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viernes, diciembre 21

Emilio Martinez entrevistó a Jacob Ostreicher en Santa Cruz quién había sido injustamente encarcelado 18 meses, siendo un empresario que llegó a invertir


Interview JO with Emilio Martinez: Special Interview Eju.tv
By Emilio Emilio Martínez

Between a wall full of photos of his grandchildren, a shelf with copies of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) and a large world map, Jacob Ostreicher we get to talk in depth experience in Bolivia. It is the first time you talk to the press since his release from prison, with alternatives including house arrest and arraignment.
It's been 18 months since his incarceration and 7 since we wrote that his seemed to be the "Dreyfus Affair" Bolivia. Time proved that we were not wrong.
His hands tremble, especially the right, throughout the interview. Ostreicher explains that "no one in my family for five generations has had this disease." Refers to Parkinson's disease, adding that the physician credited with developing the condition to the hunger strike he held for seven months.
JO - Only drink liquids, lost forty kilos. The condition of the prison is something you do not have enough time to tell how bad it is ... It was all the stress, the failure to see my family for 560 days ... This is the result.
MS - Do you think your example may encourage Bolivians to denounce extortion?
JO - I have that hope. I hope this does not stop the fact that I am American, and then go back to my country everything is as if nothing had happened. All my suffering would not have been in vain if I could make a difference in the future for this country. To help hundreds, maybe thousands of people, making a change for future generations. If so, my suffering will have been a small payment will have been worthwhile. I hope this is not just about me, but about the whole justice system in Bolivia.
"The Jewish community was afraid of the government"

MS - How mobilized the support of the Jewish community in his defense, both domestically and internationally?
JO - To be honest, the Jewish community in Bolivia was quite disappointing. When I got involved in this issue and I approached them, they promised everything to my wife but did not do much. Now I understand that they were afraid of the government. Currently, I understand a little more the system, I know that they were afraid. The Jewish community in the world itself approached me.
EM - His case had broad implications for the U.S. Congress and it was present before a committee of the House of Representatives.
JO - There were several public hearings and prepared a project for a law that would take my name, Jacob Law, by which the people working in the government of Bolivia could not travel to the United States.
"The FBI investigated me for me"
We asked about the involvement of the FBI in the investigation of his case.
JO - The FBI investigated me for me, because the U.S. government was not going to speak on my behalf until they were 100% sure my honesty. No other country in the world to fight against drug trafficking and the United States. They wanted to make sure I had nothing to do with drug trafficking before acting on a political level. They did a report from the day I was born and it showed the U.S. government.
MS - Do you have uncovered the case without the intervention of U.S. congressmen and Sean Penn?
JO - Had it not been for Sean Penn, would not be talking here. I would in Palmasola, even in the clinic, no matter how sick he was.
Network of extortion: the tip of the iceberg
MS - Do people linked to the network of extortion that has not been touched? Are we seeing just the tip of the iceberg?
There are many people who are not yet in jail. I can not understand how (the judges) and Rodríguez Orellana not yet in prison. Orellana even said I was guilty until proven otherwise in violation of international laws and Bolivia.
EM - Machinery extortion network still works?
JO - Absolutely.

"It was the biggest robbery in the history of Bolivia"

Ostreicher believes that his imprisonment was part of a "scheme planned, premeditated" by "government officials" to steal their property.
JO - lost 20 million kilos of rice. It is possibly the biggest theft in the history of Bolivia, as I said people familiar with the case. A robbery done by people who work in government. 400,000 bags of 50 kilos of rice. More than 1,200 trucks. It took about 2 to 3 weeks and was carried out at 4 or 5 different points, and not a word of this came out in the media because I kept in jail. Government officials took me to court, hiding behind the law to steal everything. There are attorneys, but persecutors (the pun works in English: "prosecutors" and "persecutors").
Ostreicher not believed to have tried to "no error".
JO - The most painful thing is that they knew from the first minute that I was not guilty, I would not be so devastated if they had made a mistake. They knew he was an innocent man, I have the documents to prove it. It was planned, premeditated, the whole scheme of how to steal. I was led to believe they were investigating something, I gave them more than 60 hours of testimony, I went to the U.S. four times to bring documentation. After they realized how much money was invested here, set up the scheme to take everything. For 18 months, Fernando Aguilera went to the media to say they had evidence against me and I could not speak a word. When going to a hearing, nearly 30 hearings, police prevented me from talking to the media. Scheme was a tremendous scale armed.
A chapter that has special Ostreicher pain is the harassment of his wife, forcing her to leave the country for several months.
JO - The prosecutor Roberto Acha told CNN they had proof that I was a drug dealer, and my wife spoke with CNN responding that it was not true. Then Isabelino Gomez filed charges against my wife. There was also another case against my former lawyer Abel Montano, who had to leave his post. One day my wife went to the prison to take kosher food, enters warrantless Palmasola and put it into the women's prison. The police would not let her talk to his lawyer. I immediately spoke to the U.S. embassy and they communicated with the governor of the prison, saying, "If this woman does not come out in the second will have serious problems." The governor spoke to someone and she left. Then the ambassador said it was dangerous for her to continue in this country.
EM - Is preparing a presentation of its case to international organizations?
JO - The High Commissioner for Human Rights of the UN was present in several of my audience, they know of my case from the beginning.
"I feel like a dead man walking"
MS - How do you see your life from here on out?
JO - I do not know how it will end the case. It is a very sad situation. People call me and congratulate me everywhere, but I feel sad because I am still not a free man. Something inside me died. Everyone is happy and I feel like a dead man walking (a reference to the movie "Dead Man Walking" starring Sean Penn). I feel totally destroyed. I do not think I can return everything taken from me. The only thing that comforts me is the ability to make a difference, promoting change in justice, only then could eventually recover.

