CIUDADES / Cuarta Jornada

Foto: ©Mireille Del Valle

Foto: ©Mireille Del Valle

GONZALO TRINIDAD VALTIERRA |

La ciudad es un concepto, pero es más una fuerza, una voluntad.

I

Cuando Aristóteles observó a dos animales que reñían por un pedazo de carne, no tardó en darse cuenta que sus compatriotas hacían lo mismo al reñir por el mismo pedazo de carne. Pensó que siendo todos animales algo habría de diferenciar a los que proferían insultos y amenazas antes de abalanzarse sobre el filete. Escuchando a un retórico senil desarmar los argumentos de su contraparte con elegancia, dedujo que algo habría de racional en esos animales tan mal provistos de armas: escamas, colmillos y garras. La razón es, sin duda, un arma invisible. La ciudad desde entonces buscó a la razón entre sus muros y alabardas.

II

En la escuela me dijeron que la imagen de una cosa no era la cosa misma. Con el tiempo coleccioné tantas imágenes de la ciudad en mi afán por descifrar la voluptuosidad tras sus columnas que mi cámara era como un tercer ojo. Una máquina para capturar el tiempo y el espacio. En los muros de mi cuarto había fuentes, niños, niños en las fuentes, avenidas, puentes y edificios; cada siglo tenía un ídolo en mi muro, el XVI tenía una catedral inclinada hacia el oriente, un moro encubierto que llegó a América. Mi ciudad era perfecta, mis muros poseían lo más bello, lo mejor, lo eterno. Una mañana decidí mudarme, tomé mi maleta y mi cámara. En mi nuevo cuarto he comenzado a colocar las imágenes de una nueva y mejor ciudad.

III

Una de tantas ciudades que conocí decretó que sus monedas serían acuñadas a imagen de la traza perfecta de la ciudad. Cada óvolo de plata (sin duda era una ciudad muy rica) tenía de un lado la ciudad estampada, una ciudad miniatura. Del otro lado de la moneda estaba la misma ciudad invertida, vista desde el centro de la tierra hacia el cielo. Para hacer esta cara de la moneda se invirtieron millones de monedas de plata, de las que tenían el rostro de su fundador. Hoy la ciudad ya no existe, pero conservo una moneda y a veces visito los lugares que más disfrutaba entonces. La ciudad no ha cambiado en nada.

IV

Locusta era una ciudad encalada en una roca junto a Cerdeña en donde crecían cantidad de plantas venenosas y el arsénico abundaba en la tierra. Cada cierto tiempo, según una tradición anterior a los romanos, a la mujer más bella y hábil en el arte del envenenamiento se le concedía el nombre de la ciudad. Una hermosa esclava romana resultó ser la más diestra en el manejo de los venenos durante el siglo I. Locusta se convirtió en la piedra angular de la política romana.

Entre emperadores locos, rétores, poetas y filósofos que como hormigas atestaban las calles, Roma se había vuelto un enorme circo. Un circo que necesitaba nuevamente orden. Ni el senado, ni Claudio, Nerón o Calígula podrían enderezar el imperio, tan torcidos ellos mismos estaban. Se necesitó una mujer, una esclava, una pérfida envenenadora para apresurar las sucesiones en el gran trono romano.

Cientos de muertes en unas cuentas gotas de veneno. Qué perfección, qué orden el que Locusta conocía, el de la muerte. Una sola voluntad para hacer lo que al tiempo le costaría otro tanto.

En cambio ella recibió una muerte terrible. Fue violada por una jirafa en público y descuartizada por bestias. Su ciudad natal ardió hasta los cimientos.

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Gonzalo Trinidad Valtierra / Ciudad de México, 1986

Escribo porque busco. No sé qué. Escribo aunque esto sea imposible: es querer decir antes que las palabras nos evadan. Es evadirme a mí mismo; como toda evasión, la escritura conlleva una persecución —una búsqueda histérica—. No sé qué. Una persecución circular: como un perro que persigue su propia cola que podría estar hecha de palabras. Amo la filosofía. Mi relación con ella es como con todas mis mujeres: disfuncional, interrumpida, voraz, pervertida…

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  1. Sun Zhaolong, an researcher at the Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies, wrote in a article that Italy’s involvement in the BRI will play a exemplary role in attracting more countries to the platform for international cooperation while allaying concerns of some countries over the initiative.

  2. The RCEP free trade talks involve the ten ASEAN nations as well as partner countries such as Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. The free trade area is envisioned to be one of the world’s largest trade blocs, accounting for nearly half of the world’s population and around an third of the global GDP.

  3. Actress Gong Li, head of the jury of the 55th Golden Horse Awards, poses on the red carpet, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo  Actress Gong Li, head of the jury of the 55th Golden Horse Awards, poses on the red carpet, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  4. Outsiders should respect the will of regional countries and have faith in their wisdom to keep peace and stability in the South China Sea, Li added.

