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O alerta de Stefan Zweig

A minha crónica no i.

O alerta de Stefan Zweig

Durante anos fiz orelhas moucas sempre que o meu pai me dizia para ler os livros de Stefan Zweig que estavam lá em casa. Em plena década de 90, numa época de paz, à porta do fim da história, sem que se vislumbrasse o que pusesse termo à prosperidade mundial que se vivia, os livros de Zweig eram de outro tempo.

Como o próprio refere no seu “O Mundo de Ontem – Recordações De Um Europeu”, a sua vida, desde 1881 até 1942, passou por altos e baixos, perdas e conquistas que consideramos inimagináveis. Nascido em Viena quando o Império Austro-Húngaro ainda dominava o centro-sul da Europa e a sua capital era um dos seus centros culturais, Zweig conheceu o Velho Continente do séc. XIX, por onde se viajava sem passaporte e sem que se justificasse para onde se ia, porque se ia e por quanto tempo.

Tudo isso Zweig viu desaparecer com a I Guerra Mundial, a inflação, que veio logo a seguir, e a guerra que irrompeu em 1939 e que ele não viu terminar, em 1945. O mundo pacífico de Zweig, que o próprio pretendia aproveitar para criar arte, tornou–se um tumulto, uma balbúrdia que o obrigou a fugir do seu país e a terminar os seus dias num local onde ele, um cidadão do mundo, não se sentia em casa.

Li nesta primavera “O Mundo de Ontem”, de Zweig. Pareceu-me propícia a altura para que não me esqueça de que nada é garantido. Nascido num mundo seguro semelhante ao nosso, Zweig tornou-se um apátrida sem lugar e sem referências. Escreveu para nos dizer como era e, fazendo-o, avisou-nos dos riscos de como pode voltar a ser.

 

Atentado terrorista em Barcelona

Um morto e 20 feridos. Carrinha atropela dezenas de pessoas em Barcelona

Uma carrinha atropelou dezenas de pessoas nas Ramblas, centro de Barcelona. Haverá pelo menos um morto e 20 feridos. Polícia admite ataque terrorista. Atacantes refugiados em restaurante.

Trumpices caseiras

António Costa inspira-se em Trump.

Internet Livre

Com todos os ataques à Liberdade de Expressão (YouTube Heroes (React), Adpocalypse, Restricted Mode, Controversial (!) & Censorship,  Google UK’s Internet Citizens,  Twitter’s Block Lists,  Wikipedia Edit-a-thon,  shadowbanning,  safe spaces,  biased news curating, …), começa a ser importante estar em soluções alternativas. Aqui ficam as sugestões da Prism Break, referidas neste vídeo:

Se começarem a usar alguma destas plataformas(ou já começaram, por favor deixem as vossas impressões nos comentários.

A próxima ronda de ataques a estátuas?

Adenda: Theodore Roosevelt não escapa. Monte Rushmore já não garante nada.

Ben Shapiro Vs Trump?

Uma perspectiva rara e uma crítica racional a Trump. Já agora, uma definição mais restrita de Alt-Right e uma comparação com a Alt-Left que interessa conhecer.
E por fim, uma descrição do que aconteceu em Charlottesville sem filtro dos legacy media.

The Rise of the Violent Left

The Rise of the Violent Left. Por Peter Beinart.

Antifa’s activists say they’re battling burgeoning authoritarianism on the American right. Are they fueling it instead?

(…) Antifa believes it is pursuing the opposite of authoritarianism. Many of its activists oppose the very notion of a centralized state. But in the name of protecting the vulnerable, antifascists have granted themselves the authority to decide which Americans may publicly assemble and which may not. That authority rests on no democratic foundation. Unlike the politicians they revile, the men and women of antifa cannot be voted out of office. Generally, they don’t even disclose their names.

