Posts Tagged ‘Spanish Civil War’

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The man at the right is Jeff Rann of ‘Rann Safaris’ Botswana who  is at standby if the royals fail to concentrate and shoot in their own foot... click screen shot picture for original article

Francisco Franco's HAUNTING Tableau de Troupe with the ducks he did shoot in 1949 and the Governmental map by the Ministry of Justice of the approximate 2000 graves with victims of the Civil War and mind you Franco is rightfully the symbol of the mass violence perpetrated, but not the only perpetrator, atrocities and massacres have also been committed from the Republican side... the debate about numbers is as always not easy... I will detail that debate on my blog... this is the simple tableau that comes with it and that came into existence today by association with the HUNTING pictures of Spanish King Juan Carlos and the elephants that were shot in his name...

Note: During the hunting holiday of the Spanish king a grand son is said to have shot himself by accident in the foot; under what circumstances the elephants finally landed into the tree remains unclear; the picture of General Franco is taken in 1949 while he was hunting ducks in earlier days he also was hunting other species…like anarchists, socialist and those associated with them; the 1936 photograph of Robert Capa of the death of Federico Borrell García a republican soldier fighting the insurgent Franco troops, has been debated with opinions differing from being staged, to an accidental enemy shooting when Federico stood up to pose for Capa; the picture of the king with the elephant has been taken on an earlier Botswana safari trip  – Jeff Rann of Rann Safari at the left Juan Carlos at the right – according to the elephant protection campaign web site elephantjournal.com, which gives interesting details on the economics of such hunting parties. As the direct link to the article in elephantjournal.com  does not work (you are asked first to become a member, not a good idea for a campaugning organisation), hereby a quotation from that article by Andréa Balt:

Murdering animals for pleasure is not a new hobby to Don Juan Carlos. The 74-year old monarch has 50 years of experience (almost his entire adult life) hunting elephants, bears, wolves, leopards… you name it. According to The Guardian, he paid 7.000 Euros in 2004 to shoot a European bison —one of the world’s most endangered species (approximately 1.600 left)— during a trip to Poland.

 And the rest of his hunting deeds could easily fill up a second or third memoir. I’d suggest “How to Rule the Wilderness in Two Easy Steps” as a title.

 Step 1: Buy it.

 Step 2: Kill it.

 Rann Safaris, the king’s hunting ally in Botswana, has deactivated today both its website and the Facebook page, where several photographs of the king’s hunting adventure with the company had been previously posted.

 But the shocking video of their bloody trails is still spreading around the internet, like a dark shadow of what man—with money, a gun and no compassion—can do to nature, animals and, ultimately, to himself.

Source: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/04/king-of-spain-gets-it-bad-for-hunting-elephants/

shooting at 7:05 in this video that endorses the act in the name of keeping "natural balance"

Though as noted by the ElephantJournal web site most of the Rann Safari web sites have been taken down, there is still an informative brochure on-line which shows the photograph of the King of Spain in its context. I show here a screen shot from that publication that shows the picture now widely circulating on the Internet in its ‘historical context’.

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To understand the tone of such kind of royal and other fortunate holidays I cite here the introductory text:


Rann Safaris had 100% success with elephant hunts.

The African Elephant is considered by many as the Ultimate African Trophy and many hunters dream of the day they can relive one of Africa’s oldest hunting Elephants are worthy of their status and offer one of the most arduous challenges available today. It is the world’s largest land mammal.

Botswana has the largest elephant population of any country and offers excellent hunting opportunities for trophy bulls.

Rann Safaris has consistently taken the largest elephants in Botswana since elephant hunting reopened. Taking over 260 trophy bulls with an average over 60


The 2010 Elephant hunting season has been extended to November 30th FOR THESE AREAS

These concessions previously not hunted with exportable elephant licenses have been auctioned this week.

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Elephant to Jeff Rann of Rann Safaris. This concession borders Rann Safaris old Delta areas NG29 and NG 30 as well as all the southern delta

was the highest auctioned price per elephant.

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elephant went to Jeff Rann of Rann Safaris. This concession boarders CT1, Jeff Rann’s current concession where Rann took an 86 x 83 lb elephant second highest auctioned price per elephant and is close to 2 million acres stretching from the Hwange Game reserve on the Zimbabwe border to CT1 & Nxai an 80lb elephant in this concession in April this year.


27 Trophy Bull Elephants taken in 2010.

These elephants were taken from Hunting Concessions: CT 1, CT 7 and NG 35.

Areas will be on offer again in 2011.

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The number of civilian death as result of the Allied bombings has according to the propaganda machine of Gaddafi reached 718 or so. The NATO bombing machine does give us nice numbers of strikes and the objects that have been struck but NO number of victims. Other sources say that there may be a total number of 10.000 violent death since the rising in Libya in February 2011. All numbers remain vague and contested from this or the other side in the conflict.

But let us be clear about something when it comes to mapping human violence. The total number of people that found their lives ending suddenly counts in the thousands. The factor may be 5 or 10 of thousands, but thousands for sure. The number of victims – collateral or not – as result of the NATO interventionist enforced change of regime, counts in the hundreds at least and the factor may be 7 or more. The number of soldiers and insurgents falling in this Civil War mixed with Western intervention is not given by any of the warring parties. And each human life should be considered as sacred – at least that is what my system of ethics says to me.

The Guernica of Picasso was painted after the Nazi bombing of this little town in Basque country  in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War and the involvement of German and Italian military airplanes was a clear interventionist action on behalf of the Nationalist Spanish government of General Franco, who was fighting the Republican Spanish Government. The number of victims that fell has never been firmly established, according to different sources in different times, between 400 and 1600 people are said to have been killed by this Luftwaffe bombardment, which was at that time described as a barbaric act unto a defenseless population.

So what about people dying unwanted by high tech destructive devices thrown from the air in the year 2011? Is their inflicted death a barbaric act or is it not? Where is the public outcry against it. Or are we lead to believe that there are either no victims at all of NATO bombing, or that each victim is a soldier supporting dictator Gaddafi, so it is a victory for democracy when such a ‘stand in the way of democracy in Libya’ will be blasted away from the air?

Comparative interventionist historical policy studies should be undertaken to answer this question.

Painting by Pablo Picasso. It was created in response to the bombing of Guernica, Basque Country, by German and Italian warplanes at the behest of the Spanish Nationalist forces, on 26 April 1937, during the Spanish Civil War.

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