Here starts the cycle of hate

Today, I wanted to talk about my experience in a little nice cafe in the center of Buenos Aires, and about my thoughts on “certified exams” such as the CAE, which I’m taking today and tomorrow.
But, unfortunately for that very interesting topic, something else caught my eye today.

Rusia, shame on you. This phrase will open and close the topic.
I’m part Russian. My great-grandfather and his wife were Russian, and that shows now-a-days in my very pale complexion, blond hair, and clear grey eyes. His name was Leon, and I really admire his story, as told by my grandma.
Apparently, he was born in a very small town in the big and cold country, with very few people, even fewer kids, and a single teacher who went from neighbor towns to his’ during the week to teach. There, the man discovered that Leon was an incredibly intelligent kid, faster than most children his age, and also eager to learn. His speed usually got him to the point where he wouldn’t have anything left to do while the rest of the kids were still stuck halfway-through, so he got quite bored in class, and soon enough lost all interest in that small school.
You see, Leon wanted more. He wanted to see what was beyond his parents’ field, where they worked all day; he wanted to discover how the world looked like -not by books, but through his very eyes. He wanted to grow as a person and become a successful and knowledgeable man. And, you know what? I’ve felt the same since I was a little kid.

So, as you can see, I really feel I have a strong connection with this man I’ve never met, but who inspires me so. He is almost the only reason why I feel some sort of longing towards Russia, as if something mysterious was tying me to that place.

And, as if he wasn’t enough of a reason, there’s also my father. Did you know he was a militant communist until 1989, an year before the destruction of the Berlin Wall? Even during his teenage years, when the military practically prohibited anything that was red, my father and his parents still read about communism, discussed it, and dreamed of the most widely shared utopia in the world. Russia, for them, was the place where the dreamed land could come true.
Of course, we know how that ended up; but, nonetheless, there’s no denying that Russia was one of the very first communist experiments, and that adds some sentimental value to it.

Once, so far ahead its time. Now, it lives in the middle ages again.

You may be wondering why on earth am I talking about Russia and what connects me to it. To that I answer that you should read the news more.
Today, a law censoring “non-traditional sexual relationships propaganda” towards the Russian children, was passed by the country’s legislative representative, with almost an unanimity.
Now, I won’t talk about how the lack of semantic specificity allows for abuses of this law; I think that’s pretty obvious in and of itself.
This, as you might guess, was an anti-LGBT project.
What Russia is doing, is preparing the way for a generation of hateful human beings to take up the country in the future. And hateful citizens make for hateful countries.
Under the excuse of “protect the children from deprivation”, and using the church as a shield, homophobic groups have put enough pressure on the country’s agenda and representatives to make sure that their children will be able to happily live inside a bubble of racism for the rest of their childhood. Good for them, uh?

“Ignorance is power”, Orwell chose as one of 1984’s fascist government’s mottoes. Like this, Russian kids will grow up separated from those depraved beasts, focusing only in the good ol’ bible’s handful of traditions and morals, and will, thus, have the excuse of ignorance to hate unreasonably on the LGBT community. This is no different from making kids read about how Jews are all greedy and mean, and how they all have big noses with a big nasty hairy spot where they end; the result is the same: blind, unjustified fear. And with fear, comes hate. With hate, comes violence. And then, the cycle of blood starts.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the next nutzo to claim unlimited power in the world and declare war against humanity, had a specially harsh speech against the LGBT. Neither would it surprise me if he/she was Russian.

I’m disappointed, and worried about the future of the children in Europe. With this, and the episodes of violence occurring lately in France, I seriously think any LGBT member in that continent, or any person who supports them there, is going to have some though times ahead.
Be strong. Even though there shouldn’t be a need to even have to explain why everyone deserves the same rights and privileges, you shall. And, as you are speaking from love and respect, you know your arguments will hold up to those who only preach hate towards what they can’t, or refuse to, understand.

Have faith, not in an invisible god, but in the will of those who understand. Look upon Latin America and it’s example of inclusion, and thrive for a similar future for your people.

Oh, and:
Shame on you, Russia.

Thanks for reading.
Mila.

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An apology, and…

I have been absent for about a month now, and I wanted to apologize. Writing is something I just can’t force, and lately, I haven’t been really up for it.
I’ll try to have more of a schedule. Maybe mark a day a week when I’ll surely upload at least something, so this doesn’t happen again… I dont know yet.

