Load remaining images Those lucky enough to be in the audience at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on Saturday, June 18th, were treated to a truly unearthly experience. As I type these words a day later, I am still struggling to grasp the overwhelming splendor of what genuinely was a night no one in the theatre could possibly walk away from unmoved.The evening began with the one-of-a-kind opening act, The Dean Ween Group, who immediately got the crowd going with the jammy opener “Dickie Betts,” followed by the Motorhead-esque “It’s Gonna Be a Long Night” from Ween’s Quebec. The band made it a point to perform the Grateful Dead classic “Stella Blue,” dedicating it to the legendary theatre in which they were performing. The set continued with a sloppy and silly rendition of “I Saw Gener Cryin’ In His Sleep” as well as a hilarious performance of “Fingerbangin’.”Listen To The Dean Ween Group’s Set Here:Les Claypool joined the band on stage for a captivating collaboration on the Ween favorite “The Mollusk,” which was no doubt one of the highlights of the entire evening. Then the group closed out their set with a jaw-dropping lengthy performance of the Ween tune “The Rift” from Shinola Vol. 1. After the stage was cleared, it was only a matter of time until Uncle Les and his new musical companion Sean Lennon would give the enthusiastic New York audience a night they’ll never forget. As the lights went down over the raring-to-go audience, in a haze-filled room smoky enough to fly everyone to cloud nine, the eerie opening of the instrumental “There’s No Underwear in Space” oozed from the speakers as the band takes the stage. Guitar in hand, out walked Sean Lennon looking like a cross between Sgt. Pepper and his newfound musical comrade, Colonel Claypool. Followed by the Colonel himself, the audience let out a deafening cheer, and the time arrived for musical lift-off!The steady thump of the opening bass riff for “Cricket and the Genie” began. This upbeat single from their newly unveiled psychedelic masterwork Monolith of Phobos was a perfect place to start, as each-and-every audience member was now in the palms of the hands of The Delirium. While projections of pyramids and mythological figures scaled the pillared theatre walls, the glittering illumination of the stage lights brought these celestially psychedelic songs to life; making for a truly extraterrestrial experience.Up next was the cleverly-titled “Breath of a Salesman” (not exactly what Arthur Miller had in mind). Following this funky sixth track from their debut record, Claypool went on with his typical grin-inducing stage banter. This time, he treated the starry-eyed spectators to some reminiscent ramblings of his upbringing, in which he recalled once having a deep affection for a toy ape he had as a child. He then explained how before settling on the band name Primus in the late-1980’s, he once considered naming the band “Primate” — further emphasizing his soft-spot for his simian soul-mates.Speaking of our anthropoid friends — “Bubbles Burst,” “our most controversial song” as Sean Lennon said Saturday night in a tongue-in-cheek manner was, much-like on the album, one of the biggest moments of the entire performance. This song, in all honesty, is larger than life. The controversy, so-to-speak, stems from the visceral reaction from rabid Michael Jackson sycophants, whom have collectively had a strongly negative response to the darkly humorous depiction of Jackson and his monkey named Bubbles in the newly-released Delirium music video. All you have to do is look at the comment sections on YouTube to see exactly what I’m talking about.There wasn’t a single song from the album that was left out of the set list. Every track from the recently-circulated Monolith of Phobos was present and accounted for, with the addition of some extra pleasant surprises such as “Cosmic Highway” from the Frog Brigade album Purple Onion, as well as a happy little tease of “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver” during their poignantly political new tune, “Ohmerica.” Most impressive was the face-melting performances of Pink Floyd’s “Astronomy Domine” and “Tomorrow Never Knows;” the psychedelic milestone from The Beatles masterpiece, Revolver. Seeing and hearing Sean perform such a cosmic gem of his father’s repertoire was certainly something special. There are no better walls for these late-sixties works of genius to be bouncing off than within the majesty of the grand Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Just twenty-two miles from Manhattan, The Capitol Theatre is just the kind of legendary venue that was appropriate to hold such a superlative event.