The Friends of Jorge Luis Borges Worldwide Society
I hope nobody lost the article “The Patrimony of Blindness” by Ramon Aguiló Obrador published yesterday in the printed edition, in which he reflects on the case Kodama versus Fernandez-Mallo.
Ramón [Aguiló Obrador] wrote: “(Kodama) married Borges in Paraguay violating the Argentine and Paraguayan laws on divorce and bigamy, which cast serious doubts on her claimed legal status of widow”.
This is not the first time that I hear Kodama´s title of widow being challenged. Another victim of Maria Kodama has spend years denouncing that she is a “false widow of Borges”. I speak of Miguel Angel Meizoso, a man who has much to say to the world and to Majorca.
We are going to leave for another moment what Meizoso has to tell the world. It is old and painful, and it affects well-known personalities, who may have contributed to violate human rights by their negligence. The last 31 years Meizoso has been unable to see his daughters.
What he has to tell Majorca has to do with Borges. Meizoso chairs a foundation3 which owns a estate in Valldemossa, Can Mossenya, that was created to protect that estate, in which he organized an international symposium on Borges. But Meizoso has been unable to set foot in Majorca for years now, because a few Mafiosi, according to his words, want to undo the Foundation.
And they have managed that the administration of “Justice” investigates him for something really unusual and undemonstrable: to have created a foundation to enrich himself. That is to say, for a future crime. It seems that what Meizoso has done is to put much of his money into protecting Can Mossenya. And he deeply regrets to have done it.
Meizoso is a doctor in Psychology and lives in London. He has declared that Kodama has participated in this campaign of defamation, trying to prevent him from leading any association of Friends of Borges, and that she team with Jaume Matas, Rosa Estarás, the town mayor Joan Muntaner Marroig and the Balearic media tycoon Pedro Serra”. But he indicates the involvement of other people: "the intellectual author of this criminal plot (...) who were it not for the bankruptcy of Spain would be committing another fraud in Can Mossenya with the "real estate development called Saint John Baptist" is no other than Maria Antonia Munar". In the end, Meizoso denounces that the criminal plot against him has been instigated by the Majorca Unionist gang. He denounced to the investigative magistrate of this case, Ana San Jose Cabero, the betrayal of local solicitors one after another, one of them for being member of the UM circle (Josep Rosselló Salamanca) and others because they sold themselves as experts to reform the Balearic Autonomic Charter (Ribas Garau and Pons Irazazábal). What if Meizoso is not a paranoiac and he is telling the truth?
Meizoso thinks that they want to remove him from Can Mossenya to make lucrative deals with the protected estate. It is true that everything looks murky and a bit confusing, and that is not Kodama who can do such deals. The property is a monument to the memory of Borges in Valldemossa, and to a friend of his young years Jacobo Sureda.
If the story is as Meizoso reports, he represents the original will of the previous owner of Can Mossenya, Pilar Montaner, who wanted to preserve the estate; and Kodama with a few Majorcans are seeking to make business. Kodama called Meizoso fraudster an "ordinary criminal" and told the press: “I know that he knew Borges, in the Seventies, in Paris. I know it because Borges himself warned me: `With this man none should share even a glass of water' ". Marieta, it impossible to believe you.
Meizoso has stated that he did not knew personally the man Borges.
Now that Kodama has provide new evidence of her voracity for money, in the case of the remake of "El Hacedor", it may make easier to place the label of swindler to the person who deserves it. Meizoso, of course, knows a lot about Borges. I have had the occasion to listen to him speak on the subject and his scholarship is beyond doubt. Kodama has shown abundantly that she does not. She acknowledge she had not read the book by Agustín Fernandez Mallo that she had managed to forbid. Equally she may not have read a line of the author she is exploiting to make a comfortable living. I do not know if Borges can be call her husband.
Meizoso has denounced that he has been persecuted because “the political authorities of Valldemossa wants to benefit from an illegal real estate development in the estate protected by the Foundation". He is victim of an European Arrest Warrant issued by an investigative magistrate from Majorca. Perhaps the worse idea by the plaintiff side was to seek an ally in Kodama.
Each one accuses each other of Mafia behaviour. Who are the Mafiosi? The real estate development plot by local politicians and the Montaner? Meizoso? All? None?
