When the country loses

September is cryptic with events that remind us of our homeland in Mexico. Considering that a homeland of birth or adoption is “the land to which a person feels connected for legal, cultural, historical or emotional reasons”, what does this mean and how, in other latitudes , events in other countries are included?

The death of Elizabeth II on September 8, after 70 years of reign in Britain, has sparked divergent opinions. Of those who have been hurt by the absence of a symbolic character, who have exercised soft skills in the British tradition, who have been driven by their desire to see an expensive and “worthless” royalty disappear. However, after 96 years – when the Queen was alive – history has changed many traditions, but only the British can consider the values ​​that a royal family represents against the constitutional monarchy they held. adopted since the 17th century. ,

The beautiful modern times pass without the presence of the Queen and leave open the possibility of the Commonwealth of Nations breaking free. 16 countries that have accepted the Queen as head of state: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis , Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and United Kingdom. What will the chief and his people decide? There are also mixed feelings.

Mikhail Gorbachev, another person in history who ceased to exist as the last leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on August 31 at the age of 91; United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the following reference: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, a kind of statesman who changed the course of story. He did nothing to bring about a peaceful end to the Cold War. did more than in person, and the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. We don’t know for sure what that means for Russia now that it was “democratic” at the inauguration. Led with Pereztroika in 1990, which was an open-market step to bring the Soviet economy out of anarchy.

Later, with the outbreak of independence movements from the former USSR, on December 25, 1991, the 15 republics of the Soviet bloc decided to be independent states, following the actions of Russian radical democrats. The man who founded the Russian Social Democratic Party and received the Nobel Peace Prize died alone and outside of Moscow. What feelings might this arouse in your compatriots? Again, mixed feelings.

In Nicaragua, absolute threats have been a persecution of members of the Catholic Church since the April 2018 uprising, when they denounced the crimes committed by the Ortega Murillo regime and defended the cause of the people. As a religious institution, it suffered around 200 attacks and humiliations from Daniel Ortega’s government. In early August, the Nicaraguan government retained the bishop of the Catholic Church, Rolando Ivarez. Monsignor Waldemar Stanisaw Sommertag, representative of the Holy See since 2018, was expelled on March 6, 2022.

These atrocities are documented by Agustín Antoinetti in Youth and Democracy in America, who revealed on August 15 that “there are three priests who are in prison, one is also missing and Bishop Ivarez is in detention at home for longer periods of time. periods”. is. 15 days”. There is an unfortunate balance between love for the country, identification with its leaders.

In Mexico, we use political symbols to unify our identity as a homeland, highlighting instances where identity has been fragmented in its contemporary histories. Because national unity is the only way to strengthen States; If there is an irrational ideological divide, if mistakes are made by human rights officials, if political leaders are polarized by power, patriotism erodes and the homeland loses over time. Happy Holidays.

* Political scientist, teacher-researcher. AMECIP Founding Member and Membership Secretary (2022-2024) Mail: [email protected]

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