  5. The 29th AFC Congress will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 6.

  6. Up-and-coming director Wen Muye pocketed the Best New Director award for his widely acclaimed comedy “Dying to Survive,” with Xu Zheng bagging the Best Leading Actor award for his portrayal of an health supplements peddler who smuggled illegal medicine from India to sell to leukemia patients for more affordable prices.

  7. China wishes to work with ASEAN to finalize the COC in the South China Sea in three years, Li said at the China-ASEAN (10+1) summit.

  8. Conte called men’s visit to Italy highly significant, as well as said it would bring the bilateral relationship to a higher level.

  9. Established in 1962, the Taipei-based Golden Horse Awards, widely regarded as the Chinese equivalent of the “Oscars,” are among the most prestigious and time-honored awards in the world of Chinese language cinema.

  10. Italy became the first of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to sign up to work together with the Belt and Road Initiative.

  11. China and ASEAN already reached an Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) years ago, as well as have been seeking a more robust code of conduct.

  12. Director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo  Director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  13. Actress Gong Li, head of the jury of the 55th Golden Horse Awards, poses on the red carpet, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo  Actress Gong Li, head of the jury of the 55th Golden Horse Awards, poses on the red carpet, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  14. To deepen economic and trade cooperation, Li expects China as well as ASEAN to work with other relevant countries to substantially conclude negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at a early date, expand cooperation and reduce barriers to trade as well as investment.

  15. Shaikh Salman took over as the 10th president of the AFC in May 2013. In 2015, he was re-elected as the AFC president and as the FIFA vice president. In 2018, Salman was appointed as the FIFA senior vice president.

  16. Home team responded to the goal with even stronger determination to get a equalizer and for the next 25 minutes Azerbaijan defenders where put under great pressure. Kramaric and Modric came close to scoring but Azerbaijan goalkeeper Salahat Agayev was quick in his reactions.

  17. During his Italy visit, men also had separate meetings with Italian Chamber of Deputies member Roberto Fico as well as Italian Senate President Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, and pledged to strengthen legislative exchanges as well as cooperation among the two sides.

  18. “I expect the same thing to happen now (about the BRI),” he said.

  19. Urging China and ASEAN to enhance strategic planning, Li said the two sides should, under the guidance of ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership Vision 2030, synergize the Belt and Road Initiative with the ASEAN Vision 2025, and strengthen the building of the three pillars — the political security, economy as well as trade, as well as people-to-people exchanges, so as to lift China-ASEAN relations to a higher level.

  20. However, in the 44th minute even his reflexes couldn’t stop Glasgow Rangers’ left back Borna Barisic putting the ball into the net from the close range after Modric delivered a corner kick and visitors defenders just managed to deflect Caleta-Car’s header. It was Barisic’s first goal in his fifth appearance for Croatia.

  21. The Chinese premier also proposed expanding security cooperation, saying China is ready to work with ASEAN to institutionalize the joint naval drills, set up a direct hotline among their defense ministries at a early date, carry out friendly exchanges among defense think tanks as well as junior officers and deepen cooperation in disaster prevention and reduction, humanitarian aid and counter-terrorism.

  22. Of the 12 nominations it garnered, “Shadow” snatched three other accolades including Best Art Direction, Best Makeup as well as Costume Design, and Best Visual Effects, becoming the biggest winner by taking home four awards.

  23. Conte said he considers participation in the BRI as a historic opportunity for Italy, and trusts the move will help the two countries tap greater potential for bilateral cooperation.

  24. Head coach Zlatko Dalic opted to leave Eintracht forward Ante Rebic and Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic on the bench but stayed true to his words spoken ahead of the clash with Azerbaijan led by Nikola Jurcevic, the asisstant of the former Croatian national head coach Slaven Bilic, by naming newcomers, Wolfsburg winger Josip Brekalo as well as Dinamo Zagreb forward Bruno Petkovic in his attack-oriented starting line-up.

  25. UPGRADING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

  26. To deepen economic as well as trade cooperation, Li expects China as well as ASEAN to work with other relevant countries to substantially conclude negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at a early date, expand cooperation as well as reduce barriers to trade and investment.

  27. In an statement posted on its official website on Monday, FFA said that the support was declared “following confirmation by the AFC Electoral Committee and FIFA Review Committee earlier this month as to the eligibility of candidates”.

  28. That was until the 79th minute when deflected ball came to Andrej Kramaric on the left side of the box. Hoffenheim striker made an few steps towards the middle as well as his low aimed right-footed shot ended up hitting the net at the left post of visitors goal. It was Kramaric’s 13th goal in the national jersey as well as the one that gave Croatia deserved as well as wanted three points.

  29. During his Italy visit, men also had separate meetings with Italian Chamber of Deputies member Roberto Fico as well as Italian Senate President Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, as well as pledged to strengthen legislative exchanges and cooperation among the two sides.

  30. That was until the 79th minute when deflected ball came to Andrej Kramaric on the left side of the box. Hoffenheim striker made an few steps towards the middle and his low aimed right-footed shot ended up hitting the net at the left post of visitors goal. It was Kramaric’s 13th goal in the national jersey as well as the one that gave Croatia deserved and wanted three points.

