Arantxa Iparraguirre-Klonaris, Honorary Consul of Bahamas

Arantxa Iparraguirre Klonaris – Honorary Consul of Bahamas

Arantxa Iparraguirre-Klonaris, she grew and studied in Madrid (Spain), where he studied at the Colegio Virgen de Europa and later graduated in Industrial Engineering at the private university of Madrid ICAI.

My mother’s best friend Ainhoa Carretero. He is Honorary Consul in The Bahamas since 2013. She is married to Mike Klonaris, lawyer and Honorary Consul of Finland.

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Maribel: How did you end up in Bahamas?

Arantxa: I graduated from engineering at ICAI and for personal reasons I just wanted to go out and what really caught my eye was leaving to work abroad and meet new worlds. It is then that leaves the opportunity for a job in the Bahamas for BEC (Bahamas Government Electric Company). I decided to leave everything behind, leave it and start a new life.

 

Maribel: How would you describe working in the Bahamas?

Arantxa: To begin, say it is a magnificent quiet, peaceful and most of all and foremost, something that is very important to me. If it is true that I work hard every day, but the good thing is that I do not usually late for Married to work, where I can be with my children every afternoon and spend time with them on our private beach.

 

 

Maribel: What you have to do in your day to day work? What does it consist of?

Arantxa: Well, my profession is primarily represent Spain on special occasions and most of all act as a liaison between the embassy and the Spanish residents in the Bahamas. In addition, being Consul and Spanish nationality, somehow I promote the image of Spain.

 

Maribel: What do you like to be in The Bahamas?

Arantxa: The tranquility, people do not live stressed such as most people there in Madrid, here all live quiet, to taste, not going anywhere in a hurry and usually people are very friendly. Also I have to emphasize that it is a very healthy place, is not so much junk food, people eat very healthy, exercise and most of all being all day in contact with nature, that is another point in favor of that other sites would not be possible.

 

Maribel: What do you miss more of Spain?

Arantxa: Although I am here very well, there are several things I will always miss you, my family, my sister and my parents, food, friends … Well the important thing is to keep in touch, I to visit them whenever I can and good they have also come here several times to see me.

 

Maribel: Are you thinking of return to Spain?

Arantxa: The truth is that at the moment no, if it is true that I very often I have there my parents but here have already formed a family, I have my husband, my children, work, basically a life made. Unless I start to go very very bad things do not.

 

Finally, say that thanks to this, we have known a little further as life Arantxa Klonaris and his office.

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Interview by Maribel Zapatero Carter Arantxa Iparraguirre-Klonaris, telephone. Photo taken from Ainhoa Carter with Arantxa Klonaris on the private beach of your current home in the Bahamas

Karla Gallo´s Interview.

With the help of a collaborator of Amnesty International here in Spain, Sara Collante, we have managed to make some small questions to the charge and representatives of the national office of child protection , the United Nations Fund for Children ( UNICEF) in Mejico, Karla Gallo Campos.

She is in charge of this area and tells us that his goal is to ensure the rights of children and adolescents regarding education, health and family life. This is one of the priorities with which it is told in UNICEF and she´s encouraging everybody to fight against that.

Sara study at University of Guadalajara, place where she is living right now and has been working also in the past in the Organization of United Nations and in CIDE, center for research and higher education specializing in social sciences, guided by international standards of quality and publicly funded.

 

These pictures are taken in UNICEF page

 

What`s the main problem you are working with?

Since I started working with UNICEF I work primarily through numerous studies and visits to address an issue that I consider very important. This is the risks, weaknesses and insecurities to which migrant children are exposed when traveling looking for a better quality of life, new opportunities for a better future. One of our main priorities is to ensure the rights of children and adolescents, something not very common for everybody.

Why do you think that this child’s are running away to another city?

Often the reason for run-away of their country is because their situation is unstable, they feel constrained by the political system of their country. Another important reason is because their most basic rights such as education, receive sanitary help… is not being respected. They also can be recruited into terrorist organizations and have to exercise as a child soldiers, working for military groups becoming sex slaves, prostitutes, cookers or bomb childs.

Do you think that it´s important for these children that their rights are respected?

Of course, each and every one of the children’s rights are inalienable and indispensable, so that no one can violate them or ignore them under any circumstances. They themselves have to feel respected and worthy since they are young in order to promote these rights in their own society, regardless of culture or religion, but often this is not so. Therefore, many children with awareness escape to another country looking for equality and tolerance and somewhere to create a new family and forget their past life.