“It warms my heart,” said an earnestly-spoken Les Claypool, speaking of how touched he consistently is that so many people, time and time again, continue to support his numerous side incarnations. After a spellbinding set, the band took the stage once more, for a thunderous twenty-minute encore performance of the Primus fan-favorite “Southbound Pachyderm,” featuring a visually-jubilant Dean Ween on guitar. Not a single head was turned away from the stage, as Claypool, Lennon and Deaner set fire to the eyes and minds of the captivated audience, while the band jammed into seemingly endless psychedelic oblivion.From the hauntingly hallucinogenic title track, through “Boomerang Baby” and the deviant tales of “Mr. Wright,” to the shady character-driven excursions of “Captain Lariat” and “Oxycontin Girl,” Monolith of Phobos is a psychedelic force of nature; and this concert was no different. Last night was the final show of the first leg of the Delirium tour. After a well-needed break to finish out the month of June and throughout most of July, the band kicks off the second part of their U.S. tour on the 21st of July in Seattle, Washington. Their travels will take them back across the country, and eventually winding up in New Orleans for Voodoo Fest in late October.One could only hope that following the lengthy tour, an effort to continue this new musical endeavor will carry on. Monolith of Phobos features some of the best material both Lennon and Claypool have put out in years. “Childhoods end and bubbles burst” sings Lennon. But in the hypnotic trance of The Claypool Lennon Delirium, you’ll feel like child all over again.Be sure to get your healthy dose of The Delirium when they arrive in a town near you, throughout this year. Go on and indulge in the esoteric realms of your mind with these giants of psychedelic wizardry. Your third eye will thank you for it.Setlist: Dean Ween Group at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 6/18/16Dickey Betts, It’s gonna be a Long Night (DD on vocals), Garry*, Stella Blue, I Saw Gener Crying in his Sleep*, Fingerbang, Mercedes Benz, The Mollusk (with Les Claypool), The Rift*Joe on acousticEdit this setlist | More The Claypool Lennon Delirium setlistsWords by Joseph Conlon, images via Scott Harris/Capitol Theatre. Check out a full gallery below.
Lord Huron will head out on tour across North America this summer in continuing support of their latest studio album, 2018’s Vide Noir. The upcoming run of summer performances will take the popular indie-folk band around the country beginning on July 14th in Indianapolis, and continuing until August 11th. They’ll be joined throughout the summer tour on select dates by Bully, Shakey Graves, Julia Jacklin, and Yola Carter.The summer tour will see the band playing to a mix of venues throughout major U.S. cities including Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH (7/15); Thompson’s Point in Portland, ME (7/19); The Chrysalis at Merriweather Park in Columbia, MD (7/23); The Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL (7/26); KettleHouse Amphitheater in Missoula, MT (7/30); Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise, ID (7/31); the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA (8/4); Oregon Zoo Amphitheater in Portland, OR (8/9); And King County’s Marymoor Park in Richmond, WA on August 11th, just to name a few. Fans can reference the listing below for the tour’s full schedule.Related: Florence + The Machine Announces Spring Tour Dates With Nathaniel Rateliff, Blood Orange & MoreThe upcoming run of headlining performances will be mixed in with the band’s previously-announced appearances at major music festivals throughout the summer, including Boston Calling, BottleRock Napa, and Governor’s Ball.Vide Noir would go on to peak at No. 10 on the Billboard “200 Album Sales Chart” in the U.S. following its release back on April 20th, 2018. The band also recently found themselves honored with a notable shoutout