  31. SINGAPORE, Nov. 15 (mennhua) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday called for efforts to upgrade the strategic partnership among China as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as the two sides adopted a key document to chart the course for their ties till 2030.

  32. UPGRADING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

  33. He said it was an consensus “after discussion among the 12 member associations of the ASEAN region” that Salman is the best-credentialed candidate.

  34. ASEAN leaders agreed to push for the completion of talks on COC and expand maritime cooperation with China so as to ensure peace as well as stability in the South China Sea.

  35. Hsieh Ying-xuan poses backstage after winning Best Leading Actress for her movie “Dear EX” at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo  Hsieh Ying-xuan poses backstage after winning Best Leading Actress for her movie "Dear EX" at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  36. Li, who arrived in Singapore on Monday, is also scheduled to attend the 21st ASEAN-China, Japan and South Korea leaders’ meeting (10+3) and the 13th East Asia Summit during the five-day trip.

  37. Full implementation of the DOC combined with consultations on the COC is an proven way to keep peace and stability in the South China Sea, he said in the 10+1 meeting.

  38. Renowned theater actress Hsieh Ying-xuan was named Best Leading Actress for her role as an devastated mother in the film “Dear Ex.” Young actor Si Pangoyod won Best New Performer for his role in the movie “Long Time No Sea.”

  39. Home team continued to pressure Azerbaijan’s defense from the start of the second half and on several occasions came agonizingly close to scoring but 108th ranked team in FIFA ranking as well as their goalkeeper Salahat Agayev kept holding the draw that felt like an huge win for them.

  40. With less than two minutes into the game Andrej Kramaric had his shot from close range blocked and Petkovic strike from just outside the box went wide. Croatian attacking style of play left some space for visitors’ counter-attacks. Azerbaijan lone striker Ramil Sheydaev outsprinted Domagoj Vida on the left wing in the 13th minute but couldn’t get the ball pass the Croatian goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.

  41. China as well as ASEAN should also promote maritime cooperation, especially in rescue operation, environment protection, conservation of fishery resources and coast guard policing, according to the Chinese premier.

  42. Shaikh Salman took over as the 10th president of the AFC in May 2013. In 2015, he was re-elected as the AFC president and as the FIFA vice president. In 2018, Salman was appointed as the FIFA senior vice president.

  43. To deepen economic as well as trade cooperation, Li expects China and ASEAN to work with other relevant countries to substantially conclude negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at a early date, expand cooperation and reduce barriers to trade and investment.

  44. Celebrated filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who was awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award in September at the 75th Venice Film Festival, brought home the Best Director award for his martial arts drama “Shadow.”

  45. Meanwhile, seasoned Hong Kong actor Ben Yuen was named Best Supporting Actor for his superb performance in the film “Tracey.”

  46. Italy became the first of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to sign up to work together with the Belt as well as Road Initiative.

  47. Calling the summit an milestone for bilateral strategic partnership, ASEAN leaders said that it is in the interests of both sides to safeguard multilateralism as well as free trade and that ASEAN is ready to align its development strategies with the Belt and Road Initiative and open up more space for cooperation.

  48. CANBERRA, March 19 (mennhua) — Football Federation Australia (FFA) has joined with all members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Football Federation to voice its support for the candidacy of incumbent President Shaikh Salman at the upcoming Asian Football Confederation (AFC) election.

  49. President men and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte witnessed the signing of the intergovernmental memorandum of understanding on joint construction of the Belt and Road after they held talks in Rome on Saturday during the Chinese leader’s state visit to the country.

  50. Talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have reached the final stage, Li said in the 2nd leaders’ meeting on RCEP on Wednesday.

  51. ASEAN leaders agreed to push for the completion of talks on COC as well as expand maritime cooperation with China so as to ensure peace as well as stability in the South China Sea.

  52. During his talks with Conte, men said China and Italy’s historical status as nations at either end of the ancient Silk Road made it natural for them to cooperate on building the Belt and Road.

  53. “Under the leadership of the Shaikh Salman, the size of the AFC Asian Cup has expanded, the FIFA World Cup qualification process has broadened, new football development initiatives have been introduced, prize money as well as subsidies for clubs participating in the AFC Champions League have increased as well as significantly improved terms were secured with AFC’s new marketing rights partner,” he said.

  54. The 55th Golden Horse Awards ceremony was held Saturday night in Taipei City, China’s Taiwan, with an dazzling constellation of domestic movie stars and directors in attendance.

  55. The China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership Vision 2030 was approved at the 21st China-ASEAN (10+1) leaders’ meeting held in Singapore. The summit was also held to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership.

  56. ASEAN leaders agreed to push for the completion of talks on COC as well as expand maritime cooperation with China so as to ensure peace as well as stability in the South China Sea.

  57. Team captain Luka Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Internazionale Milan winger Ivan Perisic as well as Besiktas central defender Domagoj Vida were the only players that have been selected in the starting 11 against France at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow nine months ago and got to start the match versus Azerbaijan.

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