• Migrations and devastated societies

    In this issue of Opinion Sur we address two closely related topics: contemporary migratory flows and the reconstruction of devastated countries. Migratory flows have strongly contributed to humanity’s development and, nevertheless, there has always been xenophobia. This is intensified in times of crises such as the present where migrants appear as scapegoats of the disasters produced by the unbridled concentration of wealth and the consequent decisional power. Xenophobic sectors do not understand that they, as much as the migrants, are the victims of the same process that generates tremendous social inequalities within all societies and drastically impoverishes the countries that …

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  • The recovery of devastated countries

    Powerful international groups together with local accomplices have swept away entire countries. The reconstruction of those countries is now a great challenge as it is not about restoring the same processes that took them to the debacle but rather to establish other courses and ways of functioning. A myriad of countries have been swept away by the action of powerful international groups operating with local accomplices. They have made profit out of an endless greed and harsh indifference for the consequences with which they punished large majorities. Recovering those devastated countries does not mean restoring old-time processes that one way …

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  • The Honorable Exception

    Without a successful prior revolution, especially a real “bourgeois” revolution, democracy is a sham and an empty word.[1]  In Central America, only Costa Rica had a successful one.  But it was the exception.  In many other countries in that region, democratic revolutions were thwarted by the United States.  During the cold war, the US was driven by a fear of its values when others made them their own.  Now that America is closing its doors to immigrants who are in search of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness denied to them at home, it might become an enemy of …

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  • Policies to reduce ecological deficits

    What will it take to reduce or eliminate ecological deficits? The task is huge, but it does not necessarily involve high economic costs in all cases. Most ecological deficits arise from the GDAE Working Paper No. 19-01: Responding to Economic and Ecological Deficits 11 exploitation of “free” or low-priced natural resources. Putting a proper price on these resources can be consistent with both good economic theory and sound ecological principles, and generally implies a shift in economic techniques and activities rather than an absolute cost. In some cases, greater efficiency in resource use can save money as well as reduce …

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  • Initiatives

    Threatened humanity: one million endangered species Read Universal Declaration of Human Rights Read Joan Baez – No nos moveran (They will not move us)

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  • Reflections

    Regarding the fair and the strong Not being able to make what is fair strong, we have made the strong fair. Juan Bautista Alberdi Regarding the system that does not love people To say it bluntly: the prevailing world system does not love people. It loves material goods, loves the worker’s labor force, his muscles, his knowledge, his artistic production and his consumption capacity. But it does not freely love people as people. Preaching love and shouting: “let us love one another as we love ourselves” is being revolutionary. It is being absolutely anti dominant culture. Leonardo Boff Regarding why …

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