Reparaciones y distracciones

Estados Unidos está embarcado en una discusión por una posible “reparación” a los descendientes de esclavos propuesta por la izquierda 170 años después de la Guerra Civil. No se menciona los linchamientos que siguieron después y no es necesario ser un genio para saber cómo terminará esta discusión nacional ahora de moda.

Sin embargo, si vamos a discutir reparaciones por los brutales crímenes racistas cometidos contra un sector de la sociedad más de un siglo atrás, bien se podría empezar por hacer algo para reducir el rampante racismo actual.

Bien se podría comenzar por reparar a las víctimas de los numerosos y sangrientos golpes de Estados en diversas partes del mundo (en África y, sobre todo, en América Latina), crímenes internacionales que sus gobiernos perpetuaron, promovieron o apoyaron. Todos crímenes reconocidos por sus propios documentos desclasificados.

Para no entrar a hablar de guerras criminales como la más reciente de Irak o los cientos de prisioneros que fueron torturados en Guantánamo por una década antes de ser declarados inocentes y sin compensación alguna.

Muchas de estas víctimas y muchos de sus hijos todavía están vivos, porque toda esa barbarie no fue cometida hace un siglo sino más bien ayer, en términos históricos.

Entonces, señores, si de verdad queremos ser justos y buenos, recordemos que aquellos que no son ciudadanos estadounidenses también son seres humanos.

Claro que no daría ninguna fortuna para compensar una mínima fracción de tantas víctimas y lo mejor es siempre distraer la atención planteando imposibles.

 

JM, abril 2019.

 

Reparations and distractions

The United States is embarking on a discussion for a possible “reparation” to the descendants of slaves proposed by the left 170 years after the Civil War. There is no mention of the lynchings that followed, and it is not necessary to be a genius to know how this current national discussion will end.

However, if we are going to discuss reparations for the brutal racist crimes committed against a sector of society more than one century ago, we could begin by doing something to reduce the current rampant racism.

We could begin by repairing the victims of the numerous and bloody coup d’états to place brutal military dictatorships in numerous parts of the world (in Africa and, above all, in Latin America), international crimes that American governments perpetuated, promoted or supported. All crimes recognized by their own declassified documents.

Not to talk about criminal wars like the most recent in Iraq (“based on wrong information”) or the hundreds of prisoners who were tortured in Guantanamo for a decade before being declared innocent and without compensation.

Many of these victims and many of their children are still alive, because all that barbarism was not committed a century ago but rather yesterday, in historical terms.

So, Ladies and Gentlemen, if we really want to be fair and right, remember that those who are not US citizens are also human beings.

Of course, no country’s fortune would be enough to compensate a fraction of so many victims, and the best thing is always to distract people’s attention proposing some impossible nice idea.

 

JM, April 2019.

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The dark side of chocolate

CNN’s Richard Quest talks to filmmaker U. Roberto Romano, whose documentary “The Dark Side of Chocolate” investigates child labor and cocoa fields in the Ivory Coast.

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But before you bite into a chocolate bar or take a sip of hot cocoa, consider, where did it come from?

It may be that the treat is the product of someone else’s hard labor. The person who may have sold it or who may have made it may not even be an adult.

The International Labour Organization estimates between 56 and 72 million African children work in agriculture, many in their own family farms. The seven largest cocoa-producing countries are Indonesia, Nigeria, Cameron, Brazil, Ecuador, the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Those last two together account for nearly 60 percent of global cocoa production.

And right now, you can still find children working in the cocoa fields as Romano and his crew did to film “The Dark Side of Chocolate.”

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