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Tomas Hirsch: “Valuing diversity is what makes convergence possible”

Sat, 20/01/2018 - 11:16

We interviewed Tomás Hirsch, a humanist Deputy from Frente Amplio (Broad Front), a conglomerate that was formed just a year ago in Chile. However, long before this different attempts of convergence between progressive political forces of this country were made. Pressenza: Can you make a brief summary of this process, with its different moments? Tomás […]

Pía Figueroa

Cyprus: “Without reconciliation there will be no reunification in this island”

Fri, 19/01/2018 - 15:00

Tijen Erol and Merobe Bobbe Theoklitou are both from Cyprus. Since 1974, Cyprus is a divided country so one of them lives in one side and the other one lives in the other side of the island. They are both photographers and they are both sharing the same desire for a united Cyprus. Here is […]

Olga Pateraki

Jeremy Corbyn calls on Carillion directors to hand back their bonuses

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 12:39

“Labour leader says failed firm’s executives ‘should not be paid anything at the present time because they have run the company in such a way that all these jobs are at risk’. Jeremy Corbyn has called on the directors of failed construction firm Carillion to give back their multi-million pound bonuses. The company, which handled hundreds of […]

Silvia Swinden

The PFI* bosses fleeced us. Now watch them walk away

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 11:51

by George Monbiot for The Guardian When contracts fail, the legal priority is still to pay firms like Carillion. Money is officially more valuable than life Again the “inefficient” state mops up the disasters caused by “efficient” private companies. Just as the army had to step in when G4S failed to provide security for the […]

George Monbiot

South Korea welcomes North Korean proposal for talks ahead of Olympic Games

Tue, 02/01/2018 - 13:32

While also warning of “nuclear button” on his desk, Kim Jong Un called for efforts to “improve inter-Korean relations by ourselves” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer for Common Dreams The South Korean government welcomed on Monday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s proposal to open a dialogue between the two nations in an effort to […]

Pressenza London

Peru and Fujimori: still far away from reconciliation

Tue, 02/01/2018 - 08:40

The latest protests by the people of Peru in recent days as a response to the amnesty given for “humanitarian” reasons to former President Alberto Fujimori, highlight the common feeling of rage against the mockery and abuse of the word “reconciliation” by the convicted former President.  The protests by Peruvians are a clear demonstration of […]

Marianella Kloka

Year In Review: Will 2018 Usher In A New Palestinian Strategy?

Sat, 30/12/2017 - 06:49

By Dr Ramzy Baroud 2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process’, at least in its American formulation, has ended. And with its demise, a political framework that has served as the foundation for US foreign policy in the Middle East has also collapsed. The Palestinian leadership and its Arab and […]

Countercurrents

@RadioPressenza: Review of 2017

Fri, 29/12/2017 - 17:01

Our English language readers may not know that our Spanish language colleagues have a weekly radio show, “Pressenza International in your Ear”, on Ecuadorean public radio, Radio Pichincha Universal.  Every week we bring a selection of international news and interviews from the perspective of peace and nonviolence.  The show is presented by Nelsy Lizarazo (Quito), […]

Redacción Ecuador

Tribulations in Catalonia: a wedding and several funerals

Sun, 24/12/2017 - 10:01

Diary of a poor mortal in Catalonia. Saturday, December 23, 2017. Once again we have returned to vote. How good democracy feels! Now all that is missing is that there are no politicians imprisoned or charged for being in favour of the right to decide, that the president elected by the Parliament can exercise as […]

Sasha Volkoff

Study on Municipalism in Spain for RLS-NYC

Sat, 23/12/2017 - 10:26

By Vicente Rubio-Pueyo, A few months ago, I had the honor of being commissioned by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung-NYC Office for writing a study on Municipalism in Spain for their publication series. It was released yesterday and it can be downloaded here in English and Spanish: http://www.rosalux-nyc.org/municipalism-in-spain/ This study tries to provide an overview of the […]