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[Balearic Parliament] SPEAKER QUITS [accused of rampant corruption]
The Speaker of the Balearic Parliament, Maria Antonia Munar, spectacularly quit her post last night and announced that she was standing down from politics. Munar´s shock announcement came after Miguel Nadal, a former political ally and member of her own Majorcan Unionist Party, told a Palma judge that she had handed him 300'000 euros in cash in an official car to buy a TV production company which is at the centre of a police investigation regarding the mis-use of public funds. Munar, in a statement last night, denied the allegations and said that during her long political career she had always acted within the law. Nadal, a former minister for tourism [and dauphin of Maria Antonia Munar], is being investigated over claims that large sums of public money were misappropriated using the Video U. TV production company. Earlier in the day, three former company directors of Video U. claimed that both Nadal and Munar were behind any wrongdoing in the company. Munar is already being investigated over a number of corruption allegations. However, the announcement last night that she was stepping down will come as a shock to the local political establishment as she is one of the longest serving politicians. She has served as Balearic Minister for Culture and Sports, President of the Council of Majorca and Speaker of the Balearic Parliament. She was replaced by Nadal as leader of the Majorcan Unionist Party. But police are investigating a series of allegations which have been made while she was President of the Council of Majorca and Nadal was her Deputy. She has already appeared in court twice, on the last occasion she refused to answer any questions from the judge. Her decision to quit will come as a major blow for her party which was expelled from the coalition Balearic government earlier this month as a result of the corruption allegations which have been made against senior members of the Majorcan Unionist Party. Last night it was still unclear who would be named as the new Speaker of the Balearic Parliament. There was also much speculation over the future of the Majorcan Unionist Party.
...more in Majorca Daily Bulletin [however this newspaper is run by Mr Pedro Serra a business parter of the corrupt Majorca Unionist Party and of Mrs. Maria Antonia Munar. He is the "Berlusconi" of Majorca and rise to local media power as collaborator of Franco's dictatorship]
Much accurate information is found in main Spanish newspaper and TV channels such as El País - El Mundo - Diario de Mallorca - Factual - Periodista Digital - ABC - Libertad Digital - Cadena SER - TVE
Y vea el comentario editorial en "El Mundo en 2 minutos" - lea el artículo La mujer más odiada de la historia de Mallorca por Matías Vallés
Network of systematic corruption in Spain's People's Party (PP): He styled himself on fictional mafia godfather Vito Corleone and mixed with Spain's political high society, but now Francisco Correa faces jail as the alleged kingpin in a network of corruption at the heart of the country's main opposition group, the rightwing People's party. Spanish newspapers published details of cars, €20,000 (£18,455) watches and stacks of banknotes allegedly lavished on senior People's party politicians as Correa greased palms, laundered money and got rich on public contracts. Court documents allege that at least one senior party official received regular monthly payments from Correa's group, while others ended up with Jaguar and Infiniti sports cars or top of the range Franck Muller watches. Investigators estimate that 17 politicians received €5.5m between them. Madrid's national court has released a third of the evidence gathered so far: 17,000 pages of documents and transcripts of tape recordings of conversations between those allegedly involved. Correa rose to prominence as an organiser of People's party events in the years when former prime minister José María Aznar led the party. His connections inside the party allowed him to spread his influence and receive contracts from public bodies controlled by the party. He also took money from building firms that received contracts from party administrations in what investigators say may be proof of either bribery or illegal funding. His companies ran double-accounting, with a secret set of accounts tracking money of dubious origin or that was being hidden from tax authorities. "Mr Correa said that when I referred to him I should call him Don Vito," one of his accountants, José Luis Izquierdo, told investigators. Correa then appeared in the organisation's secret accounts as DVITO. Izquierdo said he had handed envelopes containing €120,000 and €240,000 to two People's party politicians. The alleged corruption extended into several regional governments, half a dozen town halls and, most dangerously, into the party's Madrid headquarters.Seven senior party officials, including the party treasurer, Luis Bárcenas, have resigned since details of the scandal began to leak six months ago. Several mayors, an MEP and a member of Madrid's regional parliament have also left their jobs, but Mariano Rajoy, the party leader, has failed to stem the political bloodshed. Yesterday he said his party was the victim. "This is a network of corruption that has taken advantage of the party," he said. Correa's association with Aznar's family has fascinated many Spaniards. While there is no suggestion that the Aznar family itself is implicated in corruption, Correa was a guest at the lavish wedding of the former prime minister's daughter Ana. Pictures of Correa in his tailcoat at the wedding are now routinely reproduced in the Spanish press as proof of how high he had risen up the political and social ladder. ...more in The Guardian
Corruption is rife in Spain: Speculation of buildings, politic
corruption of the Town Councils and City Councils, the destruction of the
territories because of all the builds are making without stop. That is not
a fundation of a "democracy" ...watch the video clicking on the screen
Watch how Majorca should be care for if local politicians would care to work
honestly on behalf of citezens and common good.