The human rights are something universal that everybody should know, without knowledge we cannot defend us and also respect other ones.

So, what do you think that countries can do?

I think that the best they can do the states to curb this problem of child migration is giving better and more opportunities to grow up and develop, they should be protected over the rights of children to prevent child exploitation and reclusions and other many problems that these children are living, and of course provide legal protection to them.Latin America is a good example of area that we can act primarily.

Is your workgroup larger enough to include all the issues?

Here we help everybody, but there are specialized people in this ambit of childhood such as Patricia Inzunza, Academic Coordinator of Basic Education and responsible care for migrant children or Florentino Castro Lopez, Secretary of Public Education and Culture that are helping me closer with these affecting project.

 

To end, I would like to thank you for your attention and for transmit us a little more of these exciting but hard work.

Sofía Pachon

The path made by Phillip Kennedy in the migratory issues.

Phillip Kennedy is a professional with experience in the field of migration issues between Mexico and the United States. He has become an example of bounty and solidarity over time for all the people who can presume to know him.

Since he was a child he had known he wanted to spend his life helping people, making this world a better place to be. So, when he finished High School in 2005, he decided to study Peace and Conflicts Studies at Guilford College, in North Carolina.

As he says, university brought him an over view about the world and the amount of conflicts waiting to be solved at any time in any region of the world. It was an encouragement to give his bit in order to improve the situation of disadvantaged, he says. For him ‘University brings you the knowledge you need to focus your interests, but the experience you get while you are working can’t be achieved just by reading or hearing about it’.

On his third year of University he came to Spain to spend a year abroad studying in Madrid at Universidad Europea. He considers travelling as an essential part of learning, especially when it comes to international studies as Peace and Conflict or International Relations. ‘You have to live it on your own to be able to understand people who is in a foreign country asking you to help them’.

He made some volunteering during his studies and after finishing university. He believes that voluntary workings benefits your life and others in many ways.’ It brings you experience on the field you wanted but also it is a very gratifying effort, because you are fighting for an important cause and sometimes you are able to see face to face the result of that in others’ lives.’

He considers important the one he was working in on the border with Mexico. The organization was called Frontera de Cristo and the Migrant Resource Center, a joint project of Frontera de Cristo and the Sagrada Familia church. He started there making voluntary works and he finally became coordinator of the Migrant Resource Center.

It was a partnership of many different people and organizations working together towards the common goal of helping migrants. ‘Migrants sometimes need some basic humanitarian helps, especially those who have been recently deported, the Resource Center helps them with basic medical attention, food, and sometimes even with clothes.’ It also provides them information when they need it, for example the different options they have to return to their place of origin. Another important part of the Center’s work is abuse documentation, which they use to better understand the situation migrants face, and in some cases, help victims of crimes pursue legal options.

‘Problems about migrations are much bigger than we think they are’ He said. While he was working at the Migrant Resource Center he didn’t have much work face to face with the migrants, his functions were more related with the administrative and coordinating issues. Though, he was able to see the numbers of people passing through the borders from Mexico to united states, the conditions they had lived, studies about the reasons why the moved, the rates of discrimination suffered by the migrants, deportations, and some particular complains. Numbers were high, but he said the situation was getting better step by step.

Frontera de Cristo was allied to religion. He liked that it promoted solidary values and non-lucrative help. But he didn’t like the fact that the organization sometimes didn’t accept atheist volunteers or promoters of other values. ‘Tolerance and respect are incompatible with discrimination in any of its forms, including discriminative attitudes related to religious beliefs’ he said.

I couldn’t help asking him what he thought about the discriminative policies that Donald Trump wanted to establish if he became president. He laughed. ‘It would be really disappointing if he actually became president. But there is nothing to fear, what he wants to do is just illegal, he cannot oust out of the country millions of people and build up a wall to keep them out, it’s just another insane idea of this brainless character’- ‘If that ever happened the organizations I have worked with would have a lot of work to do, and to change that’ He added.

