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Spain as Metaphor

Spain as Metaphor

  • April 29, 2012
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The Spanish  city of Ciudad Real isn’t the most obvious tourist destination.  Situated in the province of La Mancha 115 miles from Madrid, it has a population of 74,000 and few attractions beyond its associations with Spain’s most famous literary character.

In 2003 however,  a private company named CR Aeropuertos began to attract investment for a new airport with a capacity for 5 million passengers, with the support of the regional government and the city council.    The company claimed that a new airport would put Ciudad Real on the international map and pick up...

Spain : Basta ya!

  • April 28, 2012
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The latest statistics on the Spanish economic crisis are truly devastating.  Unemployment is now at 24.44 percent, close to the record of 24.55 percent in 1994.  In Extremadura, Andalucia and the Canary Islands the figure is 30 percent.   There are now 5. 6 million unemployed out of a total population of 47 million.  ...

Miss Austerity’s House of Pain

  • April 24, 2012
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The other day an acquaintance of mine told me that she had just begun working for the Citizens Advice Bureau.   One of her first calls was from a cancer patient who has become incontinent because of the treatment she was receiving.  The reason for the call was because the patient had just been told...

Argentina Ditches Repsol

  • April 19, 2012
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Interesting developments in Argentina, where president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s decision to  bring the country’s largest oil company  Petrolíferos Yacimientos Fiscales (YPF)  back into state ownership  at the expense of the Spanish multinational Repsol has sparked howls of rage in Spain, and drawn condemnation from some governments and financial institutions.

The government has justified the expropriation...

UK Police: Preparing for a Sub-Lethal Future

UK Police: Preparing for a Sub-Lethal Future

  • April 11, 2012
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Bolstered by the runaway success of The Hunger Games, dystopia seems to be becoming a new cultural sub-genre amongst the young.  Bookshop windows now display a whole range of bleak teenage fictional future scenarios,  involving genetic engineering, pervasive surveillance and police states.

You could attribute this trend to skilful opportunist marketing, but the popularity of these...

The Lonesome Death of Dimitris Chrystoulas

The Lonesome Death of Dimitris Chrystoulas

  • April 07, 2012
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Today the funeral of Dimitris Chrystoulas,  the  77-year-old pensioner who shot himself in Syntagma Square on Wednesday in front of the Greek parliament, will take place in Athens.   In a suicide note found at his apartment, the retired pharmacist reportedly wrote:

I find no other solution than a dignified end before I start searching through...

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