|Central American University - UCA
Number 377 | Diciembre 2012
Spaces are opening and closing
In a historic ruling, the International Court of Justice has finally recognized Nicaragua’s right to over 90,000 square kilometers of the Caribbean Sea off our coasts as an exclusive economic zone, nearly doubling the country’s size. Until November 19 that entire area was under Colombia’s sovereignty. Paradoxically, while international law is opening spaces of maritime sovereignty to us, our own national government is increasingly
closing down our spaces of citizens’ sovereignty.... continuar...
NICARAGUAN JOY Part of the November 26 message from the Communication and Citizenship coordinator reverberates with celebrations of The Hague court ruling and the three-noun slogan she’s chosen... continuar...
The tax reform: As unjust as ever
This analysis of the recently approved tax reform
describes how the government and business elite
conspired to change the country’s unjust tax system
just enough that everything will stay the same.
It also discusses the differences between
economic growth and sustainable development,
as well as the elements that are needed—
and seemingly not on the agenda—
to attain the latter.... continuar...
Young people who want to transform the country
A new institutional framework is being set up
to encourage youth participation in El Salvador.
There’s still some way to go to meet this objective.
But while this is being worked on,
examples already exist of youth organizations on the left
determined to change the unjust structures they’ve inherited.
They know they are the heirs to a long history of resistance
and are fighting enthusiastically to transform their country,
which means fighting the dominant culture,
the de-politicization and the dispersion.... continuar...
The primary elections were just one more shortcut
The population spent all of 2012 amid violence, insecurity
and the scandalous proselytizing of the three political parties
that participated in the November 18 primary elections.
We’re still in an economic quagmire, impunity still prevails
and the shortcuts the political and business leadership
have been scheming since the 2009 coup
to avoid giving up privileges and advantages,
don’t seem to be taking us anywhere
worth going to.... continuar...
The ecological crisis in its temporal dimension
This article explores some of the ways
the ecological crisis clashes with our acceleration of time.
It teaches us that preserving, restoring and caring for
both ecosystems and personal relationships take time and effort.
And it warns us very clearly that time is running out:
if we don’t have time for life, our civilization is doomed.... continuar...