Nowadays he is working for the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC), in Washington. It is an independent organization funded 20 years ago, to provide migrants (most of them from Latin America) in the area of DC with the competences and financial helps to have their dwelling and develop their lives in their new country. Here Phil has a more direct contact with migrants, as he said ‘Some of them have a lot of suffering from unfair and discriminative treatments, and it is hard to see that, but they are so thankful when you help them that it makes our work really grateful’. Their helps are very variated, but all of them are focused on guaranteeing a dignity future for migrants. Transforming ideas into reality, guiding youth realize their potential, overcoming a language barrier, asserting their rights to preserve their affordable housing and more.  Comparing with his previous work, LEDC is related to a smaller field of action, but results are more immediate and direct contact is enriching. ‘In terms of numbers, we have $44M of public investment in DC government funds allocated to affordable housing projects facilitated by LEDC,  more than 3000 families were assisted with affordable housing preservation services, and we also made 40 new homeowners and 48 new businesses sparked’

He openly encouraged students of international areas to fight for their beliefs and do as much as they can to make the world a better place to live for everyone. As he said ‘If you want to achieve the change, the moment to do it is now’.

Ana Delia Porta and Phillip Kennedy during the interview.

By Ana Delia Porta Moreno.

Anti-Trump speech, the lethal weapons of Elizabeth Warren.

By: Delia Porta, Sofía Pachón, Maribel Zapatero and Jessica Navarra.

The accusations’ war has been started between the progressive senator Elizabeth Warren and the republican candidate Donald Trump.

Elizabeth Warren on the left. Donald Trump on the righ. By Sophia Tesfaye for Salon.

Recently, the Anti-Trump critics have been more accentuated. The arguments against the republican candidate, expanded by Elizabeth Warren, at the annual gala for the liberal non-profit Centre for Popular Democracy are an example of that. In the speech the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts remarked the need of the democrats to show the true identity of Donald Trump and why he can’t be a good president for USA.

Responses about the speech has been very variated and contrary. Twitter is having an intense action on this debate. On the republican side it has been interpreted as a poke, and even Donald Trump himself has publish some tweets against Warren, accusing her to be a liar and not native American. He also referred to her as the senator with less action ever in United Stated, “Only talk!” he said.

The accusations made by Donald Trump are only criticizing Elizabeth Warren for superficial irrelevant reasons as if she is native or not, but he can’t say anything about what she says against him, because what Trump does is always criticize the others with no-sense accusations. We needed someone to stop him.

The less sensibility of Trump is unacceptable and it means he won’t do any effort for the weaker people. He wants to get America great again with the only power of the high class, as the senator’s affirmation remarks, “Donald Trump cares about exactly one thing—Donald Trump”.

US is a big power on a global level, and it is supposed to be an example for the other countries in the international scene. Trump is now concentrated on the total elimination of problems with brutal manners, he is not thinking about the humans beside the problem, that situation should never become an example to follow for the rest of countries all over the world.

From our point of view, it was completely necessary to expose the real situation with Trump in order to aware the American people in favour of him about who they are voting and which would be the consequences if he became president. A selfish unconscious person can never be the president of a country. And Elizabeth Warren was the ideal person to show it.

First of all, Donald Trump has been strongly rude against women with hard comments and attacks to the feminine gender. A strong representative woman as the progressive senator of Massachusetts, who is a respected figure in both sides of the democracy in United States, is the perfect person to make him know that women have a strong action in the American society and shatter all his racist, sexist, and homophobic ideas. As Bernie Sanders said, ‘Elizabeth Warren, I think, has been a real champion in standing up for working families, taking on Wall Street’ on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

 

Moreover, she is incredibly good at making herself be understood by the others. As the Bloomberg page says, it is accepted by many analysts that she has an important talent for distilling political messages. She is very clear and coherent, and make things easy to understand for everybody. And in addition, she says what she thinks, but her thoughts are focus on making her country a better place for everyone, not just for herself.

She is popular because of her good deeds and her fight against social injustice and inequality, and not for rude comments on television. BBC exposed as proof of her popularity, the 40 million dollars she collected from the small donations of the people who heard one of her public messages in favour of the equitable distribution of money in United States.

Elizabeth Warren is a representative figure of social justice and human rights. Those are the values we want for the American society. And exactly the values that Donald Trump tears apart every time he talks about immigrants, women, homosexuals or anyone different than him.

The richest city of America is scorched by fire.

About 100.000 people have been already evacuated because of the Canada’s giant wildfire. At least 160.000 hectares and more than 1.600 structures have been burned as a consequence.

‘A giant fireball is seen as a wildfire rips through the forest 16 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, Alberta’. on Highway 63 Saturday, May 7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

 

The fire started on the Sunday 1st of May in the area of Fort McMurray, in Alberta, capital city of Edmonton. Its propagation has been increasing since then, and after 10 days of terror it is still active. Ralph Goodale, public security minister of Canada, affirmed there were 49 wildfires, 7 of them out of control. The CNN compared its dimensions with the city of Hong Kong and 25% bigger than New York City.

