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News from the debt crisis in Spain and the rise of a global response
03
Dic
2012
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By Ter García and Pablo Elorduy / Translated by Esther Ortiz Vázquez, Susana Macías Pascua & Rob Dyas

Democracy, debt and human rights were the central themes of the Agora 99 meeting in Madrid, which was conceived to unify answers and demands against the shock policy being imposed by the EU. Despite the very ambitious goals, it was understood from the beginning that none of the European movements problems would be solved overnight. “Come down to earth and don’t tense up”, suggested one of the moderators. Calmly but with an intense schedule, due to the urgent situation of the European citizenship, for four days Madrid became the meeting point of more than two hundred activists from different Greek, Slovenian, German, French, British and Italian social movements which came to take part in Agora99.

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20
Nov
2012
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By Raúl F. Millares / Translation: Susana Macías Pascua

‘I’ve been dismissed’. One of the last to speak these words was Anna Bosch, one of those faces and voices that give TV news its proverbial familiarity. Bosch has been foreign correspondent in London for TVE (Spanish abbreviation for Spanish TV) since August 2009, but as she admitted in her now famous tweet: “They can give orders at the point of a finger and fire you at the point of a finger.”

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17
Nov
2012
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By Giuseppe Bottazzi (Milan) / Translated by Esther Ortiz Vázquez

The main EU “anti-crisis weapon” threatens to reproduce the damaging aftermath caused by the Troika in Greece

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16
Nov
2012
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DIAGONAL Editorial notes / Translation: Rob Dyas

The European economic commissioner has made assurances that there is no need for Rajoy to make more cuts in 2013, this the same day that five countries within the EU executed their first joint general strike. The activities of the day represented a social response to the politics of austerity imposed upon millions of people in the euro zone. The day was brought to a close with the now familiar police harassment of protesters.

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16
Nov
2012
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By Blanca & Co. / Translated by Rob Dyas & Juan Martín Rodríguez

In the middle of the current economic model’s ongoing crisis, alternatives are developing that appeal to a more human form of management. In this article we will be taking a journey through the geography of the diverse initiatives of localised social currencies in the Spanish state through the experiences of the people involved.

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12
Nov
2012
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By María José Esteso Poves / Translated by Rob Dyas

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09
Oct
2012
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By Rob Dyas

The Boycott movement against Israeli apartheid continues to highlight Israeli crimes and put economic and political pressure on the apartheid regime. The Catalunya support group is busy preparing for a national conference on the 19th-21st October.

In June 1959 the anti-apartheid boycott movement was formed in London with the aim of putting economic and political pressure on the apartheid regime in South Africa. The movement’s grassroots activism, though resisted by successive US and UK governments, eventually translated into international economic sanctions that sounded the death knell of the apartheid government in South Africa.

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01
Oct
2012
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By Patricia Manrique / Translated by Juan Martín Rodríguez

The institutional violence and the tension being created the security forces of Spain and Morocco in their border region has is on the increase again. Similarly to the sad events of 2005, civil organisations are reporting an escalation in the situation in terms of massive expulsions, an unknown number of injured and two casualties already (a migrant in December of 2011 and a Moroccan soldier in July of 2012). According to Prodein, a non-governmental organization (NGO) from Melilla (Spain), the alarming similarity between these events and those that occurred in 2005 is all too obvious.

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28
Sep
2012
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By Madrilonia / Translated by Lara Hernández

On September 25, tens of thousands of people took the streets disobeying the state of emergency imposed by the Government. This text analyzes the significance of the protest.

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27
Sep
2012
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By María Carrión (Democracy Now!)

Coverage of the anti-austerity protests going on at the Spanish Parliament on September 25th, a massive civil desobedience action "to rescue the Congress from the abduction of the financial markets".

The Spanish protests stemmed from Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s plans to unveil further austerity measures on Thursday. According to Carrion, for weeks the government has been unveiling "a series of new measures that affect primarily education and health and salaries and the welfare of Spanish people." Many protestors cited a loss of confidence in elected leaders as another source of discontent. Thousands of civilians surrounded the Parliament, one of whom pleaded with the government to "Bail us out. Don’t cut education. Don’t cut healthcare."

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