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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: 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 […]


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 […]


“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

What to do about the EU’s new trade agenda in Latin America?

Sat, 09/12/2017 - 14:37

By Florian Horn – 16.11.2017 – Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation Brussels Report from the forum on “The Shape of Trade to Come” About ten years ago, the European Union (EU) introduced Global Europe, its most ambitious trade policy strategy to date. It was intended to open up new markets worldwide through new bilateral trade and investment agreements. After […]

Pressenza Muenchen

“We don’t want to repress”: Police in Honduras refuse orders to stamp out Pro-Democracy protests

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 14:14

“We are tired. And our job is to give peace and security to the Honduran people, not repress them. We want all Hondurans to be safe.” by Jon Queally, staff writer for Common Dreams Amid widening violence and ongoing protests, members of the Honduras National Police force—including those within the U.S.-trained units known as the […]

Pressenza London

Opposite of Peace as Trump accused of ‘kicking hornet’s nest’ in Middle East

Wed, 06/12/2017 - 20:40

Declaring Jerusalem the capital shows “yet again his blatant disregard for international law” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer for Common Dreams With his usual braggadocio and familiar hypocrisy, President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that his official announcement for the U.S. to recognize unified Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move its embassy there was […]

Pressenza London

Chilean elections: On the “Freedom of Choice”

Wed, 06/12/2017 - 10:53

The run-off election to determine who will follow Michelle Bachelet as Chilean president is due to take place on the 17th of December.  In the first round, former president, Sebastian Piñera, candidate for the right wing grouping Chile Vamos, obtained around 36% of the vote, while Alejandro Guillier, the candidate from the centre ground New […]

Redacción Chile

In Chile, Guillier wins support from Beatriz Sánchez

Tue, 05/12/2017 - 20:10

The former presidential candidate for Frente Amplio (Broad Front) has said that Sebastian Piñera, former president and candidate for Chile Vamos, has crossed a line and is a “risk” for the country. The fight for votes opened a new chapter.  This time it was Beatriz Sanchez who condemned the Chile Vamos candidate and then gave […]

El Desconcierto

Selay Ghaffar, spokesperson for the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan: “Our goal is to free Afghanistan from violence and foreign influence”

Tue, 05/12/2017 - 14:09

Selay Ghaffar is the spokesperson for the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan. At the release of “Exit from Violence. You are not alone”  handbook on Tuesday November 28th at Casa delle Donne di Milano, she spoke about the current situation for Afghan women and girls, why she switched from civil society to politics and how often […]

Redazione Italia

Israel: Tens of Thousands March Against Prime Minister Netanyahu

Mon, 04/12/2017 - 14:16

In Israel, tens of thousands of people marched through Tel Aviv Saturday, calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down and for an end to government corruption. A bill expected to be approved by the Israeli Knesset next week would bar police from publishing findings in two investigations into Netanyahu, who’s facing possible criminal […]

Democracy Now!

Jeremy Corbyn to Morgan Stanley: “Yes, we are a threat to a damaging and failed system”

Sat, 02/12/2017 - 13:09

After Morgan Stanley warned that a Labour government could pose as much of a risk to British business as Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn posted a video in in his Facebook page saying that the investment bank was right to consider them a threat. “Bankers like Morgan Stanley should not run our country, but they think they do, because […]

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