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Tag: Spain

Pro-Independence Parties Win Big in Catalonia’s Regional Election

Together the nationalist coalition Junts pel Sí and the Popular Unity Candidacy party in Spain won the absolute majority of parliamentary seats in Sunday’s regional election in Catalonia.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

Traveling to Work Is ‘Work,’ European Court Declares

The highest court in the European Union has ruled that the time workers without a fixed office spend traveling to and from their tasks should be regarded as time spent working and is thus billable.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

What About the 11 Million Empty Homes Littered Across Europe?

Some Europeans are protesting that they have no room for refugees in their countries. However, just over a year ago, The Guardian exposed a shocking truth about the continent that pokes a gaping hole in these kind of declarations.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

The Case for Universal Basic Income

Support for a universal basic income is growing. In Europe, for example, the Dutch city of Utrecht is about to introduce an experiment that aims “to challenge the notion that people who receive public money need to be patrolled and punished.” Here, the political, philosophical and economic arguments are made clear.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

For Sale: Entire Spanish Villages. Price: Cheap.

Want to invest in paradise? Local leaders in the Galicia region of Spain are looking to sell as many as 400 villages abandoned during waves of emigration that began over 60 years ago.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE

The U.S. Is Now the World’s Second-Largest Spanish-Speaking Country

The United States now has 41 million native Spanish speakers and 11 million people who are bilingual.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Meet the Spanish Occupy Activist Who Became Mayor of Barcelona

Longtime anti-eviction activist Ada Colau recently became the first female mayor of Barcelona, Spain. She has vowed to fine banks, stop evictions, expand public housing, improve wages, force utility companies to lower their prices and slash the mayoral salary. She tells “Democracy Now!” about her victory and her plans for her city and her country.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: Chris Hedges on the Implosion of Global Capitalism

In this sweeping survey of an international crisis caused by “global capitalism based on speculation,” author, Truthdig columnist and activist Chris Hedges delivers a stark and urgent apprisal of the worldwide catastrophe that’s sure to come if the current system isn’t confronted and forced to change.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

Progressives Win Big in Spain as ‘Anti-Eviction Crusader’ Ada Colau Is Elected Mayor of Barcelona

In a triumphant win, the anti-poverty activist, who rose to fame fighting for Spaniards being evicted from their homes, was elected to head the Catalan city of Barcelona on Sunday. Meanwhile, in Madrid, the 20-year conservative grip on power could be coming to an end.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

Thousands March Against Spain’s Anti-Protest Laws in the World’s First Hologram Protest (Video)

What do you do when your government won’t let you express yourself freely? Well, you turn yourself into a hologram, of course.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE

Spain Could Be First Net Carbon Zero G-20 State (Video)

CleanTechnica reports that Spain got nearly 70 percent of its electricity from plants that did not generate carbon dioxide in March. The two biggest non-carbon energy sources were nuclear and wind.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE

France’s President Hollande: ‘No Survivors’ in Germanwings Crash

French leader François Hollande announced Tuesday that there were no survivors in the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525, which went down that morning in a remote area of the Alps in southern France.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE

Protesters Assail Austerity Policies at Madrid ‘Dignity March’

Thousands took part in a “march for dignity” and against austerity measures in Madrid on Saturday on the eve of a closely watched regional election in southern Spain.

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE

The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the Seattle City Council, is up for re-election, and the Establishment is determined to defeat her and the ideas she champions before they spread.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE

Europe’s Millennials ‘Suffered Disproportionately’ From the Financial Crisis and Austerity

Europe’s youths have shifted their views and feel increasingly powerless to effect change. In a world filled with so much socio-economic instability, can we blame them?

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE

From ‘Demos’ to ‘Podemos’: Popular Uprisings in Greece and Spain

Like Greece, Spain has been wracked by the global recession and could soon elect an anti-austerity government.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE

How Germany and the U.K. Benefited From Greece and Spain’s Brain Drain

As Greece tries to come to an “honorable agreement” with austerity-loving eurozone finance ministers, let’s not forget who stood to gain the most from the financial crises in southern Europe.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE

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Masses ‘March for Change’ With Spain’s Left to Voice Discontent Over Corrupt Politics (Video)

On the heels of leftist Syriza’s victory in Greece, Spain’s own left party Podemos garnered outstanding support at a Madrid rally attended by tens of thousands Saturday.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE

Is an Official Independence Referendum for Catalonia ‘Inevitable’?

Over a third of Catalonia’s electorate voted in an “informal independence consultation” Sunday, prompting a Guardian editor to predict that it’s just a matter of time before the region is granted an official referendum to vote on its independence from Spain.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE

Catalonia to Vote

Posted on Nov 9, 2014 READ MORE

Catalonia Backs Away From Independence Referendum

A regional party leader has confirmed that the Catalan government has forfeited plans to hold a public vote on independence from Spain.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE

Ebola: CDC Director Sees Progress From Dallas to Africa

While Spain attends to the first case of Ebola transmission outside of Africa since the crisis began, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, expresses cautious optimism.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

Catalans Call for November Independence Vote

The leader of Spain’s wealthy northeast region opposed the country’s central government in Madrid on Saturday and formally called for a referendum on independence.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE

Dreams of America: Work in Progress

Can the American imaginary be depicted?

