Música y emociones

27 02 2011

Benjamin Zander habla sobre la música y las emociones que se pueden transmitir a través de ella. Todo ello, de forma agradable y con bastantes dosis de comicidad. Es una charla promovida por TED (esping), una página de charlas fascinantes realizadas por gente extraordinaria, según reza su web.

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23 F – 30 años después

23 02 2011

– RTVE: 30 años del intento golpista contado por sus protagonistas: un interesante documento con entrevistas en torno a un minuto de un buen número de protagonistas de aquel día.

– Varios vínculos sobre ese día en Onda Cero.
– Cadena Ser: La radio aquel día,  Tal día como hoy falló el golpe.

Bilingüe

From the blog iconicphotos:

After Franco’s death, the prognoses for Spain were exceptionally dim: the experts were almost unanimous in their predictions of old hatreds and new violence flaring up. During his four decade long dictatorship, Franco did very little to resolve ethnic, geographic, political and social divisions that initially had led to the bloody Civil War, and many predicted these divisions may be unreconcilable. This tumultuous transition was led by two unlikely figures: the first was the Bourbon Prince Juan Carlos — Franco’s designated successor. Within four months after Franco’s death, he created a sensation by speaking Catalan, which Franco had repressed; within eight months he had engineered the selection of centrist Adolfo Suárez as Prime Minister. Adolfo Suárez, who had been Franco’s director-general of state broadcasting, was the second of this unlikely duo which led Spain towards democracy. In a carefully planned coup, Suarez succeeded in ridding himself of the last members of the regime and forcing through a democratic constitution. It was an exceedingly delicate and dangerous operation, for the threat of a new civil war dangled continually over the country.

The constitution was ratified in 1978, but there was one more test to come. After a series of bloody bombings by the Basque separatist terrorists of ETA, so-called ultras in the military launched a coup in 1981. On 23 February 1981, Col. Antonio Tejero entered the lower house of the Spanish Parliament, with 200 Guardia Civil and soldiers and held the depuities present hostage for some 22 hours. When it came down to it, Juan Carlos, who had been carefully maneuvered to play a modest role within the Francoist dictatorship, firmly stood his ground.

Within half an hour of the Guardia Civil’s attack, both the conspirators and the king were telephoning the country’s military leaders. The coup leaders were asking for the military’s support ”in the name of the king”. Juan Carlos insisted that he was on the other side, informed general after general that his name was being used in vain, and told to accept no orders unless they came from the chiefs of the general staff. He encountered hesitations and evasions, but Juan Carlos’ career in the military won them over. The military remembered the occasion when, with Franco on his death bed, Juan Carlos had flown to the rebellious Spanish Sahara to show solidarity with troops. As David Gilmour wrote in “The Transformation of Spain”, “They may have been dismayed, and perhaps surprised, that the king refused to back [the coup], but they accepted his decision. …. The king’s role . . . won him the respect and adulation of millions of people who had always considered themselves republicans.”

The coup was lost over the news media. the difficulty of getting cameras to the palace from the military-controlled television station delayed him, but early next morning, eight hours after the first shots, the king finally appeared on television, in uniform as the Captain General of the Armed Forces, the highest Spanish military rank, declaring: “The crown, symbol of the permanence and unity of the nation, cannot tolerate, in any form, actions or attitudes attempting to interrupt the democratic process.” Without the king’s support, the last coup attempt in Western Europe simply petered out. The man once disparagingly dismissed as a king who would be known as Juan Carlos the Brief, almost singlehandedly rallied a reluctant military to the side of constitutional order. Four days later, 3 million people marched in cities throughout Spain in support of democracy, chanting “¡Viva el Rey!” Thirty-three people were eventually tried for taking part in the February 23 uprising, although the extent of the plot is still unclear and many civilian plotters possibly went un-prosecuted.

The above picture which won the year’s World Press Photo Award was taken literally in the heat of the moment. On 23rd February, photographer Manuel Perez Barriopedro was covering a tedious afternoon inside the parliament. Halfway through the proceedings (video), Guardia Civil burst into the chamber. Barriopedro took eleven frames, before removing his film to hide it from approaching Guardia Civil. Around 10 pm, when the journalists were released, Barriopedro smuggled the film out in his shoe. After midnight, when the first editions of the Spanish press appeared, the photo was across all the front pages; a few hours later, it would be on the world’s front pages too.

See also: The failed military coup (from The failed military coup)





Human Evolution in images

22 02 2011

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La idea de Dios

21 02 2011

El otro día escuché en Onda Cero la entrevista de Julia Otero al neurólogo Francisco Mora a propósito de su último libro.  Aunque la entrevista sea breve, sirve para darle la vuelta al calcetín a la idea de Dios.

http://www.ivoox.com/entrevista-julia-otero-a-fernando-mora_md_534019_1.mp3″ Ir a descargar

Otros vínculos de interés sobre Francisco Mora:

– Artículo: Todo lo que hacemos en la vida puede repercutir en los genes.





Sala de conflictos

21 02 2011

La  semana pasada fue la elegida para leer los libros en las aulas dentro del proyecto de animación a la lectura dentro del proyecto de la Biblioteca del centro. A raíz de haber leído el libro correspondiente a 4º en un par de grupos de ética, he buscado información sobre su autor y he encontrado la siguiente entrevista que me ha parecido muy interesante. En uno de los grupos donde sobraron unos minutos hemos comentado las frases o las ideas que más les llamaron la atención. A varios alumnos, como a mí, nos ha llamado la atención la idea de que “la belleza hace daño”. 

Página web del autor: www.sierraifabra.com





Conflicto Palestino-Israelí

20 02 2011

El conflicto entre Israel y Palestina dura más de sesenta años. En todo este tiempo ha habido guerras y conflictos en los que israelíes y palestinos han combatido con muy pocas treguas. Desde que en 1948 Israel comenzara  a ser un estado esa tierra ha sido proclamada por unos y por otros, esgrimiendo cada uno sus razones. Dependiendo de quién cuente la historia, ésta será diferente. Ahora bien, la comunidad internacional, Naciones Unidas ha pedido en numerosas ocasiones a Israel muchas cosas que ésta no ha cumplido.

Aquí traigo algunos documentos para intentar entender este grave conflicto. En principio, se puede visitar la página de Amnistía Internacional en la que se pueden encontrar otros muchos vínculos. AI ha conformado una Red de Escuelas por los Derechos Humanos (ver las escuelas participantes entre las que nos encontramos) en la que hay una propuesta de actividades para exigir justicia para las víctimas de Gaza. Por otra parte, AI también promueve la creación de grupos escolares:  los Grupos Escolares están formados por, al menos, 5 estudiantes de segundo ciclo de la ESO o de Bachillerato (cuya edad sea igual o mayor a 14 años) tutorizados por un profesor o una profesora o un miembro del AMPA del Centro y que estén dispuestos a comprometerse y trabajar activamente de forma continuada en la defensa y promoción de los derechos humanos.

También se puede ver una pequeña presentación explicando el desarrollo del conflicto.

Después, aparecen otros documentos en inglés para las clases de bilingüe.

Justicia Internacional para las víctimas de Gaza y el sur de Israel (Campaña de Amnistía Internacional)

Bilingüe

Israel map through history

Not so cool facts about Israel

A Land in fragments

History of Israel: Key events (BBC).





Obama speech on Egypt and starvation causes

18 02 2011

Obama Speech on Egypt February 11, 2011