Saturday, November 26

📩 NEWSLETTER | Too close

That I don’t want to sink your morale on a Monday, but that we are going into the third year of the pandemic and into the three weeks of war. Good Morning.

where does the day go

Too close

A Russian attack on a Ukrainian military base in a town near the Polish border brings the war to the brink of a new phase. Until now, the area near the Polish border, and around the city of Lviv (Leopolis) was presented as an area sheltered from the conflict, just where millions of refugees have already left. But this Sunday Russia has put an end to that false sense of security with a bombardment to a military base right between Lviv and the border. Only 25 kilometers from officially European soil. Major words for NATO. At least 35 deaths have been recorded in the attack. Here you have a chronicle of our special envoy to the bombing site.

While negotiations continue, there is much talk that Ukraine is holding out longer than expected. We are wondering what real capacity does the Ukrainian Army have and what role do the weapons that the West is sending play.

Let’s talk about Putin

  • KGB agent, renegade son of the USSR, heir to a failed liberal transition, authoritarian leader, imperial commander… today on the podcastwe tried to figure out Vladimir Putin.

Two years of pandemic

On March 14, 2020, two years ago today, we began to live locked up. The confinement decreed by the state of alarm began. Do you want to read the news of that day? “The measure will last at least 15 days”, we said, and the number of infected was about to reach “10,000 infections”. Oh. We have already had more than 11 million infections and we have already stopped counting them.

Up to six journalists from have worked on this comprehensive special report, which is not a summary of what has happened these two years, but in which we asked ourselves what about that “we are going to come out better”. What has happened to education, science, mental health, the environment, solidarity or conciliation?

With graphs like this:

don’t miss it

  • It doesn’t strain. Ayuso only convinces half of the PP voters with his brother’s explanations about the commissions. Feijóo already beats him in popularity. Data of our poll today.
  • But what is this. It turns out that in Spain there are more than 30 houses and palaces that belong to the State where officials of the Tax Agency live. They pay: 350 euros per month. A scandal.
  • the walls speak. Bullrings, hotels, schools: Franco’s concentration camps through which you pass without knowing that they were.

things i didn’t know

  • I didn’t know the historical episodes called ‘Cantabrian Wars‘, the last phase of the conquest of the Iberian Peninsula by the Roman legions. The towns settled in Asturiae and Cantabria faced the imperial army for a decade, personally commanded by Emperor Augustus. A Galician collector keeps a sesterce of those used by Rome to pay her soldiers in the area.
  • He did not know of the existence of sea ​​of ​​azov, a kind of ‘appendix’ to the Black Sea connected to it by a strait of about four kilometers. It is the flattest sea in the world, with a maximum depth of 15 meters and many square kilometers with only one meter deep. I have learned of its existence thanks to the warning of the readers of an error in the trivia of Friday: Mariúpol is not on the shore of the Black Sea but in the Azov.
  • He did not know that there are several theories about why in Spanish we give the goods days waves goods evenings in the plural and not in the singular as in other languages: “bon jour”, “good night”, “buon giorno”, etc. One theory is that in Spanish we use a kind of plural of politeness or intensity: thank you, congratulations, condolences, etc. Another is that it has to do with the shortening of the phrase “good morning God give you.” Here more.

Well, tomorrow we read each other again.

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