Terça-feira, 28 de Abril de 2009

... porcos... com mortos!!!... (pandemia)

 

Countries around the world began tightening their border and immigration controls Tuesday as the number of confirmed cases of swine flu continued to rise.


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/29/health/29flu.html?_r=1&hp


The number of deaths believed attributable to swine flu climbed to as many as 152 on Tuesday — all of them in Mexico — as news agencies reported the number of confirmed cases of infection in the United States stood at 50 after further testing at a New York City school.


Other cases have been reported in Ohio, Kansas, Texas and California. In addition, The Associated Press reported that preliminary tests by health officials in New Jersey had identified five “probable” cases — four people who were recently in Mexico and one who had been in California.


Spanish Health Minister Trinidad Jiménez on Tuesday said Spain had confirmed a second case of swine flu, in the eastern province of Valencia, but that the patient was recovering well.


Israel’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday reported the first case in the country. Smadar Shazo, a Health Ministry spokeswoman, said the man who contracted the illness, a 26-year-old, had recently returned from Mexico. Ms. Shazo said he is in good health now and is likely to be released from hospital Wednesday.


About 1,600 people in Mexico are now believed to have swine flu.


The World Health Organization raised its global pandemic flu alert level on Monday while recommending that borders not be closed nor travel bans imposed. But in a possible precaution to be taken by other nations, Japan said Tuesday it would no longer allow Mexican travelers to obtain a visa upon arrival.


Health officers at three Japanese airports also were being deployed Tuesday to check passengers before they disembarked from flights coming from Mexico, Canada and the United States. Travelers suspected of having the flu would be quarantined and examined further at medical facilities, news agencies reported, citing the Japanese health minister.


At least eight other countries in Asia were checking air passengers arriving from North America, and China was tightening land border checks as well. Hong Kong, Taiwan and Russia were set to quarantine passengers suspected of having the flu.


On Monday, Indonesia banned all pork products coming from Canada, the United States and Mexico, and said it would destroy any pork products imported before the ban. International health experts said the flu cannot be transmitted from pigs or from eating properly handled pork.


Russia and South Korea each reported a suspected case of swine flu on Tuesday. Tests were ongoing, and South Korea raised its domestic alert level.


Two people in Scotland — the first known victims of the virus in Britain — were said by hospital authorities on Tuesday to be recovering after contracting the flu while on honeymoon in Cancún, Mexico. But the British authorities warned against nonessential travel and suggested that British citizens in Mexico should consider leaving.


In an advisory on Tuesday, the British Foreign Office said: “We are now advising against all but essential travel to Mexico. Routine consular and all visa services at the embassy in Mexico City have been suspended until further notice.” It added: “British nationals resident in or visiting Mexico may wish to consider whether they should remain in Mexico at this time.”


France also advised its nationals Tuesday to avoid nonessential travel.


The increase of the W.H.O. alert to Level 4 from Level 3 means that there has been sustained human-to-human transmission. The change “indicates that the likelihood of a pandemic has increased, but not that a pandemic is inevitable,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, the W.H.O. director general.


The W.H.O.’s emergency committee, after meeting until 10:30 p.m. in Geneva, recommended abandoning efforts to contain the flu’s spread.


“Because the virus is already quite widespread in different locations, containment is not a feasible option,” said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the deputy director general.


The W.H.O. also recommended that vaccine makers keep making the seasonal flu vaccine instead of switching over to a new one that matches the swine flu strain, but it urged them to start the process of picking a pandemic strain, weakening it and making large batches of it, which could take six months.


Dr. Fukuda emphasized that the committee thought that “a pandemic is not inevitable — the situation is fluid and will continue to evolve.”

 

CRISE - PANDEMIA - CRISE - PANDEMIA - CRISE - PANDEMIA - CRISE -PANDEMIA

 

... que MUNDO!!!... CHIÇA!!!... Sherpas!!!...

 

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Sexta-feira, 24 de Abril de 2009

... morena!!!...

 