Spanish judges investigate more cases of corrupt local government:
[By Daniel González Herrera, Spain Editor, 4 December 2006]
According to Berlin-based Transparency International, Spain is among the more corrupt countries in the European Union. In its 2006 international survey the organisation put Spain in 23rd place. The well-known Marbella case, involving the mayor and other local government officers, is only the tip of the iceberg and at the root of it all is urban development fraud. The desire of the general public to gain access to a decent home, in accordance with the Spanish constitution, is in reality only a dream. Spain is one of the most difficult places in Europe to buy a home, the purchase of which requires 40 per cent of a family’s income over a 20-year period. But it is not a lack of housing that is the problem, but soaring house prices that have risen by 150 per cent in seven years, defying the laws of economics. During 2005, the number of dwellings built in Spain reached an amazing record of 800,000 homes, more than the United Kingdom, France and Germany combined for that year. It has produced levels of family debt never before seen in Spain. It is an immense problem. The Marbella case is the one best known internationally, but by far it is not the only one. In Spain today more than 150 instances of alleged corruption are under investigation in relation to urban development, with the certainty that there are many more still unknown to the public. The latest investigations relate to the municipalities of Majorca; Ciempozuelos, in Madrid and Telde, in Gran Canaria. ... Why are so many city councils in Spain so closely linked to urban development fraud? The main origin of corruption lies in the assignation of land for different uses, above all in the coastal cities and in the big municipalities. The law regulating land use is much older than the Spanish constitution. It was passed during the Franco dictatorship, and it favours corrupt practices. ...more in City Majors
Corruption in Spanish politics:
[from EURORESIDENTS, Friday, October 20, 2006]
Earlier reports that corruption in Spain could be in decline were rather optimistic if the number of possible cases of political corruption being reported by the Spanish media are anything to go by. The list seems to be endless, and every week lately new cases of possible bribes, illegal commission for building licences, unchallenged illegal building developments etc. come to light. Most of the corruption cases center around real estate speculation and development. Yesterday Cadena Ser reported that Spanish police had found 13,000 illegal constructions in Spain in the past year and a half. Here are just some of the corruption charges in the news at the moment: Corruption in Marbella: The biggest case of corruption to be uncovered in Spain so far. A police investigation into money laundering and drug trafficking in southern Spain codenamed operation white whale and involving phone tapping overheard conversations between politicians in Marbella which led to a parallel investigation being set up to investigate bribery, corruption, manipulation of public tenders and compensation for illegal building licences. Over 150 police participated in "Operation Malaya" and six months ago over 20 people were arrested, including the then Mayoress and Deputy Mayoress of Marbella. The investigation is still going on, and the profits made by people participating in this massive network of corruption is expected to be millions and millions of euros. Corruption in Madrid: The authorities of various town halls in the suburbs of Madrid are suspected of accepting commissions for allowing building to be developed on protected land, accepting commissions or being involved in the purchase of cheap land where building is not allowed, then modifying the urban laws so that building becomes legal, and then reselling the land for huge sums of money to property developers. Earlier this week it was revealed that an uncle of the President of the Region of Madrid made an enormous profit on land which was re-catagorised as building land shortly after he bought it a few years ago. Today El País publishes a conversation held 3 years ago in which a former PP councillor of Tres Cantos, Madrid, in reference to the concession by the Town Hall of a massive property development to a private company is reported as saying "I want my 11 percent of the 30,000 million" (pesetas)"Give me the dough and I'll go". According to el Pais, the ex-PP councillor has acknowleded the declarations but said they were made in the heat of the moment. Meanwhile the same paper today reports that two former mayors of another Madrid suburb, Ciempozuelos, this time from the Socialist party, recently paid 916,000 euros into personal bank accounts in a bank in Andorra. The PSOE party forced the current mayor to resign when the public prosecutor ordered an investigation into possible irregular operations in the urban policies of Ciempozuelos last week and the Socialist party has announced a "Zero-tolerance" policy on urban corruption on all sides. Corruption in Avila: Earlier this month building on a golf course in Avila was bought to a halt after ecologists protested that the developer - a private company set up by the local and regional administration - was ignoring a court order to stop cutting down trees in a protected area. And the list goes on.....
