What’s going on with the world today (23/04/2017)?

I woke up today (Probably more like yesterday because I’m finishing this post a few hours from midnight) and asked this to myself, not because I was feeling sorry for the world or regretful on behalf of the human species, I asked this in the simplest sense of the question after realizing that I’m honestly not so sure. The advance in technology and specially communication is causing the world to change faster and faster and in my case, it doesn’t help to live a loner’s life alienated by choice from regular news, the only things I find out come in the form of memes from Facebook or at family dinners on holidays.  So, I decided to make a little research and this are the three main news I found out  today:

1.- War

The first article I came across was this:

“Mourning declared after scores of troops die in Afghan base attack”

by Abdul Matin and Hamid Shalizi

From: https://www.yahoo.com/news/death-toll-afghan-attack-rises-140-officials-052205812.html

Yes, apparently half or even more than half of the world is currently at war, here is the map I found in Wikipedia that shows the places of the ongoing conflicts (all the painted areas).

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Taken from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ongoing_armed_conflicts#/media/File:Ongoing_conflicts_around_the_world.svg

I was surprised not to see U.S.A., but then I realized that the map refers only to the places where the war is actually taking place, in other words, to my understanding, these are the places where bullets are flying and bombs are exploding. I was planning on commenting about war, but that has to be another post, it’s too much of a subject to comment on a paragraph.

2.- Science (In protest)

Second article I found:

“March for Science: Protesters gather worldwide to support ‘evidence’”

By Laura Smith-Spark and Jason Hanna

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From: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/22/health/global-march-for-science/index.html

 

International Marches took place today as a respond from many people to the threats of the President of USA Donald Trump, about making cuts to the budget that support scientific research and programs. I believe this must be treated carefully because, even though, our first instinct may be to sign up for the next protest near you, maybe making cuts to the budget isn’t the worst idea ever, they don’t have to be if they are made in a smart way, I mean, does people really need millions of dollars spent for research about Mars? Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s amazing all the latest discoveries about space, but is that a priority over fighting drug abuse, domestic violence or the decrease of education’s quality? Now, if the cuts to the budget are directed to close projects related with global warming or medical research and investing in more weapons of mass destruction then I guess I would have no choice but to be signed up in the next protest.

 3.- More War

The third article:

“Sure hope the US doesn’t go to war with North Korea over the weekend”

By Dylan Matthews, Naomi Shavin, and Dara Lind

From: http://www.vox.com/2017/4/14/15300224/vox-sentences-north-korea-nuclear-test

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First, I want you to know that I tried to end this post with something interesting and perhaps cheering, but this one looks too important not to mention. So, it seems nuclear missile tests will probably take place tomorrow on behalf of North Korea, in response, President of USA, Mr. Donald Trump has sent an aircraft carrier directed to North Korea as a warning sign.

I was shocked, like I said, I’ve avoided what’s happening with the world for a while, however, after chatting about it with a friend, she told me that even though things have been escalating for a while now, and the situation is pretty tense, it always seems as if tomorrow was going to start the Third World War, and that I shouldn’t worry about it. I guess she is right, I remembered that the reason why I stopped following the news was because 99% of the times it won’t matter if you saw them or not, what you can do with the information you get as small pills is pretty limited and 100% of the times you’ll feel like the world is about to explode, but in case she isn’t right, well, thanks for reading this post, and good luck on WW3!

Is Hard to Be Outside of Politics

“Politics (from Greek: Politiká: Politika, definition “affairs of the cities”) is the process of making decisions applying to all members of each group. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organized control over a human community, particularly a state. Furthermore, politics is the study or practice of the distribution of power and resources within a given community (this is usually a hierarchically organized population) as well as the interrelationship(s) between communities.”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics

The last few years, I’ve gradually stepped aside of all political debates, at least, that’s been my intention. When I was in law school there was a time I thought that I had to be updated in daily political news, after all, my plan was to work as a lawyer someday and laws are always changing (especially in little third world countries like my dear Ecuador) that’s why to be aware of what’s currently happening in my country and the world, just made sense. I started to follow the news, it was exciting, I found lots of intelligent people, you could easily pick up a vibe and start to divide the participants between good guys and bad, there was information everywhere and after a few weeks I even started to feel smarter. It became pretty clear that the government of ‘Alianza País’ led by the president Rafael Correa, were involved in a race to get control of all the powers of the Estate, but in a disguised way, backed up by the constitution they’ve changed to their will. This was heavily criticized from the beginning, even before the change of the constitution, the opposition had some of the smartest people at their disposal, and I thought we had a chance.

But with the passing of time nothing concrete was achieved, it appeared I was always on the losing side, and it became a little depressing, like a never-ending soap opera with no happy ending to be expected. I had still some hopes, but they were gradually killed by the fact that the government started to take over the media, and all news had to fit into the government requirements, which basically meant that if you’re news weren’t going to show a positive aspect of the government or a negative aspect of the opposition, they were soon to be taken out of the air, a big lawsuit was coming your way (or a direct fine if you were lucky) and not so subtle threats to you or your family were to be expected. This transformed the TV news in a continuous propaganda in favor of the government, and after a few weeks of it I was physically sick from it, headaches and anger were becoming more and more common, particularly  when I started to see that this propaganda was actually drilling people’s minds, the majority believed all the bullshit they were served, so in order to avoid becoming a maniac that tries to insert some sense in other people mind’s with a bat or a gun (face it, we’ve all thought about it at some point), I decided to avoid politics at all costs.

Time has passed and after 10 years of the same, now that terrible politics are submerging the country in debt and unemployment, I’ve stumbled in social media with some critics that actually make sense, finally people are waking up, not everybody, not at the rhythm I’d like to, but it felt like there was hope again to see a change.

It was election time just a few weeks ago, tension was at its peak, and the whispers of a fraud from the government were everywhere, I got hooked again, and now in the shape of a social media follower. Fraud took place, protests went to the streets but the government managed to keep them down by force and now it seems again that my little country is in the hands of the same dictatorship of the last 10 years, we’re heading surprisingly fast to become Venezuela, which btw is in the fast track to become Cuba. And once again, I hate politics, I must remember not to get my hopes up, and try to find a way to survive, democracy works when the big majority isn’t stupid enough to be convinced by thieves, again and again and again, and those that are able to see them like they really are, shouldn’t pay the price of being in the same boat, but sadly we are, so if you´re like me I recommend to stay away from politics, and focus more on saving yourself, after all, it’s not in your hands.

In case somebody is curious about the story behind the post: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/opposition-alleges-fraud-ecuador-presidential-vote-170403032910316.html