... antes q´acabe, num corrupio,

desafio,

conversa amena, vila morena,

mais baixos até, num café, numa praça,

com pouca graça,


parlatório assentado, perante quem ouve, tão informal,

jogo tão grave, engano colectivo,

finura no trato, vulgar torvelinho,

pensando em voz alta, desfiando sózinho,


concluindo, com esgares, noutros lugares,

substância tão pouca que prende a ralé,

conclusão que se pretende, no que se não entende,

falhanço dum golpe,

gerando espanto, tamanho choque,

flor tão linda, vermelha como o sangue,

símbolo de fé, crença dum POVO,

massacrando de novo,


um que s´esforça, outro que faz troça,

dualidades que divergem,

entendimento, preceito, regime periclitante,

dom cativante,

figura d´então, assaltante, ladrão,

antes q´acabe,

desafio, corrupio,

conversa amena na vila morena,

que mal que sabe, já me não fio,


dotado nos bens, vistoso polimento,

num ir, num vir, acertado no fito,

no trato, repito,

intenção de manter, sustendo sangria,

realidade, mania, tão grande, portento,

ostentação, seráfico distante,

peralvilho interessante,

sorriso capaz, rechonchudo, pertinaz,

grupinho a esmo, contumaz,


falando com jeito, estilo parecido,

ao molho, jungido,

sem dogma aparente, situação, repente,

longa noitada, converseta, tertúlia,

madrugada, repetição dum facto,

com sanha, descaro,

algo s´empurra,

soco na cara, reviranço se sente, quando s´esmurra,


se descrê no q´acontece, não aquece, não arrefece,

s´está presente, s´ouve até,

não se canta, desencanta,

intrínsecos recônditos,

sendas inóspitas, outros caminhos,

naquela Grândola que foi tema,

agora,

toleima,

desajustada, tão fora,


reunião, convencimento,

bocado d´então, sobra que permanece,

lembrança que desfaz, contumaz,

rechonchudo, incapaz, discurso pertinaz,

morena,

conversa amena,

quando ela passa, semeia desgraça,

recorda esperança,

cravo vermelho sem viço, já murcho,

enguiço, engulho,

na trouxa, rebuço,

roupinha tão suja, tão gasta, já rota, q´afasta,


antes q´acabe, num rodopio,

desafio... Sherpas!!!...

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Quarta-feira, 22 de Abril de 2009

... dia da... TERRA!!!...

O National Geographic Channel International (NGCI) vai promover um conjunto de acções multiplataforma a nível global para assinalar o Dia da Terra, celebrado esta quarta-feira. O objectivo é sensibilizar para a importância da preservação do meio ambiente.

 

... in http://diariodigital.sapo.pt/news.asp?section_id=14&id_news=383979

 

Em Portugal, o canal vai emitir uma maratona de 24 horas dedicada ao planeta Terra e às formas de promover a sua conservação. Serão emitidos documentários como «Mistérios da Terra: Perigos da Pesca», «Mistérios da Terra: Contaminação das Águas», «Caçador de Sementes», «O Estado do Planeta 2009» ou «Ameaça do Degelo».

 

Pelas 19:00 horas, decorre na Piazza del Popolo, em Roma, um concerto organizado pelo Nat Geo Music, com actuações de Ben Harper, Relentless 7, Subsonica, Nneka e Bibi Tanga Et Le Professeur Inlassable. O espectáculo será transmitido em directo no canal Nat Geo Music e na Internet.

 

Também na página do Nat Geo estará disponível o microsite Dia da Terra 2009, com conteúdos de temática ambiental. Por outro lado, os cibernautas estão convidados a gravar vídeos em que respondam à questão «O que faço pelo planeta?» e a fazer o respectivo upload na página, segundo o comunicado do canal.

 

Os canais Nat Geo e Nat Geo Music estão disponíveis através da AR Telecom, Cabovisão, Clix SmarTV e Meo. O Nat Geo está disponível também através da Zon TVCabo e da Pluricanal.

 

... a "NOSSA CASA"... tão MALTRATADA, por ÓDIOS/GANÂNCIAS!!!... POXA!!!... Sherpas!!!...

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Terça-feira, 21 de Abril de 2009

... pirataria, ao largo do... CORNO d´África!!!...

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Somali teenager arrived to face what are believed to be the first piracy charges in the United States in more than a century, smiling but saying nothing as he was led into a federal building under heavy guard.

 

Somali Pirate Suspect Arrives in NY

 

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/04/21/nyregion/AP-US-Piracy-Suspect.html?hp

 

Abduhl Wali-i-Musi, the sole surviving Somali pirate from the hostage-taking of an American ship captain, was to appear in a courtroom Tuesday on what were expected to be piracy and hostage-taking charges.


Handcuffed with a chain wrapped around his waist and about a dozen federal agents surrounding him, the slight teen seemed poised as he passed through the glare of dozens of news cameras in a drenching rainstorm. His left hand was heavily bandaged from the wound he suffered during the skirmish on the cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama.


A law enforcement official familiar with the case said Wali-i-Musi (pronounced wahl-ih-MOO'-sih) was being charged under two obscure federal laws that deal with piracy and hostage-taking. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the charges had not been announced.


The teenager was flown from Africa to a New York airport on the same day that his mother appealed to President Barack Obama for his release. She said her son was coaxed into piracy by ''gangsters with money.''


''I appeal to President Obama to pardon my teenager; I request him to release my son or at least allow me to see him and be with him during the trial,'' Adar Abdirahman Hassan said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from her home in Galka'yo town in Somalia.


The boy's father, Abdiqadir Muse, said the pirates lied to his son, telling him they were going to get money. The family is penniless, he said.


