Tuesday, January 04, 2011

on globernance and secret images

  • Ulrich Beck (München Universität, London School of Economics)
  • Alegría Borrás (Universidad de Barcelona)
  • Susan Buck-Morrs (New School for Social Research, New York)
  • Edgar Grande (München Universität)
  • Montserrat Guibernau (Queen Mary University, London)
  • Araceli Mangas (Universidad de Salamanca)
  • Candido Mendes de Almeida (Academia de la Latinidad, Rio de Janeiro)
  • Elena Pulcini (Università di Firenze)
  • Javier Solana (ESADE, Barcelona)
  • Alain Touraine (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
  • Amelia Valcarcel (UNED, Consejo de Estado)
  • Gianni Vattimo (Università di Torino)
  • Michel Wieviorka (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris)
  • Michael Zürn (Wissenschafszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung)
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"The Spanish government squandered over 400,000 euros in 2010 in painting portraits of former President José María Aznar and several former ministers of the PSOE and the PP, includingFrancisco Alvarez-Cascos , Magdalena Álvarez or recently deceasedMaria Jesus San Segundo . This is a costly tradition, far from being parked to keep pace with social cuts and help to curb public spending has picked up over the past year.

The Ministry of the Presidency of Ramón Jáuregui just payed 82,600 euros for the "provision of the portrait of President Jose Maria Aznar Lopez", as recorded in the file number 45/11 of the General Directorate of Human Resources and Infrastructure Services that department. The funny thing is that the canvas by the painter Cadiz Cortes Moreno , was completed and delivered in 2009, butit was not until last Thursday when President authorized the payment of the table , and hanging from the walls of the palace of La Moncloa, the Aznar was tenant for eight years (1996-2004).

Even more curious is that government sources consulted yesterday by The Confidential not only unaware of what units of La Moncloa are the portraits of Aznar and the other three former presidents of democracy -Adolfo Suarez , Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo and Felipe González - but even could not even confirm the existence of expensive paintings.

But the truth is that the four former presidents of the Government have been immortalized on canvas, and Aznar and posed for Cortés González Moreno, an esteemed artist of international renown who has also portrayed the king Don Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia , Prince Felipe de Borbon and politicians as Javier Solana , Esperanza Aguirre and Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon".... . Link

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