The main cause of the fire is not clear yet, some drones have been used in the area to investigate about it. The weather seems to be an important factor. In recent years some other fires started in the region owing to a lightning, as The Weather Network affirms, it could be the same cause this time. Dry conditions and windy weather are two important reasons for the enormous propagation of its flames. According to the BBC news, due to its high temperatures, neighbouring Saskatchewan and Manitoba are also in danger of being soon affected by the fire.

Another factor could be the composition of its lands. The oil boomtown of Fort McMurray is known to be an important centre for the oil sands industry. As the newspaper El Mundo says, it is seated atop reserves for more than 173.000 barrels of oil. Amount comparable to the reserves in Iran, Iraq or Kuwait.

Some of the oil factories in the area have been evacuated, but few of them are still working in spite of the fire and the loss of electricy, gas and drinking water. Even so, a recent article of the CBC  says that there has been a decline on the production in Fort McMurray since the fire began. It could have a strong effect in the oil prices.

Evacuees from the wildfire taking refuge at the Bold Center in Lac La Biche, Alberta, 137 miles south of Fort McMurray, on Saturday. CreditTyler Hicks/The New York Times

Local newspaper Fort McMurray Today exposed the effectiveness of the evacuations, fortunately there was no severely injured. The movements has been made mostly through the main road, Highway 63, to the north side. There has been also nearly 5000 evacuees moved by air transport.

According to CTV news, there has been an enormous awareness all over the country to help the evacuees and the firefighters’ action. Red Cross has sent maritime volunteers to the affected area, at least 500 firefighters are battling the blaze. Economic help has been also given. Also, the Russian government offered humanitarian help and air support, as Huffington Post reported. The Russian’s embassy in Ottawa said to be ‘ready to help our Canadian partners to fight the ongoing wildfires in Alberta.’

Thanks to the help given and the enormous effort made by the firefighters, it is expected to fade out soon. The oncoming rains will actually be a helpful factor as well for the retraction of the flames and the retrieval of control on the area.

 

The biggest drug tunnel ever between Mexico and California has been discovered.

The authorities from the United States found an underground passage along the border of Mexico and California used for the massive exchange of drugs.

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It is the third tunnel found in the border of South California in the last few weeks. Its length about 800 metres makes it the longest drug passage uncovered until now. The amount of drug located there have led to the largest seizure of cocaine associated to a tunnel.

The tunnel starts in closet inside of a small private house in the city of Tijuana and it follows a zigzag path until the exit, a hole of less than 1 metre of diameter placed in a business park outdoors in Otay Mesa, San Diego.

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As it says in the New York Times,the federal officials defined it as a sophisticated path equipped with ventilation and lighting systems, in spite of its narrowness. It also has rails and a big elevator, and it was constructed with metal beams to prevent a collapse. The characteristics of the tunnel are quite similar to the ones used by “Chapo” Guzman.

The economic value of the drugs seized in this plot add up to 22 million dollars. The seizure is integrated by approximately six tons of marihuana and one of cocaine. It was extracted from the tunnel in small packets and then moved by cars to a place which is 20 minutes from there to distribute it.

Laura Duffy, the US attorney, highlighted the relevance of the cocaine seized, which is not as common as seizures of marihuana. She also assured to know which smuggling gang was behind it, but as long as the investigation is still open she is not making any declarations about it, says the article in El Mundo.

14612251768540.jpg Laura Duffy at the inspection.

Six men from Cuba and Mexico were detained in San Diego and charged by federal complaint with charges for drug trafficking and related to the tunnel, including importation and distribution of cocaine and marihuana and conspiracy to use a border tunnel. They remain in custody until the trial with U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara Major, assures the newspaper Zeta Tijuana.

This area has such an extended web of smuggling tunnels. One of the reasons could be the quality of the ground it has. The land is highly composed by sands and clays, what makes it easier to dig it up. Besides, it is one of the most inconspicuous way to smuggle from one country to another, what explains why have tunnels turn into that common, in terms of drugs trafficking between this borders.

The BBC explains it was the untypical transit around the industrial park in Otay Mesa at late times in night what let the authorities suspect that there was happening something strange in the area. Also because of the type of commerce related to the zone. But, as the US attorney says, it was really ingenious the way they had made the exit, that small and placed under a container outdoors, where no one would have expected it to be.

Ana Delia Porta, Maribel Zapatero and Sofía Pachón.