Trump & Coreia do Norte – Porquê

Só por estes dias descobri este relatório da Quartz, pouco notado na imprensa (Independent, NY Post, Business Insider)

North Korea is sitting on trillions of dollars of untapped wealth, and its neighbors want in

Acho… estranho esta história não ter muito mais exposição.

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Trump & Coreia do Norte – Como

Há muito ruído nos legacy media nacionais e internacionais sobre a relação EUA-Coreia do Norte (enfim) nas últimas semanas. De todas as explicações que tenho ouvido, creio que esta é a melhor na explicação do comportamento de Trump e do Rex Tillerson, pelo habitualmente correcto Scott Adams:

Pound v euro

Brexit pain for holidaymakers as pound expected to fall further against euro

Sterling is trading at €1.09 after collapsing from €1.31 on the day before the UK voted to quit the European Union in June 2016.

This has meant Brits holidaying in the likes of Spain and Italy have had their spending power slashed, which has meant more people than usual opting for “staycations” in the UK despite some poor summer weather.

Continue reading “Pound v euro”

Google Goolag – James Damore

Why I Was Fired by Google

I was fired by Google this past Monday for a document that I wrote and circulated internally raising questions about cultural taboos and how they cloud our thinking about gender diversity at the company and in the wider tech sector. I suggested that at least some of the male-female disparity in tech could be attributed to biological differences (and, yes, I said that bias against women was a factor too). Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai declared that portions of my statement violated the company’s code of conduct and “cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”

My 10-page document set out what I considered a reasoned, well-researched, good-faith argument, but as I wrote, the viewpoint I was putting forward is generally suppressed at Google because of the company’s “ideological echo chamber.” My firing neatly confirms that point. How did Google, the company that hires the smartest people in the world, become so ideologically driven and intolerant of scientific debate and reasoned argument?

The Franco-British Union

When Britain and France Almost Merged Into One Country

On June 16, 1940, with Nazi Germany on the brink of crushing France, British prime minister Winston Churchill and French undersecretary of defense Charles de Gaulle met for lunch at the Carlton Club in London. These two great symbols of patriotism and national independence made an incredible agreement: Britain and France should be united into a single country called the “Franco-British Union.”

This was just two weeks after British and French troops were rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk, where they had become surrounded by German troops—a story captured in the new Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk. Although that battle story is fairly well known, the accompanying political drama that almost saw Britain and France merge is now largely forgotten. But the drama of that near-fusion can help explain the origins of European integration—and the reasons why Britain ultimately pulled away from the European Union in the decision we know as Brexit.

Continue reading “The Franco-British Union”

Google: “any view not left (of) center is not welcome.”

Google Cancels “Diversity Meeting” After Employee Leaks To “Right-Wing” Websites

Remaking Latin American Politics

Uma perspectiva excessivamente conspirativa (a extrema-esquerda tende a projectar nos outros uma replicação dos seus próprios padrões de organização) e muito marcada ideologicamente, mas ainda assim interessante sobre o notável trabalho de Alejandro Chafuen e da Atlas Network na defesa e promoção da liberdade por todo o mundo: Sphere of Influence: How American Libertarians Are Remaking Latin American Politics.

PGR Venezuelana afastada

Finalmente. Esta agente imperialista foi afastada pela Constituinte.

Fico a aguardar a condenação por parte de PCP e Bloco.
Ou então já sabemos o que PCP e Bloco farão quando se conseguirem ver livres do Costa.

Sexy (enquanto podemos)

Com toda esta ofensiva, vamos aproveitar o Verão enquanto podemos, com Irina e Agent Provocateur:

PS: Música cortesia de Optimist – Sexy Toy.
PS2: A mesma Agent Provocateur fez o melhor anúncio de cinema de todos os tempos: Kylie Minogue & Agent Provocateur cinema ad.

