The Communists´Conspiracy in Spain



Pablo Iglesias and his populist party Podemos emerged from the wreckage of the communism. It is fully clear now. From the beginning of his political career Pablo Iglesias showed his disdain for IU (Izquierda Unida) and the Communist Party, portraying his party as a cross-party in order to attract voters from all the political spectrums. His contempt for those has been grounded on the inability of the classical Communists to seize  the power, nowadays. And the power for Podemos is the one and only goal of its political activity, as has been stated by its leader, Mr. Iglesias. The search for power has led to Iglesias and his University´ colleagues to mask their communist beliefs throughout all this time, up to now.

Podemos´ leader has now changed his mind and negotiated with those who formerly had disdained, IU. Iglesias is actually a seasoned communist, cinched in mobilization, propaganda and elections´ computation and  so opportunistic. Right now, it seems that both IU and Podemos have joined forces with the purpose of creating a strategic alliance. Podemos is losing votes and IU loses money. IU´ leader has been willing to forget all the offenses and grievances made by Iglesias in the past. As a result, they have not talked about anything other than positions on the election´ lists and even have signed up a lampoon: “We (IU) mobilize people and you (Podemos) would get the office.” This temporary joint venture will be called ´Unidos Podemos´ a very original and creative denomination!

The only good thing I could glimpsed about this covenant is that finally Mr. Iglesias, who portrayed himself for a long time as ´the new politics´ spokesman and, as the Spanish paradigmatic version of the Scandinavian Social-democrat type, at last, he has made clear what he really is: a communist, the ideological representative of one of the oldest political ideologies which has left behind more death people than anyone else throughout the history. Podemos is also a great support for the current regime which is bleeding  Venezuela, when it is already impossible either support or justify what the Venezuelan government is doing. It is a danger that in Spain could rule a party linked to such a regime, which nobody doubts that has been disastrous, and has ruined a country that once was rich.

At first glance, the crisis of the Spanish Left is more serious than it seems. Too bad for Spain.


President Santos in his labyrinth




Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, has disappointed everyone. The former Minister of National Defense who struggled against the FARC and other guerrilla groups in the government of President Alvaro Uribe, the best President ever in Colombia in the recent times, has managed to put the people on the streets and bring the insecurity back to the nation.

Without going any further, the journalist Salud Hernández-Mora, correspondent in Colombia for Spanish Paper El Mundo, disappeared last week and still there are not any news about her whereabouts or the reasons for her disappearance. Hernandez-Mora holds dual nationality, Spanish and Colombian, and therefore the primary protection corresponds to the Latin American country. Garcia-Margallo, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs said that everything is pointing out that to the National Liberation Army (ELN), the group with whom the Colombian government is holding talks in Ecuador, “it’s a much more decentralized and less hierarchical group than the FARC” according to Colombian specialists.

Meanwhile, the opposition accuses to President Santos, who currently has less support in Colombia than Maduro in Venezuela, of a provoking a “coup” by shielding the peace agreements that he is still negotiating with the narco-terrorists´ FARC, even without having closing them yet. As a result, the opposition and the Colombian Ombudsman are against it. Such agreements arouse massive rejection in the polls and with street demonstrations, but the government of Juan Manuel Santos has already boosted this peace agreement with the FARC to the Constitutional Court. It is surprising how President Santos stands in defense of the FARC´ positions, an organization which himself fought against ferociously.

The FARC and Santos´s Cabinet have reached an agreement on four of the six points of the ongoing negotiation: the agrarian problem (supposed the origin of the conflict at the very first place); the illegal crops and drug trafficking; reparations for the victims of the conflict and the guerrilla´s transformation into a political party. The FARC are the cause of the oldest American war, already since the 1960s, leaving 260,000 dead and 6.8 million displaced. Santos seems to want to reach a deal with the FARC above all, providing assurance that none of them would be extradited at the request of a third country, according to intelligence sources. It seems he does not care neither the consequences nor the opinion of the Colombian people.

In relation to the kidnapping, the organization Freedom House has called for national and regional authorities in Colombia to “act quickly” to locate the Spanish-Colombian journalist and “to take measures to ensure the safety of journalists throughout the country, safety seriously threatened “. The NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Freedom House have expressed last Monday their concern over the disappearance and the general situation of journalists and reporters, who are constantly at risk and threatened.

