20
Sep
2012
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By Beatriz Bonete / Translated by Susana Macías Pascua and Rob Dyas

Unionist from rural Andalusia outlines the reason of the latest actions set up by his union.

DIAGONAL: How were these actions in the supermarkets concocted and what were your goals?

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17
Sep
2012
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By Bernat Costa Reimondez (Sevilla Editorial) / Translated by Robert Dyas

Despite the recent media furore following the action of the Sindicato Andaluz de Trabajadores (Andalusian Workers Union), this is a kind of civil disobedience that is not unusual in Spain.

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17
Sep
2012
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By Isidro López (Madrilonia) / Translated by Sarah Pilar Iacobucci and Juan Martín Rodríguez

The announcement from Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB), about the plans for huge purchases of Spanish (and Italian) bonds has resulted in a rapid fall in the average interest rate that the Spanish Treasury must pay to finance itself. Pending confirmation of the details, the Spanish risk premium declined substantially to just under 400 points. The measure will not however be ‘free of charge’ for Spain.

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20
Ago
2012
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By D. F. (Setmanari La Directa / Translated by Robert Dyas and Susana Macías Pascua

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12
Ago
2012
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By Diego Sanz Paratcha / Translated by Sarah Pilar Lacobucci y Esther Ortiz Vázquez

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08
Ago
2012
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By F. Fatale / Translated by Florencio Cabello and Lagdon Winner

Editorial note

To a considerable extent the current financial crisis in Spain was triggered by the collapse of a particular bank, Bankia, a relatively new financial institution composed of several smaller banks in 2011. Responding to the panic of "bailout," "austerity," and cuts in social services, a group of Spanish citizens related to the M15 movement has launched a campaing called 15MpaRato*. In fact, the campaign’s first move has been to file a lawsuit demanding that Bankia’s former director, Rodrigo Rato, as well as the rest of the board, be held accountable for the mismanagement and possible criminal behavior involved in the notorious bank’s demise. The story below provides details of the citizens’ case against Rato.

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07
Ago
2012
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By Madrilonia / Translation: Rob Dyas.

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06
Ago
2012
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By Patricia Manrique / Translation: Ocupar y traducir.

With several thousand people involved in two years, this project seeks to construct an integrated economic alternative. Its model is being spread in various parts of Spain.

The Catalan Integrated Cooperative (CIC) began two years ago; it now has 850 members and several thousand people who participate in debates and projects. Under the label "integrated," the Cooperative functions as a political project seeking to tie together consumer and labor initiatives "and many others, such as education, mechanisms to create a cooperative basic income, eco-stores, collective stores, meetings and events, and a legal structure to help the formation of eco-networks and other similar projects in Catalonia," explains its communication team.

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02
Jul
2012
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By Francesco Maria Evangelisti (Communication, Politics & Social Change Studies Group, Compolíticas) / Translated by Robert Dyas.

The Euro 2012 advertisement from Coca-Cola praises the fantastical idea of a Spanish “wonderland” with a chin-up attitude to the markets. I would not usually dedicate my time to the analysis of Coca-Cola advertisements but in this particular case the marketing agency McCann seems to me to have entered the realm of propaganda and it is worth a second look.

 

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02
Jul
2012
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By Yorgos Mitralias, from Greece anti-debt committee / Translated by Susana Macías Pascua

 

 

 

Only 2’77% more of the votes was needed for Syriza (radical left coalition) to win the Greek elections and triumphantly culminate the extraordinary rise of its electoral results, which moved from 4,5% to almost, very nearly 27% in less than three years. However, New Democracy right coalition and their all-sort acolytes (old socio-liberals from PASOK and their social-democrat apprentices from Democratic Left) are perfectly entitled to sigh relieved: the threat of a left-wing government formation that would abolish austerity measures moves away, by the moment

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