Bombs in Santiago and the Urgent Need of Deep Reflection

(by: Felipe Ramirez; Translated by: Daniel Gutiérrez)

Note: On September 8th, a bomb blew up in a metro station of Santiago, Chile. Although the city has witnessed more than 200 explosions over the last five years, this was the first time in which the targets were civilians—until now all the bombs attacks had been directed towards “symbolic targets” as banks, churches, and police stations. However, both the hour of the explosion (2:30pm) and the place were the bomb was left (one of the most transited metro station in Santiago) made this terrorist attack the most serious one. The blast injured 14 people, one of who—a female janitor who had direct contact with the bomb, which was put in a trashcan—lost several fingers of his hand. Even though three people were accused three weeks ago, the investigations are still in progress.

In this article the libertarian journalist Felipe Ramirez examines the incident, developing a lucid analysis of different hypothesis that might explain the terrorist attack. Then he concludes with some reflections on the role that the Left should play before incidents like this.

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From the Absence of Justice to the Absence of Freedom – and Back?

(We Want to Be Too Rich to Go to Jail)

(by conjuncture magazine)

Judge said du Pont heir ‘will not fare well’ in prison – the case of Robert H. Richards IV du Pont irritated the media and the general public during the last days. Why is he not in jail? What is wrong in Delaware? How would such a case be treated under “normal conditions?”

Thinking about the society I am living in, I would say, the judge reacted perfectly normal. He did exactly what he was supposed to do. The case represents exactly how our legal-system and I would even say our society works. Continue reading

The Danger of Beginnings: How Security Endangers Democracy

(By: conjuncture magazine)

January in Europe – Sochi is now a high-security area, entrance allowed only with special passes, to protect the Olympic games. Huge parts of Hamburg are a so-called “Gefahrengebiet” to protect the city. The NSA stores and analyzes about 200 million SMS per day, to protect the US. In Michoacan, the people take arms to protect society… Continue reading