Here’s today’s topic, though: youth’s vote in Argentina.

 

As you may not know, political rights in my country apply only to citizens, as it does in most parts of the world. This means that a person is only able to present him/herself for a public charge, or to vote, when he/she becomes a citizen. In Argentina’s case, when turning 18 years old. Here, voting is obligatory as estipulated in our Constitution.

In the last days, though, a specific subjtect has been very discussed over all kinds of media, and also between groups of people. Two senators from the actual government’s party have recently presented a law-in-the-making to allow teenagers to have the option to vote when they turn 16 years old. Not full political rights, then, but the chance to vote as an option, until they turn 18, when it becomes obligatory.
This has caused a pretty interesting reaction in the country. And I love interesting reactions.

The most repeated argument against it, is that ‘there are more important things to discuss other than this’. Of course, the government’s opposition did say the same when the national project for a netbook per student (Conectar Igualdad), the law regulating the taxes on soy beans exportation, and the media’s regulation law were proposed, among with many others. Actually, this is the most commonly used argument against practically anything the government does.
I wonder what are the things they find ‘truly important’ to discuss?

The second most commonly heard, is that ‘kids that age aren’t yet ready to vote. They don’t qualify. Now this, my friends, is a very dangerous concept. To be ‘qualified’ to vote.
You know, when you study my country’s history, there is a very special time that was maker of many brilliant minds: 1880. These people were called ‘the 80’s generation’. Among them were many now procers t the country.
These people had an ideal for that then young Argentina. They looked up to the USA’s political system, and to france’s ideologies and culture -yes, that seems to be a constant for argentinian thinkers and politicians until the WWI.
But, they were such intelligent people, they understood the common man was basically an idiot (in Sherlock’s words: ‘don’t take it the wrong way. Technically everyone is one’). So they wanted to restrinct the posibility to vote to only those who had attended/were attending university.

Do you imagine what it would be like if the only ones who could vote were college students? Exactly, that’s the exact opposite to ‘democracy’.

Democracy is meant to be the representation of the majority, while respecting the many minorities.

So, when these people now say 16-year-olds aren’t good enough to vote, what are they basing their arguments on? Is it based on their intelligence? Because I know many 16yearolds that are largely smarter than most adults (heck, I know many 12-year-olds smarter than them). Is it about their naivete? Then, is there a way to ‘calculate’ one’s naivete? A naive adult isn’t allowed to vote either?
Is it about life experience? Well, I’m 18, allowed to vote, and don’t really differ from a 16-year-old’s expertise in life, honestly.

Some senator has been repeating in front of every journalist she can find that ‘her biggest fear is that these kids are in any way manipulated by political parties’. Oh, now there we’re getting somewhere.

Remember that post about that 0800-something meant for kids and families to denounce any ‘political activity’ in schools?

Can you see the patron? Because I can. FEAR.

In the late years, the youth from this country has managed to become another political factor here. We ARE a political group, we stand for what we think is right, we manifest for it and against what we think isn’t, and we influence the course of decitions. We have managed to achieve this so-called power thanks to the effort of many more before us.
The only thing that was keeping us from being truly desicive in the political aspect of the country, was the fact that most of us couldn’t vote. Now this law is making that possible. This law will allow us to claim our rightfull place in the table where the country’s decitions are actually made.

On to the agreeing part of the discussion, we have sayings like ‘this is a great way to get teenagers interested in politics from their early ages’. Well, be carefull with that. I believe politics are a way to open one’s mind, and to know more about the world, to take a step forward for your ideals. But, at the same time, we can’t deny that politics has always been the highway for the economical interests to move their wealth. This is a double-edged sword, that can only be responsably wielded if this law comes along with more and better education on this field, concientization.

Also, let’s not forget that the present government has a lot of the youth’s support, so this also responds to THEIR interests.

People are still people.

Anyways, is with hard discussion like these that the politicians’ and media people’s true way of thinking come out, which is always fun to watch.

How does voting work in your countries? What do you think about this law?

Thanks for reading.

-Mila.

 

The story of the little governor, and the stupid nice people

Im going to tell you all a nice little story today. I hope you enjoy it.