''He just went with them without knowing what he was getting into,'' Muse said in a separate telephone interview with the AP through an interpreter.


He also said it was his son's first outing with the pirates after having been taken from his home about a week and a half before he surrendered at sea to U.S. officials.


The young pirate's age and real name remained unclear. His parents said he is only 16; his father identified him as Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse. The law enforcement official said he is at least 18, meaning prosecutors will not have to take extra legal steps to try him in a U.S. court.


His worried family asked the Minneapolis-based Somali Justice Advocacy Center to help get him a lawyer, said the organization's executive director, Omar Jamal.


''What we have is a confused teenager, overnight thrown into the highest level of the criminal justice system in the United States out of a country where there's no law at all,'' Jamal said. Wali-i-Musi speaks no English, he said.


The suspect was taken aboard a U.S. Navy ship, the USS Bainbridge, shortly before Navy SEAL snipers killed three of his colleagues who had held Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips hostage.


The U.S. officials said the teenager was brought to New York to face trial in part because the FBI office here has a history of handling cases in Africa involving major crimes against Americans, such as the al-Qaida bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998.


Ron Kuby, a New York-based civil rights lawyer, said he has been in discussions about forming a legal team to represent the Somali suspect.


''I think in this particular case, there's a grave question as to whether America was in violation of principles of truce in warfare on the high seas,'' said Kuby. ''This man seemed to come onto the Bainbridge under a flag of truce to negotiate. He was then captured. There is a question whether he is lawfully in American custody and serious questions as to whether he can be prosecuted because of his age.''

 

... reviraram-se os acontecimentos no MUNDO... os que roubavam/pirateavam são agora vítimas dos processos q´usavam!!!... Logo... por um País bem infeliz, no Corno d`África, a SOMÁLIA!!!... Enfim!!!... Sherpas!!!...

 

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Domingo, 19 de Abril de 2009

... o "indefectível" Brederode... quando "aventa"!!!...

P or muito distraído que eu andasse, era impossível deixar de reparar na sucessão, em quarenta e oito horas, do discurso de Cavaco Silva na abertura do 4.º Congresso da Associação Cristã de Empresários e Gestores (ACEGE) e mais uma entrevista de Luís Filipe Menezes à SIC Notícias.

          in... http://dn.sapo.pt/inicio/opiniao/interior.aspx?content_id=1205940&seccao=Nuno%20Brederode%20Santos&tag=Opini%E3o%20-%20Em%20Foco

Visto, está conforme

Não para sugerir um nexo entre os dois factos, mas porque ambos formalizam, segundo os meus subjectivíssimos critérios, o arranque da pré-campanha das próximas eleições europeias. Não está mal: quer porque o último cabeça de lista (o do PSD) foi finalmente revelado, quer porque eu tenho sempre a original atitude de gostar muito das campanhas até ao limite fisiológico de me fartar delas.

 

Vai ser curioso assistir às ondas de choque provocadas pelo discurso de Cavaco. Como sei que a notícia está no excesso, não me fiquei pelas manchetes e fui fazer uma primeira leitura do texto ao sítio da Presidência da República na "net". Como é de regra, pouco importa a substância do que lá está (o que é bem diferente de dizer que a não tem).

 

É um conjunto de ideias sobre a crise, económica e financeira, mundial; com imputações genéricas de culpas, mais duras (e mais moralistas) para empresários e gestores e algo mais políticas para com os decisores dos países que nos são deixados facilmente adivinhar.

 

Segue-se um "vademecum" para ambos esses grupos. Passando depois a Portugal, são equacionados "desafios" que se apresentam à nossa economia e instam-se políticos, empresários e gestores a novas atitudes e condutas, que implicam (ou sugerem) críticas à sua actuação anterior e (ou) actual.

 

Tudo isto vem envolto numa abordagem que, sendo ideológica, é no entanto a que maior receptividade deveria obter junto dos presentes (sendo o exemplo mais berrante a alusão às políticas "que favorecem o enfraquecimento dos laços familiares"). Chamemos-lhe social-cristã.

 

Pela televisão pudemos ver que o tom é firme, mas quem quiser chame-lhe duro. De resto, várias vezes aqui assinalei que é característico do nosso Presidente manietar-se antes de falar forte e grosso: é que depois, quando vierem reivindicar consequências, ele pode dizer com verdade que está manietado.

 

Só os ainda mais distraídos do que eu é que não terão notado como, poucos dias antes, muitos "media" assinalavam a habitual não notícia: "a partir de hoje, o Presidente da República já não pode dissolver o Parlamento". Notícia é saber-se a animação que isso sempre desencadeia para os tempos seguintes.

