Monthly Archives: July 2006

Zizou: An excellent op-ed piece

Read this excellent op-ed piece, En honor de Zinédine Zidane, by Darío Valcarcel from the Spanish daily ABC (ironically from one of Spain’s most conservative newpapers). I guess I think it is excellent because it follows much of my line of thinking on this issue. In any event, it is nice to see someone offended by (i) intolerance and (ii) winning at any cost. Don’t worry, I have come to terms with the whole thing. Soon we’ll be back to jamón conspiracy theories and other digressions. Take a deep breath, we’re almost there . . .



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La Resistance: It was fun while it lasted

Rage Against the Machine

I have decided to end my political activism and radicalism with regards to Zizou’s famous cry of “basta ya“. It has been loads of fun. I encounted my alter ego as a soap box orator. Yet, now my past three sleepless nights of indignation have concluded. But before retiring completely, I would like to thank the Men in Black for their support in their recent post, William for his disucssions on this matter, Waya for her empathy, Berga for running the political campaign, and my brother for his “Rage Against the Machine” inspiration. Finally I would like to conclude with the following thoughts:

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Cry Freedom

¡Basta Ya!

Or as Condolezza Rice said:

There comes a time in the life of every nation where its people refuse to accept the status quo that demeans their basic humanity. There comes a time when people take control of their own lives


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It explodes

Does it explode?

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

-Langston Hughes

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Sticks and Stones and Zizou is still King!


When I was a kid we had this saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” But, that is an easy lesson for those who grow up as the majority class, who are not immigrants, or who have never been discriminated against. We may never know exactly what Materazzi said to Zidane, but my guess is that is was something racist or xenophobic. So, what lesson do we have to learn from this? In my mind, there is a very clear lesson. It doesn’t matter how great you are, insults still hurt. The World Cup which celebrates tolerance, multi-culturalism, and internationalism should not dethrown Zizou, but understand that even the greatest of the world’s stars is still subject to cheap, insenstive insults. The world is converging (just look at the make up of the French team), but there is still a long way to go. What is a horrible shame is that today the news media have depicted Zidane as someone who lost his cool under pressure, and yet Materazzi is a national hero. What are we valuing in society? How would you have reacted? Which side of the fence do you want to stand on? This is the sad reality of a politically incorrect Europe that permits racist remarks because it is always the offended that bears the responsibility for not being offended and the offender? Is clever? . . .

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Carnets de Routes Guatemala: Du 8 au 13 avril 2006

Guatemala Semana Santa

Most of my friends have much more interesting lives than I do. Thus, I am taking the initiative of posting some of their stories. For example, soon you will find interviews with el Granuja and Manolo. To begin with, here is Fadi’s Holy Week story of Antigua, Guatamala (written in French):

Cervantès a si bien su pétrir la triste réalité de la prose quotidienne pour la transformer en poésie croustillante et en illusion satisfaisant l’imaginaire: le Quichotte en preux chevalier avec un « Don pour titre », la roturière –injustement assimilée par la psyché collective à une prostituée !!!– en Dulcinée, les moulins en châteaux (en Espagne bien sûr)… sublimation que nous avons de plus en plus du mal à envisager au quotidien surtout quand, dans le monde du développement auquel je pense appartenir, nous avons à attaquer la pauvreté. Continue reading

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Actualización de los apodos

Sinfonia por Bergantinski 

Si hubiese un premio al compañero con mayor número de apodos en FON, el ganador sería sin duda Mundo Reactivo. No solo se le conoce por Mundo Reacitvo sino también por Mundo, Uranium World, Cantimpalos, Kamikaze (entre otros), y también ahora por el Satelite. A continuación os ofrezco una lista actualizada de los apodos de mis compañeros en FON . . .

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