mistake I made in my career (...) I have wronged many people. I'm really sorry," he said.
Ozzie Guillen is a frequent disturbing about that often placed in a quandary.
As in 2011, when he was ejected from a game and he took the opportunity, once in the locker room, to go after "hot" to the referee on Twitter while the game was still in courses.

dimanche 8 avril 2012

Spain: Digging Franco in the name of reconciliation?

On 10 October 2011, the Catalan daily El Periódico de Catalunya, has revealed part of the report of the committee of 12 historians and jurists, appointed by Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in May 2011 to study the future of Valle de Los Caldos (Valley of the fallen), a huge underground basilica designed to honor the dead of the fascist victory in the Spanish Civil War.
         Here are buried the dictator Francisco Franco y Bahamonde (1892-1975) and 33.872 soldiers buried anonymously in ossuaries, victims of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).
         Centre left of the newspaper reveals that the proposals would be to move the remains of Franco Civil Cemetery of the Spanish capital, Madrid, where his wife rests María del Carmen Polo y Martínez-Valdés (1900 -1988). The proposal is supported by a part of the family.
         The Spanish government proposes to move his body near his former home of El Pardo, near Madrid. But the family is opposed dictator under the Act of Reconciliation which plans to eliminate the symbols of the fascist regime.

Monumental and national heritage of Spain.

         The Catalan daily believes that the valley-a monumental architectural masterpiece designed by Pedro Muguruza and Diego Méndez-could become "a monument to reconciliation inviting," and to "rehabilitate the memory of the victims" as required by the "Law of Historical Memory", passed December 26, 2007.
         Unfortunately this proposal is not part of the conclusions of the report of the Committee of Experts made public after the parliamentary elections of 20 November 2007.
         El Periodico de Catalunya wondered "If Mariano Rajoy Brey (Prime Minister since December 21, 2011) will respect the decision of a commission formed by the Socialist government, which raises an issue as controversial as the exhumation of the dictator," said the last Daily.

A crypt basilica consecrated by Pope John XXIII.

         The tomb of the Caudillo, Abadía of Santa Cruz del Valle de Los Caídos, in the valley of Cuelgamuros (Sierra de Guadarrama) on the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial in the Autonomous Community of Madrid is still being used as a sanctuary to his supporters nostalgic who come in crowds (450,000 visitors a year) attend commemorative masses and lay wreaths on his grave.
         The Basilica (262 meters underground) surmounted by the stone cross, the highest in the world with its 150 meters high was consecrated by Pope John XXIII April 7, 1960.
         A recommendation from the Council of Europe in March 2006, condemning "with firmness the widespread and serious violations of human rights committed in Spain by the Franco regime from 1939 to 1975,"
demand that is put in place a permanent exhibition and teaching of Francoism.
         It recalls the suffering of prisoners under the Republicans and, in particular, "explaining how the Basilica was built by Republican prisoners of all volunteers, however"

samedi 7 avril 2012

Belgium: Queen Fabiola and Cosmetic Surgery.

         To please her then-suitor, the King Baudouin ier that the Congolese have called "Bwana-Kitoko-the Beautyfull  Boy," his beauty was so striking, Dona Fabiola di Mora Aragon (later Queen Fabiola) has engaged in a in this perilous time: Rhinoplasty, that is to say nose surgery.
         Indeed in the fifties, the correction of the nose was already one of the most cosmetic surgery performed in the 1950s by surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery and neck .
         Not being of royal blood, di Dona Fabiola Mora y Aragon had only her beauty to win in the upscale world of Gotha.
         She wanted to reduce the size of his nose, because she was not of royal blood (very important at the time, the norm today, when they are not outright commoners) would be best. This has obviously succeeded because she was able to marry a king and love until the end of his days.
         "As for Baldwin I, in fact, it symbolizes all that Europe represents,"
says a journalist with Dutch "De Morgen" after delivering a speech in honor of Queen Fabiola of the European Parliament.
         That's what the biography reveals Firmin J. Urbiola, a Spanish journalist, devoted tothe white queen” that cost him two years of work.
         "Twenty years after Baldwin's death, she remained true to itself and its people, the Belgians. Why she still lives in Belgium? You do not believe that it would make more sense for her to live in Madrid, that life would be easier and more enjoyable? But it does not deal with frivolities. It does not seek personal pleasure. She wants to be in service to others. "

vendredi 6 avril 2012

Australia: When the opposition shot under the skirt.

The Australian Conservative opponent, Germaine Green, said the Prime Minister Julia Gillard was badly dressed and her ass was too big.
"Every time she turns, there's this weird horizontal fold, which means that (his pants) are too narrow hips", said recently at ABC, Ms. Germaine Green, a lovely controversy and advertising. "you have a big behind Julia, you need to accept it," she added.
Asked what his disparaging comment from party colleague, the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said: "I know, I know. Germaine Green is right on that point."
         The next day he hastened to present his apologies, but the damage was done because this short exchange, during a meeting with residents had been filmed by a television crew and images are widely distributed.
"It was a remark to the punch (...). I should not have to do it and I regret it," said Friday Tony Abbott, who heads the conservative party.
Ms Julia Eileen Gillard (born in Wales in September 1961), leader of a Labour government, is the first woman Prime Minister of Australia.
When this former lawyer of strong character took the place of the previous Prime Minister June 24, 2010, during an internal Labour coup, Australia was stunned.
The country was at once found headed by a woman prime minister, an atheist, cohabiting, childless and perfectly happy in her choice.

mercredi 4 avril 2012

Cuba / Vatican: Fifty years of excommunication for Fidel Castro Alejandro Ruz.