viernes, diciembre 7

subieron 27 a una barcaza para 12. todos alcoholizados. 12 están muertos. los mató el alcohól


17  personas han perecido en el Lago Titicaca. El culpable no ha sido el agua, sino el alcohol ya que todos los que naufragaron a bordo de una pequeña embarcación estaban pasados de copas, lo que les impidió advertir el peligro. 27 personas se subieron al bote con capacidad para 12. Todos estaban ebrios, desde el conductor de la lancha hasta los profesores, padres, hijos y el resto de los familiares que habían asistido a una fiesta de graduación de colegio, donde la bebida era lo más abundante, tal como sucede en cualquier otro acontecimiento social, religioso, deportivo, institucional y de cualquier naturaleza en este país.

El consumo del alcohol es casi una constante en los accidentes de tránsito y muchas otras tragedias que ocurren a diario en Bolivia. También es responsable de una parte de la criminalidad y por supuesto, de la mayoría de los problemas familiares, pues el abuso de la bebida ocasiona violencia, maltrato y desatención a los niños. Muchos hogares agudizan su pobreza porque una buena dosis del presupuesto se queda en las cantinas, que proliferan sin ningún control. La publicidad de las bebidas se emite indiscriminadamente, las empresas del rubro son las vedettes de la industria nacional, dueñas y señoras de todas las festividades y acontecimientos, donde la única finalidad parece ser el desenfreno etílico que llena los hospitales de gente intoxicada, accidentada o víctima de algún ataque violento.

Recientemente la Organización Panamericana de la Salud ha lanzado una advertencia sobre el problema del alcohol en América Latina. La institución considera que se ha convertido en el principal problema de salud en el continente. El informe dice que el alcoholismo afecta al equilibrio mental de la gente y es uno de los factores de riesgo que impiden una vida plena. Es mucho más riesgoso que el tabaco, que la obesidad y también que las drogas ilegales, que se encuentran en el noveno lugar.

Bolivia es considerado uno de los países con más problemas de alcoholismo en el contexto sudamericano. Se calcula que el 48,6 por ciento de la población ha tenido alguna vez alguna experiencia problemática con el consumo de alcohol que le ha generado consecuencias negativas tanto en la persona como en su entorno, lo que implica salud física, armonía familiar, rendimiento laboral o escolar, seguridad personal y funcionamiento social. De acuerdo a este mismo estudio el 37 por ciento ingiere bebidas alcohólicas con regularidad y lo más preocupante es que en Santa Cruz se encuentra el mayor porcentaje de bebedores seguida por las ciudades de Sucre y La Paz.

Todos estos datos son de pleno conocimiento de las autoridades nacionales y locales, al punto que la preocupación por la incidencia del alcoholismo en la ciudadanía los llevó a redactar algunas iniciativas de legislación que lamentablemente no se aplican, como tampoco funcionan las ordenanzas que prohíben la venta de bebidas a menores de edad, que fijan horarios y localización específica para las cantinas y que establecen normas para la publicidad, entre otras regulaciones orientadas a frenar el libertinaje que existe en la actualidad.

Con lo sucedido en el Lago Titicaca es obvio que se necesita formación y orientación hacia los jóvenes, pero al parecer habrá que empezar primero por los maestros y por muchos líderes que constituyen un pésimo ejemplo.
Bolivia es considerado uno de los países con más problemas de alcoholismo en el contexto sudamericano. Se calcula que el 48,6 por ciento de la población ha tenido alguna vez alguna experiencia problemática con el consumo de alcohol.