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE

Climate and Economy Fan Flames in Spain

The combined forces of climate, economic and social change are leaving Spain increasingly exposed to the damaging and costly effects of wildfires.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE

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The Joy of the World Cup

Henry Kissinger was wrong to dismiss Chile as “a dagger pointed at the heart of Antarctica.” On Wednesday, the South American nation was a scalpel that excised the soul of Spain.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE

Royal Succession in Spain

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE

King Juan Carlos of Spain Is Bidding ‘Adios’ to His Throne

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced that King Juan Carlos, a man who played a crucial role in his country’s transition into democracy, has expressed his desire to renounce his place as the monarch of Spain.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE

Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria Located Near Haiti, Researcher Claims

An underwater investigator from the U.S. by the name of Barry Clifford believes that he has spotted the submerged hulk of Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria ship, which sank during the Spanish explorer’s notorious voyage to the Caribbean in 1492.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE

Spanish Police Arrest 24 in Madrid After Anti-Austerity Protest

Spanish police detained 24 people during street violence late Saturday after a large anti-austerity demonstration in Madrid in which dozens were injured.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE

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Meanwhile in Spain, Conservatives Are Outlawing Abortion Again

Spain’s two main political parties are playing pingpong with women’s reproductive rights.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE

Meet the People ‘Being the Change’

In search of communities striving to build viable alternatives to scorched earth capitalism, a documentary team profiled people in Spain, Estonia and Indonesia who are creating underground economies that serve them, rather than waiting for political parties and corporate institutions to engender humane social change.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE

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Spanish Feminists Say %$&#* to Best-Seller ‘Get Married and Be Submissive’

A Catholic archbishop-published book runs up the Amazon best-seller list—and infuriates most of the rest of the country that didn’t buy the book. Among its gems: Women “like humiliation because it is for a greater good.”

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE

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Madrid Eurovegas Plan Nixed

Due to some disagreements between the Spanish government and Las Vegas Sands—you know, basic things such as the U.S. casino operator’s demands for lower gambling taxes and exemption from indoor smoking bans—the project to make a European version of Las Vegas has fallen through.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE


The Village Against the World

Nestled in farmland about 60 miles from Seville, Spain, is Marinaleda, a functioning utopia—every villager has work and housing, mortgages are 15 euro a month, and foreclosures and police don’t exist.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE

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‘Robbed of Their Right to Die in Peace’

A picture of betrayed trust emerges in reports of the bank theft of the last group of Spaniards who seem to have any money—hundreds of thousands of elderly pensioners.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE

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Spain and Many Others Are in Cahoots With the NSA

Spanish newspaper El Mundo reports that Spain’s intelligence agency collaborated with the NSA to track the phone calls of millions of Spaniards. And Spain’s not the only country that’s been caught red-handed. It appears the U.S. isn’t alone in its obsession with spying on its own inhabitants.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE

Greenwald: U.S. Spying on Allies Shows ‘Institutional Obsession’

As a delegation of French and German lawmakers press in Washington for answers to allegations of U.S. spying in their home countries, the journalist who spearheaded reporting on the leaked documents that led to those disclosures comments on the NSA’s goal to “eliminate privacy worldwide.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE

Syria’s Jihadi Migration Emerges as Top Terror Threat in Europe, Beyond

Rachid Wahbi came to Syria from a Spanish slum, rushing toward death. And he didn’t plan to die alone. Wahbi killed 130 people in that suicide bombing on the al-Nairab military base in northern Syria on June 1 of last year, according to Spanish authorities. And the numbers get grimmer.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE

Spain’s Railway Infrastructure

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE

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Train Conducter Arrested in Spain After Crash Leaves 78 Dead

Francisco Garzón is expected to make his first court appearance Sunday evening in connection with the deadly train derailment that has left the country in mourning.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE

Larry Summers Again? Really?

President Obama seriously wants to nominate one of the men who caused the recession to chair the Fed; researchers are finding many animals, especially rodents, are smarter than the average human; and Detroit is suffering because of the auto industry’s utterly capitalist decision to put shareholders before everyone else. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE

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More Sunshine in Spain Not Always Good News

A study shows that cloud cover has been falling in Spain since the 1980s leading to new opportunities in solar power generation but also increased risks of desertification and harm to human health.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE

Failed Matador

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Clouds of Recession Gather Over Northern Europe

A gloomy forecast for the sales of a German automaker portends the possible spread of Southern Europe’s economic crisis to other parts of the continent—and the world.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE

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My Father, Thatcher’s ‘Enemy Within’

I couldn’t face the “state” funeral of Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday, not after such a short time since the death of my dad, who was for the first half of his long and hardworking life a South Wales coal miner deep “down the pit” in Cwmgrach, and one of the “enemies within,” as the former prime minister put it.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE

EU Debt Crisis

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 READ MORE


Flamenco Is ‘A Bird With Very Long Legs’ (Video)

Aging Spanish flamenco artist Manuel Molina gives sensitive, forceful expression to the common things of life: singing with the voice one has, learning trust and mistrust, going without food, and enjoying the company of friends.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE

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The Confirmed Insanity of Austerity

Austerity threw the 17 countries that use the euro back into recession in the third quarter of 2012. As a result, unemployment is expected to rise 12.2 percent, leaving half of young people in Spain and Greece without jobs, and public debts—the expressed target of the reductions—are growing as well.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE

Obama to Set Deportation Record

By 2014, the Obama administration will have deported more people than were expelled from 1892 to 1997; a majority of Californians believe that increasing the number of guidance counselors in schools would be more beneficial for safety than adding armed police officers; and while some see the fall of print journalism as a tragedy, others see it as an opportunity. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE

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