dijous, 1 d’abril de 2004

Kosovo: La ONU y la limpieza étnica

Artículo aparecido en En lucha, No 94, Abril de 2004

Hasta la fecha, 28 personas —la mayoría de ellas serbios— han muerto en un nuevo brote de limpieza étnica en Kosovo. Un millar están heridos, y miles de personas —serbios y gitanos— han perdido sus casas. Durante los años 90, incidentes parecidos se utilizaron para justificar las sucesivas intervenciones militares en la región. Pero Kosovo lleva 5 años bajo la protección de la ONU. ¿Cómo, entonces, es posible que ocurran tales atrocidades?

11-14 March, 2004: The Democratic Rebellion

Socialist Review, April 2004

David Karvala reports from Barcelona on how the people overturned the government.

Until Thursday 11 March everything pointed to another victory for the Popular Party (PP) led by Aznar's nondescript replacement, Mariano Rajoy, in the general elections due that Sunday. The reasons are complex. Essentially, despite the more than 90 percent opposition to the war across the Spanish population, the parliamentary opposition parties had failed to convince people that they represent a real alternative to the right. Then, at around 7.40am on 11 March, bombs exploded on four commuter trains entering Madrid. The initial radio reports spoke of a dozen casualties, but the figures rose rapidly - the latest count is of 202 deaths - making it clear that this was a tragedy of enormous proportions.