 

Mas a substância, escolhida como é para ser pacífica, importa menos do que o facto de estes discursos se sucederem quase iguais, convidando assim à busca minuciosa das pequenas diferenças. São estas que, dramatizadas ou banalizadas, suscitarão todas as atenções, moldarão as atitudes e irão até impregnar (odiosa palavra, esta) o discurso oficial dos vários agentes, políticos, económicos e sociais. Mas sobretudo - e para nossa desdita - darão azo a torrenciais manifestações de inteligência em filigrana, por parte dos treinadores de sofá que se (nos) pretendem(os) fazedores de opinião.

 

Duríssima será também a habitual competição entre os que se insinuam como intérpretes autênticos, para já não dizer fantasmáticos autores da prosa em causa. A vida ensina, a gente aprende: vamos ser bombardeados com tempos verbais, escolhas entre sinónimos possíveis, substantivos mais usados por um partido do que por outro. E com os "não é por acaso" de uma fé intangível, que não poderemos combater.

 

A generalidade ou a abstracção de uma frase será o volúvel corcel de quem quiser montá-la. O governo explicará que não é com ele e, perante um caso ou outro mais difícil, dirá que a crítica é para quem empata a governação. As oposições proclamarão exactamente o contrário: que tudo é contra o governo. Mas terão de travar entre si alguns duelos, abrangendo na crítica os demais: é a mim que ele dá razão.

 

Todos parecerão acreditar no princípio segundo o qual o melhor argumento é o mais ruidoso, pelo que a gritaria que se segue terá a vantagem cultural de nos mandar a todos para o cinema.

 

Menezes, um estudioso das agendas alheias, esperou e bem. Depois chegou e poisou no galho alto. Descontado um pequeno ajuste de contas, detalhado nome a nome, foi gentil. Voltou a protestar lealdade e a declarar-se pronto para a primeira linha do combate partidário. O pior vem a seguir e é sempre mais rápido do que se julga. É quando ele desce: primeiro ao galho baixo, depois ao chão. Se o aproveitarem, dá sarilho. Se o ignorarem, também. Vimos este filme mais vezes do que A Túnica. Boa noite e boa sorte.

 

... enfim... cá camos andando nesta "bonita" contradança, rindo e cantando, às vezes!!!... Sherpas!!!...

 

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Sábado, 18 de Abril de 2009

... Havana (CUBA)... cidade perdida???...

 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago (CNN) -- President Obama said Friday he is seeking "a new beginning" in U.S. relations with Cuba.

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/17/obama.latinamerica/index.html

 

 

Before addressing the representatives of 34 countries at the Summit of the Americas, Obama and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez saw each other and shook hands.


"Every one of our nations has a right to follow its own path," Obama told the assembly. "But we all have a responsibility to see that the people of the Americas have the ability to pursue their own dreams in democratic societies.


"Toward that end, the United States seeks a new beginning with Cuba."


Obama arrived in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday evening for the Summit of the Americas, a key meeting of hemispheric powers. Although it was not represented at the talks, the subject of Cuba dominated the president's speech.


In prepared remarks, Obama said that "decades of mistrust" must be overcome, but noted that he has already loosened restrictions that limited Americans from traveling to visit relatives in Cuba and from sending money to them.


Obama lifted all restrictions Monday on the ability of individuals to visit relatives in Cuba, as well as to send them remittances.


That may be just the beginning. "I am prepared to have my administration engage with the Cuban government on a wide range of issues -- from human rights, free speech and democratic reform to drugs, migration and economic issues," he said.


Obama's comments represent a significant shift in a U.S. policy that has remained largely unchanged since 1962, when the U.S. government imposed a trade embargo with Havana.


They come a day after Cuban President Raul Castro said he was prepared to discuss "everything, everything, everything" with the United States.


Castro told a summit of leftist Latin American leaders gathered in Venezuela, "We are prepared, wherever they want, to discuss everything -- human rights, freedom of the press, political prisoners," Castro said Thursday.


Havana played a major role in Obama's remarks, where he called for rejection of "stale debates" that have undermined opportunities to forge new partnerships. Watch Obama speak about "a new day" »


"They would have us make the false choice between a rigid, state-run economy and unbridled and unregulated capitalism; between blame for right-wing paramilitaries or left-wing insurgents; between sticking to inflexible policies with regard to Cuba or denying the full human rights that are owed to the Cuban people.


"I didn't come here to debate the past -- I came here to deal with the future. As neighbors, we have a responsibility to each other and to our citizens. And by working together, we can take important steps forward to advance prosperity, security and liberty."


Chavez's press office said Obama walked up to Chavez to greet him, a meeting it called "historic."


"President Chavez expressed his hope that relations between the two countries would change," the press office said, quoting Chavez as having told his U.S. counterpart, "Eight years ago with this same hand I greeted Bush. I want to be your friend." It said Obama then thanked Chavez.


Chavez once referred to former President Bush as "the devil."


On other matters, Obama, who said he is committed to fighting inequality "and creating prosperity from the bottom up," announced a Microfinance Growth Fund for the hemisphere and proposed creating an Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas "to promote renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."