from former President, Barack Obama, who included the group onto his select list of favorite songs of 2018.General on-sale for the newly-announced summer tour dates will begin this Friday, February 8th, at 10 a.m. local time. Fans can head over to the tour page on the band’s website for more info.Lord Huron Summer Tour DatesJuly 14 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre*July 15 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre*July 16 – Lafayette, NY – Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards*July 18 – Kingston, NY – Hutton Brickyards*July 19 – Portland, ME – Thompson’s Point*July 21 – Shelburne, VT – The Green at Shelburne Museum*July 23 – Columbia, MD – The Chrysalis at Merriweather Park*July 24 – Columbus, OH – EXPRESS LIVE!*July 26 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre*July 27 – Minneapolis, MN – Surly Brewing Festival Field*July 30 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater^July 31 – Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden^August 4 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl #August 5 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts by the Bay^August 8 – Bend, OR – Athletic Club of Bend^August 9 – Portland, OR – Oregon Zoo Amphitheater^August 11 – Redmond, WA – King County’s Marymoor Park^* w/ Bully^ w/ Shakey Graves + Julia Jacklin# w/ Shakey Graves + Yola CarterView All Tour Dates
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, the trio comprised of Bob Weir, Jay Lane, and Don Was, were back in action on Friday with their first show since their winter tour finale on March 30th. The band, which mostly performs stripped-down interpretations of music from the Grateful Dead‘s live catalog and other notable covers, was the scheduled headliner for night one of the inaugural BeachLife Festival taking place in Redondo Beach, CA this weekend.The band’s 12-song performance took place just as the California sun began to drop below the horizon, as one attendee described it. The set started with a pair of early-Dead classics, “Jack Straw” and “Cassidy”, before continuing into “Only A River”, “Peggy-O”, and their rendition of Kris Kristofferson‘s “Me and Bobby McGee”. Weir and Lane then reached into their old RatDog songbook to perform “Two Djinn” before turning on the jams for “The Other One”. Next up was “Standing on The Moon”, a ballad from the Dead’s 1989 Built To Last LP.Related: Blues Traveler’s Ben Wilson Talks Longevity, ‘Hurry Up & Hang Around’, BeachLife Festival, MoreWeir then led the charge in picking the energy back up with performances of “The Music Never Stopped” and “Easy Answers” to close the set. The band returned to start their encore with “Not Fade Away”, which ended up featuring a sit-in from singer Chris Robinson and guitarist Jackie Greene. Robinson took his place at the mic to help with the lyrics while also letting loose on some improvised vocal work during the jam portion of The Crickets cover. Greene also added to the group jam by working his way up and down the neck of his guitar with some slick slide parts as Weir also played along across the stage to close the set. Following the group performance, the trio returned to close the show with a performance of Jerry Garcia‘s timeless Dead ballad, “Ripple”. Fans can relive the band’s entire performance from Friday the pro-shot video below.Bob Weir & Wolf Bros – BeachLife Festival – 5/3/2019Bob Weir & Wolf Bros – “Ripple” – 5/3/2019[Video: Richard Elgenson]Setlist: Bob Weir & Wolf Bros | BeachLife Festival | Redondo Beach, CA | 5/3/2019Set: Jack Straw, Cassidy, Only a River, Peggy-O, Me and Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson cover), Two Dginn > The Other One, Standing on the Moon, The Music Never Stopped > Easy Answers (Rob Wasserman cover) > The Music Never Stopped.Encore: Not Fade Away* (The Crickets cover), Ripple* w/ Chris Robinson and Jackie Greene
At its 10th meeting of the year (March 10), the Faculty Council discussed final exams and study abroad transcripts with Jay Harris, the Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Jewish Studies and dean of undergraduate education. The council was also briefed about Harvard’s digital dissemination efforts.The council next meets on March 24. The preliminary deadline for the April 27 faculty meeting is April 12 at 9:30 a.m.