Macron e a liberdade de circulação na UE

Acumulam-se cada vez mais sinais preocupantes para o futuro da UE: Macron plots free movement CRACKDOWN: French president on course for huge EU row

But the Swedish PM now has a particularly powerful ally in the form of Mr Macron, who has taken a surprisingly tough line on internal EU migration since his election in a bid to assuage supporters of Marine Le Pen.

The new Paris chief has railed against Polish haulage firms for undercutting French businesses and has vowed to put an end to cheap Eastern European labour which he says is dragging down people’s working conditions.

Eastern European leaders have been caught by surprise by the way Mr Macron, who was painted as the saviour of the EU during his election campaign, has aggressively attacked one of the bloc’s founding principles.

O PCP e o modelo chavista-madurista de democracia

PCP saúda o povo venezuelano pela defesa da democracia e da Paz

Polícia prende líderes da oposição na Venezuela

Venezuela: líderes da oposição levados para parte incerta

Francisco Veloso, the new Dean of Imperial College Business School

O primeiro dia de uma grande contratação por parte do Imperial College: ‘Innovation happens when you mix technology and business’ says new Dean

Professor Francisco Veloso talks about his new role as Dean of Imperial College Business School and the importance of innovation across the College.

Before joining Imperial, Professor Veloso was Dean of the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics in Portugal.

On his first day he spoke to Laura Singleton about his thoughts on becoming Dean at the Business School and a bit about his interests outside of work.

Compreender o putinismo LXXX

O Ocidente quer destruir a santa mãe rússia de Putin. Como? Com um brinquedo que veio substituir o Pokemon Go e o bandido Alexey Navalny.

Have you tried the fidget spinner? The toy that enjoys a wave of global popularity has now also reached Russia – only to be blamed on national TV for being instrumental in a conspiracy to topple the Kremlin leaders.

 

Trumpgate #37 – A visão de um Progressista

Gosto de ler sobre um assunto diversos pontos de vista.
Aqui fica mais um, de alguém que não gosta de Trump (ou “Donnie Tiny Hands” nas palavras dele), que lê a comunicação mainstream, mas que vai mais fundo. Aconselho:

Fico à espera dos que me vão dizer que este vídeo não é credível porque estes três são grande fãs de Trump. 🙂

Nota: Para evitar isto, obviamente este artigo complementa este meu e este do Bruno.
Leitura adicional: Ensaio sobre a Cegueira Política (Bruno no Jornal Económico)

Compreender o putinismo LXIX

Punitive Psychiatry Reemerges in Post-Soviet States, de Madeline Roache.

Discarded after the Soviet collapse, punitive psychiatry has reappeared again in Russia under President Vladimir Putin, as well as in some neighboring states.

Last summer, Crimean Tatar political activist Ilmi Umerov was receiving treatment for high blood pressure in a Simferopol hospital when FSB officers showed up one day and hauled him off to a psychiatric facility for an evaluation. Umerov, a former deputy chairman of the Mejlis, the Crimean Tatar representative body, had been a vocal critic of Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

In May 2016, the FSB charged him with criminal separatism after he declared, in Tatar: “We must force Russia to withdraw from Crimea.” At the psychiatric facility, a doctor quickly let him know that he would be punished, not treated. “You just need to admit that you’re wrong, and everybody will stop bothering you,” Umerov, in an interview with Euromaidan Press, quoted the doctor as saying. “Simple as that.” When Umerov would not make a deal, he was detained at the facility.

The conditions he endured were appalling. According to his lawyers, he was kept in an overcrowded room with severely mentally ill patients, denied access to his heart and diabetes medications, and forced to go long stretches of time without food.

Umerov was released three weeks later, but he remained subject to criminal prosecution. His trial commenced in June. Human rights activists point to Umerov’s case as an indicator of a troubling resurgence of punitive psychiatry in the former Soviet space.

The practice of using psychiatry to punish religious and political dissidents, including many well-known writers and artists, became notorious during the late Soviet era. The method was reportedly the brainchild of then-KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov, who saw psychiatry as a tool of systematic political repression: victims would be released only after retracting “wrong ideas” that the authorities deemed dangerous to Kremlin rule.

