How Progressive Cities Can Reshape the World — And Democracy

How Progressive Cities Can Reshape the World — And Democracy

“We’re living in extraordinary times that demand brave and creative solutions. If we’re able to imagine a different city, we’ll have the power to transform it.” – Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona. On 24 May 2015, the citizen platform Barcelona en Comú was elected as the...
Five Takeaways from the Spanish Election

Five Takeaways from the Spanish Election

The vote was a stalemate, but the political landscape has changed. Spain voted on June 26 with polls suggesting that the populist progressive Podemos party would overtake the traditional Socialist Party, PSOE, as the main left-wing opposition to the center-right...
The Spanish Left’s Proposal to Combat Inequality

The Spanish Left’s Proposal to Combat Inequality

After weaker than expected results in Sunday’s election, Pablo Iglesias, leader of the Spanish Podemos Party, vowed to continue to push the young party’s ambitious anti-inequality and anti-austerity platform. Podemos and other smaller leftist parties in the coalition...
The Fight Against Austerity and the Rise of the New European Left

The Fight Against Austerity and the Rise of the New European Left

Europe is experiencing a profound political upheaval. Years of austerity and economic stagnation have sparked a wave of discontent that has led to the rise of progressive parties across the continent. These new formations share an opposition to the draconian public...
Spanish Austerity Savage to the Point of Sadism

Spanish Austerity Savage to the Point of Sadism

Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz characterizes the Spanish bank bailout as “voodoo economics” that is certain “to “fail.” New York Times economic analyst Andrew Ross Sorkin agrees: “By now it should be apparent that the...
The Persecution of Judge Garzon

The Persecution of Judge Garzon

On September 11, 1973 (28 years before the World Trade Center-Pentagon attack), General Augusto Pinochet, leading a gang of treasonous officers, ordered Chilean air force jets to fire missiles at the Presidential Palace. By the end of the day Pinochet had seized power...
The War against Witness

The War against Witness

Former Army Intelligence officer Adrienne Kinne has a very valuable open secret which, if told under oath, could lead to the first ever conviction of U.S. soldiers on war crimes charges. But since she told her story publicly in an interview with journalist Amy Goodman...
The Pain in Spain

The Pain in Spain

As the sun rose on August 2, Spanish authorities destroyed the tent-village that had come to symbolize what some participants have called the Spanish Revolution. The ruling Socialist Party, via the Ministry of the Interior and in conjunction with the right-wing...

Echoes of Fascism

Megacorps Do run the show; Hauling government In tow. Italy’s Benito Mussolini was the world’s most famous fascist. His grip on power tightened between World Wars I and II. At the end of the latter, the maniacal Il Duce was appropriately executed, showing...

The Iraqi Constitution and Terror Attacks in Spain

The signing of the interim Iraqi “constitution” by the Governing Council represents a significant step in U.S. efforts to legitimize its invasion and occupation of Iraq. By achieving the codification in a U.S.-supervised process of an ostensibly...

The New Afghan Constitution: A Step Backwards for Democracy

On January 4, 2004, 502 delegates agreed on a Constitution for Afghanistan , an act many have described as a positive step toward democracy. U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad wrote: “Afghans have seized the opportunity provided by the United States...