With the feel of autumn in the air, hundreds of first-year students filled Tercentenary Theatre on Aug. 31 for the College’s second annual Community Night. The goal: to provide a platform for students to meet and make friends.The event was a partnership between the Dean of Students Office (DSO) and the Office of the Arts (OFA), and centered on a series of “ice-breaker activities” by PlayFair. The group touts their mission as “Entertainment! It’s fun! It’s the perfect way to make new campus friendships!”And for the Harvard College students who filled the Yard, they did not disappoint.“I was so excited to not only see a large crowd of students, but more importantly an enthusiastic and engaged crowd,” said Dean of Students Katie O’Dair, who attended the event. “I saw a lot of connections being made, and hopefully the beginnings of a lot of new friendships, and people beginning to find their place and their community here.”“The event was brought to life through a fusion of fun student activities that fostered connection, inclusion, and a collaborative community art piece,” said organizer Tomika Smith, the DSO’s assistant director of student programs.Although all College students were welcome, the event was geared toward first-years. Activities included quickly breaking out into random groups of three, making introductions, followed by groups of five and then eight. Next up was finding someone the same height as you and introducing yourself, then finding someone wearing similar shoes. The lightning round of breakout groups allowed students to make acquaintances with numerous peers in a short period of time. The PlayFair leader asked students to join into groups based on their birth months. Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana arrived just in time to join the November crowd.“The arrival of our first-year students is such a joyous occasion for all of us at Harvard,” said OFA Director Jack Megan. “But for some students — indeed, for many of us — being new isn’t always easy. So it was a thrill to see connections being made by strangers, and to sense the energy and excitement among members of the class. They are amazing people — and the same can be said of colleagues in the Dean of Students Office who devoted so much passion and thought to making this a special night for our first-years.”After the group activities, students made their way to a photo booth, complete with props and costumes. Photos of the newly made friends were hung along branches, forming a “Communitree.”“They were eager to commemorate the experience by taking pictures in the photo booths and then clipping them to twine that was draped around tree lights,” Smith said. “These trees symbolized the ways in which these students are coming together in unity as part of our new and growing Harvard community.”
For the past 17 years, Harvard staff and students team up each spring with neighbors in Allston for the annual Love Your Block event, (formerly known as Boston Shines).Dozens of volunteers helped paint, clean, rake leaves, sweep sidewalks, lay mulch and plant flowers in various locations across the neighborhood.Schools and departments from all corners of campus were represented at this year’s event — including the Harvard Divinity School, the Graduate Commons Program, Harvard Real Estate, Harvard Recreation, the Harvard Varsity Club, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), Campus Services, Allston Initiatives and Harvard Public Affairs and Communications.“As always, this is a great way for so many of us to continue to take pride in our community while spending time with friends, neighbors, and colleagues in a fun and impactful citywide civic engagement program,” said James Barrows, Harvard’s associate director of community relations. “So many of us look forward to this every year, and I’m thrilled to see such amazing turnout once again!”
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for planning to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government. Elizabeth Jo Shirley pleaded guilty last year to one count each of willful retention of national defense information and international parental kidnapping. Prosecutors say Shirley once served in the Air Force and took her daughter to Mexico with the intent of contacting Russian government representatives. They say she planned to request resettlement in a country that would not extradite her back to the U.S. She was arrested in 2019 in Mexico City.