He also vowed to "take aggressive action" to slash demand for illegal drugs, and to halt the movement of arms and money to Mexico.

 

... maior abertura... entendimento nas Américas, no Oriente, no MUNDO inteiro???... "I HOPE"!!!... Sherpas!!!...

 

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Quinta-feira, 16 de Abril de 2009

... dei o dito... por não dito, como faz qualquer político!!!... TWITTO!!!...

 

... dei o "dito" por não "dito"... como faz qualquer político, NÃO SENDO, é evidente!!!... A pedido dum "registo"... noutro sítio! Enfim!!!... Sherpas!!!...

 

 

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Quarta-feira, 15 de Abril de 2009

... "trancas" à porta... na "BANCA"!!!...

"LONDON — UBS said on Wednesday that it plans to cut another 7,500 jobs after the Swiss bank lost about 2 billion Swiss francs, or $1.8 billion, in the first quarter and clients withdrew funds.

 

... in http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/business/global/16ubs.html?_r=1&hp

 

Oswald Grübel, who took over as chief executive in February, said he would reduce the number of employees worldwide to 67,500 in 2010 compared with the 75,000 positions his predecessor envisioned for the end of this year. To return UBS to profit, Mr. Grübel is shrinking the business and cutting costs by focusing on the bank’s core operations of wealth management, investment banking and asset management.

 

“We know where we have to set to work,” Mr. Grübel said in a statement before the annual general meeting on Wednesday. “It will be a long road back to success without any quick fixes. Rather, we will move forward step by step in a rigorous and disciplined manner.”

 

UBS, which is partly owned by the Swiss government, had already announced more than 11,000 job cuts worldwide since the start of the financial crisis, including 2,000 positions at its investment banking business.

 

The bank, which currently employs about 76,200 people in over 50 countries, said Tuesday that it planned to cut about 240 jobs at its wealth-management unit in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

The bank also said on Wednesday that it had a first-quarter loss of about 2 billion Swiss francs. It plans to lower its costs by as much as 4 billion francs by the end of next year compared to 2008.

 

Shares in UBS have recovered slightly in the last month from a five-year low on March 6 as some investors expected further layoffs to help the Zurich-based bank reduce costs. They also pinned their hopes on Mr. Grübel, a longtime Swiss banker who already revived a UBS rival, the Credit Suisse Group, to help the bank through the current financial crisis and to restore its reputation, which has been tarnished by a tax evasion investigation in the United States.

 

Mr. Grübel brought in a former colleague, Ulrich Körner, as chief operating officer earlier this month to help him reduce costs and work on a strategy that would help UBS return to profit. In a memo to staff in March, Mr. Grübel warned that further job cuts would be necessary to combat the “icy headwind” that the bank is facing.

 

UBS is Switzerland’s largest bank, and headlines about the company’s large job cuts and record loss linked to mortgage-backed securities filled local newspapers, aggravating public anger against many banking executives who were once hailed as the backbone of the Swiss economy.

 

The bank took $19 billion of write-downs last year and reported its first annual loss since its creation in 1998. Some analysts predicted further write-downs as the bank is trying to quickly sell securities in a difficult market to clean up its balance sheet and said UBS might have to return to investors for more capital should losses continue.

 

UBS has already turned to private investors for $27 billion and received about $5 billion from the Swiss government."

 

... "globalmente" falando... CASA ROUBADA, TRANCAS na PORTA!!!... Sherpas!!!...

 

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... MUNDO... vazio!!!---

A sociedade portuguesa perdeu, há muito, a noção de valores e tripudiou sobre as regras de convivência. Lenta mas inexorável uma endemia de dissolução alastrou, de tal forma, que põe em causa a própria razão do ser individual.

 Baptista Bastos      ... "mas as crianças, SENHOR..."

 

... in http://dn.sapo.pt/inicio/opiniao/interior.aspx?content_id=1201848&seccao=Baptista%20Bastos&tag=Opini%E3o%20-%20Em%20Foco

 

Abandonámos um conceito de destino e desinteressámo-nos da ideia de futuro, se alguma vez a ambos tivemos. Antero e Oliveira Martins disseram que não. Causticámo-los com o ferrete de cépticos. Desprezámo-los quando devíamos tê-los estudado. A República animou-nos, mas a festa durou pouco.

 

Meio século de cantochão, bota cardada, medos vários, foram as insígnias das nossas obediências. No Abril antigo, o bandolim pareceu tocar a nossa música. Pregámos um susto às bem-pensâncias, andámos a lavar as ruas, a oferecer à pátria um dia de salário e a gritar um estribilho que fora funesto no Chile: "O povo unido jamais será vencido!" Pois sim!

