So! (en) |The middle ground between the poles: Soviet design V Capitalist design

In my October article for PETRIe, I wrote about Soviet design and, particularly, about Soviet consumers. They have lived the transition from nauseating shortage to disparate abundance; from an economy strictly planned by the State to the one driven by the market. Are these people enjoying the vast Continue reading “So! (en) |The middle ground between the poles: Soviet design V Capitalist design”

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ALÓ (es) | Una verdadera Unión paritaria: ¿federalismo o disolución?

En los años 50 un grupo de idealistas se pusieron manos a la obra para dotar de vida a un sueño común, el de crear una Europa unida, pacífica y próspera mediante la cooperación económica. Creían, estos padres fundadores, que un continente con un mercado interdependiente reduciría el conflicto en una Europa que apenas se estaba recuperando de las consecuencias de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y se adentraba en una época de tensiones políticas y militares entre el este y el oeste. Continue reading “ALÓ (es) | Una verdadera Unión paritaria: ¿federalismo o disolución?”

So! (en) | Radio piece on Colombia’s historic peace deal

The deal brought an end to a 52-year-old war with las FARC, however, the ultimate choice was on the hands of the Colombian people who rejected the deal in the referendum of October, 2nd. Will peace eventually come to Colombia?

International media  is unanimous; Colombians missed the opportunity to reunite a divided country.  The BBC compares the Colombian referendum to the Brexit one: neither the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos,  nor David Cameron expected those results. The New York Times blames, not only the content of the accord that gives FARC many privileges, but specially Juan Manuel Santo’s public governance. Probably, the most fierce critic comes from Spain. A possible explanation for this may be the activity of the terrorist band, ETA between the years 1959 –  2011, and that it is still a very sensitive issue in the country. In an opinion article, the Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, celebrates the bravery of those who voted against the deal. The piece defends Colombians’ rejection, and points out that those who committed horrendous crimes shouldn’t be given such privileges.

In order to understand a bit more about the peace accord and what it represents for the country, I spoke with two Colombian friends: Natalia and Adriana. They both agree that is time for peace to come to Colombia. Because, as Natalia says, this is an opportunity to try something different, and talk about how, all together, make a better Colombia.

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