After the Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie have been reduced to leftovers, football games are over, and the guests have headed home, the holiday shopping season officially begins. Serious shoppers sort through mountains of advertisements to plan for the big day. For many bargain hunters, holiday sales the day after Thanksgiving really get the adrenaline going.While shopping smart is important every month, the stakes are especially high after Thanksgiving. Starting your holiday shopping early helps. But with a little forethought, even procrastinators can benefit from shopping smart. Create a spending planShopping smart means developing a sound spending plan for the holidays. With economic conditions still shaky, now is not the time to pile up a lot of holiday debt. Know how much money you can reasonably afford to spend. To avoid financial problems in 2012, limit your spending to the cash you have set aside for the season.Think creatively. Remember, it is the thought that counts. Homemade gifts, whether food, clothing, or crafts, may be appreciated more than something purchased at the local big box store. Gifts of time for baby-sitting, car-washing or house-cleaning may also be well-received. Your holiday spending plan is not just about the gifts you plan to buy. Remember to include parties, greeting cards, charitable giving, clothes to wear to holiday functions, and other things that make your holiday season joyful. Compare ads and stick to your planAt the store, keep your spending plan and shopping list in hand. Think carefully about each purchase. Avoid deciding on an item in the spur of the moment. Take your time. Think about your needs and the amount of money you have.Use ads appearing in newspapers and mailboxes around Thanksgiving to plan your purchases. Compare offerings from different stores to find the best values. Once you decide on a particular item, compare prices, features, quality and charges for installation, delivery and service. Sometimes the cost to use and maintain an item makes selecting a more expensive model the cheaper option. Save gas and time by shopping onlineTo conserve gasoline, avoid going from store to store. Instead, use the phone and Internet to find information. Particularly for gifts you need to send out of town, it is often much cheaper to order the desired items for direct shipment to the recipient. Shopping online can also be an easy way to locate special or unique gifts. But, be careful. Use a secure browser, shop with companies you know, and keep your passwords creative and private. Pay particular attention to shipping charges, and be sure to print out and keep records of your purchases.Retailers have rolled out holiday items earlier than ever this year. Sales may also start earlier as retailers seek to clear out merchandise. That means plenty of bargains, but you will need to shop carefully to find them. As the holidays approach, many retailers will slash prices so the best deals may be still to come. Waiting for last minute price cuts makes sense for items that are not in short supply. Shop for quality, not low priceExamine factory seconds and irregulars carefully. These items have flaws or imperfections. Find the flaw and decide if it will make a difference. Look in your newspaper classified ads for items, too. Buying person-to-person often saves money.Bargains that sound too good to be true are usually just that. Expect to pay a fair and reasonable price for goods and services. Read labels, seals, tags and instruction booklets. Ask questions. Get the facts before you buy. Find out what is promised, who stands behind the promises and what you must do to benefit from the warranty. Return a purchase that is damaged, did not provide reasonable wear or otherwise live up to the guarantee.Overspending can ruin the holidays and the months that follow. Shopping smart means planning ahead and sticking to your plan. Spending only as much as you can afford will make the holidays better for you and your family–even if they do not receive everything on their wish list.
SANTIAGO, Chile — Second Cpl. Arturo Rivera was deactivating mines along Chile’s northern border with Peru when an anti-personnel mine exploded, injuring him badly. Fortunately, the 25-year-old soldier survived — but the Aug. 14 accident was only the latest reminder that after nearly four decades, the existence of landmines in the border region is an unresolved issue. On May 26, an anti-personnel mine exploded near the border when a passing vehicle drove over it. According to Chilean police, the vehicle was apparently on its way to Peru, loaded with contraband. The blast, which killed one person, took place in the Chacalluta area, where only 16.2 percent of landmines have been removed, according to the National Demining Commission (CNAD in Spanish). Even though such accidents keep happening, the process of landmine removal has been slower than anticipated. Under the Ottawa Convention, Chile was given eight years to deactivate the estimated 122,000 anti-personnel and 60,000 anti-tank mines installed mainly along its borders. However, in late November 2011, President Sebastian Piñera requested an eight-year extension, giving the country until March 2020 to get rid of the mines. Heavy flooding dislodges hundreds of mines The problem became more acute following heavy rains in