Juan Manuel Santos was a very serious and trustworthy people; he was once considered a hero when he was the National Defense Minister at Alvaro Uribe´s Cabinet. Uribe himself supported and endorsed him in his presidential race. Uribe is sorely disappointed, and so do I. Colombia is no longer safe.


The decline of populism in Latin America



Something remarkable is happening in Latin America: The left-wing’ populism which has ruled for years several some of the Latin American countries is currently experiencing a very serious crisis. In Brazil, the last week the Brazilian Senate approved to divert from office to the President Dilma Rousseff, during 180 days in order to promote her political judgment and whose most likely will result in her final dismissal. The Workers Party (PT) will leave the country’ political reins, after a political management characterized by her unpopularity and corruption scandals. Her ideological buddies in some of the other Latin American nations are experiencing similar circumstances: Except in Cuba, the Soviet-style dictatorship which has already lasted almost 60 years, in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua or Argentina, the populist model is vanishing.

In Venezuela the situation is critical today. The “Chavismo“, now led by former bus driver, pro-Castro and placed in office by Hugo Chavez’s finger, with whom he shared devotion to Santeria and black magic, Nicolas Maduro is at his worst. The opposition is promoting a Revocation referendum to remove him from office. The president is using all of the state’ resources to keep the control and delay the validation of the signatures which the opposition has collected for that purpose. Venezuela’ security is deteriorated and it is a matter of concern for the rest of the world. The opposition has demanded to Maduro his resign from office after the state of emergency declared last Friday, which is threatening the human rights of the population and it is being used to repress the peaceful demonstrations against this harsh situation.

Rafael Correa in Ecuador maintains a political tight control. He applies a strong hand on any critical media: impossible fines to pay and threats of imprisonment against anyone who publishes something that he does not like, such as the poor management made by his cabinet on the April’ earthquake: the reception of aid offered by the United States was delayed, and the fact that he placed inexperienced people in charge to manage the crisis. Because of the adverse social climate, the president has announced that he will not go to re-election, although the law was changed and this possibility should be allowed.

In Bolivia, the economy keeps falling down. Evo Morales faces against serious corruption charges for helping to make business to an ex-lover, Mrs. Gabriela Zapata, arrested and prosecuted for influence peddling and illicit enrichment. Furthermore, Evo Morales lost the referendum to change the constitution in order to remain in power, although he denounced fraud in the process, of course.

In Argentina the end of populism is a fact. The Argentine ballot dismissed to Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, after leaving a ruined economy and being splattered by corruption’ issues. The new President, the conservative Mauricio Macri, has launched a campaign against corruption and currently some senior members of the former cabinet and her husband’s, Nestor Kirchner are being charged. She is trying to protected herself from Justice calling for demonstrations among her faithful followers, whose, inexplicably she still has some.

In Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, one of the former leaders of the Sandinist Revolution and pro-Soviet communist, has reconverted the Chavista populism to survive politically and remain in office. He also faced the scandal of sexual abusing of his step daughter, as she informed to the press in 1998. Nicaragua depends on the Venezuelan oil to survive: It is the second poorest country in Latin America.

The “assault to the Heaven” has become a big failure. Populism has not helped the underprivileged who voted for its leaders: furthermore, they have ended up with the civil rights and freedom and they have been more corrupt than those who preceded them. We must learn in Europe about the others’ mistakes.


Neighborhood relations: key in holding back terrorism



A good neighbor is something very important for the security of a country. Last week Mr. Abdelhak El Khayam visited Spain; he has in his hands the ultimate responsibility for the fight against terrorism in Morocco, therefore he is an official of the highest relevance for Spain and for the rest of Europe, given the recent jihadist attacks in France and Belgium. The words of the French Minister for Sports, who has expressed her concerns about the potential risk involved in the coming European Football Championship to be held in France, are giving us the indications that we are on high alert.

The military intervention in Syria has reduced the influence of Daesh in this country where the terrorists are losing control gradually of the territories which they formerly occupied. Now, it is very worrying that many of the jihadists have moved to Libya, and whether they are in Libya, are very close to Morocco, and therefore to Spain, and therefore to Europe. And that is very dangerous for our countries. We must keep in consideration that they have taken over much of the Gaddafi ‘s military arsenal, which gives an idea about the threat.

