|Central American University - UCA
Number 310 | Mayo 2007
Where Are We Heading?
President Daniel Ortega stated that his government
is constructing a new economic, social and political model
to free Nicaragua from the international institutions and set up
a “direct democracy” in which the “people are the President.”
Are we really headed for this future, and is it
a real goal or only a pipe dream?... continuar...
THREE MINISTERS FIRED ALREADY In the first hundred days of his new government, President Ortega fired three Cabinet ministers, all of them women. The first, only days after assuming her post,... continuar...
Rural Development Can’t Be Resolved in Secret
This long-time leader of the rural cooperative movement
discusses his grave concerns about the new government’s rural policy
and about international cooperation for rural development.... continuar...
We Can’t Go on Paying Our Teachers Miserable Salaries
The new government’s announcement that public school education
would again be free of charge received a strong round of applause,
but such a brusque and improvised change
immediately created conflicts.... continuar...
A Thirsty Country with Lots of Water
“Water is blood’s only eternity. Its strength, made into blood.
Its restlessness, made into blood. Its violent longing for wind and sky, made into blood. Tomorrow they will say that blood became dust; tomorrow the blood will be dried... The river will take charge of the destroyed kidneys and in the middle of the desert the cross of bones
will ask in vain for water to return to men’s bodies....”
Tragic cry of Nicaraguan poet Joaquín Pasos (1914-1947),
more timely every day.... continuar...
A Polarized, Pissed-Off Country
The Mexican state is falling apart as drug traffickers, bankers and major media impose their will, bolstering an exclusionary neoliberal model that cranks out both multimillionaires and penniless emigrants. A wave of indignation is growing in the face of such inequality, with those at the bottom organizing in various ways.... continuar...
On the Decriminalization of Abortion
On April 23, after a tense and intense debate in all spheres of society, two-thirds vote of the Federal District’s legislature voted to decriminalize first-quarter abortions in Mexico’s capital,
thus giving women there the right to decide
whether to end their pregnancy. One woman with years of experience defending women’s rights shared her thoughts with envío following this historic decision.... continuar...
Knowledge in These Times Of a la Carte Research
There’s little reflection on the influence that international cooperation
from the North is having on the South’s researchers, their work
and the knowledge they’re producing here in Central America.
But there’s a real need to reflect and question.
We’re living in an era of a la carte research
that has turned researchers into service providers.
What are the political and cultural consequences of this?... continuar...
Bush-Lula: The Ethanol Alliance
Bio-diesel and other bio-fuels such as sugar cane and corn ethanol, are a topic of debate in political circles, the media and universities. This Brazilian author, dedicated to ethics and ecology, reflects on the Bush-Lula alliance to control
the world’s biofuel production.... continuar...