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Democracy is possible. Even after 37 years of dictatorship in Zimbabwe.

Today, 21.11. 2017 Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has submitted his resignation after nearly four decades as the country’s leader.

Mugabe defied demands to step down for almost a week after a military takeover and expulsion from his own ruling ZANU-PF party but stepped down on Tuesday, hours after parliament started an impreachent process. jawsbroke out in the parliament after speaker Jacob Mudenda read out Mugabe’s resignation letter.mugabe bored

“I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation … with immediate effect,” said Mudenda, reading the letter.

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Thought of the day…

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Ataque terrorista en BCN 17.08.17

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El terrorismo yihadista golpeó ayer España por segunda vez desde el 11M de 2004 con un atentado en el centro de Barcelona, ha costado la vida de al menos 13 personas y ha herido a más de 100. Además, se ha confirmado una nueva víctima. Se trata de una mujer que resultó herida grave en el atropello intencionado efectuado en Cambrills – Tarragona.

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Losada. A los 450 años de la fundación de Caracas.

 

Para acceder al árbol genealógico: Arbol genealógico familia Losada Pérez revisión 3
En su aniversario 450, he decidido publicar un pequeño artículo sobre este hermoso valle, llamado Caracas. Adicionalmente he decidido anexar información del árbol genealógico de Los Losada, por ser yo uno su descendientes.
*La Ciudad de Caracas fue fundada el 25 de Julio de 1567, por Diego De Losada, con el nombre de Santiago de León de Caracas, quien ese año emprendió una expedición que salió de El Tocuyo y llegó al valle de Caracas.

El nombre de la ciudad se derivó del apóstol tradicional de la Reconquista española, Santiago, santo militar de España; León por el nombre del gobernador de la provincia en aquella época, Ponce de León, y Caracas, en honor a las tribus indígenas que habitaban la región (los Kariña y los Arawak).

En el siglo XV, los españoles descubrieron las costas venezolanas, comenzando su colonización en la región en 1498. Sin embargo, no fue sino hasta el siglo XVI en 1558, que expandieron la colonización a otras áreas, haciendo el primer intento en lo que hoy es conocido como la ciudad de Caracas.

La fundación de Caracas tiene su origen en el hato ganadero de San Francisco, establecida en 1560 por el mestizo Francisco Fajardo, hijo del Gobernador de Margarita y de la indígena guaiquerí Isabel. Esa fundación surgió de otra población ubicada en la costa de Caracas, previamente fundada también por Fajardo, como consecuencia de sus intentos de poblar el Valle de Toromaimas, para apoyar la explotación de minas de oro en áreas cercanas a Los Teques, donde habitaba el valiente cacique Guaicaipuro.

Fajardo había partido dos veces, en 1555 y 1558, desde Margarita, su isla natal, para fundar ciudades en tierra firma, aprovechando su familiaridad y amistad con los indios que habitaban las costas nor-orientales y nor-centrales de Venezuela, y teniendo la ventaja de dominar la lengua de los aborígenes del área.

Cuando  Juan Rodríguez Suárez, explorador y fundador español llegó al hato de San Francisco, el territorio estaba en guerra contra los invasores españoles, y era atacado diariamente, causando la muerte de personas y animales. Con el fin de fortalecer el hato y utilizarlo como base estratégica para la conquista de la comarca, Rodríguez la convierte enVilla de San Francisco, nombra alcalde y regidores y distribuye las tierras entre los soldados.

La Villa de San Francisco no sobrevivió al ataque de los aborígenes de las etnias Teques, Mariches, Toromaimas, liderados por el cacique Guaicaipuro, quienes queman la provincia en octubre de 1561. Es entonces cuando Diego De Losada, ordena su reedificación y la nombra Santiago de León de Caracas.

Debido al clima y a su efectiva defensa contra corsarios y piratas, la ciudad experimenta gran crecimiento, convirtiéndose 10 años después de su fundación en cabeza de la provincia, momento en el que Juan de Pimentel la hace su residencia, cuando llega a Venezuela en 1576. Su residencia en Santiago de León produjo el tercer cambio de la capital administrativa de la provincia de Venezuela; de Coro en la costa occidental, a El Tocuyo en 1545, y después a Caracas en 1578, hasta la actualidad.

 

 


Leopoldo López finalmente libre

El opositor venezolano Leopoldo López ha sido puesto en libertad después de permanecer encerrado en la cárcel de Ramo Verde desde 2014. López seguirá bajo arresto domiciliario según ha confirmado su abogado, Javier Cremades a través de  su cuenta en Twitter.

El presidente Mariano Rajoy, que actualmente asiste al G-20, ha felicitado a Leopoldo López por su liberación con un mensaje en la misma red social.leopoldo1

Lilian Tintori, esposa del opositor, logró entrar el viernes en la cárcel militar de Ramo Verde, a las afueras de Caracas, para visitar al político después de 32 días y de que se filtrara hace dos semanas un vídeo en el que López gritaba que lo estaban torturando. “Después de 32 días sin poder entrar a la cárcel de Ramo Verde, logramos pasar el primer piquete de la GNB para ver a Leopoldo. En este momento me acaban de dar el ingreso a la cárcel militar de Ramo verde para visitar a Leopoldo”, escribió sin más detalles Tintori en su cuenta de Twitter.