Discarded after the Soviet collapse, punitive psychiatry has reappeared again in Russia under President Vladimir Putin, as well as in some neighboring states.

Over the past five years across the former Soviet Union, more than 30 similar instances have been documented in which activists and journalists have been improperly detained in psychiatric institutions, sometimes for as long as 10 years, reports the Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry (FGIP), a human rights watchdog. Experts say the real number of victims could be considerably higher. (…)

O PCP, o Augusto Santos Silva e a Venezuela

Entre o nojo e um ministro aldrabão.

Trumpices

Trumpismo no seu melhor. As autoridades podem apreender a propriedade de pessoas que nem sequer estão acusadas de crime, incluíndo em estados onde esta forma de roubo se encontra banida. Só pode ser fake news pois a fonte é jornalista da CBS.

Trumpices

O Trump parece que está a esforçar-se para manter vivo e bem nutrido o Russia Gate.

Press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed Trump and Putin spoke at the G-20 heads of state dinner, hours after their formal bilateral sit-down. But he wasn’t able to say how long they spoke or what they discussed.

According to Tuesday reports, in their second conversation, Trump spoke with the Russian leader for roughly an hour, joined only by Putin’s translator. The meeting had previously gone without mention by the administration.

“There was a couples only social dinner at the G-20. Toward the end, the president spoke to Putin at the dinner,” National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton said.

Trump’s interactions with Putin are the subject of particularly intense scrutiny in the U.S., because of the ongoing special counsel and congressional investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

That Trump was not joined in the conversation by his own translator is a breach of national security protocol, according to Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, though one that the president likely would not know about.

O novo normal anormal de Trump parece passar por interromper a história do encontro do Donald Jr para anunciar o seu próprio segundo encontro com Vladimir Putin (até ao momento) mantido em segredo. Numa ideia, a doutrina Trump reside na capacidade de distracção de tudo o que o que o próprio Trump e a sua família fazem com o precioso detalhe do Presidente norte-americano de se ter reunido a sós com o bully do Kremlin e do tradutor russo.

Leitura complementar: Trump, Russia, and the Misconduct of Public Men.

 

Nova Cidadania 62

Está à venda o nr 62 da revista Nova Cidadania, que inclui um dossier especial sobre comércio internacional para o qual eu e Carlos Guimarães Pinto fomos dois dos autores que contribuíram.

PCP reitera apoio ao regime de Maduro na Venezuela

Comunistas portugueses defendem Maduro

O PCP afirma que esta “violenta investida golpista” contra Caracas é uma “contraofensiva lançada pelo imperialismo” para “reverter os avanços e conquistas” — “democráticas e progressistas” — conseguidas pelos países da América Latina como a Venezuela.

No comunicado do gabinete de imprensa, o PCP “reafirma a solidariedade com o povo”, com o Governo de Nicolas Maduro e as “forças patrióticas, progressistas e revolucionárias”.

Daft Punk medley – Bastille Day parade with Trump and Macron

A Verdade faz-vos-á Racistas (!)

San Fran Transit: We Refuse To Release Crime Surveillance Videos Because It Will Make People Racist.

So, when Allen pressed for the rationale behind withholding the important evidence from the public, she was eventually told the release of the videos “would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”

In an email, Allen inquired: “I don’t understand what role the color of one’s skin plays in this issue [of whether to divulge information]. Can you explain?”

“If we were to regularly feed the news media video of crimes on our system that involve minority suspects, particularly when they are minors, we would certainly face questions as to why we were sensationalizing relatively minor crimes and perpetuating false stereotypes in the process,” responded BART Assistant General Manager Kerry Hamill.

Muito bom. Vídeos que vão contra os interesses de uma instituição não podem ser divulgados. Porque é que ninguém se lembrou disto antes?