posted by Euroresidentes
Corruption Scandals Rock Spain:
[By Sinikka Tarvainen, Deutsche Presse Agentur]
Spain's touristic southern coast, the Costa del Sol, is known for the widespread corruption linked to its construction sector, but that has turned out to be only the tip of the iceberg. Municipalities around the country are mired in sleaze to the extent that the daily El Pais described corruption connected with urban planning as a "problem of state." Between 1990 and 2005, an average 800,000 houses or flats were built annually in Spain - a huge number compared to most other European countries. Many of them were hotels, holiday apartments or second residences built illegally with the connivance of corrupt officials, rather than ordinary homes to relieve the country's housing shortage. Spain currently has more than 100,000 houses or flats built with illegal or no permits, according to press reports. Within the past 1.5 years, the paramilitary Civil Guard have discovered an average of 24 illegal buildings per day, mostly in tourist areas. Officials from eastern Valencia and northern Cantabria to Madrid and the Canary Islands are suspected of accepting kickbacks in exchange for allowing property developers to erect hotels, golf courses, blocks of flats, department stores, sports halls and other buildings on protected land. Speculators purchase land where construction is not allowed for environmental or other reasons and bribe officials to change its status. The corruption also includes awarding public works contracts in exchange for kickbacks. The network sometimes extends to banks, police and the judiciary. The best-known case is the Costa del Sol tourist resort of Marbella, where dozens of politicians - including two former mayors - and businessmen were detained on charges of involvement in a corruption network worth billions of euros. But reports of graft in other places are also multiplying. In the most recent case, the mayor and five councillors were arrested in Telde on Gran Canaria Island on charges of generalized corruption. Several officials have resigned over similar allegations in other places. The judiciary is investigating mayors, councillors, officials and businessmen. Only drugs and arms trafficking and prostitution earn those involved more criminal money than the construction sector on the Costa del Sol, urban development expert Rafael Duarte said. Small businessmen linked to the sector have become millionaires almost overnight. "If I'm not paid, I won't sign papers for anyone," former Marbella deputy mayor Isabel Garcia Marcos said in a phone conversation that was taped without her knowledge. Local political parties may be established mainly to act as a cover for corruption, such as the Marbella party GIL, founded by the late mayor Jesus Gil y Gil, who is remembered as the father of big-time urban development corruption in Spain. Gil even created a local police force to hamper the work of national police investigating graft, local prosecutor Antonio Morales said. Spain's two main political parties are not innocent either, with politicians belonging both to the governing Socialist Party and the opposition conservative People's Party (PP) coming under suspicion. By the time the slow judiciary confirm a corruption case, the buildings in question are often finished and sold and it is too late to demolish them. The reasons for the graft are manifold, from lax legislation and a shortage of investigators to the presence in Spain of nearly 500 international organized crime rings, which launder money also through the real estate sector. The cost of corruption is enormous, from deteriorating public services and distorted urban planning to environmental problems on coasts covered by concrete. The government has announced measures, such as increasing its powers in urban planning at the expense of city councils and strengthening the authority of anti-corruption prosecutors.
© 2006 DPA
Another Spanish mayor held as scandal widens:
[from Reuters Nov. 27, 2006]
Kickbacks from builders alleged as construction soars; 70 arrested so far...