Clinton Vs Trump (personal view)

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There are many unusual things about the 2016 election, but here are two that seem particularly telling about the anti-institutionalism of our current political moment.

First, for the first time in modern polling history we go into the general election with two candidates whose unfavorable ratings far exceed their favorable ratings.

Second, one of those candidates (Donald Trump) has never held elected office, and when asked to do standard candidate things (like, say, disclose his tax returns), his surrogates reasonably posit that “people are judging Donald Trump as to whether or not he’s someone that’s going to go to Washington and shake things up. And that’s why he’s doing so well.”

This may or may not be a winning argument, but it does speak to our times. People are so fed up with the status quo that it is at least plausible.

As they say: “time will tell”


10 Keys of Regional and Local elections in Spain ( May 2015)

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Sunday’s regional and local elections in Spain where more than 36 million citizens are called to vote is held. The vote takes place in a context of consecutive protests against economic and cuts the deteriorations in the quality of life that have resulted from government decisions Mariano Rajoy.

 These are the 10 keys of this electoral process:
1. These elections are considered historic because the expected results may end the hegemony of bipartisanship with the entry of new parties in the front ranks of municipalities and autonomous regions.

2. More than 36 million voters are called to elect 67 000 640 802 regional councilors and deputies. The Basque Country, Catalonia, Galicia and Andalusia not participate in these elections to have their own elections.3. A total of 13 regions will renew their regional parliaments: Aragon, Asturias, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castile and Leon, Castile-La Mancha, Valencia, Extremadura, Madrid, Murcia, Navarra and La Rioja.

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UK General Elections 2015

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As voting begins after one of the longest campaigns in memory, opinion polls suggest that the UK general election remains too close to call. Nearly all the polls published in the last two days have Labour and the Conservatives tied, with only a handful giving one or the other a narrow advantage.

The lead has ebbed and flowed in the week’s before the election, and almost always remained within the margin or error, as likely to have been caused by statistical vagaries as by real voting trends. The bookies are convinced that the Conservatives will end up with more seats than Labour, but they too are little help when it comes to predicting who will be PM: many are offering the same odds on Ed Miliband and David Cameron.

When is the 2015 general election?

Today. Thursday 7 May was the date decreed by the Fixed Term Parliament Act, introduced by the coalition early in this parliament. 

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Here’s what you should know about Syriza and the Greek election.

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Explainer: why the Greek election is so important ?

This Greek election is the most important in recent memory. It appears Syriza has won win by a large margin, ending four decades of two-party rule in Greece.

Since 2010 – and as a result of austerity measures – the country has seen its GDP shrink by nearly a quarter, its unemployment reach a third of the labour force and nearly half of its population fall below the poverty line.

With the slogan “hope is coming” Syriza, a party that prior to 2012 polled around 4.5% of the vote, seems to have achieved the impossible: creating a broad coalition that, at least rhetorically, rejects the TINA argument (There Is No Alternative) that previous Greek administrations have accepted. In its place, Syriza advocates a post-austerity vision, both for Greece and Europe, with re-structuring of sovereign debt at its centre.

How significant is this victory for Europe and the rest of the world? Comments range from grave concerns about the impact on the euro and the global economy to jubilant support for the renewal of the European left. For sure, Syriza is at the centre of political attention in Europe.

But, what is Syriza?

The origins of the party are to be found in a series of splits and consolidations involving various left-wing political groupings that, in one form or another, were originally related to the Communist Party of Greece. Syriza in its current form is a strategic coalition comprising a variety of political platforms that include social democrats, radical socialists and communists, environmentalists, anti-globalisation campaigners and human rights advocates.
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About Ebola virus

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As of July 2014, the ongoing Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa holds the record for being the worst outbreak in the recorded history of the virus. The outbreak – which has affected the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – now has more than a thousand cases, in which more than half of those are confirmed.

Infections of Ebola virus cause a viral hemorrhagic (bleeding) fever officially known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola virus disease, a deadly disease with a fatality rate of up to 90%.

DEADLY VIRUS. This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo by Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC/AFP

Though more concentrated in parts of Africa, history shows that cases of infection have popped up in other countries as well, particularly here in the Philippines.

Here are few things that you need to know about Ebola virus and the disease that it causes.

1. Ebola outbreaks commonly occur in Central and West Africa.

Ebola was first detected in 1976 during simultaneous outbreaks that occurred in Nzara, Sudan, and Yambuku in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The virus received its name from the Ebola River found in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In the past 38 years, major outbreaks of the virus happened 6 times in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 3 times in South Sudan, 4 times in Gabon, Uganda, and the Republic of Congo, and once in Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa. The recent 2014 Ebola outbreaks are also in West African countries.

2. Ebola cases have also occurred in countries outside Africa, including the Philippines.

One case of human Ebola virus infection was recorded in the UK in 1976 after a laboratory accident.

In 1989, 1990, and 1996, the virus was detected in primate facilities in the Philippines that exported monkeys all over the globe, leading to 3 cases of viral infection among humans. In the same three years, monkeys exported from said facilities introduced the virus in the USA, causing 4 cases of human infection.
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