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This is a blog for my students at the Official Language School in Valencia

DRINKAWARE:Combating the fox in charge of the henhouse(*) September 8, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — anagomezgarcia @ 9:16 am

Drinkaware, combating the fox in charge of the henhouse

 

(*)”The fox in charge of the henhouse” is an expression that refers to the vulnerability of people whose boss/government employs a toxic or dangerous person/group to suppossedly protect them. In this case it refers to lobbies from powerful industries such as the drink business.

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Strike on September 6 September 5, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — anagomezgarcia @ 11:08 am

Tomorrow, September 6, the teachers of all the Official Language Schools of the Valencian Autonomous Region will go on an unusual kind of strike for the following reasons:

At the end of June, when the plans for 2017-2018 were practically finished and the registration period was about to start, an email was sent from the local Education Secretary office saying that all the coordination and department management time was going to be scrapped in September.

Such an announcement in the lips of the representative of a supposedly democratic cabinet which had previously advertised its project as one characterized by open, transparent dialogue was a shock that nobody could understand.

The work of coordinators and heads of department may be invisible to an outsider but for our growing department of 64 teachers, it is irreplaceable.

Our team of teachers and trade union activists have prepared a dossier so students can understand and sympathise. We are not asking for a better salary of less work. We are asking them to let us work. Isn’t that amazing?

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Disasters no one talks about September 2, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — anagomezgarcia @ 10:21 pm

A quick quiz. No Googling, no conferring, but off the top of your head: what is currently the world’s worst humanitarian disaster? If you nominated storm Harvey and the flooding of Houston, in Texas, then don’t be too hard on yourself. Media coverage of that disaster has been intense, and the pictures dramatic. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this supposedly once-in-a-thousand-years calamity – now happening with alarming frequency, thanks to climate change – was the most devastating event on the planet.

As it happens, Harvey has killed an estimated 44 Texans and forced some 32,000 into shelters since it struck, a week ago. That is a catastrophe for every one of those individuals, of course. Still, those figures look small alongside the havoc wreaked by flooding across southern Asia during the very same period. In the past few days, more than 1,200 people have been killed, and the lives of some 40 million others turned upside down, by torrential rain in northern India, southern Nepal, northern Bangladesh and southern Pakistan.

That there is a disparity in the global attention paid to these two natural disasters is hardly a novelty. It’s as old as the news itself, expressed in one, perhaps apocryphal Fleet Street maxim like a law of physics: “One dead in Putney equals 10 dead in Paris equals 100 dead in Turkey equals 1,000 dead in India equals 10,000 dead in China.”

Most of this amounts to a pretty basic form of racism to which, lord knows, the media are far from immune; perhaps Eurocentrism would be more accurate. But whatever term you favour, it surely represents the most fundamental form of discrimination one can imagine: deeming the lives of one group of people to be worth less than those of another – worth less coverage, less attention, less sympathy, less sorrow.

Still, blaming the media is the easy option here. It allows everyone else to assume that, left to their own devices, they would be perfectly equitable in their distribution of empathy. But many western consumers of news would be more truthful if they admitted that images of a submerged US city do indeed strike them with greater force than images of a drowning Nepalese one, for a variety of reasons. Perhaps because the American city looks more like their own, or at least more familiar, thanks to films and television. Or simply because havoc in the US is more surprising than natural disaster in, say, India or Bangladesh – developing nations where extreme suffering and regular beatings from the elements have come to seem like part of the terrain.

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Obamacare and its people August 4, 2017

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Slavery August 2, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — anagomezgarcia @ 6:42 pm

https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/global-development/video/2017/jul/31/why-are-millions-of-people-still-trapped-in-slavery-video

 

Pecking order in human animals July 8, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — anagomezgarcia @ 3:45 pm

 

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Why the G-20 matters

https://www.democracynow.org/embed/story/2017/7/7/welcome_to_hell_100_000_people

 

Author of Whale nation dies at 75 July 4, 2017

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