Once upon a time, there was a little governor. He governated over Buenos Aires city, as Argentina was a federal country, so the capital had it’s own authonomy, and he had been elected by the people he managed to convince to vote him.

This little governor was the son of one of Latin-America’s richest men, and this was the first time he tried for an election. After pulling the strings to make people hate one of the previous governators, and reapearing again after four years, he ran for city’s government, and won -yay for him!

Now, this little governor wasn’t perfect -well, who is?-, and most nice people were aware of that. He agreeded with the ideals of neoliberalism that the previous dictatorships applied, and that managed to break hell loose in the country and it’s surroundings, and had a good relationship with the genocides from the last coup-d’etait.

Even still, he was elected. Again, yay for him!

So this little governor got a hold of the city’s management, and, soon enough, we started realising what his ideals really meant for us, nice people.

He stopped paying. For almost everything. He stopped paying for public schools (even though he gave even MORE money to private schools), he stopped paying for public hospitals of all kinds (though he did give money to his friends’ private hospitals), he stopped paying public salaries, and more.
Of course we, nice people, understood the situation couldn’t go on, so we asked the little governor to have a talk with us.

Oh, but he refused, and accused us to be scheming against him. He refused so thoroughly, and for so long, that the situation was no longer sustenible.
He pushed us to ugly situations, like sleeping in our schools as a form of protest, or making the doctors and nurses spend days and nights outside their hospitals to call for his attention.
We weren’t happy doing all this, but we had to.

After that, he agreeded to give us a rest, and started founding public institutions -for a while.

Meanwhile, the little governor’s attention was somewhere else: the metro lines of the city.
You see, ever since his first government, he had promised in his platform to fight for the metro lines to belong and to be a responsability of the City of Buenos Aires. He usually repeated that, and we all agreeded at that.

So, at the beggining of this, the first year of his second government, he made the consernient negotiations with the Nation of Argentina’s government, and finally came to an agreement.
He signed the law that stated that the city would, from there on, manage the metro lines. It was a law now. He SIGNED. There was no turning back from that great decition, because he promised to make himself responsible of…

Oh wait. Oh, this little governator.

Two days after he signed this contract, something awful happened. A tragedy, know as ‘Once’s Tragedy’.
One of the train lines -that the Nation managed and was responsible over-, failed to stop in time, and crashed. This left hundreds of deaths behind, and many many wounded. Everyone was now angry at the Nation’s government for not mantaining the train lines, it’s responsability, in the proper state so things like this wouldn’t happen- and so, our little governator started fearing the same would happen to him!
‘What if one of the metro lines crashes like this sometime?’
‘What if an accident happens?’
‘They’ll blame me! Of course!’
‘I can’t make myself responsible for the metro lines anymore’.

Oh but, little governor, you already signed the contract. Are you trying to avoid the law?

‘I dont care about that. I’m not taking care of the metro lines anymore!’.

Then who do you propose should take care of it instead?

‘Leave it to the Nation for all I care’.

Oh, but the Nation’s goverment already had enough with all it’s problems, and also thought that the city’s government taking care of the metro lines was a pretty smart idea of them. Also, they had already signed the law.

But the little governor ignored it, and said he wouldn’t be held responsible anymore.

And so, an argument started between the Nation’s and the city’s governments, wich ended up in the Congress deciding for them.
So, what did they decide? They made another law, saying the city’s government was obliged to take care of the metro lines, as it was already decided.

But it seemed that the little governator had gone deaf, as he just ignored them, and kept on avoiding getting to a real solution for eight months.

Now, the workers of these metro lines are tired of all this mambo, and are not getting paid because of it. So, to make the little governator reason properly, they have started protesting by not going to work, so the metro lines are not working, perjudicing many workers who get to their jobs by it daily (around a million people).
It’s been four days since the situation is like that, and yes, the little governator still stubbornly says that this is the Nation’s responsability, and isn’t getting to a solution.

So, what do we all take off this story? What’s the message?

Hmm…

Don’t fuc*ing vote for a guy like him after what people with the same ideas did to the country, you as*holes -^u^-

Yup, I’m pretty sure that’s it.

As you can see, this topic kind of infuriates me, because it makes me think that people’s stupidity has absolutely no boundaries.

But, well, all I hope for, is that Buenos Aires learnt it’s lesson, and that it stops supporting people like this.

Ta-ta~

-Mila.