February, which caused the Lluta River to flood, dislodging hundreds of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines along the border with Peru. Two mines planted during the 1970s washed onto the Pan-American Highway, forcing authorities to close the road; soldiers later detonated the mines. “This is a precise job,” Ximena Valcarce, acting governor of Arica and Parinacota, told ADN Radio. “It is very tedious and takes a long time.” The arrival of Defense Minister Andres Allamand in Arica and the closure of the Chacalluta border pass underscored the seriousness of the Quebrado Escritos landmine emergency. Allamand said that during the last five years, special Chilean Army and Navy units had stepped up their mine removal operations. Separately, Col. Javier Iturriaga, commander of the Rancagua regiment, said in a communiqué that the floodwaters had dislodged 157 landmines, including 15 anti-tank mines and 142 anti-personnel mines. New legislation to compensate landmine victims Chilean lawmakers will soon consider a proposed bill to help those injured by landmines. “We have taken an additional step … to compensate victims of these devices,” Finance Minister Felipe Larraín told reporters. “This is what we have done, covering not only the obligations of the Ottawa Convention but those of the Oslo Convention, which deals with cluster bombs, and also with other international accords requiring countries with accidents originating from military explosives to provide a system of assistance.” The proposed bill offers victims monetary compensation as well as educational grants, access to social and labor resources, and free medical and psychological care. Allamand is to explain the legislation to the Senate Defense Commission at an Oct. 2 hearing. Sen. Guido Girardi, of Chile’s Party for Democracy, is urging that landmine removal be speeded up. “We are in peacetime and there is no justification for the country’s population and especially tourists to be anywhere there are land mines. We ask Minister Allamand that this be a priority and that Chile become, in the shortest time possible, a country without land mines,” said Girardi. “We know it is expensive and difficult, but these risks are not justified.” NGO: Landmines have killed 150 people since 1970s The Chilean Army and Navy are the institutions in charge of landmine removal, while the president’s National Landmine Removal Commission is supposed to coordinate their activities in accordance with the Ottawa Convention. In addition, several private civilian firms in Chile remove landmines under authorization from the Ministry of Defense. Col. Juan Mendoza, the commission’s executive secretary, said that “to date we have removed approximately 25 percent [of all mines], but many factors, especially climate and weather, have prevented us from moving at the speed we would have wanted.” Some 150 people, including 70 civilians, have been killed or maimed since the landmines were planted, according to Centro Zona Minada, a non-governmental organization. The NGO’s director, Elir Rojas Calderón, said at least 60,000 devices were planted in the Quebrada Escritos area alone. All told, he estimated, 100,000 anti-personnel mines, more than 60,000 anti-tank mines and “an undetermined number of unexploded or abandoned military explosives and cluster bombs” are scattered across six regions of Chile. Rojas: Chile has “ethical obligation” to remove landmines Chile, along with Argentina, Bolivia and Peru, has promised to comply with the Ottawa Convention, which prohibits the use, storage, production and transfer of landmines. In Peru, said Rojas, more than 20,000 landmines were planted along electrical transmission towers and the perimeters of prisons. He said that in October 1973, then-President Augusto Pinochet — fearing an attack by Peruvian forces — ordered thousands of mines to be planted on Chile’s border with Peru. “It was the same situation in 1978 during the Beagle Channel dispute in Chile’s extreme southern region, in the face of a possible attack by Argentina,” he said. “Areas bordering Bolivia and northern Argentina were later planted with landmines as well.” Chile must comply with the Ottawa Convention, said Rojas, because it has “an ethical and legal obligation to eliminate the risk to people, the environment, wildlife and the country’s development.” Thanks to “DiÃ¡logo” to share and show this information about landmines problem in Chile.. This month also is the 20Âº Anniversary of International Campaign to Ban Landmines with a important network of people, volunteers and professionals, NGOs and many others supporting our jobs everyday around the world.The media have a important role because help to show a different topics on demining process in the world. Thanks also to Oddete Magnet a very respected Journalist in Chile, excellent article.Elir Rojas CalderÃ³n, Degree on Geography-GeographerNational