El Khayam also spoke about the risk and challenge involved in the crisis of refugees from Syria, a humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions and the displacement’ flows of thousands of people who are taking place. So far, the terrorist’ networks were using two different ways: arms’ trafficking and illegal immigration. Now, the Daesh has seen an opportunity involving to this refugees’ crisis, attempting to introduce terrorists among those people, in order to attack Europe. There is no doubt that the Syrian refugees should be treated as people escaping from war, but given the complexity of the situation also requires us to be vigilant with regards to them and to all organizations that work with them. We must keep it in mind, and it should be possible to cast these concerns without provoking harsh criticism.

Morocco should be a barrier to stop the spread of Jihadism and other kind of crime to Europe, and it seems that they are doing a good job in that regard. Of course Morocco has not always been the ideal neighbor. The relationship with the Alawite kingdom have always been kind of complex.

But there is a high risk in Ceuta and Melilla, the Spanish cities in Africa, where it has been detected some jihadist cells recruiting young fighters to send to Syria and Iraq. These cities have been stops from weapons trafficking’ networks installed in Belgium which are being using the same route already for several years. The Belgian authorities, after the Molenbeek’ attacks, have begun to change attitudes and make some change on its weapons’ legislation, as well as facilitating the exchange of information in this field, which is essential, a fact that not happened hitherto. Belgium has not been an example of good neighborhood.

We must be aware about the terrorism as a global phenomenon, it does not belong only to just a unique region, and it requires the cooperation of all the countries. When we have a neighbor with whom collaboration is null, it means that we must redouble our vigilance. We are able to defend our territory, but if there is a country with common borders which does nothing to fight against this danger, this country puts all of us at risk.

Dilma’s House of Cards



There is something wrong about Brazil’ politics. There are all sorts of accusations against the politicians in Brazil: from taking bribes; or concealing from the local Tax authorities bank accounts abroad; or planning the escape of prison of a country’s convict in a private plane. The main accusation that could cost to Rousseff the Presidency of Brazil is not the Petrobras’ bribery scandal which is splashing her government. It is also not the accusation about her 2014 presidential re-election campaign received diverted money from the state oil company and also from the biggest public construction companies, as one of these construction companies’ former executive Andrade Gutierrez declared to the prosecutors.

The central accusation against Rousseff is the violation of the tax rules, making up the budget’ deficit, which in Brazil is called “fiscal pedalling” which involves the use of public banks’ money to cover  the government accountability’ programs.

This particular process has caused a rift in Brazil and it is dividing to those who believe that it would be fair to dismiss the President, from those who argue that it would be a terrible injustice or even a coup. Dilma has the unconditional support of the Bolivarian axis, which always saw this Brazilian cabinet as an economic giant and a loyal political ally to the Bolivarian revolution, not the best partners from my point of view. On the other side, Argentina and Colombia have been unwilling to make an opinion publicly although no one denies indoors about the concern and consequences of the impeachment process opened against the President of Brazil.

The news in Brazil are running with breakneck speed. Waldir Maranhao, the interim president of Congress, annulled the trial of Rousseff in the Senate on May 9th, and he reversed the decision the following day. Maranhao is also investigated for corruption. Although Dilma still resists: as the last attempt to stop her impeachment, her government presented on May 10th an appeal in the Supreme Court by “legal defects” in the legal procedure when starting the process.

The impeachment process also has been questioned because some of its promoters are involved in corruption scandals which would exceed the accusations against Rousseff. Eduardo Cunha, former Senate’ President, who is the impeachment ‘process leader against Rousseff, was suspended from office for being investigated recently by the Petrobras’ issue. Luis Almagro, OAS Secretary General, has questioned this process’ legitimacy after meeting with Rousseff in Brasilia: “a high percentage of congressman and senators who might be involved in this process, are being investigated or charged from corruption affairs.” A report of the NGO Transparency Brazil revealed that 49 of the 81 members of the Senate have been convicted or accused of crimes at some point. There is almost the same percentage in the Congress’ Chamber.

Dilma is very isolated; she has lost the support of the political parties of the cabinet’ coalition, and no longer has much of the strong support from the underprivileged Brazilians, her usual biggest sponsor. According to the polls her political support has fallen to 10%, and 61% of the population approve her impeachment. With or without Dilma Rousseff, the future ahead for Brazil in such a politicians’ hands is devastating.


Cortes & Pizarro: The great Conquerors


The Spanish conquerors have been really mistreated. They have been turned into a politically incorrect issue. The nations which they helped out to form, do not recognize them as their own, and in the case of Pizarro it is even more painful. Pizarro began his legend 20 years after Cortes conquered Tenochtitlan. At that particular time, Cortes was considered already a great hero by his fellow countrymen in Castile. He was so charming that even the Emperor Moctezuma had for him a kind of Stockholm´ syndrome. The hero´s image was admired by an entire generation; he was long seen abroad as the stereotype of the European hero.