MADRID, Spain - Spanish police arrested another town mayor on suspicion of corruption Monday, a police source said, as the flood of scandals accusing public officials of taking kickbacks from builders showed little sign of slowing. Eugenio Hidalgo, the conservative mayor of Andratx on the tourist island of Mallorca was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and corruption along with one of the Balearic islands’ top planning officials, Jaume Massot. Nobody at the Mallorca court was immediately available to confirm the arrests, and a police spokesman said there was a court order preventing anybody from commenting on the case. Mariano Rajoy, leader of the conservative Popular Party, said any member of his party caught acting illegally would be thrown out immediately. Hidalgo is the third Spanish mayor and one of dozens of public officials arrested this year, accused of granting building permits or re-classifying land in exchange for bribes. The problem was first exposed in March when police uncovered a web of town hall corruption in the glitzy resort of Marbella, arrested the mayor, her deputy and dozens of others and confiscated property worth $3.2 billion. In response, the government has introduced legislation to curtail speculation and corruption in a country where building has boomed at an unprecedented rate in the past 10 years. Over that time, the total area classified as “urban” has grown by a quarter, and whole villages have been swallowed up by massive developments of apartment blocks, particularly near Madrid and on the Mediterranean coast. So far police have arrested about 70 politicians, civil servants and businessmen in the Marbella probe, which has captivated Spain with tales of councilors’ film-star lifestyles and bribe money arriving stuffed in rubbish bags. Another mayor was arrested for corruption in the Canary Islands, and police are investigating another south of Madrid after he was caught opening a 1 million euro bank account in Andorra. Thirty golden pens were stashed in his bank safety deposit box.
Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.
Corruption scandal widens in Spain:
[from German Press Agency Published: Tuesday November 14, 2006]
Malaga, Spain- Spain's biggest ongoing corruption scandal widened Tuesday as police arrested at least nine people in connection with alleged bribery of officials in the Costa del Sol tourist resort of Marbella. Those detained included the ex-wife of a former mayor, a judicial official, a bank manager and businessmen, according to police sources. Dozens of people have been arrested in connection with corruption in Marbella, known for its celebrity holiday makers such as the late Saudi King Fahd. Local officials are believed to have granted illegal building permits in exchange for kickbacks worth billions of euros. The suspects include two former mayors, one of whom remains behind bars.
© 2006 DPA
"End of honesty" as corruption is widespred in Spain:
[from Deutsche Presse Agentur Published: Tuesday September 5, 2006]
By Sinikka Tarvainen,
Madrid- "Has the end of honesty finally come?", a Spanish newspaper columnist asked recently. In a country where the press is constantly reporting new corruption scandals, the question seems worth asking. The luxury tourist resort of Marbella on the southern Costa del Sol coast, where local politicians and their aides amassed fortunes by accepting bribes from construction companies, is believed to be only the tip of the iceberg. Last week, for instance, there were reports on various types of corruption investigations in Torrevieja, Orihuela, Almeria and Tarragona on the southern and eastern coast. Yet while political corruption shocks Spaniards, many of them find it absolutely normal to evade taxes or to take more than their due in social security payments. "This country has private, but no public morals," judge Angel Garcia Fontanet said, quoting a Catalan proverb: "To steal public goods is not to steal from anyone." Two former mayors, a former police chief, dozens of city councillors and businessmen were detained earlier this year in Marbella, where a third of the 80,000 houses or flats are thought to have been built with illegal permits. The suspected mastermind behind the scheme, municipal advisor Juan Antonio Roca, accepted some 30 million euros (38 million dollars) in bribes in two years, according to judicial sources. His fortune included a painting by the Spanish artist Joan Miro (1893-1983) in a bathroom, a tiger in the garden, a chapel with medieval sculptures and a helicopter pad. An estimated 1.5 million houses or flats - many of them hotels or holiday residences - are currently being built on the Spanish coast, largely for investment purposes rather than to relieve the housing shortage. Nobody knows how big a part of the decades-long construction boom is fuelled by corruption, but there is little doubt that the dozens of international criminal rings present in Spain launder large sums of money through real estate and other sectors. One indication is the huge amount of 500 euro bills circulating in Spain, which make up a third of all such bills in the European Union. Police investigating money laundering cases