Pressenza New York

The Right wins in Catalonia, but nationalists will form the government

Sat, 23/12/2017 - 09:19

Franco’s youth wing, Ciudadanos (Citizens), prevailed in the Catalan elections called after the Spanish government dissolved the autonomous government after its unilateral declaration of independence. With a very high turnout of almost 82% of the electorate, Citizens obtained 25.48% of the votes, equivalent to 37 seats. Since to form a government, a majority of 68 […]

Mariano Quiroga

The era is decisive

Sat, 23/12/2017 - 09:00

Historical moments are a kind of great ship on which we travel without even realizing it sometimes. They have a decisive direction that it is pointless to try to modify from within the small cabins in which we find ourselves. A forceful impulse is needed, often an external shock, an irreversible decay, at other times […]

Pía Figueroa

The Silent Cry of Honduras

Wed, 20/12/2017 - 16:49

By Patricio Zamorano On Sunday, December 17th, the electoral authority of Honduras, in an act of desperation, sought to legitimize the fraud perpetrated in November’s presidential election. The OAS now calls for a repeat of the elections. The crisis in Honduras is not just a matter of the serious misdeeds of the past weeks or […]

InfoAméricas

Oh For Godsake, Leave Jill Stein Alone

Tue, 19/12/2017 - 16:19

By David Swanson I’ve known Jill Stein for years. I knew weeks ago that the Senate “Intelligence” Committee was coming after her. I set up this petition to put reasonable limits on Russiagate. But I’ve not heard from Jill, nor had any secret communication from my good friend Vladimir, nor any such nonsense. I criticize […]

David Swanson

Chile: Abstention wins and Piñera becomes President

Mon, 18/12/2017 - 09:36

By Andrés Figueroa Cornejo Once again, abstention has triumphed in the 2017 presidential election, with more than 50% of those entitled to vote not doing so. Chile reaffirms its leadership of countries with least electoral participation in Latin America, and is second in the world after Madagascar. According to the latest report issued by the […]

Redacción Chile

Gorbachev Was Promised No NATO Expansion

Mon, 18/12/2017 - 00:00

By David Swanson For decades the pretense has been maintained that there is some doubt as to whether the United States really promised Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that if Germany reunited, then NATO would not expand eastward. The National Security Archive has put such doubts to rest at least until the de-neutering of the internet […]

David Swanson

Argentina: The right to protest in danger

Sat, 16/12/2017 - 20:55

We publish a translation of the statement by the Centre for Legal and Social Studies in Argentina in the light of the violent repression against pensioners protesting against cuts to their pensions recently legislated for in Buenos Aires. By CELS (Spanish initials for the Centre for Legal and Social Studies). Intimidating and violent operatives. Arbitrary […]

Redacción Mar del Plata

Chile: the humanist parliamentary bloc “with both feet in the street”

Fri, 15/12/2017 - 16:13

“Don’t expect this bloc to be stuck in parliament.  We will have both feet and all our soul on the streets”.  With these words by Deputy Pamela Jiles, the first press gathering with the Humanist Party bloc took place in Santiago.  Besides the distinguished journalist were also gathered two other elected deputies: Tomás Hirsch and […]

Domenico Musella

Spanish armed forces to carry out military exercises in Catalonia

Fri, 15/12/2017 - 15:27

Spanish armed forces will carry out military exercises in the coming days with the aim of coordinating efforts in front of a hypothetical attack on Catalonia. According to an article in the Spanish daily, ABC, on Wednesday, around 650 servicemen from the army, the frigate Admiral Juan de Borbón (F-102) and six Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft […]

HispanTV

“Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But….”

Thu, 14/12/2017 - 16:37

By David Swanson According to the Washington Post, “Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But . . . .” Is that a statement that should ever be followed by a “but”? I contend that it isn’t. There isn’t something that can outweigh risking millions of casualties. The Washington Post thinks otherwise. Here’s a fuller […]

David Swanson

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