 

Fui um daqueles que deitou foguetes. E ainda me resta uma pequena fagulha, apesar de o desemprego correr a galope, de os nossos velhos morrerem nos jardins, e de termos atingido, agora, a abjecção com o que fazemos aos nossos miúdos: abandonamo-los, enchemo-los de miséria, de fome e de morte por extinção moral.

 

Anteontem, os jornais alargaram-se em notícias sobre estes sacrilégios. Porque há pais que abandonam os filhos? Que desespero incontido pode levar alguém a deixar uma criança à bússola do acaso? E que bizarro mecanismo mental encaminha progenitores a não dar de comer aos seus miúdos, mas a adquirir-lhes roupas de marca? Pensemos duas vezes.

 

A família tem cada vez mais dificuldade em se representar. Mas foi a família que se não opôs às imposições de uma sociedade, cuja inconsistência transformou o secundário em primordial. O desprezo pelos miúdos conduz a conflitos profundos com as suas personalidades.

 

Porém, o Estado abandonou os pais, e os pais deixaram de se interessar, no essencial, pelos filhos. O círculo ainda não encerrou. E as notícias a que me refiro advertem da existência de uma compressão da época e de um mal da alma, resumidos nesta frase medonha: "Não tenho tempo a perder."

 

Não temos tempo a perder com quem? Com os nossos filhos? Com os outros? Connosco próprios? Estamos a encurtar tudo (a vida, o amor, a amizade, o ócio) com melancólica leviandade. "Às duas por três nascemos/às duas por três morremos/e a vida?/não a vivemos" - ensinou Alexandre O'Neill. Nunca ouvimos os poetas.

 

Não há unidade nem absoluto possível se não conseguirmos travar a marcha de um sistema doente, cuja natureza se opõe à partilha, e tem destruído e aniquilado o melhor dos nossos sentimentos e emoções.

 

... porque... queremos um MUNDO melhor, para os que ficam!!!... Sherpas!!!...

 

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After Basra, a fight for life: story of a 'broken soldier' of the Iraq war

 

... in http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/14/iraq-war-troops-withdraw-injury-officer

 

"The electric pruners make light work of the bare cox's apple branches as David Bradley strips them back, preparing the orchard for a new season and the harvest to follow. The farmer cuts and thins out the trees but when he removes the chamois leather glove protecting his right hand, the loss of his index finger, ligaments and skin tissue is laid bare.

 

This is not the only lasting injury from the former British army major's time in Iraq. Sometimes, Bradley, 40, has to step out of the direct sunlight as his damaged iris no longer dilates and contracts in the way that it should.

The right side of his face is lightly peppered with black shrapnel marks but seeing him now on the family farm, it is hard to imagine that in the summer of 2004 he was so badly injured that doctors gave him only a 5% chance of survival.

 

His right hand and eye were shredded when his Warrior - an armoured infantry fighting vehicle used to carry troops - was hit by rocket-propelled grenades.

He was, he says, "blown up". In the four years that followed, the soldier would first have to fight to live, then fight to rebuild his broken body and then create a completely new life outside the army.

 

"As soon as the doctors say they can't operate on you any more you have a choice - stay in and do a desk job or leave. I left. It was the right thing for the army and for me. I am a soldier, I joined to command soldiers. With the injuries I have sustained I can't do that. I was medically discharged and suddenly became mister, not major, Bradley."

So, he and his wife Lara and his two children, Philippa, 10, and Alexander, eight, moved out of their military accommodation in Tidworth, Wiltshire, and returned to Bradley's family farm in Kent. There are times, he admits, when he wishes he was back with his company, which is currently in Iraq, preparing for the British withdrawal. But instead of men, the former major will spend his days this spring marshalling apples, pears, cherries and asparagus.

 

Sitting in the study of the farmhouse that once belonged to his grandparents, it's easy for Bradley to conjure the events and mood of Iraq five years ago just as it might be easy for many to forget just how dangerous it was in the country at that time.

By the summer, the Shia insurgency was beginning to sweep across Basra and southern Iraq and in the months to come crude, but deadly, improvised explosive devices would become the weapon of choice against British soldiers, tearing through ineffectual armoured plating on vehicles, killing and maiming scores of soldiers.

 

Bradley had been in the country since April and was commanding B Company, the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, a group of 116 men attached to the Cheshire Regiment. This was their first tour of Iraq. The company was based in the grounds of the Shatt al-Arab hotel in the northern part of Basra. Before the war, the art deco hotel had boasted a four-star rating and had been a favourite haunt for foreign businessmen who had come to the comparatively prosperous and cosmopolitan southern port.

 

But by 2004, the Shatt al-Arab had become a large British military base, with row upon row of tents and portable toilets. It was heavily fortified with perimeter walls and guard posts. For US troops in Baghdad, car bombers had become the biggest threat but in the "Shatt", B Company came under a different kind of attack - every night, the soldiers were mortared by Katyusha rockets, forcing them to sleep under the hard cover of one big, fetid room rather than in the tents that had been erected around the camp.