have seized property worth 4 billion euros in 12 months, 100 times as much as in 2000, the daily El Pais reported. In the most recent scandal involving politicians, two municipal councillors in Torrevieja are suspected of helping the local police to cover up torture of detained immigrants. Spain is more exposed to corruption than most other European countries because of the annual arrival of 50 million tourists, who include criminals and whose presence fuels the real estate boom. Other risk factors include drug trafficking from neigbouring Morocco and Latin America, an informal economy estimated at 20 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and lack of coordination between police and other investigators. Corruption and related practices do not only involve politicians, powerful businessmen and big-time criminals, however. Few Spaniards have never met a plumber who asked to be paid under the counter, an employee who inflated his travel expenses or a burglary victim who exaggerated his losses when claiming insurance. More than 120,000 Spaniards could be living fraudulently on incapacity pensions, according to the daily El Mundo. The trick is to send your ailing relative or friend to undergo the medical exam in your name. "Cheating the state is a national sport," El Mundo observed, adding that there was a certain admiration for those who got away with it. "The big sin, the only sin, is to get caught," the daily La Vanguardia concurred. Many Spanish analysts attribute corruption and related practices to individualism and consumerism, but individualism is stronger in northern European countries, which international studies show to be less corrupt. Protestant northern Europeans attribute Spaniards' permissiveness to Catholicism, which allows believers to forget their sins after confession, but that is not the whole truth either. Some practices which are interpreted as corrupt are based on family values and solidarity rather than individualism. Nearly half of employed Spaniards, for instance, found their jobs with the help of family members or friends, as opposed to 24 per cent who were hired solely on merit, according to a recent study. Whatever the reasons of corruption, its cost is undoubtedly high, ranging from rising insurance premiums to the environmental devastation of the Mediterranean coast crammed with high-rise buildings. In Marbella, where corrupt officials have used city coffers for their private profit, hospitals are lacking for ambulances and under- equipped schools have high failure rates, reports said.
© 2006 DPA
Los negocios inmobiliarios de Aznar y de la pareja K.K. (= Kambio de personaje en la Kontinuidad de la corrupción eso sí con mucho perfume de "Derechos Humanos" para sus obsecuentes): El ex jefe del Gobierno está en el consejo asesor latinoamericano de Joseph E. Robert. El presidente argentino, Néstor Kirchner, recibió el miércoles en el despacho oficial al ex presidente del Gobierno español José María Aznar. El encuentro, de poco más de media hora, sirvió para que Aznar le presentara a Kirchner al empresario de EE UU Joseph E. Robert, fundador de una empresa con intereses inmobiliarios en el país. Mientras, la esposa de Kirchner y candidata presidencial finalizaba una visita de campaña por España donde incluyó una visita acompañada por obsecuentes funcionarios KK. . ...más en diario El País
Un monje tiene el coraje cristiano de denunciar que el presidente saliente de Baleares se "regugia" en EE UU para escapar de la Justia: El valiente fraile del monasterio de La Real denuncia que el Partido Popular es la «peste bubónica» y que ha 'arrasado' con el patrimonio de la Isla ... La gula del gobierno del PP dirigido por Matas y Estarás devoró los intereses de la ciudadanía ...más en diario El Mundo
Mayo 2007 :: Fr. Joan Francesc March del Monasterio cisterciano de La Real compara al PP (partido mal parido por el ministro de interior de la dictadura de Franco) con los «vándalos que arrasaron Mallorca»: El religioso compara al PP con «los invasores que en el siglo V incendiaron Pollentia». Denuncia que Matas y Estarás querían levantar el hospital en Son Espases para hacer negocio (idem con una urbanización que destruíria lo que queda del predio de la Real Cartuja de Jesús de Nazareth en Valldemossa). «El PP no tiene sensibilidad por la cultura, el arte y la civilización» y los Amigos de Borges que sufrimos el acoso mafioso del PP apoyamos con nuestro testimonio la veracidad de la denuncia de los frailes Cistercianos. El artículo publicado en la edición de junio de la revista Drets Humans de Mallorca fue escrito por Fr. Joan Francesc March antes de las últimas elecciones autonómicas. Los frailes cristianos y los Amigos de Borges instan a los ciudadanos a no votar por el PP para luchar contra la corrupción y la infamia del caciquismo en Mallorca y en España ...más en la Revista No 38 de Junio 2007 de la web Drets Humans de Mallorca
Ayude a salvar El
Secar de La Real:
El Monasterio del siglo XIII (guarda la biblioteca del celebre místico y santo Ramón LLull) y su entorno en la Isla de Mallorca se encuentran amenazados por el egoísmo de políticos y empresarios de la construcción. Para más información apoye aquí.
