NOBODY WILL DO IT FOR US!
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We begin a new period. A new step with which we equip ourselves with better tools. Tools we can use to build an even more solid and effective structure that deals with all the challenges that arise in the construction of a fairer world. In this new phase ECOAR))) will have new mechanisms that will confer greater capacity, coherence and independence, to face the abuses committed by governments and transnationals, in defense of human rights and the planet. We are … Read more

THE HAMBACH FOREST, EXAMPLE OF CLIMATIC RESISTANCE
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We look back towards a place we already knew before: the Hambach Forest. These days there is a battle in which, on the one hand, the powerful energy company RWE has a particular interest in the exploitation of lignite in the area, and on the other, neighborhoods and ecologists defend the right of the forest to exist and, therefore, all its biodiversity. RWE argues it has the legal permission for the logging, and that its activity is supported by the … Read more

EIGHTH STEP: SUBVERT THE CURRENT MEDIA SYSTEM
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Last Thursday, January 19, the last lecture that put an end to the Communication, Power and Counterpower Conferences took place. We met at the CSA Playa Gata where, in the hands of Alejandro Barranquero, we approached an analysis of the possibilities we have to subvert the current media system. In this lecture entitled “Strategies for media reform. Is it possible to subvert the media system?”, Alejandro, through a fluent conversation with the public, unraveled the current potential that may help … Read more

A PATH TO RETHINK COMMUNICATION
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Between November 17 and December 8, the Communication, Power and Counterpower Conferences took place, with the central objective of analyzing how, via communication, networks of hegemonic power are constructed and, in turn, how to reverse these situations through various alternatives. To begin this exercise of reflection and analysis, we were able to count on a previous lecture entitled “Victims, Sinners and Feminazis” that, with the help of Lorena Arévalo, brought us closer to know about the relationship that exists between … Read more

SIXTH STEP: EMANCIPATION AS INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY
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Last Friday, December 8, the sixth step of this road, that we have been covering during the Communication, Power and Counterpower Conferences, took place. On this occasion we met at the Espace Martin-Luther-King, in the city of Montpellier, where, through his experience, Philippe Corcuff made an analysis of the media today and our role to achieve emancipation. Through his talk “Criticism of media and emancipation in today’s world”, Philippe introduced to us the classic analysis of the media that only … Read more

WTO 2017: A FAILURE OF GLOBAL NEOLIBERALISM
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On December 13 the 11th inter-ministerial conference of the WTO ended. The conference could not reach a needed consensus for the signing of a final document between the ministers, mainly due to the confrontation between protectionism and multilateralism. Just in parallel, the Peoples’ Summit took place during these days, which filled Buenos Aires with demands, debates and alternatives. The new US government that turned to protectionist positions, came to this summit with clear criticism of the WTO. Against this, China … Read more

SEVENTH STEP: HOW INFORMATION IS MANIPULATED THROUGH THE NET
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Last Friday, December 8, we took the last step of these Communication, Power and Counterpower Conferences. This led us to Mcgill University in Montreal where, together with Dmitri Vitaliev, project manager eQualit.ie, we set out to discover how information can be manipulated through the net. This lecture, entitled “Manipulating the net. Stories of censorship and resistance”, began with a short presentation of the eQualit.ie project that aims to provide security tools, communication and data analysis to groups, activists and journalists. … Read more

WTO 2017: PEOPLES’ SUMMIT BEGINS
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The 11th ministerial conference of the WTO will take place in Argentina from the 10th to the 13th of this month. This summit, which is the first time it takes place in a South American country, is intended to close the Mercosur-EU agreement as one of the central points for the host country. At the same time, the Peoples’ Summit will take place, which will bring together dozens of trade union organizations, NGOs, social groups and activists from different countries … Read more

FIFTH STEP: THE EMERGENCY SITUATION IN ACCESS TO INFORMATION
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Last Saturday, November 25, we continued to follow this path that is helping us to analyze communication in today’s world, with a fifth step of the Communication, Power and Counterpower Conferences. We gave this step with Magda Bandera, director of La Marea magazine, who gave us her vision on what digital media entails today. This lecture entitled “Myths about the supposed digital revolution in the media”, began with an introduction about the turning points that occurred in the 21st century … Read more

FOURTH STEP: ADVERTISING AS A POWER TOOL
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On November 24 we met once again in A Coruña to follow this path that is serving to unravel communication and its relationship with political power and transnationals. We took a fourth step together with Antonio Caro within the framework of the Communication, Power and Counterpower Conferences, which helped us to get closer to the implications of advertising in the field of communication and how it affects our lives and societies. In this lecture entitled “Advertising as an instrument of … Read more

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