Director of Landmines-UXOs Research Center (from 1998 working on humanitarian demining)Chile MY PERSONAL OPINION IS THAT SHOULD CHILEANS DEACTIVATE ALL THE MINES THAT THEY INSTALLED UNDER THE PRETEXT OF ‘SECURITY,’ BECAUSE THOSE MINES GO AGAINST COUNTRIES AND INNOCENT HUMAN BEINGS. THE OPPOSITE WOULD BE THAT THE NEIGHBOR COUNTRY CONTINUES TO LIVE IN THE PAST AGE, WHEN THEY STOLE THE SEA FROM THE BOLIVIANS AND ENCLOSED IT TO ITS FATE, THE SAME THING THAT THE UNITED STATES MAKES WITH THE BROTHER COUNTRY OF CUBA. It is criminal to place anti-personnel mines in the territory, whatever it be. It is a pity that the previous Governments of Chile have maintained such a measure and the current one, after all this time just do it. It is a pity Mr. President of Chile. Hopefully nobody gets hurt, regardless of his/her nationality. Mr. Guido Girardi and all Communists and Socialists should be the first to go against Peru or Bolivia or Argentina in the event of armed conflict. These countries “Are not brothers,” they are “Enemies” because they hate us to death, so is “An ERROR” to remove the mines that give us security and also protect us from drug traffickers. At least leave them until after the sentence from The Hague, where stubbornly once more our rulers delivered our sovereignty in a tray, so that other countries can determine whether it is ours or not. This is a completely stupid thing. We only must apply what our heroes wrote “BY REASON OR BY FORCE.” It is a pity that so far mines have not been deactivated, despite the pledges to do it. Undoubtedly is something very expensive and takes a lot of time, but Chile has the moral obligation to comply by removing them. Otherwise denotes a remiss and negligent attitude. Despite the retrograde thoughts of some citizens, all of that was in times of imbecility. Incredible that in the 20th century exists in America a country so sadistic that is surrounding us Argentines, Bolivians and Peruvians with antipersonnel mines, cluster bombs that are forbidden by the Ottawa Convention. What is Chile afraid of? WasnÂ´t it enough to steal the sea from Bolivia and drown its industry in an unjust war supported by foreign powers? And to be in The Hague Court with Peru? Now they also want the Lauca River that originates in Bolivia. How deep is their aberrant ambition? ArenÂ´t they afraid of making God angry and that He makes them disappear with a tsunami or earthquake because of their unfair treatment to their neighbors? This is great news, but for me however it is also true that good deeds do not involve good intentions. The Chilean Navy always took strategically… so, to take a long time to remove such anti-personnel and anti-tank mines is logical and desirable for this country. What this news just makes for this country is to get before the international community the position of a good intention. Very clear. How easy is to forget the threats from Argentina against Chile during the decade of the problems of Beagle. I will never forget the words of the Argentine Government at the time, that because it was contrary to their interests, declared completely null and void the arbitration award that voluntarily signed, pawning the honour of the nation. What honor are they talking about? Liars and hypocrites. What a disappointment so much ignorance to give a view about what they do not know noting… and worst of all, they judge I think that in these times of peace letÂ´s eliminate these mines. LetÂ´s feel a little bit of fear of our Creator. We are only in transit dear Chileans in this beautiful world. Giving back a piece of strip of sea to Bolivia solves this problem, as children of God. Correction: the Lauca River originates in Chile and arrives to Bolivia. The Silala River originates in Bolivia and comes naturally to Chile. Bye. THE MINES ARE IN CHILEAN TERRITORY AND MET THEIR OBJECTIVE AT THE TIME…OTHERWISE WE WOULD NOT BE SPEAKING FROM CHILE TODAY, THATÂ´S TRUE… SO THE PROBLEM OF MINES IS CHILE’S AND NO ONE ELSE… AND THE MINES SHOULD BE ELIMINATED AT THE SPEED THAT IS SAFER FOR PROFESSIONALS… AND THAT DRUG SMUGGLERS CONTINUE DYING FOR TRYING TO DESTROY THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD… FORCE CHILE. By what I’ve seen by reading some comments, maybe someday the mines laid in the Chilean borders can be removed, but it is sad to observe that the most dangerous mines that can never be removed, are the ones self sown in the hearts of some Chileans and that always remain dangerously dormant and ready to explode under any pretext. To make a call to reflection would be futile, and we only have to expect that when those mines explode do not harm those who are close to them, whether they are family or friends. Sincere and fraternal greetings to all those Chileans possessors of sanity and good faith.Hugo E. CÃ¡ceres. How easy it is to criticize another country! DonÂ´t you remember perhaps that the Argentine army planted