Francisco Pizarro was a different kind. Born in Trujillo (Extremadura, Spain), Pizarro was the bastard son of a nobleman related to Hernan Cortes. It has been believed that both were cousins, although in reality they were uncle and nephew. Pizarro was 50 years old when he joined to Diego de Almagro to travel South America in order to search for the another great American empire of the time: The Incas. The Europeans had brought the smallpox illness in 1525, which had already killed to half of the Inca population; the arrival in Peru of Francisco Pizarro was the final push to conquer an empire tottered because of diseases, famines and the war of their two main leaders, Atahualpa and Huascar.

Cortes was charming and he went to the royal court of Charles V to tell his exploits. Pizarro did not seem to be made as the heroes are made. As a result, the world reminded him in the wrong way:  greedy, cruel and seeking for his personal interest. Because of several historical researches over the years, a new legend arose about the humble Pizarro, the unprivileged one who left aside poverty and swelled the ranks of the traditional nobility. Pizarro´s reputation was cleaned up by Hispanics’ historian W. H. Prescott, who in his “History of the Conquest of Peru” noted that Spain had neglected one of its most famous heroes, “No Spaniard has ever tried to write about the history of Peru´s conquests based on original documents.”

 After the US triggered Cuba´s war in 1898, the US joined the conquerors´ portrait as genocide for having destroyed the native cultures upon their arrival, despite of being these cultures rather bloody by the way. Neither Mexico nor Peru have ever considered Cortes or Pizarro as founding fathers of their countries. The documents discovered by the Hispanic’ historian G. Lohmann showed that the real Francisco Pizarro was not alike he is portrayed by the Black Legend at all. He was not a despicable person and he died completely broke. He claimed insistently to respect the Incas´ properties and he promoted laws to protect the Indians. He did not mean to destroy the Inca´ empire, as it can be proven when reading his letters.

In Mexico there is an anti Hispanic stream although Cortes has aroused more interest due to his own attractive personality and because he instructed to the chroniclers to extolling his exploits in the very first place. Pizarro´s deeds were also written, but no one bothered to highlight his figure. Pizarro never wanted to take away the Incas´ land. The Spanish Crown seized the temples and palaces of the Incas, scrupulously respecting the lands of the population. The New Laws of the Indies of 1542 were the first Habeas Corpus of the history with the purpose of defence the local population´ rights.

From the Latin American left-wing´ politicians, the conquerors have been portrayed as genocides, although there is no historical basis for stating such a theory. On the other hand, since some years ago the conquest of America is not studied in schools anymore for being considered ´politically incorrect´, shame of Spain! The genocide was committed by the English men. They colonized the United States with the idea that ´the best Indian is the dead Indian´ and they stole after the Indians´ land. No wonder that they created the Black Legend against Spain. We can not label Cortes & Pizarro as genocides. The point is that in certain political sectors, genocide is a word used too easily.


Final of the Champions League

I must admit that I am ´madridista´, and today I feel very happy about because yesterday Real Madrid qualified for the 14th time to play the final of this famous tournament that Real Madrid has been the winner for 10 times. Real Madrid supporters suffered yesterday almost about to the heart attack. Football has nowadays such a social relevance that we could go from the glory to the hell in just a moment, like last night.

Atletico de Madrid qualified as well on last Tuesday, which makes very good news for Madrid and Spanish´ football. Madrid´ football dominates Europe.  The match that both teams played in Lisbon two years ago will re-issued and it will face two totally different football ‘notions. Every Atletico´s supporter see this as an opportunity to beat once and for all to the old rival. Atletico Madrid is the favorite for most of the sports press. The same people who praise Simeone now, the “Cholismo”, were the ones who ended the stay of Mourinho at Real Madrid with their strong criticism for his football ‘style, which is very similar to the Cholo´s, tough, defensive, going to the limit sometimes. The same style that Simeone had as a player. But for them the Cholo is miraculous.  Atletico de Madrid has become the politically correct people´s team.

Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid´s coach, was an elegant, brilliant football player, one of the best in the world, and took over Real Madrid 4 months ago. Yesterday he had his doubts about the qualification but whatever would had happened he is proud to coach Real Madrid. After the match he left the whole credit to his players. He says that he is very grateful to the Club for letting him coach it. He does not like the spotlight, he is modest and humble, similar personality than Del Bosque or Ancelotti. The Real Madrid´ players have a crush on him, because he is humble and listen to them.

