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Unicef and Caritas confirm growing and extended malnutrition in Venezuela

Wednesday, January 31st 2018 - 09:33 UTC
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The U.N. children's agency UNICEF said it was seeing clear signs of a growing malnutrition crisis in Venezuela, but it lacked data to give precise information and to tackle the problem effectively. Read full article

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  • Patrick Edgar

    If Mercopress wanted genuinly to be part of Mercosur and debated in team spirit, it would be talking about what different policies some of Maduro's opposition are proposing and is being ignored by the Chavistas. instead all that's happening here is classical opposition to patriotic protectionist policies. Wanting to force countries to do business IS invasive usurpation.

    Jan 31st, 2018 - 10:24 am - Link - Report abuse -3
  • DemonTree

    Maduro's just using the US as a scapegoat. They have never put the kind of sanctions on Venezuela that Cuba had to cope with, and Cuba has nothing like Venezuela's oil reserves, yet Cuba's economy is not a complete basket case like Venezuela's. Maduro and previously Chavez did the damage themselves with stupid, self-serving policies, and now they are selling off the oil reserves to Russia, which is no better than selling them to the US.

    PS. Leaving children to starve is NOT patriotic.

    Jan 31st, 2018 - 11:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    DemonTree

    Check “Falklands' Dictionary of Biographies”

    In a recent post, “BrianFI” has exposed Patrick Edgar as an North American that was living in Hawaii, pretending to be Argentine. “He recently tried to move to Argentina but was deported having failed to get a work permit. He has numerous convictions for drug use and related crimes and this has clearly addled his mind, that is why he rambles on like a madman. The only reason he is on here is because he was banned from Facebook for making homophobic comments. How do I know this? He used to be an active member on some Falkland pages until he was banned for being homophobic, this is all public knowledge...”

    Makes sense...

    Jan 31st, 2018 - 05:31 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Patrick Edgar

    A study's demonstrated that people who served in the armed forces or pursue a carrier in military service, are much more fanatic yet slow to reason independently (or stupid), shallow minded, and prone to accept whatever authority tells them is the truth regarding a given political situation, than for them to conclude freely their own deductions about any human science.
    Furthermore it has been proven that when they feel pressured to bust out of this restraining envelope they become militantly aggressive, stubborn and despotic, diametrically opposed to open mindedness or renewing reemergence of perspective. Some call this affliction “soul death”. Something similar happens to police officers, and it is because of the implicit vow they commit to in taking another person's life. Nature is wise this way, if one of its beings convinces itself it must kill, that mind will become less intelligent and less inspired or creative. The exception thus is the aberration of the mentally ill.
    The amount of how “dead the soul becomes” is commensurate with how much they themselves believe and feel about their own commitment to killing. Thus the quality of this effect on the brain is characteristically different in each of these two cases. There are other expressions of the same exhibited in other types of professional practices. For example many lawyers suffer this form of trauma which is essentially a resultant compounded complex based on “harming your own kind”, others are jail wardens, people who work at slaughter houses, and mothers who abandon or kill their babies upon birth. The study goes on to “absolve itself” of any blame or accusatory implication by extending onto paragraphs that explain how we have simply come to accept and believe that “this formula” of institutional social politics is just the way things have to be, tragically ignoring the simple truth we can invent any form of social political civilization we designed for humanity. ...OK, maybe it's not a study... yet.

    Jan 31st, 2018 - 09:34 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • DemonTree

    What unmitigated bullshit. You sound like you have never met a single person who has served in the armed forces, something that should make me wonder how old YOU are. Only consider that between 1939 and 1945 a whole generation went to war, and yet afterwards society continued to function and grow, people got married, raised their children, elected governments, and advanced human science. In the other thread, you yourself were agreeing with Jack Bauer that the destruction of war had caused people to try to get along better and helped the creation of the EU.

    And as for this:

    “Something similar happens to police officers, and it is because of the implicit vow they commit to in taking another person's life.”

    Let me show you how absurd you sound. In the UK fatal police shootings hit a 12 year high last year; our 123,000 police officers killed a grand total of 6 people. Most officers do not even carry guns, they are certainly not losing sleep at night over the minuscule chance they might have to kill someone. Even in the US, only 27% of police officers say they have ever fired their service weapon while on the job, let alone killed anyone.

    Patrick, I think your habit of arguing mostly with people who strongly disagree with you means your ideas are never really challenged. They dismiss you; you dismiss them; no one learns anything. But it means you are stuck in your own head thinking in circles. Only if you test your ideas against reality and get other people's input can you really improve and develop them.

    Jan 31st, 2018 - 10:39 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Patrick Edgar

    Yes they did continue to do all those things DT ... The question is HOW, the question is about 'quality' substance, causes and effects.
    You didn't understand. I didn't say that every police officer has killed someone. It's a psychological thesis about sociology, meaning. It's about morale and the decisions we agree with ourselves to uphold. When you are someone who decides to kill someone, even if there is a chance you may make a mistake about it, yet you are sheltered by institutional authority and thus protected in that plausible error... something happens inside the brain. That's what the discussion is about. Why do you think there is so much soldier craziness and suicide after a war ???

    Feb 01st, 2018 - 09:50 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • DemonTree

    I understand well enough that your 'study' was conducted inside your own head. If you want to talk about the effect of war on soldiers, then do some research instead of just making shit up. War can cause PTSD and all kinds of problems, depending also on how much support the former soldiers get from society. But it doesn't turn them into the sort of caricature you described, and it doesn't have the same effect on everyone.

    And for the police, I never claimed you thought every police officer had killed someone. You said they commit to an implicit vow in taking another person's life, which I assume means they psychologically have to be prepared to kill. That's a very American view of things, where the police carry weapons and at least potentially have to use them, and it's just not true in the UK. Nor are they sheltered institutionally in the same way here; it's always a big deal if the police kill someone and the decision will be scrutinised. In a normal year only 1 - 2 people die at the hands of the police, compared to well over 1,000 in the US.

    Feb 01st, 2018 - 10:51 am - Link - Report abuse -1

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