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NEWS: The Second Operation Condor

28 May, 2016

Operation Condor, a Latin American spring of genocidal right-wing dictatorships supported by the United States, is said to be experiencing a revival, this time ever so subtly through soft coups and media manipulation instead of CIA-assisted military coups.

With Venezuela as a main target, the US has, since Obama's presidency, effectively destabilized the region and ended much of the Latin American "Pink Tide," that is, the waves of progressive and left-wing governments democratically elected in most of the continent. With Macri's victory in Argentina and now Temer's government in Brazil being recognized officially by Washington, the two largest countries in America have now been deprived of their left-wing charismatic leaders and replaced with lackeys. In Spain, the media vilification of Venezuela is perhaps stronger than in the US, with the PSOE and PP dynatiscal parties fearing the newly-created left-wing coalition between Izquierda Unida and Podemos, Unidos Podemos, and the media often uses scare tactics invoking a Bolivarian Revolution taking place in Spain if a left-wing coalition is elected.

I consider it appropiate to review my third article on metagearsolid.org, "The Ideology of Torture," and read on the effects of this geopolitical scenario of fear and paranoia that emerged merely out of fear for a Latin American communist revolution that never existed. My article "Big Boss as Che Guevara" also contains several facts on the Pink Tide, Operation Condor, and left-wing movements in Latin America.

NEWS: Obama's Visit to Hiroshima

28 May, 2016

President Obama has been touring across Asia, lifting the arms embargo on Vietnam in order to send a message to China and strenghtening his position with a visit to Hiroshima, Japan.

As expected, the President did not issue an official apology on behalf of the United States to the people of Japan. However, Obama mourned the dead and even met with survivors from the atomic blasts, who in my opinion, benefitted from much-needed closure with the country that caused those perfectly avoidable genocides on innocent civilians, feats born out of the geopolitical need to show the USSR the might of Unitedstatian atomic power and the desire to test the effects of the bomb on a large group of people.

This has reopened the debate about nuclear weapons, with Obama himself calling for a "world without nuclear weapons." Relevant to my second article on metagearsolid.org, I think it's a good opportunity to revisit "Kojima and the Soviet Union" and have a look at its last page.

Spain in Videogames - The Spanish Flag in Street Fighter II

24 April, 2016

An analysis of Spain's characterization in Street Fighter II, centered on the depiction of the Spanish flag and its sociopolitical connotations.

The article can be read here.

NEWS: 6 Metal Gear Solid Reads That Will Change How You See The World

01 April, 2016

Chris Hatala from gamesdonelegit.com has published an article titled "6 Metal Gear Solid Reads That Will Change How You See The World."

Like the title suggests, the article mentions six Metal Gear-related books and articles. I'm grateful for having been mentioned alongside Terry Wolfe and Ravi Singh from metagearsolid.org and thesnakesoup.org, great sites which feature political and philosophical analysis from the Metal Gear franchise and the gaming industry in general.

I'm highly pleased my "Big Boss as Che Guevara" article is still inspiring North Americans, as well as making them want to perform their own research on controversial subjects such as the generalized view of Che Guevara in North America. I appreciate greatly their open mind and acceptance of our viewpoints, which as I said in the previous piece of news, are great assets in the pursuit of closer ties between North and South America.

NEWS: Obama’s Visit to Cuba and Argentina

23 March, 2016

I don't normally post news about world events (there are enough news outlets and social networking feeds for that) but I wanted to bring attention to something which is closely intertwined with what I had wanted to do with my articles on metagearsolid.org, that is, to create awareness in North America about Latin American viewpoints on the figure of Che Guevara and on the waves of repression through puppet dictatorships supported and orchestrated by the US to combat leftist movements.

US President Barack Obama's visit to two Latin American countries, Cuba and Argentina, has risen many controversies and unearthed unpleasantries from the past. One has to do not only with the historical diplomatic changes taking place between the US and Cuba, but with Obama's perceived "communist" secret agenda within the US, a particularly strong (and downright absurd) conviction amongst the conservative sectors of the country, which have been relentless in their attacks. The picture of Obama standing in front of the iconic mural of Che Guevara in Revolution Square has set the most right-wing circles ablaze, not only in the US but also abroad, and has equally infuriated leftists who think Obama's presence on the island to be an insult to both Che and his cause.

Obama's visit to Argentina greatly upset the population, particularly the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who continue to mourn those "disappeared" by the Argentine US-backed dictatorship, and view Obama's visit as an insult since it took place on the anniversary of the 1976 coup which established the 1976-1983 Argentine dictatorship, part of Operation Condor. Obama admitted that the United States failed to stand up for human rights during the era of Operation Condor, and that classified files will be declassified soon, hopefully shedding new light on these events. Obama's photos next to Argentine President Mauricio Macri in the Remembrance Park memorial and throwing a wreath at the sea in memory of the dictatorship's victims are astonishing pictures, clearly indicating that times are changing and that a US President in office must be willing to come to terms with the dark past of the United States in order to establish closer links to Latin American nations. However, in my humble opinion, a mere apology is not enough. Besides, Obama hasn't even apologized for Henry Kissinger's actions, the US Army School of the Americas or Operation Condor as a whole. The US still has a lot to atone for, but this is a start. I hope that this will result in a new era that will usher North and South relations in a cooperative and peaceful way, but for that to happen the US must be willing to be a partner, not a master.