anti-personnel mines and anti-tank mines in the plains of the Falklands Islands, during the 1982 war? There are thousands of photos on the Internet, where you see signs that say “Minefield” and English soldiers are taking them out very slowly, because of the danger they pose.If Chile sowed mines in its territory, it did so because an Argentine general, on the balcony of the Casa Rosada, said “today itÂ´s the English and tomorrow the CHILEANS”… or you donÂ´t want to remember?And do not come to me saying that that was said by a coup Government. EACH country is responsible for its foreign policy, regardless that governments are Democratic or DE FACTO, because all documents that leave the Government House and connect with other governments, are legal.And finally, when Peru acquired 400 Russian T-55 tanks, more than 20 Mig-29 fighters and 22 Shukoy fighters and 600,000 AK-47 Kalashnikov rifles, it was to attack Chile, during the Government of Juan Velasco Alvarado, but at the last minute, it seems that Peruvians thought better and aborted the attack, which was scheduled for the day 11.06.1975. Regarding that, it reminds me of “others” that also “backed off” at the last minute, in the Beagle Channel, blaming the weather in the area of Island of the States and they RETURNED and they did not give battle to the SQUADRON of the Navy of CHILE, that also was in the same SECTOR, but by strange COINCIDENCE, it was not affected by the so-called bad weatherâ€¦ HadnÂ´t it been another thing? The same way that the FLOMAR hid during the FALKLANDS war and did not give battle. Chile is a country too important for Latin America. All of us must take care of it and admire it! And anyone who says otherwise is a hypocrite. It is extremely necessary that Chile remove its mines, they cause so much harm to locals and foreigners; we live in a new era, we should all be united, the entire America against hunger, poverty and all diseases that are still to come. All united to fight society’s curse. It is understood that Chile is still keeping its mines at the border with Peru:1) Because it is afraid to lose the lands that were once Peruvians2) Because it doesn’t have a more human and intelligent way to avoid smuggling3) Because it doesn’t care at all about the lives of the Peruvians who perished during the explosion of such mines4) Because it lost the map with the location of the mines and no one wants to assume responsibility of what might happen in the futureANSWERSA) none of the above (I am Chilean)B) All of the above (I am Peruvian) Chile and PerÃ¹ hired the services of a Norwegian company expert in mines, who is removing military artifacts on our common border. It is possible that the same procedure take place with Bolivia y Argentina. Gone are the days of nationalist speeches and big talks that triggered the installation of the mines at the borders. Argentina, Casa Rosada, Galtieri: today the Englishmen and tomorrow the Chileans. The crowd screamed ecstaticly: “Tero, Tero, Tero, today the Englishmen and tomorrow the Chileans.” PerÃ¹ Velasco Alvarado : We will recover the the lost territories. Bolivia: Waiting for the backlash moment. Today things are different : Chile and Argentina, insurmountable relationships, unforeseen military relationships; Argentine ships modifying their missile systems in Talcahuano, Military Force Southern Cross (Cruz del Sur): 17 thousands millions of Chilean investments. Peru: intense commercial interchange with Chilean advice in the economical and social aspects, with investments and social laws. The exception is Bolivia, who blames Chile for all its issues. I am writing from the center of Bolivia, addressing the issue of the sea of Bolivia; I am aware of the Bolivian way of thinking, I always talk to many people from that country about the maritime subject, the Bolivian resident is simple and grateful, like the Chilean, once Chile gets closer, it will be easier to initiate a process of integration; both countries should start building strong friendship bonds, commercial, academic, and cultural agreements, this should be the strategy of the Chilean State and Bolivian State, based on mutual trust and more than respect, the care on each side, the world nowadays doesn’t fix its problems with weapons, it fixes its problems by giving more food to its people and filling the pockets of its residents with money, the use of weapons only creates resentment and insecurity between brothers which in the future can cause insecurity and new conflicts of war without solving anything; for example Bolivia and Chile need each other, in Bolivia there is gas and abundant natural resources, on the other hand Chile has ample coastlines of sea and beach that Bolivia wants, so itâ€™s only matter of being willing and making progress in consolidating the diplomatic relations, thank you. By Dialogo October 01, 2012
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