Back in Boston after two weeks in Spain.
Congress man Edgar David on the use of open source software in the Peru
Posted on 18 Apr 2002
The Guardian reports on a very interesting study done by the Glasgow University Media Group. on how the Palestine news are reported and why people do not understand what is going on.
They don't have faith in UN Resolutions. They see that that the entire world could not even send one Red Cross Ambulance into Jenin to rescue even one single life. Bush, Powell, Prince Abdallah, King Abdallah, President Mubarak, all of them and others can do nothing to help the Palestinians.
First the carrot, then the stick Behind the Carnage in Palestine.
Some accounts from international volunteers that are trying to help the population in Nablus:
Israel continues its invasion, after the successful cover up for the Jenin massacre, the Israel military continues the various violations to human rights and the agreements of the Fourth Generva Convention in Nablus: `No ambulances are allowed in':
There are few patients in the hospital, not because there are few injuries or deaths, but because ambulances are not allowed by the Israeli military to reach the dead and dying.
Of course, who cares about the 4th Geneva Convention agreements, when you already ignore years of resolutions from the UN to withdrew from the territories you illegally occupy?
Why has the US consistently vetoed the UN Resolution 272, which calls for Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories?
Posted on 17 Apr 2002
Posted on 16 Apr 2002
Recently my friend Alan got me to read `Blindness' from Jos� Saramago, and I loved the book immediately. The book is being removed from bookstores in Israel.
Jos� Saramago (Nobel prize winer for literature) went to Palestine and was interviewed. I have only got pieces of it, and I am trying to find an english translation, I have a copy in spanish.
The Amnesty International report: Israel and the Occupied Territories: a must read, a quote from the Amnesty report:
''The military operations we have investigated appear to be carried out not for military purposes but instead to harass, humiliate, intimidate and harm the Palestinian population. Either the Israeli army is extremely ill-disciplined or it has been ordered to carry out acts which violate the laws of war.''
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, March 5, 2002, talking to the press:
``The Palestinians must be hit and it must be very painful. We must cause them losses, victims, so that they feel the heavy price''.
Robert Fisk on the Jenin massacre. 150 civilians murdered by the Israeli Army. In the meantime, everyone is sitting still, watching what is that there is
Chomsky talks about US-Israel-Palestine.
Posted on 15 Apr 2002
| Amaya got a group of people together for dinner
outside Madrid: Amaya, Ana Carolia, Bego�a, Hector, Israel,
Juan, Marta, Lucia, Pablo, and Myself. We went outside
Madrid for dinner.
Me and Ana Carolia.
|Juantom�s joined us back in Madrid.|
Posted on 13 Apr 2002
|Morning talk in the UAM. A large group of users from the Universidad Pontificia came.|
I also had an idea during my talk: countries could have a tariff on proprietary software. This has been done for centuries for other products to protect the local economy. The money from the taxes could be used to improve free software.
Since it would be very hard to do this for every piece of software, I suggest that the tariffs are only impossed on proprietary software from mass monopolies.
Sharp readers will be thinking that this goes against free markets, and the whole invisible hand theory that "magically" fixes economies. The problem with the theory of free markets is that we do not have one. We have a monopoly that has been found guilty of abusing of their position, and can not be broken.
A tariff on proprietary software from a monopolist would help naturally balance our industry. Once they stop being a monopoly, and become another player, the tariff can be removed.
A reader found my weblog and sent me this great link. It contains all kinds of information, pictures and maps of the problem in Palestine.
Posted on 12 Apr 2002
Live report from Ramallah.
Gila Svirksy: Can you imagine life with no water, while men, women, and children are bleeding to death around you? And finally having to bury the corpses in an empty lot nearby, after days of keeping them at home?
Today I did another talk on Mono in the afternoon in the
University in Mostoles (south of Madrid).
Rodrigo Moya did a GNOME 2.0 presentation before my
This picture was taken after the talk.
Posted on 11 Apr 2002
|Today I met with the members of the special commission on new technologies in the Spanish Senate. I got to see the senate, a beautiful building and visit their library and event attended a real voting.|
|In the main room, we took many pictures.|
Later in the day, we headed to the Colegio Mayor San Juan Evangelista where I did a talk on Gnome and Mono. Since there was no projector, the conference was a bit more informal. I had fun, and the student audience was awesome.
We had a long session of questions and answers at the end. Also various good friends from the Madrid Linux Users Group were there.
Posted on 10 Apr 2002
I have been trying to understand what has happened in Palestine which started the current events, and I finally understand what has been going on. There are plenty of articles on the history of the conflict.
I particularly like this account of events: "The origin of the Palestine-Israeli conflict".
The article above is interesting in understanding why the Oslo and Madrid agreements are not being followed up on.
The Electronic Intifada has pointers and resources to information on the new intifada. I read with interest the Historical Myths section (covering for example, the origin of the various wars, and the Israeli need for security).
A countering view of things can be viewed in the Israeli Insider.
The palestinians are in checkmate: Arafat locked down, 450 tanks vs 50 and 130 helicopters vs 2 and 450k active soldiers vs 69,000 militia man (as reported by Spain's newspapers).
Elen Cantarow describes her experience.
Chomsky has covered the topic in depth in various books, there is a short Q/A with him from a couple of days ago.
Reports from the front are available on the Electronic Intifada WebLog.
Robert Frisk who has been covering the Middle East for a long time has a great piece.
Neta Golan, an Israeli part of the 40 peace observers that are in the building with Arafat has a live report
I do not know what Arafat's background is, but Robert Fisk once called him a criminal of war (He did not go into the details in the article I read that, Robert was covering the bombing in Afghanistan).
He refers in the same terms to Sharon.
Electronic Intifada has an annotated resume of Sharon.
Posted on 09 Apr 2002
Posted on 08 Apr 2002