El Pajarico (The Birdy)

I must confess that every time when I listen to the President of Venezuela, Mr. Maduro, I feel astonished. He is the one who was once  personally chosen by Hugo Chavez to succeed him to power. Once, Maduro expressed in a press conference that sometimes Hugo Chavez was seen (after his demise) in Maduro’s office taking the shape of little bird and then with its chirping told him the decisions to be made. Only because of this fact there is no doubt that he is a very original character.

In the recent past days, the new Venezuelan Parliament, Parliament emerged from the first free elections in many years, has approved a long-awaited Amnesty and National Reconciliation Bill, which President Maduro has already announced that he would veto. He stated that, that law will make free terrorists and common criminals. The reality is that they are political prisoners who have been sent to prison during all these years, after farce trials, because they dissenting with the official thesis. During his period, he has closed newspapers and media, he has dismissed those government’s workers who disagreed with his regime, and more.

Yesterday insisted in insulting Spain and its government. He referred to the thousands of detainees lately in Spain for expressing their opinions, and to the many of those emigrating to Venezuela, the homeland of Simon Bolivar, in search of the freedom and where they are welcomed with open arms …. Whenever he gets internal issues he attacks to the United States and Spain, the imperialism, and the Colonial enemies. A very trite, easy and obvious resource.

Despite of these delusions that may even cause some tenderness, the reality is that Venezuela, a country that remains one of the richest in the world in natural resources and specifically oil, is just about to bankruptcy, about to default. There are severe issues of shortage of commodities and far too much violence, Caracas is the the most violent and dangerous city in the world, the odd “honor” of being the worldwide champion about daily homicides. I hope there is a change for good and for the sake of the Venezuelan people.

The Rolling Stones in Havana

I like the Rolling Stones. At the moment when I start listening “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” I feel a deep excitement, the prelude of a promising evening and many wonderful things.  And normally it is right, the band has managed to stay on the wave’s edge for almost five decades, with incredible success and glory.

Recently they have offered a concert in Havana, Cuba. The concert was meant to be for the Cuban people and for free. The reality was that, after five decades of Castro’s isolation, the Cuban people at the concert didn’t recognized any single song,  and they were all looking at the show with puzzled eyes. The tourists enjoyed the concert though. Normally they should to pay good money to attend one of their shows. Also in the VIP stands were some Hollywood’s celebrities who do not want to miss this “historical moment”.

Once this so commented and “celebrated event” I have many questions pending ,… such as, who paid to the Rolling Stones? They don’t move one finger, one trailer, one guitar, until there are millions of dollars involved.

Was this event an “historical” moment? One lady from the former Czechoslovakia said that in her country the Rolling Stones performed just before the fall of the Berlin Wall …. so this is a real good sign… Honestly, I don’t believe any of it: the day after, the Cubans still have the same economic problems, the endless queues, and especially the lack of freedom.  Nothing has changed, nor the Rolling Stones, nor the Obama’s visit. These are only means to give breathing air for the weary Castro regime, but the reality is that any action taken abroad, will promote freedom of Cuban people until the Castro’s no longer are alive. We must be realistic.  It is quite painful but this is it.

Vargas Llosa

Today is March 28th, 2016. Today is the day of my first post in this blog.

Today is also the 80th birthday of Mr. Mario Vargas Llosa, Spanish-Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, essayist, college Professor, and recipient of the 2010 Nobel Award in Literature. He is one of the leading writers of his generation, and, he is also one of my favorites.

Despite of being a recognized writer,  has been politically active during his career, moving from the left side towards the liberalism, and after a deep disenchantment of the left policies in Latin America, Vargas Llosa came to believe that Cuban regime was incompatible with what he considered to be the normal freedoms. During his fight for freedom he even lost his Peruvian nationality, which was withdrawn by the President Fujimori, one of his most public and inflamed enemies. He got the Spanish nationality then and much more honors.

The natural response of the left wing during all these years is the permanent suspicion against Vargas Llosa and ignore his great literary work. Well, he is a brilliant writer, novelist and superb political thinker, who speaks out loud about the Freedom. Personally I admire and love both!

About Myself

I am an experienced International Professional. I always liked the Foreign Affairs and  wanted to be a diplomatic. After a long professional life in Corporate business,  at some moment, I decided to re-invent myself and starting my career in the battle of the opinions. I have the specialization in International Relations, International Politics, International Law and Governance.

I was born Madrid, Spain, but I will write my blog in English as I live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. My main purpose with this blog is to learn others about the political issues in Spain and Latin America from another different and non politically correct perspective.