Fidel Castro (85 years) was excommunicated January 3, 1962 by Pope John XXIII.
"He had just declared Marxist-Leninist, announced that it would lead Cuba to Communism in his historic speech of December 2, 1961 and to show open hostility to the Catholic religion by expelling 131 priests," says El Universal.
According to the Venezuelan daily, the pope "had relied on the decree of Pius XII prepared by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which established excommunication for anyone who would disseminate communism". More than half a century later, the pain of excommunication has never been lifted, said the Venezuelan daily El Universal.
This did not prevent the former pupil of the Jesuits to be received by John Paul II in Rome in 1996, nor the latter to visit the island in January 1998. In March 2012, Pope Benedict XVI has traveled to Havana but excommunication of Fidel Castro is still not officially lifted by the Vatican.
By inviting Pope Benedict XVI in Havana, Fidel Castro had told Bishop Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, the archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, "This is a pope that I like. (...) It's a good person, I knew right then watching his face, the face of an angel "
The threshold of his death, the last revolutionary Marxist rediscovers his faith ...

mardi 3 avril 2012

China: Tanglu, unknown!

         The Chinese village Tanglu in Shanxi Province in northeastern China is forced to change its name, or characters of its name, because it includes two rarely used Chinese characters, which can not be found in the new system police computer.
The characters "Tang" and "Lu" have been used for decades, but the inhabitants of Tanglu who tried to obtain a marriage certificate have encountered difficulties because the computers did not recognize their hometown listed on their card identity.
The system has also become a problem for those seeking employment, travelers or those who make real estate transactions.
Some villagers and experts believe that changing the name of the village is detrimental to their culture and customs, but police said it would be too expensive to modify computer programs.

lundi 2 avril 2012

Spain / France / Italy: Reasons not to get sick and die in Europe.

 It was forbidden to get sick Zagra.

         In 2001, Mayor Zagra, near Granada (Andalucía) in southern Spain, was forbidden by local laws in its 1200 managed to "get sick" for lack of medical care on weekends. Offenders, stated his order, "run the risk of dying."
Mayor Zagra, intended to protest against the lack of permanent doctors in his commune.
         People who become ill outside of consulting hours (six hours per day Monday to Friday) should be transported to a hospital 20 km distant, but the road to it is full of turns and nest-holes.
         So that even an ambulance is a good hour to travel the distance, giving the patient many opportunities to pass the bucket on the way. Chances are that his initiative to make the response of health authorities.
         Meanwhile, he should pray for as children, women and men do not Zagra cold weekend.

Interdition to die at Cugnaux.

         In November 2007, Philippe Guerin, Mayor Cugnaux (Haute-Garonne) in France took a bylaw prohibiting "any person not having vault, to die on the territory of the commune. Violators will be severely punished for their actions ".
         "The only field that corresponds to the municipal water quantity and geological features is located on a perimeter of the airbase Francazal, and given the proximity of an ammunition depot, it is forbidden to any construction," says Peter Laffaille , assistant to mayor of this town on the outskirts of Toulouse.
         The Mayor has indicated that less than twenty new licenses currently available in two cemeteries of the town and a hundred would be available in the planned extension of the two cemeteries.
"The situation is not critical for 2008, but will be in two or three years if nothing is done today,"
says Mr. Laffaille yet to justify why the mayor refuses any new request to purchase new concessions.
         Sixty deaths occur in Cugnaux, but the mayor feared an increase under the age structure of Cugnalais.
         The municipality with 13,000 inhabitants is twinned with communes including Culan (Cher) and Curtafond (Rhone-Alpes region), Cucugnan (Languedoc-Roussillon), of Cuguron (region of Midi-Pyrenees), of Cubzac-les-Ponts (Quitaine region) and Cumières le Mort Homme (Meuse Loraine region).
         The military base is closed Francazal in 2009, died Cugnalaises Cugnalais and be able to finally rest in peace in their community?

It is now forbidden to die Falcino del Marssico

         Nobody wants to die naturally. Wearing since March 5, 2012, by bylaw, "it is forbidden to residents or people passing across the border from earthly life to go beyond."
         The 4,000 inhabitants of a village near Naples, Italy are warned. And if they sought to disregard the order in dying, they will not know where to be buried. Because the cemetery is now owned Falcino the neighboring commune.
         This story begins in 1964, recalls the daily Corriere del Mezzogiorno, when the village became an autonomous municipality, that year, "the person who made the division of territory did not need to include an overview part of the cemetery.