These recent events are a great opportunity for those interested to revisit two of my articles, namely, "Big Boss as Che Guevara" and "The Ideology of Torture," so as to appreciate well the responses from both spectrums that Obama is receiving, not to mention read the Latin American views on subjects as controversial as the perceived image of Che and the role of the United States in the repression and genocide that shook Latin America during the Cold War.

POETRY ANALYSIS: Winter Night - Boris Pasternak

24 December, 2015

For those of you who know Spanish and Russian, here's my translation and analysis of the poem "Winter Night" by Boris Pasternak, a presentation I gave for the "Magic of Light" International Dissemination Sessions, held from the 14th to the 16th of December 2015 in the Park of Sciences, Granada.

The "Magic of Light" International Dissemination Sessions comprise a scientific forum dedicated to the hermeneutics of light on the evolution of human thought with the analysis of theories and experiments in this respect, to promote universal awareness of the importance of light in the life of society.

I hope you shall find my translation and analysis of this well-known poem to be interesting from a translation and Russian sociocultural perspective.

ARTICLE: Call of Duty: Ghosts - The Federation Explained

14 December, 2015

An article analyzing the 2013 video game 'Call of Duty: Ghosts,' centered on explaining the nature and key drive of the game's main antagonist, The Federation of the Americas. You can read it and download it in PDF here.

The idea for this article came to me when noticing that many players of the game became interested in the motives of the Federation, since many had no knowledge of US intervention in Latin America and why they would decide to attack the United States so aggressively.

Largely criticized by many reviewing sites and gamers for its perceived racism, jingoism, blatant militarism, xenophobia and paranoid right-wing mentality from a Western but specifically Unitedstatian perspective, the Call of Duty series hit a new low with the release of this game, which not only insults Latin Americans, but portrays them every bit as aggressive and war-mongering as the US is in real life, thus inverting reality and distorting the truth, not to mention disrespecting and ignoring the well-documented US history of atrocious intervention in the region during the Cold War, when the US granted full support to countless genocidal dictatorships hoping to counter left-leaning movements in the region.

I hope this article serves to clear up the possible motivations of the invented enemy for the game, the Federation of the Americas, and to shed a light on the historical and sociopolitical voids the game purposefully refused to fill, which if mentioned, would have certainly made the player question the righteousness of the United States.

ARTICLE: The British Legacy in Uruguay

02 December, 2015

An essay based on a sixty-minute presentation I gave for the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Granada, on the British legacy in Uruguay, written as part of a special assignment for English course. The purpose of this paper is to shed some light on British-Uruguayan relations from a Uruguayan and Latin American perspective, detailing the British contributions to Uruguayan society and describing important historical events between the two nations.

This essay synthesizes information on most British-related subjects in Uruguay, but does not go in-depth into any particular subject; rather, this document was meant as a complete and informative source covering a wide range of subjects related to British history in Uruguay.

The role of Britain in Uruguay’s independence and subsequent development is analyzed, as are the current bilateral relations between both countries. The most important cultural contributions to Uruguayan culture, music, cuisine, sports, education and architecture are also explained in detail.

Those of you interested in 19th century history of both Britain and Uruguay and in World War II will find many interesting and relatively obscure facts in this document. There are also many photographs and illustrations accompanying each section.

This essay was written using a variety of sources which can be seen in the bibliography section of the document. I also used family anecdotes and popular knowledge which are supported by these sources.

You can read and download the essay in PDF here.


25 October, 2015

A short presentation I wrote for students in English course as part of a special assignment, for the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Granada. It's about the song "Time," by British progressive-rock band Pink Floyd, and the concepts associated to the song.

The presentation, read after listening to the song, was written mainly to encourage freshmen during their first year in the University of Granada, and to share with them my own experiences and frustrations with academic life, as well as my own vision of time.

You can read and download the document in PDF here.


22 September, 2015

I wanted to announce that I'll be taking a short hiatus from writing articles for Mr. Wolfe's Meta Gear as I've started university, and as such I won't have the time or the means to write analysis on the upcoming "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain."

As I'd like to experience the game by itself in order to comment properly on it, I'll wait until then before making an analysis. I'd also like to write an article about Guantánamo and the phenomenon of black sites and their portrayal in Ground Zeroes.

It's been an exhilarating experience to write for Mr. Wolfe's site and I certainly wish to make more articles in the future, but as of now I must devote that time to my own projects and to my university degree, which are both very time-consuming. Thank you all for your support and feedback.

