Editor’s Note

Managing Peace

A long-standing yearning is that peace will prevail in the world, in a region, a country or a locality; however, achieving it is complex and laborious. There are those, as …

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The neoliberal reflux

It is not by chance rather by cause that, when the tremendous social and environmental impacts produced by the unbridled concentration of wealth became unveiled, a neoliberal reflux has appeared …

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Gagged understanding

The tremendous process of concentration of wealth that prevails in the world (62 people have concentrated the same wealth as 3.6 billion people) punishes large majorities keeping them poor or pushing them back in their level of life and so-hardly-fought rights, mercilessly destroys the environment with its irresponsible predatory action, undermines social cohesion and intensifies antagonisms among countries, enthrones endless greediness and the selfishness of just caring for one’s own interest without considering the aspirations and sufferings of the rest. In this context, the uneasiness expands at an alarming rate in multiple directions. It is not by chance that such lava of furiousness and frustration is not focused on transforming the diverse modalities that have the concentrating process, not the only but one of the main responsible factors for today’s commotion and instability. It happens that those who have seized the global course rudder have managed to implant mechanisms for diverting the transforming potential to prevent their interests and privileges being affected. These mechanisms are a powerful arsenal to manipulate and domesticate popular will: it combines dissuasive means (the power to impose and repress) with alienation and disorientation means (colonization of minds, trivialization of life, and alienation of conducts). The ability to understand what is going on becomes dangerously threaten. The articles of this issue of Opinion Sur, From inequality to instability, The accabadora, and The atomic bomb and the Olympic games, converge on the challenge to understand critical instances of our realities. Greetings The Editors

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Our world and that of the elites

Entrepreneurial, political, media and judiciary elites have seized the global rudder and that of many national governments establishing two overlapped worlds: one of the elites and the other of large majorities of population. The elites’ world commits a myriad of abuses that mercilessly punish the vulnerable, destroy the environment, and suck out the value generated by the entire humanity. To achieve that, it cultural and economically subdue the majorities; it appropriates strategic results that condition the trajectories of our societies and colonizes the minds to sterilize resistances. If that were not enough, elites have the power to destabilize popular-base democratic governments until they are ousted.   The challenge that many of us assume is transforming through political interventions this order imposed behind the back of the world population. It is a tough but necessary path to face. It is an uphill climb full of obstacles, such as: international agreements the elites try to impose in negotiations hidden from public opinion, the imposition of public policies that keep down defenses when face with the possibility of a new global crises, as well as by ignoring a diversity of collective heroes that struggle every day to restore better life spaces. These are issues we address this month, identifying problems and outlining possible, alternative courses of action. Greetings   The Editors

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