 

"We were mortared every night. We hunkered down inside the hotel because it was the only place with a hard roof. I remember once being mortared when I was outside in the toilet and thinking 'don't let me die here'."

Bradley had been in the army for 12 years and in spite of serving in Northern Ireland and having been on exercise in countries such as Kuwait and Oman, this was the first time he had really felt the meaning of the adage: war is often 10% terror and 90% boredom.

The terror he had often talked of and thought about would visit him on Monday 9 August 2004.

 

Although it was cloudy that morning, it was oppressively hot - even more so inside the claustrophobic armoured fighting vehicles. Heading out of camp in their Warriors, the soldiers' morning mission was to track down a group of 15 men who had been spotted on rough ground close to another British base, Camp Cherokee - that same rough ground had been the site used by insurgents who had been firing rockets at the camp.

 

By the time they dispersed the crowd, it was already more than 45c, and B Company were late for lunch; hot and hungry they returned to camp and made straight for the company cookhouse where the chef had kept pie and chips for them in the oven.

They were still in the middle of eating when a runner came in with disturbing news: a number of British troops were missing in the heart of Basra. The details were scarce but the problem obvious.

 

Gunners from the Royal Horse Artillery had been attacked when they raced in to the city to pull out an army officer who had seen a crowd build up outside the small British Camp Stephen and had radioed for help. As they drove towards the officers, their three "Snatch" Land Rovers were barraged with rockets and bullets - one managed to pull out, but two were so badly shot up they caught fire, the soldiers inside were forced to run for cover, leaving their radios inside.

 

Their sergeant managed to ring headquarters on an Iraqi mobile phone but he could give no coordinates as they had no idea exactly where they were.

He told HQ that nine soldiers were in the area of the Ba'ath party headquarters, right next to the office of the Moqtada al-Sadr - the headquarters of the Mahdi army.

In the cookhouse, Bradley remembers thinking that he just wanted to eat the rest of his chips. He gathered some of his men for a quick briefing. They were going to be the rescue party, and Bradley would lead them in to Basra to get the soldiers out. Hostage-taking had become a well-publicised weapon of the insurgents and no one needed reminding that for them the capture of British soldiers would have been the ultimate prize.

 

"You have images in your mind of them being caught, put into orange jumpsuits and being decapitated on TV," said Bradley. "They were from a different regiment but none of us would ever leave a British soldier there - we would do whatever we had to to get them back."

 

The first call about the missing troops came in at 3.44pm and by 4pm, five of Bradley's Warriors swept out through the camp gates, each with a driver, gunner and commander on top and between four and seven soldiers - "dismounts" - in the back. There was no air support to call upon, the only means of rescue were the Warriors. The convoy sped down the main road into town, known to the British army as Red Route.

They had been driving for just five minutes when they came under heavy fire - more intense than any previous attack on B Company.

 

As it crossed a T-junction, Bradley's Warrior, which went under the radio call sign Two Zero Alpha, was hit by a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.

The assault was coming from buildings on both sides of the street, and Bradley, standing in the commander's turret, was "scanning for the enemy" through the sight of his rifle, to give his men some idea of where to return fire, but before he had a chance an RPG hit the right side of the vehicle. Another hit his shoulder.

 

"I just suddenly felt this pressure. I was knocked down. Then there was this small, thick, dark grey explosion below me and I thought: 'This is bad.' It looked evil. I flung my hand up and it was a cloven hoof - my index finger had gone."

In the pandemonium that followed, Bradley thought that another RPG had landed inside the vehicle and shouted through the intercom for everyone to "debus" - get out of the vehicle. But the communications were no longer working.

 

"I crawled out on top of the turret. I was on fire and with my good hand I patted it out and thought I was OK." As he lay up there, Private Carl Yee-Lim, his gunner, was screaming: "Sir, sir, get back inside." The voice, cutting through the roar of the rockets, brought Bradley back to his senses.

"Suddenly I was really conscious of all the rounds coming past me. My gunner grabbed me and I dropped down."

 

In fact, the Warrior had been hit by seven RPGs almost simultaneously. Inside the back of the vehicle, it was thick with smoke and blood was everywhere. Sergeant Major Simon Barnett had serious shrapnel wounds to his leg and arms and his helmet had been blown off - a lump of metal was embedded in his head and his teeth were blown out.

The medic, sorely needed, was also badly hit. The rest of the crew in the back, including the Iraqi interpreter, suffered varying degrees of injury, mostly flash burns, and could no longer hear anything because of ear damage. He had blood in his eye but he could still see light.

 

The pain, however, was spreading and so Bradley reached for the morphine jab he kept just under the breast plate of his flak jacket. With the last reserves of his strength, he ripped it open with his teeth and stabbed it in his thigh.