ARTICLE: The Ideology of Torture

31 August, 2015

Mr. Terry Wolfe, creator of metagearsolid.org, has once again published a guest article I submitted to his website, entitled "The Ideology of Torture." You can read it here or download it in PDF here.

The article deals with torture in the MGS series and focuses on real life practices and events. I have also included a personal family anecdote to illustrate the horrors of US interventionism throughout Latin America, as well as a comparison with a Latin American US-backed right-wing dictatorship and a Soviet-backed communist one, focusing on what makes the respective ideologies different but why the use of torture and repression becomes necessary just the same (and from a humane standpoint, why they're just as deplorable). There is also some speculation of 'Metal Gear Solid V' since it features a playable location in Argentina. I have dedicated this article to victims of political repression from all spectrums, and I hope you shall find it interesting.

Special thanks go once more to Terry Wolfe for the publication of this latest article, and for believing adamantly in my work. It is always an honor to be published on this fine site. I'd also like to thank those who take the time to read it and discuss its themes and ideas in constructive and intelligent debate.

You can visit Terry Wolfe's website here, which hosts a large selection of lengthy articles about the Metal Gear series and other issues related to the gaming world, aside from tons of other content such as comics, illustrations and podcasts.

SPECIAL MENTION: Mr. Wolfe’s Project Revealed

22 August, 2015

The creator of "metagearsolid.org," Terry Wolfe, has finally revealed his mystery project. He is currently writing a two-part book regarding the entire career of Hideo Kojima and the Metal Gear saga, focusing on meta-narrative, and it may also include a collection of his popular website articles. The book has received attention from a publisher and is on its way to being officially published. Needless to say, this is a massive event for all Metal Gear fans and for readers who are interested in the hidden aspects of the videogame industry and its intellectual side. You can hear more about it here.

I would like to wish my good friend Terry the best of luck with this very important step in his career, and I'd like to once again express my gratitude for his interest in my work, my book and my articles.

Stay tuned for more news on this exciting project and don't forget to get a copy after it's published! You can visit Terry's website here for more information.

ARTICLE: Kojima and the Soviet Union

10 August, 2015

Mr. Terry Wolfe, creator of metagearsolid.org, has once more published a guest article I submitted to his website, entitled "Kojima and the Soviet Union." You can read it here or download it in PDF here.

The article analyzes Hideo Kojima's ideology and his outlook on the superpowers of the Cold War, as well as the aesthetics and themes found in each of the games. The role of characters and the comparisons to their real life counterparts is also studied. The article also features some speculation regarding the political and artistic themes in the upcoming "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain," including some criticism at its design choices and the motivations of certain characters. Finally, the article ends with a denunciation of nuclear proliferation by remembering the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, urging not to forget them.

Once again, special thanks go to my friend Terry Wolfe for the publication of this article. It is always an honor to be published on this astoundingly intelligent and unique website. I'd like also like to thank those who take the time to read it and discuss it in intelligent debate.

You can visit Terry Wolfe's website here, which hosts a large selection of lengthy articles about the Metal Gear series and other issues related to the gaming world, aside from tons of other content such as comics, illustrations and podcasts.

NEWS: Article Response

30 January, 2015

A Puerto Rican reader based in the US has recently made a lengthy article after reading "Big Boss as Che Guevara," grateful of my defense of him and my political stance yet also contributing with a more balanced opinion about the US, mentioning its good deeds and the cultural gap that exists between Anglo-America and Latin America.

I'd like to thank this reader for his positive criticism of my article and his complementary analysis of Latin America during the Cold War, and express to him my solidarity with the Puerto Rican people in their quest for independence and identity regarding their status within the US sphere of influence.

You can read the article here.

ARTICLE: Big Boss as Che Guevara

28 January, 2015

Mr. Terry Wolfe, creator of metagearsolid.org, has recently published a guest article I submitted to his website, entitled "Big Boss as Che Guevara." You can read it here or download it in PDF here.

The article deals with the 2010 PSP video game 'Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker' and its hyper-charged political Cold War setting, where Che Guevara is mentioned and praised by the main characters, one of which is even loosely modeled aesthetically and ideologically after him (Big Boss).

The article deconstructs the main subjects for Che's vilification in Western mainstream media and explains the reason for his praise in Peace Walker, his idolization in Latin America and the intentions of videogame designer Hideo Kojima, from a general Latin American and leftist perspective and also a personal one.

Special thanks go to Terry Wolfe, who was incredibly helpful and courteous during the publication process of the article, and who granted me the honor of contributing to his intelligent article sections. I'd like also like to thank everyone who found the article interesting and useful for political and social debate.

You can visit Terry Wolfe's website here, which hosts a large selection of lengthy articles about the Metal Gear series and other issues related to the gaming world, aside from tons of other content such as comics, illustrations and podcasts.

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