25 julio 2005: Un órgano asesor de la Unesco insta a declarar La Real conjunto histórico: el ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) afirma que el perímetro de protección deben definirlo técnicos estatales en patrimonio ...más en Diario de Mallorca
Web relacionada: Misioneros de los Sagrados Corazones de Jesús y María
Todo atado y bien atado, legalismo versus bienes culturales ...ler la nota en diario El Mundo
Web de la Plataforma ciudadana Salvemos Mallorca
El AVE podría dañar la estructura de la basílica de la Sagrada Familia: Sos Sagrada Familia muestra en un video las posibles consecuencias del trazado del tren de alta velocidad a su paso por Barcelona. ...La historia es un video ficticio [pulsar en la pantalla para verlo] que ha difundido en Internet la plataforma Sos Sagrada Familia, que se opone al trazado del AVE a su paso por la ciudad condal. Y es que la llegada del tren de alta velocidad a Barcelona está dando mucho que hablar. Si el pasado martes un grupo de jóvenes paralizaban las obras del barrio de Santa Eulàlia de L'Hospitalet, ahora esta plataforma muestra de forma fictia el derrumbamiento de la Sagrada Familia de Antonio Gaudí. En su página web, esta organización afirma que el plan de Fomento pone en "grave peligro" la Sagrada Familia, ya que el tren de alta velocidad pasará por debajo de la fachada principal del edificio. Sos Sagrada Familia considera que las obras del túnel serán muy agresivas y añade que la naturaleza del suelo sobre el que se asienta la obra cumbre de Gaudí es muy inestable. ...El Patronat de la Sagrada Familia y la plataforma vecina AVE pel Litoral son los principales frente de oposición al proyecto actual del Ministerio. Entre las alegaciones presentadas, señalan que es una “temeridad” el paso del tren al lado del templo dada su vulnerabilidad. Asimismo, recuerdan que el túnel pasa a sólo 1,4 m por debajo de los cimientos. En la página web sossagradafamilia.org recuerdan un precedente muy cercano: el derrumbamiento de un túnel en el barrio del Carmel, que provocó un agujero de 18 metros de diámetro y 35 de profundidad. ...más en diario El País
Sistemas políticos como el de la Argentina (y el de España) alientan la corrupción: Lo dice una destacada investigadora del tema, la profesora Susan Rose-Ackerman . Susan Rose-Ackerman estudió durante tres décadas la corrupción en todas sus variantes y formas: la institucional, la de poca monta, la política, la empresarial, la de los capitalistas y la de los comunistas, y la de los sistemas parlamentarios y presidencialistas. Y una de sus conclusiones es que el sistema de representación política que tiene la Argentina favorece la corrupción. “De acuerdo con los estudios estadísticos, la peor combinación, la que más alienta la corrupción, es la de un sistema político basado en un presidente con amplios poderes y legisladores elegidos por un sistema de representación proporcional”, dice Rose-Ackerman. Profesora y codirectora del Centro de Derecho, Economía y Políticas Públicas de la Universidad de Yale, ex consultora del Banco Mundial y autora de decenas de artículos y de dos celebrados libros: - Corrupción, un estudio de economía política , de 1978, y el traducido a trece idiomas, incluido el chino, Corrupción y gobierno: causas, consecuencias y reforma , de 1999-, Rose-Ackerman es una de las mayores y más respetadas investigadoras del fenómeno de la corrupción en el mundo. Ella carga contra varios supuestos en materia de corrupción. "Hay que tener cuidado al escuchar lo que dicen los ciudadanos, porque ellos señalan sólo aquello con lo que chocan", explica. La gente puede hablar de lo que vive, del policía que le pide unos pesos de coima. "Pero está también la corrupción en los niveles altos, como en las privatizaciones y en las concesiones, a los que no llega la mayoría de los ciudadanos", dice... lea la entrevista en diario La Nación
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