As he did this, the Warrior sounded like a grunting metal pig as the driver, Sergeant Mick Pike - who thought Bradley was dead - was attempting to drive them out of danger.

"Yee-Lim was sitting behind the chain gun and he kept leaning across and going: 'Sir, sir, stay with us.' I was thinking why does he keep shaking me when I am not badly wounded?"

 

Bradley drifted in and out of consciousness and was a little irritated by the panic in Yee-Lim's voice. As the vehicle pulled inside camp, the major tried to get out himself.

"I remember putting my hand down on the vehicle and jumping off and just feeling really, really tired and some lads turned up with a stretcher. I collapsed back thinking I am not getting up from this. I didn't know I was as badly wounded as I was. I just felt drained."

Bradley collapsed on to a stretcher, was taken inside and put on the commanding officer's desk. The room turned into a casualty clearing station, but only limited first aid could be done. It immediately became clear they needed to move him to a place with more specialist care. He begged the doctor to knock him out as he had had enough. The last thing Bradley remembers from that day was being wheeled out to a helicopter that flew him to the medical centre at Shaibah logistics base.

 

"One of the nurses said if any of the other lads had come in at the same time as me they would have put me to the side. They didn't think I was saveable. If there had to have been a choice, they wouldn't have operated on me, they would have operated on someone else."

On the operating table, Bradley was losing blood pressure and the doctors couldn't work out why. Luckily, there was a Czech doctor working at the base, Marcel Hyack, who was a specialist in chest surgery. With little to lose, Hyack decided to operate and found copper piercing shrapnel from an RPG embedded deep inside. "The shrapnel had cut my innominate vein. The surgeon thought I was going to die anyway, so let's have it out."

That night Bradley was induced into a coma and flown to Birmingham in an intensive care unit on board a C17 military aircraft. After being operated on for 18 hours he was brought round, with his wife and father at his bedside.

 

"They still weren't sure that I would make it. I had severe shrapnel wounds to the right hand and they had to cut of 80% of the deltoid muscle. They removed my index finger back to the metacarpal. They had to attach my hand to my stomach and transfer the skin flap - it was attached for three weeks."

Bradley prods the slightly puffy and hairy part of his hand that was rebuilt from his stomach.

 

"The blast blew out the lens of my right eye and shredded the cornea. I had a new artificial lens and a corneal graft. I can wear a lens but don't wear it all the time because the cornea is so sensitive. I had three broken ribs and a broken clavicle. I lost some of my lymph glands."

Bradley remained in hospital for eight weeks. On his tenth day there he received a letter telling him he had been posted to the Y list - an administrative location for people who are not fit to serve.

 

"In order for them to get a replacement for me I had to leave the battalion. Lara says she watched me shrink when I read it. It was confirmation of my situation and it was very impersonal. I complained about it and they have now changed their procedures.

"All I wanted to do was to get back and command the company. Over time I realised that it wasn't going to be that easy but that time allowed me to come to terms with it. If you are a double amputee, you know that you can't go back to fighting as soon as you open your eyes." From hospital he was allowed home but spent six separate month-long stays at Headley Court military rehabilitation centre in Surrey.

 

Bradley missed out on compensation introduced in April 2005 for those British soldiers injured on the frontline. He received a medical discharge lump sum of £48,000 and supplements his pension of £21,000 a year with a wage from the farm. A few weeks ago, Bradley - with the help of his father and some hired labour - planted 7,500 new apple trees to augment the orchards of his childhood. For his family, they are a symbol of their new life. In spite of what happened to him, the soldier-turned-farmer says he "would have been nowhere else on 9 August". He said: "In its purest form, we went out there to save British soldiers' lives and we achieved that."

 

But also, unknown at the time to the badly injured Bradley, the battle that had engulfed his company left one of its soldiers, Private Lee O'Callaghan, 20, dead.

Without Bradley as commander, his junior officers and soldiers stormed the Ba'ath party headquarters - heavily fortified by the British but handed over to the Iraqis - but could not find the missing troops. By some stroke of good fortune a helmet was spotted in a house nearby and since only British soldiers wore helmets in Basra, they knew they had stumbled across the lost men who were about to run out of ammunition. The beleaguered soldiers were piled into the back of a Warrior.

 

Bradley's men gave up their safe-ish seats to fight their way out on foot. Some soldiers were later awarded medals for bravery, including the Military Cross.

"There are dark moments when I lie in bed," Bradley concedes. He knows he has changed. "I am more emotional than I was. I think many people who come back from those sorts of environments experience that sort of change.

"I have a shorter temper sometimes, though that is becoming less. I am different. But so far farming has been great. The army is a fit man's business and I am a broken soldier."

• This article was amended on Tuesday 14 April 2009. Tidworth is in Wiltshire, not Devon. This has been corrected"

 

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