WHAT IS “DEMOCRATIC NORMALITY”?
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Pablo Iglesias commented that “there is no situation of full political and democratic normality in Spain”1 in relation to the situation of Junqueras and Puigdemont, one imprisoned and the other one exiled in Belgium. This statement was not sit very well in his coalition with the third vice president Nadia Calviño indignantly replying that “Spain is a full democracy”2 and Minister Ábalos declaring that all normality implies “elements of abnormality”3. Suddenly a good number of politicians of different stripes are pushed to … Read more

FRONTEX: CORRUPTION, INTRANSPARENCIES AND VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
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The European Border Agency Frontex could have carried out thousands of “hot” returns of migrants, a practice by which they are expelled at the very moment they try to cross the border without being applied the country’s immigration legislation . A video from October 2020 in the magazine Der Spiegel1 shows a return in the middle of the Aegean Sea of a boat with refugees. Fabrice Leggeri, director of Frontex, denied that an agency flight coincided with that return2 but according to … Read more

COVID FUNDS: SUPPORT OF PRIVATE CAPITAL
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The health emergency has only accelerated an economic crisis that was already existing due to a very wide inequality gap since the 2008 crisis that the pandemic has deepened even further1. The solution proposed by the European Union is the most ambitious package of funds in its history of 750,000 million euros2. However although the pandemic affects the most vulnerable groups everything indicates that the efforts are once again aimed atrefloating or propping up the economic elites. In June 2013 Angela … Read more

THE MANIPULATION BUSINESS IN THE NETWORKS
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A scandal related to the disclosure of personal data of Facebook users to the company Cambridge Analytica1 highlighted the danger of companies in the field of data mining and the abuse of social networks as manipulation tools for politics in 2018. Three years later on January the 13tha study by the Oxford Internet Institute2 again shows that the burgeoning business of misinformation and manipulation continues. The report stated that companies are existing which create professionally organized tampering campaigns on social mediaoperate … Read more

COLD WAVE, POVERTY METER
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The storm Filomena has unexpectedly brought the lowest temperatures that the Iberian Peninsula has known, with lows of 30°C below zero in some places1 and entire cities buried in snow2. It has also evidenced the situation of energy poverty of 15% of the Spanish population, about 6.8 million people and 2.6 million households, according to data from the Funcas Foundation and the Chair of Energy and Poverty3, while the electricity price skyrockets. In a situation like this, many families have … Read more

ATTACK ON THE CAPITOL: COUP OR “PERFORMANCE”?
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On January 6, thousands of supporters of Donald Trump, after a demonstration in support of the president, marched through Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. and entered the Capitol building1, trying to avoid the formalization of the electoral victory of Joe Biden. For a few hours they occupied, vandalized and looted parts of the building2. These events have been described as treason, insurrection or terrorism by the US media. However, a video shows how the attitude of the security forces was … Read more

VACCINATE COVID-19: A LUXURY FROM RICH COUNTRIES?
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On 2nd October India and South Africa proposed to the World Trade Organization (WTO the release of patents for drugs and vaccines against covid-191. The objective of this measure is rapid access to affordable medical products to combat the pandemic in all countries of the world due to a global solution is required. The idea of universalizing the vaccine has the support of 99 of the 164 countries of the WTO2. Among the countries blocking this measure are some of … Read more

ECUADOR – AGAIN UNDER THE YOKE OF THE IMF
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On 28th August of 2020 Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno announced on his Twitter account “a technical agreement with the IMF to access 6.5 billion dollars for social protection and reactivation”. After passing an anti-corruption law required by the agency, they have already reached an agreement for the disbursement of the first 2 billion, which the president rushed to celebrate on the networks. It is a new loan from the IMF in addition to the one for 200 million dollars and that … Read more

ACTIVE NONVIOLENCE: A PULSE TO NEO-LIBERALISM
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Nonviolent resistance, also called active nonviolence, became popular in the early twentieth century when Ghandi1, based on the ideology of Tolstoy and Thoreau made use of a series of disobedience and non collaboration tactics that resulted in the independence of India and Pakistan from the British Empire2. This form of activism continued to be common throughout the twentieth century and would be the preferred form of operation of the anti-globalization movement to this day. By the end of the twentieth … Read more

MEXICO JUDGE ITS FORMER PRESIDENTS
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On 15th September the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced his intention to hold a popular consultation on the possible prosecution of former presidents who ruled Mexico from 1988 to 20181. To do so, he sent a formal request to the Senate of the Republic. Obrador suggested that the consultation take place on 6th June 2021 or on the date established in article 35 of the Constitution2. At the same time a national popular campaign to collect signatures took … Read more

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