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Spain is getting rid of streets named after fascist leaders, dedicating them to women instead 

Though Francisco Franco’s totalitarian Spanish regime was toppled nearly 40 years ago, its legacy is still present in the country. Walk through the cities of Spain, and you’re likely to find streets named after regime members like general José Millán Astray, attorney Adolfo Muñoz Alonso, minister José Enrique Varela, and many more (link in Spanish).

But not for long.

In February, the government—applying a 2007 law that promised to get rid of the marks of autocratic heritage in public spaces—announced it would retire these street names. Now, cities around the country are renaming them after women, answering the complaint that about 90% of streets in Spain’s cities are named after men—and those honoring women usually reference saints (link in Spanish).

http://qz.com/850588/spain-streets-named-after-women/

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in European Union

 

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Spain can halt Europe’s slide to the populist right

Democracy is often on a collision course with economic elites, sometimes in less subtle ways than others. Spain’s current plight is one such example. Last month, the country’s Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez was toppled in a party coup, paving the way for his fellow MPs to abstain in a vote to allow the conservative Mariano Rajoy to resume office. For many traditional Socialist voters, Rajoy’s Popular party is the political wing of a venal, corrupt right-wing establishment: allowing them to form a minority government was an act of betrayal. But Sánchez’s subsequent revelations exposed the machinations of powerful Spanish interests.

Source: Spain can halt Europe’s slide to the populist right | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2016 in European Union

 

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Christopher Columbus: The myth that keeps on giving

On October 12, 1492, a geographically misguided voyager by the name of Christopher Columbus happened upon the so-called New World.

Five centuries later, famed Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano would refer to the day as the one on which “America discovered capitalism” as Columbus, “financed by the kings of Spain and the bankers of Genoa, brought this novelty to the Caribbean islands”.

In his journal, Columbus enthusiastically “prophesied that ‘all Christendom will do business here'”. Galeano remarks: “In that [prediction] at least he was right”.

And a violent business it was, as meticulously demonstrated in the now-deceased Galeano’s masterpiece Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent.

Source: Christopher Columbus: The myth that keeps on giving

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2016 in Reportages, South America

 

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Lo viejo conocido 

Una vez más, el desenlace de las elecciones no es el que se esperaba ni el que predecían las encuestas. Mariano Rajoy sale fortalecido con 137 escaños, una cifra que supera todas las previsiones, mientras todos sus rivales retroceden.
Los resultados son malos para el PSOE y pésimos para Podemos y Ciudadanos, las dos fuerzas emergentes, castigadas por el electorado, que en cierta forma ha vuelto a confiar en el bipartidismo.
Aunque siempre es arriesgado especular sobre las motivaciones de los individuos, da la impresión de que el PP se ha beneficiado de un trasvase de votos de Ciudadanos, de un sector del electorado que ha preferido apoyar a Rajoy para evitar el temido sorpasso de Podemos, que luego no se ha producido.

http://www.elmundo.es/opinion/2016/06/27/57704e0522601dd4058b4636.html

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2016 in European Union

 

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The Possibilities of Anti-Austerity Politics: A Spanish Drama

King Philip VI of Spain has announced that in the four months since the last elections, the elected members of parliament, and especially those representing the four main parties, were unable to make an agreement that would produce a viable government. He therefore announced new elections forJune 26, 2016.
Spain, like governments in west European parliamentary systems, has long had two main parties: the conservative Partido Popular (PP) and the social-democratic PSOE. They have been alternating in parliamentary majorities since the end of the Franco regime and sometimes they formed a coalition government. As in most such systems, other parties were essentially insignificant by-standers that could get at most a few concessions for their political objectives.

https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-possibilities-of-anti-austerity-politics-a-spanish-drama/

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2016 in European Union

 

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The Spanish Democracy Revolutions

The Zapatistas of Chiapas have a phrase: “The fight for democracy is a slow burn.” It resonates at the Parliament of Catalonia, and all across the Spanish state, where indignation is rife. Research over there late last year gave me the opportunity to see four post-capitalist strategies at work: Catalan independence, autonomous spaces, networked democracy, and radical municipalism. In February, I returned to attend the Plan B Conference, a summit with people converging from across the continent, advocating that another progressive Europe is possible. The fight for democracy is smoldering ever hotter.

http://thebaffler.com/blog/spanish-democracy-revolutions

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2016 in European Union

 

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George Orwell in Spain: Where the Writer Fully Found His Voice

When I set out a few years ago to write a book about Americans in the Spanish Civil War, one of the pleasures I looked forward to was the excuse to re-read, for perhaps the fourth or fifth time, one of my favorite books, George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia. His memoir of fighting in that war is one of the great nonfiction works of the 20th century. It vividly evokes the mixture of grime, boredom, and terror of his combat experience, and is a bravely honest account — something his readers on the left absolutely did not want to hear when Homage was published in 1938 — of the bitter factional fighting within the Spanish Republic.

http://www.signature-reads.com/2016/03/george-orwell-in-spain-where-he-first-fully-found-his-voice/

 
 

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El veto de la CUP acerca la repetición de elecciones también en España

El veto definitivo de la CUP a Artur Mas como ‘president’ de la Generalitat tendrá importantes efectos en la política española. Por un lado, la negativa del partido anticapitalista a apoyar al candidato de Junts pel Sí, que en principio aboca a Catalunya a nuevos comicios el próximo mes de marzo, ha provocado alivio en el PP y el PSOE, que consideran que el proceso independentista queda ahora muy tocado. Pero al mismo tiempo populares y socialistas ven cómo sus posibilidades de llegar a la Moncloa, que ya se anticipaban escasas, se alejan a la luz del escenario catalán. La repetición de elecciones generales es ahora aún más probable.

http://www.elperiodico.com/es/noticias/politica/veto-cup-mas-acerca-repeticion-elecciones-espana-4792422

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2016 in European Union

 

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I risultati delle elezioni rendono la Spagna difficile da governare

“Cercherò di formare un governo”, ha dichiarato domenica sera il primo ministro spagnolo Mariano Rajoy dopo la pubblicazione dei risultati delle elezioni nazionali, “ma non sarà facile”. Il suo Partito popolare (Pp, di destra) ha comunque ottenuto il più alto numero di seggi in parlamento, 123, ma si tratta di un numero inferiore ai 176 necessari per avere la maggioranza assoluta, per non parlare dei 186 che aveva conquistato quattro anni fa.

http://www.internazionale.it/opinione/gwynne-dyer/2015/12/22/spagna-elezioni-governo-lontano

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2015 in European Union

 

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Catalonia’s declaration of independence

They are trying to liquidate the unity of a nation with more than five centuries of history.”

This dramatic proclamation was made by right-wing Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, up in arms over the resolution just passed by the parliament of Catalonia committing that region to proceed with preparations to secede from Spain.

With a population of more than seven million, Catalonia accounts for approximately one-fifth of Spain’s economic output.

https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/catalonias-declaration-of-independence/

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2015 in European Union

 

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