Real Madrid is the team favored by Dictator Franco for the opinion of some sports media. When Madrid won several of its Champion Leagues, it was the same period when all Europe turned their backs to Spain, when Spain did not belong to the “civilized” Europe. According to this press Real Madrid won these championships thanks to Franco, which detract them all the credit and the excellence. It is quite contradictory and pathetic. Even about these things is Spain very politicized.

Atletico de Madrid´s supporters are the best. On the other hand, the Real Madrid´s are often too demanding. That’s not good for a team that needs their support which sometimes it is not granted. On Tuesday evening I congratulated my Atletico de Madrid´s family for qualifying back to the final like in 2014. Yesterday no one of those congratulated me. That makes the difference.


Amancio Ortega´s 80th birthday



Last week was the 80th birthday of the President and founder of Inditex, Mr. Amancio Ortega. His birthday surprised him working, as he has been doing daily since the 50s when he opened a small store and atelier and where work gowns were sold. The employees of Inditex worldwide threw him a surprise celebration where Mr. Ortega became really emotional, so much that it became a Trending Topic. Inditex´s employees are themselves company´s shareholders, and his founder shares the success with them all. Inditex has even become a case study in the best worldwide Business Schools such as Harvard, Yale and MIT.

With the Inditex group and its different fashion brands like Zara, Left, Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Uterqüe, etc., the fashion has reached to all the budgets. The company has created thousands of jobs worldwide and he is recognized for his great generosity with all the € millions donated each year to foundations such as Caritas (€ 40 million last year) or the Spanish Food Bank Foundation.

Since the 80th birthday of Zara´s founder, from the stalest and extreme left of the populist party Podemos, have rushed to launch attacks on Amancio Ortega´s wealth, that came alone as a result of his hard work along the years.

If a result of bad luck Inditex disappeared tomorrow, it would be a catastrophe in jobs, in taxes which would no longer were raised, in donations to organizations in need. While this gentleman created hundreds of thousands of jobs, creates wealth, he has not even been charged with tax fraud, and his name never appeared on tax paradises, such as the recent infamous Panama Papers. Nobody would want that to happen.

If ´Podemos´ of Mr. Pablo Iglesias disappeared tomorrow, whose members are dedicated to criticize and cast aspersion against Mr. Ortega while collecting € millions from Maduro´s Venezuela, a great interference issue by the way; who created companies to avoid paying taxes, and who are seeking to live the exchequer, if that happened, it would be totally irrelevant.

The Pope Franciscus writes a letter to Maduro

The Pope Franciscus wrote a personal letter to Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, with reference to the serious situation of the country. The letter´s full content has not transcended, but it has been confirmed to the Vatican´s accredited journalists by spokesman Father Federico Lombardi.


Because in Venezuela the situation is worsening for days. On April 20th the Cabinet has ordered a new electricity´ rationing plan for the entire country, including the capital Caracas, in order to address the energy crisis in Venezuela. Such measures announced that from now on, all the Public sector employees will not work on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays as an energy-saving measure, because of the drought afflicting the country. This situation has also led the Cabinet to hold scheduled electricity cuts, especially inside the country side and in the shopping centers.

A result of these measures, according to the statements of many citizens through the social networks, for the last few days have taken place in cities of the Venezuelan interior several intermittent protests as rejection of the electricity rationing and the other measures taken to mitigate the energy crisis. Caracas, soothes of the Cabinet and all the Public Institutions in the country, has been less affected than the interior, but the crisis is also arriving to the capital. Both the government of Hugo Chavez as Nicolas Maduro have always taken great care to keep the capital free from all these restrictions. In this regard, in the social network Twitter were comments such as “finally the caraqueños will get what we are suffering on the interior of the country.”

The streets do not seem to get used to the chaos. The police are regulating the traffic as the traffic lights are off, and the houses´ refrigerators are full of ice packs in order to keep not spoil the food, the same food which costs the Venezuelans to queue for hours to get them.

The Government warns constantly on the possibility of a social explosion “If the right-wing (the opposition) wins …”, but the fact is that the social explosion seems to have already started, since looting, barricades and protests were reported in seven provinces.

All these events are happening in a country which is one of the world´s leading oil producers …. Was it the paradise promised by the Bolivarian revolution?